Friday, October 30, 2015

Paramour For the Devil by Savannah Hill - Book Review


Synopsis
The Hawthorne Witch Series Book One

Darkly erotic. Supremely powerful.

Haley Hawthorne is a witch. She shuns her paranormal gifts, instead escaping into a mundane, reclusive life as an accountant for her Uncle Eli's firm. Five years earlier, Haley was kidnapped by Raden, brother of Lucifer, and held captive as his personal sex slave. She escaped but still bears the scars, both physical and emotional. Now she has turned away from both magic and sex, and she's certain nothing will ever bring those lost things back into her life...

Damian, son to Lucifer, has renounced his right to the throne of Hell and has become a soldier for Adversus, hunting evil supernatural creatures on Earth. Unfortunately, he's powerless to witches, and this witch can read his mind. He can't decide what is more dangerous—the irresistible attraction he feels for her, or the intoxicating peace she gives him. One thing is certain, they both share a tortured past.

After Damian rescues her from an attack by monstrous djinn, Haley discovers the dangerously seductive soldier has secrets of his own. One of them is the collection of whips, ropes, handcuffs, and leather riding crops he keeps locked away, though he refuses to show her his "Master" side. As her trust in him grows, she finds herself increasingly intrigued by all the kinky things he's hiding. But Damian has been given a new mission to kill a monster. A monster that turns out to be her uncle...


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My Review
**This review is 100% honest and may contain a spoiler or two**

Paramour for the Devil is a paranormal romance that had an interesting premise, but fell a little bit flat for me. I was excited by the thought of all the supernatural creatures I would get to discover in the book; unfortunately, they seemed to take a back seat to other things.

Haley, a witch, has a pretty tame life as an accountant. However, it wasn't always that way. She used to be the personal sex slave of one of Lucifer's sons. Definitely not a good thing.

Damien, another son of Lucifer, is a soldier fighting against the side of evil he should be on. He's not exactly fond of witches, either, having been used and abused by one before.

Somehow, though, Haley and Damien find a way to get along, and their friendship eventually blossoms into something more romantic...and erotic.

There's not really much for me to say about the plot, except it wasn't what I expected. I was looking forward to action and exciting things with paranormal creatures. Instead, I got sex, sex, and more sex. Now, don't get me wrong; I like sexy times in books as much as the next person, but this was a little too much for me. I felt like the characters only cared about screwing each other's brains out while everything else went on around them.

There are mentions of djinn, dragons, evil witches, demons, and more. However, you barely get a taste of those creatures, because all that's going on is Damien and Haley needing to have sex all the time. I get it. He's hot. He's an alpha male. He's kinky. And apparently he can pop a boner at the drop of a hat. That's all fine and dandy, but I got bored reading about how good he was in bed.

Also, there was an overabundance of adverbs in this book. Every sentence seemed to have one in it. If you're going to tell me a character is sad or something, don't just say they sighed sadly. Describe their emotion to me. Make me feel it! I want to be sad with that character. If they're having sex, make me feel like I'm in bed with them. Don't say they're moaning lustfully. I don't know what moaning lustfully sounds like in my head. Describe it to me! That's all I ask. Adverbs are ok once in a while, but I like it when an author shows me rather than tells me what's going on. Your character didn't just sigh sadly, the sound of her sigh was reminiscent of dandelion seeds being blown from their perch upon their flower's head. It caused an ache in my bones and a burning behind my eyes. That's how I could tell she really was depressed. Maybe that's not the best description, but you get my drift.

Overall, I felt Paramour for the Devil had potential, but was in serious need of focusing more on the actual plot and less on constant sex, and some editing with the adverbs. I really wanted to like the book, but I just ended up a little frustrated and bored. I'm sorry.

I rate Paramour for the Devil 2.5 stars.




About the Author 
Savannah Hill is an erotic romance novelist diligently working to create a world that readers can truly experience and enjoy along with her. Captivated by romance at a very young age, she began writing love stories in grade school, always imagining new scenarios and characters. Addicted to her passion, her first novel, Paramour for the Devil, is the story that invaded her dreams until the final chapter was written.

She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her man, the love of her life, and spends her days chasing their toddler boy who loves to giggle.

She's currently writing Seducing the Devil.

 
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