9
Posted November 23, 2011 by The Captain in Top Reads
 
 

Review: Devil Without a Cause by Terri Garey


 

TLDR recap:

Faith McFarland has just been approached by someone she never thought she’d be seeing in her wildest dreams.  An incredibly sexy, dangerous man who dangles the ripe, shiny fruit of temptation in front of her with a simple request: seduce Finn Payne, rock god and sex on a stick, while retrieving a little something in exchange for her son’s life. The cost?  Her soul, and quite possibly her heart.  This is a GraveTells Must-Read!

  • Title: Devil Without A Cause
  • Series: n/a
  • Author: Terri Garey
  • Prominent Characters: Faith, Finn, Samael
  • Recommended reader age: 18+
  • Sexual content level: moderate

 

*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***

Thoughts:

Woot!  Let me blow the horn o’ happiness for my tractor beam of awesome that lead to the discovery of this book in the library. Not only does it have a delicious man candy cover that didn’t (for once) make me embarrassed to pick it up, but the stuff inside the covers is fantastic.  I enjoyed the hell out of this book.

With all the reviews that we do here at GT, sometimes you just don’t enjoy the books all that much.  Sometimes you just get sick of reading stuff with your thinking cap/reviewer extraordinaire helmet strapped on.  I picked up Devil Without a Cause because I wanted a quick, fun read that didn’t involve much thought.  I had no intention of reviewing it.  I have a lot of things on my plate right now, a veritable buffet of nonsense caught in a tornado while trying to put on mascara. But after reading it, I had to give it a review.

Why? Why would I do this when I obviously have black streaks of crap all down my face and leaves in my hair while trying to explain the importance of flossing to people who would rather strangle me with it than actually use it?  Because I’d never heard of this author and that is a freakin’ travesty.  This book was great, so great that over my winter pseudo-break I’m going to find her other books and read those too.  So, I think Ms. Garey deserves some free publicity and this is a way I can give her some!

Ahem.  So, the review.  (If you’re still bothering to read after my blathering.)

The story here is about a man, a woman, and the Devil.  For reals, the Devil.  (And he’s supa-supa sexy, yo.  Yummy, bring me some of that.  No scary horns and icky feet for this guy.)  Anyway, the Devil is up to some mischief by way of being asked to do a favor.  See, he’s the Devil, so even though he’s supposed to do a good deed, he has to put his twist on it.  Cause he’s all bad and stuff.

So, we have our hero (Finn) and heroine (Faith) who I loved and rooted for through the whole book while simultaneously rooting for the Devil (Samael). It was kinda hard — I couldn’t pick a side.  The characters are flawed, just like real people, and even though it’s a romance, so you get your HEA, I was worried about how they would get there.  The characters are well developed, the sex scenes are hawt, and the pacing is pretty much perfect.

I do have to say though that Samael (the Devil) stole the show.  I think that our hero and heroine were really great foils to show his life and character development.  I have to say (shout out to the Rolling Stones!) I was having some sympathy for the Devil. Just like Faith and Finn, he is anything by one dimensional.  Which is all the more reason I have to find Ms. Garey’s other books so I can see just what he has been up to in those.  (They are alluded to in this book and the writing was strong enough that I’ve got to go out and see what came before…)

Are you curious yet about what happens in this book?  Want to read all about smexy time with a famous rock star (who is GORGEOUS! and has a cool name and is really a sweetheart, until he feels like he’s been given the double cross) and a really pretty girl next door who finds herself losing faith (har-har) but finding love?  Do you wonder just how far our lovers will go to save the ones they care for?  What they will be willing to give up?  Can they find a way to beat the inventor of the lie at his own game?

You must read to find out.  This review is Spoiler Free, remember?

Memorable quotes:

A little self-confidence and a bath towel will get you everywhere, Finn Payne! (You sexy beast, you!  Rawr!)

“You’re blushing,” he said with a grin.  “I’m making you nervous.”

“No sh*t,” she shot back, unthinking.

 

And making a girl laugh will get you even farther…

“Surely you’re not still nervous,” he teased. “Ever since I put my clothes on I’ve been a perfect gentleman.”

“You have.”  She smiled, shooting him a glance beneath her lashes.  “But you don’t have to be, you know.”

Despite the open invitation, she was blushing again; no hiding it with skin that fair.

“Good,” he replied, “because I’ve been dying to play footsies with you under the table.”

 

Here’s to bravado in the face of certain doom:

Abase this,” it said calmly, and made a very rude gesture, directly in the Prince of Darkness’s face.

 

If you liked Devil Without a Cause…

If you like Devil Without a Cause, I say go out and get Terri Garey’s other books!  They should be pretty awesome! There’s also one of my favorites, Jeaniene Frost and her Night Huntress Series starting with Halfway to the Grave.

Also a favorite of mine are the Immortals After Dark by Kresley Cole.  My favorite so far in that series is definitely the book featuring Bowen (Highland werewolf -so sexy) and Mariketa (hot headed super powerful young witch). That book is called Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night.  The flirting and banter between that couple is some of my favorite in a book.

Final thoughts:

So, what can I gush about that I haven’t already?  Finn and Faith’s journey from strangers to HEA couple?  The Devil and his wicked, wicked, ways?  Sexy Smex Beam happenings?  How I couldn’t put the book down and finished it in record time cause the pages practically turned by themselves?  The fun that was the roller coaster ride of emotions and the satisfaction of the ending?  Whew!  Just go get it already!

Devil Without a Cause is a GraveTells Must Read!

Rating: Devil Without a Cause

Recommended

Related links:

Buy Devil Without a Cause: Amazon

Buy Dead Girls Are Easy (her first book, on sale for $.99 in e-book! Squee!) : Amazon

Here are a few places you can find Devil Without a Cause author Terri Garey

 


The Captain

 
When not in pursuit of two small children, a sausage shaped black lab, workaholic husband, crazed hermit crab, bachelor's degree, Jensen Ackles, or editors, I spend time writing and reading PNR/UF as fast as my overtaxed eyes and fingers can read and type. I'm busily writing a series with plenty of Smex Beam deployment and the occasional short story. I am susceptible to bribes involving chocolate, peanut butter, and interesting combinations of the two.