Reviewed by Nikyta
Author: Devon McCormack
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 180 Pages
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Release Date: June 19, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance eBooks and Kobo
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Blurb: Eight years ago, Luke Retter witnessed the brutal murder of his mother and sister at the hands of his demon-possessed father. He survived but lost a hand and an eye. The demon also burned its emblem into his skin, marking him as a cursed. Those who bear this mark are at risk of becoming possessed themselves, so they are monitored and enslaved by the state-run UCIS. Working as a slave is hard, but Luke prefers it to the possibility of being controlled by a demon.
One night, Luke wakes to find his worst nightmare coming true. His father’s demon has returned. In a panic, he runs to the only person who might be able to help: Zack, a cursed who ran away from the state and created an underground community to protect other fugitive curseds. Zack helps him suppress the demon. But the city’s become a time bomb, and Luke’s demon itches to escape.
With the UCIS closing in on Zack’s underground operation and Luke’s demon crafting its own, nefarious plot, Luke realizes that he must take a stand.
Eight years ago, Luke was mutilated and touched by the demon who possessed his father and killed his mother and sister. Now monitored by the UCIS and labeled a cursed, he’s forced to work as essentially a slave to whatever company needs cheap workers. He’s accepted his life even if he hates it and yearns for something he can never have. But when he tries saving another cursed, he’s brutally beaten and only survives because of Zack, a cursed who’s living outside the UCIS system and trying to help other curseds deviate from the system, too. When the demon who possessed his father finally comes for Luke, he does the only thing he can think of and runs straight to Zack for help. The demon is too strong, though, and suppressing it is the only option. But when the UCIS tries to capture Zack all hell breaks loose and causes Luke to finally decide what he should do – continue being a slave or take a stand.
Oh, how I adored Luke! He’s an angsty character who considers himself hideous and useless. With missing an eye and a hand, he can’t even stand to see what he looks like because of the reminder of what he is. I felt sooo bad for him because he felt like no one would ever love him, that he’d never actually get the chance to have a friend let alone a boyfriend. Zack is still a little bit of a mystery but I loved that he was so passionate about what he does. It’s not ideal and not necessarily something to be proud of but it’s the only way he can survive and help curseds who runaway. I loved that he was so arrogant yet he seemed almost innocent and shy at times but so very sweet. When he found out what Luke was missing and what he yearned for, Zack did his best to make some of that come true. Together, I found them adorable and if anything, I wished there had been more scenes with them together!
I really liked this one and the concept but the overly detailed stories that were told by many secondary characters grew tiresome because I didn’t feel like they had anything to do with the story. I’m all for giving characters depth but the tales they were telling were unnecessary to the plot and didn’t actually endear me to Tom, Bentley or Darren.
Overall, I still really enjoyed the book. I loved Luke as a character and just adored the unique, brutal world the author has created. I’m desperately hoping a sequel comes out soon because I’d love to see where Zack and Luke go from here!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*