Title: The Devil’s Hand Series
Author: S. Zanne
Genre: Gay Romance, Paranormal
Length: Short Story + Novella
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing
DRAWING DEADDevin endured Hell for a long, long time and has come out literally a changed man. Now a demon, he hunts for the one thing that can make him remember something of what it was to be human—however unfortunate that might be for his prey.
He stumbles upon James Goodman, who tugs at the nearly extinguished memories. The pair enter into a relationship that evolves into something more as Devin grooms James for his pleasure.
Though Devin is a demon and James merely human, who holds the power in their relationship is in question, and, in the end, who holds the winning hand may surprise them both.
ACE IN THE HOLEMonths later, Devin is imprisoned and James remains reluctant to face him. Torn and conflicted, he’s still reeling from the experience of living at the side and in the bed of the man his family has spent several lifetimes hunting.
James tries to find solace in the bosom of his family, but it leaves him dissatisfied and wanting, unable to fulfill the newly born cravings even he’s not sure he understands. Finally forced to serve his stint as Devin’s jailer, James returns to the place of Devin’s imprisonment, only to find his confusion grow with every day he spends with Devin.
And Devin may not be entirely out of cards.
Unbeknownst to the Goodman family, Devin’s influence extends far beyond the ten- by twelve-foot room in which he’s confined.
James comes to the realization that perhaps his great-grandfather’s plan hadn’t been for the family to save Devin after all, but instead to repay a debt owed—a soul for a soul.
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It was bad enough in the unforgiving light of day, when he had no excuses, but the dreams were a weakness from which he couldn’t run. James could keep Devin at bay and out of his head when he was awake, but at night he was vulnerable, incapable of defending himself from whatever Devin threw at him—all too often leaving James with come-wet sheets and memories of pain fading along his limbs. So he had tried to exhaust himself in any way possible, to make those dreams a trivial reality so they had no hold on him; but even when every last bit of his energy was tapped and unconsciousness violently dragged him under, he still found himself dreaming of Devin.
Not that he recognized everything in the dreams. Some of it was… different—a different Devin with a different face, full of more affection than lust, set in places James had never been.
That was almost worse. It was in those dreams that James knew the Devin he had always heard about as a boy, but had never seen—the Devin he had begun to doubt had ever truly existed.
The Devin he had always imagined as a child, hero-worship heavy in his heart.
This series consists of two books. Book one is Drawing Dead and book 2 is Ace in the Hole. And you pretty much need to have these both because when you finish book 1 you want to delve right into book 2.
In Drawing Dead we meet our MC’s. Devin in a demon from Hell and he’s desperately trying to find his humanity. He wants to remember what it was like to be human. Something I found ironic in the current world we’re living in. I swear there are more people in the world searching for the same thing than actual humane people.
So, this is where James comes in. He seems to be the human that is going to be the one to help Devin find himself.
There’s some power exchange stuff that happens in this book which shouldn’t have surprised me as much as it did. I’m talking beyond the sexual. The dynamic of these two was fascinating.
In Ace in the Hole it’s a whole new kind of ride. Months have passed at this point Devin and James aren’t in a good situation. But harsh discoveries will do that. Of course you learn not everything is as it seems. Ace in the Hole was quite a bit more emotional than Drawing Dead. But that could also be the investment you have in these guys.
It’s quite a suspenseful series with great emotion and mystery. Love is a very powerful thing and even with all of the darkness that lingers in Devin and James lives love really is the most powerful of all things.
This was quite enjoyable.
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About the authorCall her ZANNE. She lives in beautiful, sunny Southern California, which is ironic since she tends to avoid the sun like it might incinerate her on the spot. While her colleagues often refer to her job as zookeeping, the technical title is actually middle school teacher. Misfit Prophets Beneath a Bankrupt Sky was her first published novel and her short story “Persephone Is Bleeding” was published in the Hungry Hearts anthology with Inkstained Succubus Press.
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