Devil's Cowboy by A.D. Christopher
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (67 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Peppermint
Alex thinks life can’t get any tougher on his ranch. His foreman—and ex-lover—has run off with a rodeo cowboy. His sister is seriously ill, and he’s on his own to round up his cows. When Alex rides out into the cold, he never dreams he’ll encounter a herd of supernatural beasts, or a dangerously sexy driver with the heart of a devil…
Diablo was a court demon before he fell out of favor and was punished with the task of driving Satan’s herd throughout the world. Now, he’s on his way home, but he can’t resist one lust-filled night with the hottest cowboy he’s seen in decades.
As passion turns to something more, Diablo questions his very nature, and Alex dares to believe in love again. But their budding relationship will have to survive the wrath of hell itself.
It wasn't Alex's fault that everything in seemed to be going bad. He had no control over his lover leaving him, or his sister's illness. What he does have control over is inviting Diablo into his bed for a while, but that one decision may put his very soul in jeopardy.
The creativity behind creating Diablo was fascinating. Like many, when I hear the name Diablo I know I am going to get a dark sinister character who preys on the weak. I think this is punctuated by the fact he is in charge of a group of hellish beasts roaming the lands. What I had not expected was someone whose loneliness would drive him to decide between returning where he belongs or forging a new path in life. I think that this lonely characteristic gave Diablo a approachable appearance which drew me in immediately.
Alex, on the other hand, is a guy you sympathize with immediately. He is the typical hard working man doing whatever it takes to care for the ones he loves. This cowboy has continued to put everyone before himself and because of that he has a void that can only be filled by a warm kiss from the approachable yet frightening demon roaming around his land. While Alex may look like the ultimate good guy, he has a wicked streak in the bedroom, which left me grinning from ear to ear.
While the story line was consistent and intriguing I would like to have seen a bit more hellish behavior. I think Diablo should have been a bit more menacing outside of the bedroom so that I can truly see his darkness, or at least have had a bit more menacing companions to get me to fully appreciate the demonic powers at play. Other than that I think that the story was perfect. I absolutely love the complexity that Alex's sister added to the storyline with her illness. I think it helped to show both Alex and Diablo's strengths and how right they truly where for one another.
I just hope that one wicked night can lead to many wicked years.