THE DEVIL'S WINGMAN by J.M. Davis
Release Date: April 29th, 2015
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: 236 pages
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After the death of her father and her own serious issues, Kara Maven decides to move back to her hometown to complete her senior year at Belman University. She settles into life on campus when her world is shaken by a handsome bad boy with a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Dominic Benenati is a half-demon Damamah, or whisperer, whose role on earth is to ensure Hell’s population thrives by pushing humans to act upon their sinful thoughts.
To complicate matters, enter Cayden Adams who is an angel determined to save Kara from Dominic’s influence. But does Kara really want to be saved?
Acting on a whim, I brought my hands up and pressed my palms against his cheeks. They burned like a fever. I wasn’t sure if I’d ever get used to that.
His black eyes latched onto mine. I waited as he struggled with something internally, pain and confliction clearly written across his face. Eventually, his expression shifted, the hard planes of his features softened into a sweet smile. As our faces drew closer, my breathing became ragged …with anticipation. When he wet his lips, it was nearly my undoing. My chest heaved with expectation, trembling each time his breath crept across my skin. I looked into his eyes; the crimson specks were recessing, like a fading tide within a murky sea of black ink. They were hypnotizing.
“If I am under a trance, don’t ever rouse me,” I murmured.
His eyes glimmered just before he pressed his warm lips to mine. Our mouths moved together in perfect unison, as if they were moulded to fit one another. The kiss deepened, and together we were swept away by our unravelling emotions, pawing at one another as though each other’s breath was the only oxygen we had.
When we finally parted for air, we both stood staring at the other, panting. Dominic took my hands, his touch warming me like a soothing balm. He cast his eyes down to our intertwined fingers, his long lashes fanning out over his high cheekbones, and he said, “My fraying willpower makes it hard to walk away from you.”
“Then don’t,” I whispered.
So, I have to admit-the first half of this book did drag a bit for me. There was so much that was unknown on the paranormal side of things that it made the story feel kind of plain and without focus. Once you pass the halfway point though, the picture starts to get clearer and things pick up.
As for the characters, Kara is my type of young woman (and not because we share the same name, albeit spelled differently). A bit of a loner, but strong in her beliefs and convictions, with a tortured past from which she's trying to move on. She's an easy character to like and feel for. Dominic runs hot then cold, mean then sweet and tender, cruel and evil then loving. Until you get pretty deep into the story, he makes it extremely hard to root for him. Cayden on the other hand is-as Kara's roommate Cassie adamantly observes-a guy that everyone would go nuts for. I have to heartily agree with that assessment.
Until I passed that halfway point and started to really find out the background pieces behind who Dominic and Cayden really are and what drove each of them, I was fully behind Cayden all the way. Once the height of the conflict comes and we see the outcome between Dominic and Kara...well, I could more easily understand and get on board with them.
A story about the battle between light and dark within us, and true love conquering all, The Devil's Wingman did frustrate me at first, but the ending did make up for most of that. Recommended for 18+ due to language and some mild sexual scenes.
I work full-time as a zoo curator, so when I'm not running a zoo, I'm trying to tame the one I live in! I have two kids, and a husband who sometimes acts their age. I can usually be found jamming to Elvis Presley tunes, or diligently chipping away at my never-ending 'to be read' pile. I tend to gravitate toward anything paranormal. I love creatures who fly and characters who sprout fur or fangs. Sprinkle some romance and magic into the mix, and I'm a happy girl!
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