Publisher: Carina Press
Date published: January 17th, 2011
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained by Publisher via Netgalley
Tristan is half human/half incubus, a cambion born of a human mother and incubus father and has only known the life of pain and pleasure due to his Warden’s cruel betrayal of that trust between a warden and cambion. This has Tristan messed up in more ways than he can imagine. Thinking he could live as a human, he flees after a nasty night out with his warden. No money, a home or food, Tristan finds himself lost and alone as he fights the incubus demon part of him. Meeting Cory, a young photographer has Tristan confused and excited. Who is this young man and why does he want to help Tristan? Can Tristan trust in the one man who may be his salvation?
DEMON’S DANCE is the first book from this author I have read and I have to admit, this was a perfect introduction to Evey Brett’s writing. The writing was tight, the characters were interesting and the storyline was fast paced. Granted there were a few things I had an issue with. Namely the character Blanco was weird and not in a good way. I felt the author should have given a bit more depth to Blanco to flesh him out more and make him a bit more lovable. Tristan was a complex character and one I empathized with. He was so vulnerable and at times so broken; I had tears in my eyes from his pain he kept hidden deep inside. The author does a great job in creating a complex and vulnerable young man, dealing with a demon (literally) and aftermath of his warden’s betrayal and cruelty.
DEMON’S DANCE introduces the readers to a world of cambions-children of human & demon. What I would love to see is more in-depth of the world this author has created. We got glimpses of the wardens’ and the order they serve but felt a little more of an in-depth look would have rounded out the story much better. The character Cory could have used a little more depth but overall, the author was able to show the reader how being a sensitive has affected Cory and the way he is affected by Tristan. The sparks fly between the two and the sex scenes are at times erotic and yet tender between Cory and Tristan. The one character I just could not get into was Blanco. He made me feel like he needed something, anything to combat the creepy way he spied on Cory and Tristan. I wished the author rounded him out a bit better so that we could empathize with him but he just came across as creepy to me.
I enjoyed DEMON’S DANCE and hope this author returns to the world of cambions, the mysterious order and their wardens. I would love to know more about them and maybe peek into Cory and Tristan’s life as well. If you are looking for a new twist in the paranormal/fantasy MM genre, then this may be the book for you. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future and hope it won’t be a long wait for the next book by Evey Brett.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.