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
What the fans are saying!
5✦ “…totally gave me a book hangover.” ~ Karyn
5✦ “Very original and a must read.” ~ John
5✦ “A must read!! Sexy men, dangerous situations, good and evil and above all else love!” ~ Maria
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?
***I received this book as a gift in exchange for an honest review and in participation with this tour.
The Devil’s Wingman is a deliciously sexy play on the devil and angel that rest on your shoulders. Sin and temptation become a primal battleground of good vs. evil and the tantalizing gray space between.
- Kara struggles with depression after the loss of her father. Often she’s in a cloud of thought, sort of removed from the world. Introverted and reclusive, Kara deals with the haunting reality of her past mistakes and the emotions that eat at her soul. A talented artist, Kara expresses herself best through her work, it’s where all of her emotions come to the forefront. Kara is broken but not defeated and it’s through her heart that she finds the will to live again.
- Dominic is sin incarnate. A sexy bad boy that puts dark and handsome to shame. Lust and temptation all wrapped into one, Dominic will leave you salivating after him. Between his beast of a car to his domineering, secretive nature, Dominic is forward and playful. Sarcasm, brute force, he’s all masculine power. He pushes and pulls, piquing curiosity. Dominic’s aggression is sometimes scary but balanced with a boyish smile and sweet words that make him a total contradiction. He’s pretty irresistible.
- Mystery drives the plot. As Kara struggles to piece all the clues together, foreboding and apprehension brews. Something sinister is on the horizon and it just might change everything.
- Cayden is a glowing golden god. He’s considerate, sweet, attentive and looks gorgeous in a tight pair of baseball pants. Cayden is always looking out for Kara and is like a beacon of light leading her to comfort in this strange new university. Safety, comfort, and sticky sweet flirting.
- Despite its overall romantic theme, The Devil’s Wingman is a story of loss and recovery, of dealing with the pain of being alive when someone who made up half of you in gone. Kara’s mourning is raw and bleeding, it pours into the story gripping and heartbreaking. There’s a particular scene near the end that you might need tissues for. You’re welcome.
- More than half the book passes by in a blur of not much happening. The build up is slow and leisurely.
- Kara’s lusting after Dominic is borderline stalker obsessive. She can barely function around him and the sheer amount of time she spends mulling over his hotness was a bit much. Intensity overload.
- The threat comes way late in the book and while definitely deadly and sinister, wasn’t as horrifying as it could have been had there been more layering into the overall plot. Had the antagonist been introduced sooner, the danger and fear would have been so much more potent. Instead, it escalates quickly and is over too fast.
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.
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!