Title: Devil’s Gate
Author: Thea Harrison
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: The Elder Races (Novella 4.6)
Publication Date: June 5, 2012
Format: eNovella, 97 Pages
ISBN-10: 1619212226 (Samhain)
ISBN-13: 978-1619212220 (Samhain)
Reviewed by: Sheila
As a coroner, medusa Seremela Telemar has always felt more comfortable chatting over a dead body than over drinks. But when her wild niece, Vetta, runs off to Devil’s Gate, a lawless town that has sprung up overnight in a modern-day gold rush, she knows she has to extricate her before the rebellious girl gets into real trouble. Though she’s confident in her head snakes’ ability to defend her against attackers, Seremela is still a bit nervous about braving this modern-day Wild West by herself.
Vampyre Duncan Turner is not about to let his new co-worker go into that chaos alone. His Vampyric power and lawyer smarts make him the perfect ally, and the fact that he already had his eye on Seremela for more…personal reasons, doesn’t hurt matters. Any romantic thoughts pull up short, however, when they arrive at Devil’s Gate and learn Vetta is set to hang by morning.
In order to save Vetta and themselves, Seremela and Duncan are going to have to fight fire with force and magic with fangs. And pray they make it out of Devil’s Gate alive.
Warning: Contains mother effin’ snakes in planes, cars, tents, and beds. Luckily, our hot Vampyre hero doesn’t mind them one bit…
Quick & Dirty: A fun story about a medusa and a vampyre going to rescue a girl in a lawless town and eventually finding love that’s set within the world of the Elder Races series.
Opening Sentence: Seremela Telemar leaned against the frame of the open balcony doors in her high-rise apartment and looked out at the ocean view.
Seremela Telemar is a medusa working for Carling and Rune (their story is in Serpents Kiss). She must leave her job for a family emergency involving her missing niece and while this is not uncommon thing for Seremela to do, her companion is: Sexy vampyre lawyer, Duncan Turner. While she may entertain naughty thoughts about Duncan, she is more worried about her niece’s location within the famed lawless tent town of Devil’s Gate. Can Seremela and Duncan get Vetta out with all of them alive and unscathed? Is this the perfect opportunity for these two beings to explore the sexual chemistry between them?
Seremela and Duncan have been side characters that make bit appearances in most of the recent books of The Elder Races series. Seremela’s character seems extremely intelligent, yet shy and reserved. Duncan, on the other hand, comes across as more confident and aloof. In this novella, we see that there is so much more to the both of them. Out of all the novella’s to date, I have to say that this is my favorite. It is like watching two of your old acquaintances find love in one another. Seremela and Duncan not only work well together, they complement each other. I find myself more attached to these two than the other background characters and I look forward to seeing their relationship progress in future books.
Devil’s Gate is a very interesting place. It brings to mind the old West settlements, only with supernatural creatures. There is gambling, shake downs, and no laws but their own. I found the entire place to be a wonderful addition to the Elder Races universe and its strict laws and regulations. It was extremely satisfying to see Seremela “let down her hair” and allow her inner strength to shine through in such adversity.
While this novella ties into Natural Evil, it is a wonderful read in itself. I’m glad that my Elder Races fix is supplemented by such witty and heartwarming tales.
“After we park, we’re going to need reliable information. Where?”
“Down Main Street, north side,” said the troll. “Look for the pharmacist. Name’s Wendell. He’d sell pics of his mother’s tits to the highest bidder. But they’d really be of his mother’s tits.” As Seremela stared, the troll lifted his rocky shoulders. “What can I say, guy’s got a code. Sort of.”
Duncan bit back a smile. “He your boss?”
“Yeah.” The troll patted the roof of the SUV, straightened and lumbered back a step. “Now git outta here.”
Duncan drove the SUV gently over the rough, pitted ground toward the end of one row of vehicles where a ghoul in an orange reflective vest stood, flashing them with a flashlight.
“I brought cash too,” Seremela said. “I’ll pay you back.”
“Let’s not worry about that right now,” Duncan said. “It’s unimportant. Let’s just focus on getting your niece.”
“Okay.” She stayed silent for a moment as he parked the SUV. Then she said, “Wendell.”
“The pornographic pharmacist,” Duncan said, deadpan.
“It’s not funny.”
“Of course it’s not,” he said.
A soft, odd noise escaped her. It sounded a lot like hot air hissing out of a tea kettle. He looked at her suffused face, found her looking back at him, and them they both burst out laughing again.
He pulled the emergency brake and killed the engine. “Let’s go see what Wendell has to say for himself.”
“Okay,” Seremela said, eyes dancing, “but if he tries to sell me a picture of his mother’s tits, I’m so out of there.”
The Elder Races Series:
1. Dragon Bound
3.5 True Colors
4.5 Natural Evil
4.6 Devil’s Gate
4.7 Hunters Season
5. Lord’s Fall
FTC Advisory: Samhain Publishing graciously provided me with a copy of Devil’s Gate. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review. The only payment received came in the form of hugs and kisses from my little boys.
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