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- Publisher: HarperCollins
- Format: Paperback | 358 pages
- Dimensions: 106mm x 170mm x 28mm | 118g
- Publication date: 5 February 2012
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0061986402
- ISBN 13: 9780061986406
- Edition statement: Original
- Sales rank: 198,022
Hope Henderson's sister has disappeared without a trace, and Hope will do anything to find her - even make a deal with the Devil. An ancient text holds the key to unspeakable power, and it's the Archangel Gabriel's job to make sure it stays hidden, even if he has to become human to do it.
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By Shelley Cusbert 04 Feb 2012
I enjoyed Devil Without a Cause so when A Devil Named Desire, the second book of Terri Garey's The Devil's Bargain series was offered to me, I couldn't resist. Tired of Gabriel's lectures on love and lust, Sammy B Divine seizes an opportunity when in despair, Hope tries to commit suicide. In her moment of weakness Samuel extracts a promise from the web designer, the location of her long lost sister for the dissemination of the Key - the incantations that open the gates of hell on Earth - on the world wide web. It is a move guaranteed to attract the attention of Gabriel and force the angel to confront the same temptations that caused Samuel's downfall. The devil's plan works perfectly, Gabriel is stripped of his wings and the right hand of God is now a mere mortal. There are consequences for Sammy though when his son, Cain, is kidnapped by the Leviathan and Gabriel is the only one who can save him, for how can Sammy expect Gabriel to forgive him and make the ultimate sacrifice.
It seemed at first there were two distinct stories happening with A Devil Named Desire, but it soon becomes clear they are unified by the themes that weave in amongst the plot - forgiveness and friendship. These are played out amongst the relationships between Hope and her sister, Charity, Cain and Telsa, Sammy and Gabriel, and their respective relationships with The One. I thought this showed a lot of skill on Garey's part to manage these seemingly disparate threads yet draw them together into a cohesive life lesson for all the characters. There is a lot going on under the surface of what could easily be dismissed as just another paranormal romance novel.
The PNR storyline between Gabriel and Hope actually gets a little lost in amongst Samuel's story I think. The insta-love is manipulated by the Devil and The One so it doesn't feel particularly genuine and I am not sure the right hand of God is really a good match for a woman who (accidentally) killed her parents, drove her little sister away and tried to commit suicide. Still, the fact that Gabriel is willing to become mortal to be with Hope is satisfyingly romantic. For me though, it was Samuel's relationships that had my interest.
Samuel, the Devil, is the ultimate bad boy, a master of manipulation and deceit who is nevertheless losing his taste for the wickedness and chaos he used to revel in so indiscriminately. His relationship with Nikki Styx (who makes a cameo appearance in this book) has changed him and he is having trouble adjusting to his shifting perspective. Lashing out at Gabriel is supposed to make himself feel better but instead Sammy regrets his impulsive decision even if he can't admit to it. I really like how Garey has developed Sammy into such a complex and contradictory character, not only is it a unique idea, it makes him a fascinating protagonist, unpredictable and surprisingly sympathetic. His bitterness and pain is understandable given the circumstances but it's satisfying to see him slowly let go of that piece by piece.
There is enough lust, romance and gorgeous men to keep any fan of the PNR genre happy and a storyline that will satisfy those who enjoy something with a bit more depth. A Devil Named Desire works well as a standalone though I think it helps to have background knowledge of Sammy B Divine's character found in Garey's Nikki Styx series and the previous installment of The Devil's Bargain. I am already looking forward to finding out where Sammy goes from here.