Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Devil’s Bargain
Author: Kathryn Sparrow
Series: King of Hearts #1
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 67,000 words
Publisher: MLR Press
Release Date: January 4, 2019
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Seth Griffin is forced to live out his wildest dreams at the expense of his best friend, the man he loves.
Seth Griffin’s life was basically on track. Attend Cornell, double major in Mechanical Engineering and Astronomy, play basketball, and room with his best friend, Kevin. So what if he had a hopeless crush on his gorgeous, straight friend.
When Maynard Frederick Winthrop IV buys all of Seth’s family’s debt and threatens to foreclose, everything Seth has worked for is in jeopardy. Winthrop offers Seth a deal: spend a week at his mansion, a place that seems to defy logic and violate the laws of physics, performing challenges of Winthrop’s choosing. If Seth succeeds, all will be forgiven.
But can Seth do as Winthrop asks, especially when Kevin is the one who will pay the price?
Review: This book gets a solid ten stars for originality and keeping me guessing what was really going on. Seriously, you know there is a kind of paranormal twist but it is not really evident until you get to the end and see all the connections that now made more sense. I am unfamiliar with this author, but I guarantee I will be looking for more works from her in the future.
This review will be very stunted because it will absolutely destroy the experience if you know what’s really going on before the climax. Think The Sixth Sense movie and how it would have ruined the movie if you knew in advance that Bruce Willis was already dead. In this case, there aren’t any dead people, but it was the closest I could think to relate.
Kevin and Seth are best friends and college roommates who both find themselves in a sick kind of twisted game where they are forced to interact with each other in ways that makes them both a little (a lot) uncomfortable. Sadly, for Seth, Kevin has also not been super honest with him which causes Seth some unnecessary grief. The majority of the story is the game. A game, that if they win, will have all their problems erased, but if they lose….. hmmm. Basically, they have no choice but to be put on display and do as they are told. Doesn’t mean it’s a true hardship because they truly do like each other, the hardship would have been had they been paired with someone else.
I really am not going to say more because this one is so original, at least to me, that I did not see the ending coming. I knew it was going be far out there, and with the timing of the release, it should have sunk in sooner, but it didn’t and in a way, that was good. It kept me reading. I definitely recommend this one. Even though it might seem a bit creepy and maybe a little cruel, at first, it really was done for the betterment of both Seth and Kevin.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*