|Title: Devil Without a Cause
Author: Terri Garey
Series: The Devil’s Bargain #1
Cover Art: N/A
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Reviewed by: Julia
Several explicit sex scenes.
Idle hands are the devil’s workshop
Temptation and seduction are the tricks of the Devil’s trade, and when offered the chance to regain his wings by playing guardian angel, he’s hell-bent on doing things his way . . .
Faith McFarland is in need of a miracle. So desperate to save her sick child, she’s willing to make a deal with the Devil: steal a ring worn by Finn Payne, the bad-boy rockstar who long ago sold his soul for rock ‘n roll. Temptation and seduction become necessary evils, yet Faith’s salvation means Finn’s damnation . . . because the ring is all that stands between him and Hell. Falling in love was never part of the bargain, but now that they’ve tasted heaven in each other’s arms, can they convince the Devil to give up his due?
I’m wary of mixing too much religion with the paranormal (Nalini Singh’s fierce, pagan angels are just about my speed), but DEVIL WITHOUT A CAUSE takes things into the realm of myth and magic without treading on too many dogmatic toes. This paranormal romance surprised me quite a few times, most particularly in the way that the main character/supporting character dynamic was reversed. While it’s unusual for me to be interested in world building over romance, I enjoyed the glimpses of this particular devil’s world so much he quite stole the show.
Sammy, the Prince of Darkness himself, had so much gravitas and romantic angst right from page one that I was sure there had to be a previous book devoted to this fascinating man. While DEVIL WITHOUT A CAUSE is the first in this series, Garey has several books featuring Samuel’s erstwhile soul mate, Nicki Styx, which I can’t wait to go back and read. Even when Faith and Finn’s romance started heating up, Samuel never quite left my focus. The foil of his murky motivations and capricious nature did lend an air of genuine menace to Faith’s predicament, but I am hoping for an entire book devoted to Samuel and his very complicated love life.
Despite being overshadowed by Samuel, Garey did write another wonderful leading man. While Faith herself was a bit of a let down, I found been-there-done-that musician Finn Payne to be both sexy and compelling. If Garey’s female characters ever manage to catch up to her heroes in growth and complexity, her books will some of my most eagerly anticipated. I can’t wait to pick up the Nicki Styx series to see how she shapes up compared to Faith, and hopefully get a little Samuel fix in the bargain.