The Devil Himself by C. A. Salo

The Devil Himself by C.A. Salo
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press Torrid
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short (117 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by Lilac

Luca has lived a long and sheltered life. Dubbed by many as “The Jersey Devil”, he resides peacefully and alone in the Barren Woods, where no one can find him. It’s a lonely exsistence, but necessary for one such as he.

Until photographer Chandra Burke comes along. After saving her life, Luca feels obligated to keep her with him until she heals. But as hours with her turn to days, and then weeks, he finds he wants to keep her for an entirely different reason—for him.

Can Chandra and Luca overcome Luca’s view of himself, a pesky wizard, and a possessive demon to be together? Or will the Fates allow love to slip past Luca once again?

In this Beauty-and-the-Beast-like tale, Luca, an outcast also known as The Jersey Devil by locals, saves photographer Chandra Burke from a serial killer and decides to keep her as she recovers. As her rescuer, Luca feels obligated to care for her, but fears that she will discover his secret as he takes her to his solitary home in the Barren Woods to recover. You see, with his extreme height, fur, claws, wings and more, Luca is not an ordinary individual, but a half-human/half-demon who was cursed in the womb.

Luca finds himself attracted to Chandra, but fearing her rejection he hides his true self by keeping her blindfolded. As Chandra recovers she begins to wonder about her mysterious rescuer and his reasons for keeping her blindfolded. As they both learn to trust one another, the unusual couple begins to fall for one another. But soon their budding relationship faces trouble in the form of the demon who cursed Luca to his lonely existence.

I was intrigued by this story from the very beginning and I longed to know more about these fascinating characters. Luca stole my heart with his insecurities and doubts. He was a perfect example of why people shouldn’t judge others based on their looks. As for Chandra, I found her very likeable and thought she was very accepting especially once she learned about Luca and his life. They made a lovely pair as both taught each other about love, trust, and acceptance.

I really enjoyed the author’s unique approach to a classic love story. This wasn’t an ordinary boy-meets-girl story as it featured a creature that some might find hard to love, yet the author was able to humanize the beast in the story and make me, the reader, fall for him as well despite what some might consider imperfections. I found the author’s use of an imperfect hero, at least when it comes to looks, refreshing and interesting.

This was a very touching love story that I would definitely recommend to those looking for something a bit different.

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