Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Dark Around the Edges by Cari Z

Dark Around the Edges: We Are FamilyDark Around the Edges: We Are Family by Cari Z.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Available at: Storm Moom Press  and Amazon
ebook, 48 pages
Published April 12th 2013 by Storm Moon Press
ISBN13 9781627570015
Edition Language English
 
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WHY aren't you reading this series???  

I can’t get enough of it! The chase is interesting, the mysterious backgrounds of Dev and Rio are intriguing, but this is ALL about the relationship between these two crazy, sexy men.

I could probably just tell you how I always highlight lines that I want to quote, but I was so riveted it seems I didn’t highlight anything. That NEVER happens.

THE BLURB 

Devon Harper is a cambion, the offspring of an incubus and one of his female followers. Discovered by those who could've helped him too late to be saved from his nature, he barely survived a brutal childhood before getting a handle on his powers of seduction. Lust, sex, desire: these are second nature to cambion, and are their road to both riches and ruin. Devon has the power to bring people to their knees with a glance, to drive them so crazy with pleasure that they forget their names, and occasionally forget to breathe as well. He could use his birthright to force the world to worship him, but Devon is trying to fight against the pull, to do what he can to track down people with the power to summon a demon and stop them before more cambion can be made.

But Devon doesn't realize that the path he and his friends are following is only one strand of a web laid in place by a demon who's not content to wait on the whims of humanity to get out of Hell. Devon is this demon's key to staying above ground permanently, and when he finally catches up with the cambion, he's not taking no for an answer.

Episode Three: We Are Family
Still coping with the aftermath of the deal with Lynlis, Devon decides there's no place like home and convinces Rio to stop by Devon's fathers' lakeside home on their way to pick up Porter Grey's trail. Along the way, Rio opens up about his past in a way Devon has never known. Then at the lake house, more secrets of Rio's mysterious origin are revealed, along with a frightening connection between Devon's family and Porter Grey himself!

THE CHARACTERS

Okay, so you have a Cambion - Devon – picture gorgeous, twinky party-boy - who has to have sex to survive (I love that by the way) and can use his allure to get all the sex he wants. And, oh boy, does he want Rio, a lot.

Then you have the one guy - Rio - seven feet of walking sex dynamite - who isn’t affected by this allure. But he is still so totally into caring about Dev that it melts your heart while at the same time being extreeeeeemly hot!

I’m just sayin’ that these guys a burning up the pages and I am in panting withdrawal waiting for each new episode.

THE STORY


Devon wanted to kiss him, except he really didn’t because he didn’t want the memory of any of the kisses they shared to be marred by his utter lack of sensation.

Dev and Rio are following leads to help them find their target, Porter Grey. One of their leads costs Dev his sense of touch. As in, he can’t feel ANYTHING. Imagine a person not being able to sense even their feet on the ground. Now imagine a person who depends on sensual stimulation for survival being denied touch perception. It turns out that it is absolutely torturous and Cari Z does a pretty admirable job portraying this. Now imagine Rio, this huge, tough-as-nails explosives expert being emotionally hurt by Dev’s predicament.

The two hole up with Dev’s mysterious parents where Rio gets new insights about Dev’s family. While they recuperate even more questions are presented regarding the history of both Rio and Dev. I actually have more questions than answers at this point.

It all culminates into a touching and exciting episode that it has me begging for more.

THE WRITING

Well, I think it’s pretty clear that I am completely absorbed by the character development in these books. Even the side characters are recognizable and memorable. But again, it’s the relationship that Ms. Z has built between Dev and Rio that is outstanding.

There are a couple of areas that could be picked apart regarding the description of lacking feeling, i.e., “his cheese sandwich was still warm”…but really these are minor blips and shouldn’t overshadow the rest of the experience.

4.5 Burning Hot Stars - Highly Recommended!

BONUS: Episode 3 comes with a mini-episode that is surprisingly complete and is worth the investment in the whole series just to see Dev dance on a Miami club tabletop. Mmmmmmyesssss!

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I sincerely thank Storm Moon Press for providing me with an ARC of this story in exchange for my honest review.

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