Reviewed by Susan65
Title: The Demon’s Seal
Authors: Lena Seidel and Simone Singer
Series: The Devil’s Guardians #1
Genre: MM Paranromal
Length: 114 Pages
Publisher: MLR Press
Release Date: March 24, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: The alluring demon Seere offers Morten a contract as irresistible as the man himself…
Morten Rykers is pleased with his life. He is a skillful art thief who loves the risk of his work. After his last successful coup he is approached by a compelling stranger and ends up in bed with him. But there is more to the man than meets the eye. The appealing redhead is a demon who offers him a contract he is unable to decline…
Review: I usually love angel & demon and heaven & hell stories, but this one fell a little flat. Damian (Seere) and Morten just did not have much going for them besides the sex. It is not until the very end of the book that Damian even attempts to see Morten as anything more than his property. Okay, so yes, Morten is just a human who signed a life & death contract with Damian, a demon, so yes, he is technically owned by Damien, but…..this is a romance, right? Where is the romance?
The blurb grabbed me. I am always intrigued about these so-called contracts with demons, and then having said demon fall in love with the human is synonymous with beating the devil at his own game. Good conquers evil and love wins. This story sort of follows that guideline, and it does end with a happy for now, but the majority of the story was one big miscommunication slash “me Tarzan, you Jane” feel that I just wanted them to cancel the contract and move on.
I think what I had the most trouble with was the syntax and writing style. That may be because the author’s first language is not English, and it was probably just me that had the issue. I fully own that I struggle sometimes with different dialects and stories written by non-American authors, so do not let my hangup become yours. Unfortunately, the writing style was not as smooth, nor did it flow in such a way that kept me vested. For a short story, it took me a while to read it, and that is never a good sign. Even though I liked it enough to finish, I am not sure I will read the sequel.
I can’t decide if I could really recommend this story or not, but it is short, and if this trope is something you normally enjoy, then I would suggest you give it a try.
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*