Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Release Blast + ARC Review + Giveaway: Deal with the Devil by Cynthia Eden

Deal With the Devil
Purgatory # 4
By: Cynthia Eden
Releasing June 9, 2015
Hocus Pocus Press


New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Cynthia Eden spins a hot new paranormal Purgatory story with…DEAL WITH THE DEVIL.

Eric Pate is used to making his own rules—as the director of the PARA Unit, he is the boss. Everyone rushes to obey his commands, and no one knows his secrets. No one ever gets too close to him. But then he meets her.

Ella Lancaster is tired of being a prisoner. She escaped one hell just to find herself in another, but Eric doesn’t consider her containment with his agents as punishment. He actually thinks it is a form of protection. But Eric is so very wrong. Ella doesn’t need protecting, not for anyone or anything.

But when the PARA Unit comes under attack, Ella and Eric both find themselves battling a supernatural beast that they never expected. Forced to join forces, to make a deal, Ella and Eric are soon fighting side-by-side, and their attraction for each other can’t be contained or controlled. Hot. Wild. Consuming. Ella’s deal with her devil is soon taking over her life.

And as Eric falls deeper and deeper under the mysterious Ella’s spell, his legendary control begins to crack. The beast that he has kept chained so carefully inside rises to the surface. Unfortunately, when the devil loses his control…there is real hell to pay.

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Review (4.5 stars )

I'm no stranger to Cynthia Eden's romantic suspense, but this is my first venture into her paranormal romance. Before this I didn't even know she had already wrote 3 books for Purgatory series. I'm judging Deal with the Devil purely as a standalone since I didn't read the previous books. But I assure you, it works like a charm. Or maybe even better.

Despite having no experience with the Purgatory world, I never felt an ounce of confusion from the beginning. Maybe reading up the previous book blurbs and some reviews did help to lay down some ground work for me. Or maybe I had a lot of experience with paranormal romance filled with vampires, shapeshifters and etc. The only new paranormal species I came across here is the djinn. Woah! What's up with all these twisted wish coming true. Creepy.

Deal with the Devil features the hero, Eric Pate, the Director of the PARA Unit, who is an ice cold, cunning and manipulative leader. What others didn't know is under his controlled and unemotional exterior, lies a dormant beast awaiting to be unleashed.

Ella Lancester is a prisoner that had been saved by the PARA Unit in the previous book. Her true identity and power is a mystery that Eric wanted to crack. But Ella is done being a prisoner again, she didn't want to be contain and put under the microscope anymore.

I'm fascinated with Eric from the get go. I can't wait to know what kind of beast he truly is because it seems like he is not a vampire nor a shapeshifter, but something even more fearsome. He instilled a great sense of authority towards his people and always in controlled of every situation and I can't wait to see him losing his control and all hell to break lose. By the way, the sidekick, Connor totally cracked me up. Eric is talk-when-needed kind of man, while Connor simply talked too much.

Ella's past was heartbreaking. I don't want to give away her true nature, but this woman had been burnt by love and had been awaiting for her true mate for century. She had even given up hope that she will find another of her kind. And now she thinks Eric is the one she had been waiting for. Is he? The thing with PNR is that I felt totally okay with all the primal insta-lust, I even crave it. When these two are together, their chemistry is combustible. Fireworks.

"I need you to stay." He caught her hand in his and lifted it to his chest. Eric put her hand over his heart. "It beats differently when you're near me."

Let's talked about the villain. He is an unknown entity and someone from Ella's past. He wants her back and will stop at nothing to gain back his heart desire. He truly is one sick fuck. 

The overall plot is action packed that fully engaged me from the start. Cynthia kept things coming and coming relentlessly and left my heart pounding for every moment wondering what will happened to Eric and Ella next. Is just so refreshing to be reading such a kickass PNR after my long spell of contemporary.

The only complaint I have for this book is the ending. It confused me. I mean there is a HEA, but I still had a lot of question regarding what the hell happened. Will we get more explanation in the next book? Nevertheless, the confusing ending doesn't overshadow how much I love Deal with the Devil.\

Rating 4.5 stars

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Author Info
Award-winning author Cynthia Eden writes dark tales of paranormal romance and romantic suspense. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World, and IndieReader best-seller.  Cynthia is also a three-time finalist for the prestigious RITA® award. Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over fifty novels and novellas.
Cynthia lives along the Alabama Gulf Coast. She loves romance novels, horror movies, and chocolate.  Her favorite hobbies including hiking in the mountains (searching for waterfalls) and spelunking.

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“Have you looked long enough?” he asked. His voice was a deep, dark rumble. Sexy.
            She didn’t want to find anything about her jailer to be sexy. This attraction she had to him—it was odd.  Unwanted. 
            But…there.  Instinctive.  Primal.  Even her heart was already beating faster, and not just because she thought escape was at hand. Because he was close, and he stirred her. 
            Ella lowered her hand away from the glass.  She was going to try logic with him first. She’d plead her case.  Perhaps that tactic would work.
            And perhaps not.
            “You’ve had plenty of time to look at me,” Ella murmured. “I suppose I thought it was only fair for me to have the same opportunity.”
            His jaw hardened. Just a small movement, but she saw it and Ella liked that she’d gotten to him. 
            “Did you think I didn’t know?  I could feel it when you were close.”  She motioned toward the mirror, then toward the video camera mounted near the ceiling. “I think this was all a bit…much, don’t you?  I mean, I’m locked in. It’s not as if I can plot some terrible wickedness here.”
            “You can plot it,” he allowed, “you just can’t carry it out.”
            Ella took a step closer to him.
            He offered her his hand. “It’s time we were officially introduced. My name is Eric Pate, and I’m in charge of the FBI’s Para Unit.”
            She stared at his hand.
            The Para Unit. There had been whispers about that group for years.  Government agents who policed the creatures that went bump in the night.  According to the gossip she’d heard, if a supernatural got on the wrong side of the Para Unit, well, that supernatural found his—or her—butt tossed into Purgatory.
            Is Purgatory real?
            Ella was very much afraid that it was.
            “I don’t bite,” Eric murmured. His hand was still offered toward her.
            “No.”  Ella cleared her throat. “I think that’s my deal.” Because she didn’t want to show him her fear, she put her hand in his.
            Her breath caught in her throat.  And, yes, she still breathed. Her heart still beat, she could still feel pain and pleasure. Despite the tales heard by so many, paranormals were still alive.  They could hurt, they could feel…just like humans. 
            Ella had thought that the man before her was cold.  Emotionless.  After all, a darkness seemed to cling to him like a shroud, but when they touched—fire seemed to ignite in her hand. Her heart beat even faster, nearly racing out of control.  Her breasts ached, as if wanting, needing a lover’s touch.  And—
            She tried to pull away.
            But his hand tightened around hers. She could feel the strength in that hand.
            “Is something wrong?”

            Yes, you’re what’s wrong! The man before her was far from human, no matter what he wanted to pretend. And she should not be reacting to him that way.   His scent wasn’t human. It was just slightly…off.  Everything about him was, yet she was still feeling that pull between them.