Series: Purgatory #4
Published by Hocus Pocus Publishing on June 9, 2015
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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.
I’ve been craving Paranormal Romance, lately. I’ve even been re-reading some old favorites since it’s so hard to find something new anymore. But just my luck Cynthia Eden has a new release.
Deal With the Devil is the fourth book in her Purgatory series, and while it can stand on its own, much better than most in a series, I’d still recommend reading at least the first book. Purgatory is a sort of Alcatraz for the Other. I mean you can’t exactly just put a werewolf in jail with everyone else. Eric Pate oversees Purgatory, in fact, it was his idea. Unfortunately, though, he’s realized that having that many paranormals in one spot, even if they’re “contained,” isn’t the best idea. So while he may have cleaned up the corruption that we saw in previous books, the place is still a simmering pot just waiting for the right moment to boil over.
Meanwhile, the woman his team freed from the last book, from an evil werewolf alpha named Keegan, is still in a cell. Even if it’s an apartment, it’s still a prison when the doors are locked from the outside.
Ella wants out. She is so tired of being kept a prisoner. Keegan suspected what she was, and he had been using her blood to make himself stronger. Eric doesn’t think Keegan is dead, so he’s keeping her protected. But to Ella, it’s just another cage.
Eric is full of surprises, and even his team, doesn’t know what he is. But Ella does. He’s her mate. She’d thought she was the last one alive, but her instincts are telling her that Eric is just like her. (I won’t spoil it, but it’s not what I thought!). This book goes much more in depth into the beginnings of the Others, of all of the Others, and when Ella realizes that Eric’s been lying to her, and even lying to himself a bit, she bails.
She holes up and cries her heart out a bit, not wanting to believe he could betray her like that. But his deceptions aren’t over. Unfortunately, someone from her past chooses that moment to pop back into her life, and wow, did I not see that coming. This dude is bad news. Obsessed with her, and obsessed with power, he is one badass mofo. But his obsession will be the death of him. Will it be the death of Ella?
I love betrayal plots, and this one was so brilliantly done. As I’m sure you all know from last month’s Cynthia Eden binge, I’m a huge fan. No one writes PNR like she does. Her mastery of the Romantic Suspense genre only enhances her action-packed storylines. You can’t go wrong with a Cynthia Eden book.
***ARC courtesy of the author