Title: The Devil’s Hand Series
Author: S. Zanne
Genre: Gay Romance, Paranormal
Length: Short Story + Novella
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing
Devin 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.
Excerpt, Drawing Dead
WITH EVERY WEEK that passed, Devin’s skin felt as if it was growing ever tighter, constricting him within choking restraints of rotting, ropy flesh and muscle. It crawled along the brittle bones that kept it mobile, able to move and bend at his will. Devin had to fight the urge to claw at his own skin, dig deep furrows in this weak shell that kept him earth-bound—to let his true self out, expansive enough to fill the sky should he wish it.
How the humans could stand feeling so imprisoned was another puzzle, such willing captives of this corporeal flesh.
They were so small…insignificant. Confined within these cages of meat that would one day fail them—finite as the stars they thought would last forever. Their deaths were inevitable, so did it matter so much if it took another fifty years or happened within the next minute when the whim to snap a neck became too strong for Devin to resist?
They seemed to think so. But it was beginning to drive Devin a little mad; he was not sure how much longer he could maintain his sanity with no outlet for the ache that throbbed beneath his skin, every beat of that noisy mass of muscle in his chest making the need grow within him.
ACE IN THE HOLE
Months 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.
The blurb was the first thing to catch my attention when I first was told about these books. It drew me in and made me want to read the stories.
The characters were interesting and the author conveys their emotions very well. You get drawn in and feel their pain, confusion, and other feelings as your own.
An intriguing tale that I will be reading again soon to see if I missed anything on my first pass.
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Devils-Hand-Books-One-Two-ebook/dp/B01I7TT95W/
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Devils-Hand-Books-One-Two-ebook/dp/B01I7TT95W/
Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/Devils-Hand-Books-One-Two-ebook/dp/B01I7TT95W/
Amazon DE: https://www.amazon.de/Devils-Hand-Books-One-Two-ebook/dp/B01I7TT95W/
About the author
Call 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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