Scene of sensuality. One brief, non graphic sex scene
THERE’S A THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND DOOM.
No wager is too outrageous for Simon Fitzgerald, the most reckless of the Disillusionists. His dark secrets drive him to take increasingly extreme risks, but he’s never lived so quite so dangerously as when he hooks up with Midcity’s most powerful prognosticator.
Fawna Brady is tormented by the destinies she sees for those around her. To Fawna, knowledge of the future is a cage she’d do anything to escape. She’s stunned to discover a taste of the freedom for which she yearns at the side of Simon, the one person in the world who despises everything she is, everything she stands for.
Simon’s defiant attitude toward destiny captivates Fawna, but will her love destroy him? And will Simon rush headlong into the delicious doom she offers?
There really isn’t another series that I can compare The Disillusionists to. It’s wonderfully weird and off in the way all truly fascinating things are. Unlike the previous three full length novels, DEVIL’S LUCK is much more a paranormal romance than urban fantasy. We get the his and her POVs, and the romance is the driving force behind the story.
Carolyn Crane is simply an excellent writer, really a step (or two) above most of the authors in this genre. She conveys emotion and intimacy in beautiful flowing prose that still feels raw and gritty, a must for this genre. In terms of writing, it’s the best thing yet from Carolyn. And the character development, the depth, the fullness of the story is just unheard of in a novella length story.
If you’ve read the other Disillusionists books (and you don’t need to in order to enjoy this story), you know who Simon is: the reckless gambler who lives on adrenaline, but wow is there so much more to him…shockingly good stuff. Fawna is a bit character in the series too, but honestly, I didn’t remember her. I won’t be forgetting her any time soon after reading DEVIL’S LUCK though. She is real. I believed every bizarre thing about her from her appearance to her fears and the way she was drawn to Simon in a way that frightens and exhilarates her. He lives completely in the moment. She can’t help seeing the future. Their relationship is volatile, combustible, and thrilling.
I’m so glad the Carolyn is fully committed to this series and that she keeps finding ways to bring more stories to us. I don’t care who publishes them, if they are long or short, or what format they are in. I just want more. More of this unique world, more of these endearingly messed up characters, and more of this staggeringly good writing. What’s next Ms. Crane? I already want it.