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Review: The Devil’s Advocate

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Title:The Devil’s Advocate

Author:Michaela Haze

Series:Book 1

Rating★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ 

Note:I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis

Dahlia Clark is a Hell Broker. You want to sell your soul, she’s your girl.
The only problem? She’s not seen her boss, Luc, in over two centuries.
Not since he forced her out of hell, out of his bed and condemned her to be his eyes and ears on the surface.
As far as breakups go, it could have been better!

When Dahlia meets Samuel Rose, a male incubus with the London Underground scene wrapped around his finger, things are looking up in the romance department.
At least she can dust off a few of those cobwebs.

Wrong.
Lucifer doesn’t like it when people play with his things.
It doesn’t matter that he dumped her over two hundred years ago. The Devil wants Dahlia back, whatever the cost.

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Dahlia was a little bit complicated. I wanted to like her because I felt bad for her situation. She seemed like a heartbroken character who was kinda strong, but then other times she just went completely in the other direction.

Lucifer was interesting because he wasn’t always there in the story, but he seemed to still be able to influence so many of Dahlia’s actions. He was stubborn, cryptic, and controlling.

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I had never been human. I was born from Sin.

Lucifer took the wisps of the first betrayal of man and weaved them into my being. I became part of the fabric of Hell. I became an extension of the Devil.

First of all, many thanks to the author, Michaela Haze, for giving me an ARC of The Devil’s Advocate!

The Devil’s Advocate is a dark adult romance with elements of BDSM. Dahlia is a broker that makes deals in exchange for people’s souls. Nothing too unusual except that her boss, Lucifer, is also her ex. They haven’t seen each other in hundreds of years.

Dahlia seemed really stuck in the past. She was very serious and dedicated to her work. It was more like a way to distract herself from the heartbreak. At times it felt like her character was inconsistent because of the way she switched from very independent to completely feeling sorry for herself and obsessing over Lucifer when he couldn’t care less about her.

Lucifer was all that I had ever wanted, and I had obsessed over. Now that I was back in the First Circle, I had to question if I ever had the man at all.❞

 

I also wasn’t too sure what to make of Lucifer and Dahlia’s history/romance/relationship in the first part of the story because it seemed to be entirely based on the sexual attraction between them. It had a way of working itself into the story in ways that didn’t really flow together. Dahlia could be thinking about something or see something that made her think of Lucifer and then suddenly she’d go off on a tangent about how great their sex was. I really wanted more of an emotional connection between them, which the book does kind of explore in the last part of the book.

I didn’t really like them together at first because Lucifer seemed to think that he could make decisions for Dahlia and not have to explain himself to her. He still did that later on, but he tried to be more open with her. He did gradually change, which I liked.

I won’t spoil the story, but I did like the way it unfolded. I’m glad that we did eventually get to meet Lucifer and that we learned more about him so that we could understand his actions.

I think the story had some flaws, but it was still pretty good. One drawback to the story being so short that it seemed really ambitious to tackles on all the issues between Dahlia and Lucifer in so short a time. Still, I think it was a great start and I enjoyed it overall.

The Devil’s Advocate comes out on September 28th!

 

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4 thoughts on “Review: The Devil’s Advocate

  1. This actually sounds very interesting! I started reading your review feeling a bit guarded since I’m not a big fan of adult fiction but man, I finished it thinking I had to try this! xD
    First of all, let it be known that I’m a huge paranormal/angels/demons/etc fan so it’s not easy to resist any story containing that sort of plot. But the whole “soul broker” thing and Lucifer being her ex is just too far out! I want to know more, and how it ends, for sure 🙂 So I might give it a go, especially since it’s short.
    Too bad about the seemingly sexual relationship, though. I feel the same way: I would have liked some emotional connection to take place first and foremost. But I’m glad it develops by the end.
    Wonderful review! ^^

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