Reviewed by Susan65
Author: Maggie Walsh
Series: Stories from a Crossroads Demon #3
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 111 Pages
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Release Date: May 12, 2016
Available at: Siren Publishing
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Blurb: Riley works in a BDSM club in hopes of finding his perfect Master but he starts to notice that the Doms want nothing to do with him. And some of them, including his dream man, Master Blade, start to abuse and degrade him.
Riley is confused by the loathing they show him and turns to the Crossroads Demon for help. He asks for his perfect Master. When even his bargain with the demon doesn’t seem to be working, Riley gets desperate and accepts an offer from his boss, Stuart, to train under him to become the perfect sub.
Still, the Doms ignore him as others begin to mistreat and humiliate him. So Riley decides to walk away from his boss, the club, and the lifestyle.
Can Dantalion help Riley to see that what he desires is right there, laid out before him, in hopes of Riley finding redemption? Or will Riley walk away from the life he desire’s, damning his soul to hell forever?
Review: Riley is my favorite of the Crossroads Demon series, so far. I initially held off a little reading it because BDSM is not one of my favorite tropes, but this one was written so well that I ended up loving it. Color me surprised.
Riley is such a sweet guy, a great sub, and all he wants is offer his submission to a Dom who will love and care for him, who will accept his gift for the treasure that it is. Instead, he is treated like garbage by the Doms in the BDSM club where he works. It was truly awful to witness, and difficult to understand.
I didn’t spend any time reading the blurb, so besides knowing it was about BDSM, I left myself open to be surprised, and what a great surprise it was, too. I was almost 75% through the book before I was even 100% sure who Riley’s true love interest was. That was all because of what was happening in the book, and what he wished for from the Crossroads demon that left me a little uncertain. I admit I was glad it turned out to be who I hoped it was, but when Riley left with the other Dom I was like “NOOOOO”.
Fortunately, my fears were unfounded. I hated how Riley was treated but I loved the way it ended. Seriously, Karma is truly a righteous bitch.
Now, you know I loved it, but I still have a little something that left me unsatisfied, and that was the whole Crossroads demon aspect. I actually forgot this was a demon book about selling your soul. When Dantalion showed up at the end, I was like, “oh yeah, that’s right”. I’m glad Riley wins at the end, but I am unsure why and how the demon now makes that determination. Maybe I need to read book two again.
Regardless, I loved it, loved Riley and wholeheartedly recommend this book and the series.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*