- Hartwood Publising
- Release Date
- March 2015
- Book 3 of Hades Squad
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery
The last person Devil expects to see in a BDSM club is the best friend of his buddy's new wife, Jessica Blaine. The all-American apple pie woman he craves, it's her face he's seen during every orgasm for the last nine months.
Is she playing? Exploring?
Tough, she's on his turf now, she's put herself up for auction, and by God she's his for the night.
Jess is scared spitless. She's going to sell her services to the man who may have killed Aung, the college student she mentors who vanished three weeks earlier. When the wrong man, a masked stranger, wins the auction, she has no choice but to proceed. Horrified when she responds to the masked stranger, Jessica flees.
Devil lets her go, fully intending to reel her in. His way.
Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
Sep 05, 2011 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
218 people found the following review helpful
DEVIANT DEVIL is an action-packed erotic romantic suspense that had me on the edge of my seat while at the same time keeping extra hot under the collar!
For Dominix "Devil" Zubiri, the last person he expects to see in the BDSM club is Jess, the woman he's been avoiding and obsessing about for the last seven months. She simultaneously infuriates him and turns him on. When she offers herself at the slave auction in the club, he's determined to win the auction and her heart.
Jess can't believe that she's going to offer a blowjob to the man she thinks kidnapped the student she mentors. But after Aung disappeared a few weeks ago, Jess is desperate to find her, and she thinks this is her only option. She just wasn't expecting Devil to get involved. Having Devil around makes everything more complicated because she can't seem to stop wanting him no matter how hard she tries.
But with her student missing and people trying to kidnap her as well, she needs all the help she can get. And along with the rest of the Hades Squad, Jess and Devil work to find out who's behind Aung's disappearance and the threat to Jess. Devil, however, is working on another mission: to keep Jess in his bed...permanently.
This was an intense ride from start to finish. From word one, I was swept up into the world of the Hades Squad. Devil was absolutely delicious with his strong alpha tendencies that surrounded his very vulnerable heart. Jess was perfect for Devil in my opinion because she was strong in her own right, very independent and wasn't going to let anyone walk over her, including Devil.
The plot had many twists and turns and was very suspenseful. It was also very action-packed, so I felt like I just flew through the pages. The big reveal was shocking and was not what I was expected, so it kept me on the edge of my seat. DEVIANT DEVIL is the third book in the Hades Squad series, but I didn't feel lost at all.
There was a BDSM undertone in the book, but overall it was light. It added some spice to an already explosive relationship, but I don't think it was the main part of it. I loved how much Jess tried to fight Devil's dominance in bed, but it was obvious she really enjoyed it as much as he did. It didn't matter if they were vanilla or not, Jess and Devil were hot together. I think having avoided each other for so long, they were just explosive when they finally got together.
I loved the interaction between Devil and Jess and the rest of the Hades Squad, including Destiny, one of the other squad member's wives. I know there is some history there that I have missed coming into the series at book three, but they are all hilarious. It's always nice to see dominant men brought to their knees by their women, right?!?
Overall, this book had me going from beginning to end. With tons of action, a suspenseful pot and plenty of steamy heat between the hero and heroine, DEVIANT DEVIL was a pretty fantastic read. This is my Jianne Carlo book, but I'm sure it won't be my last. I can't wait for book four, and I simply must go back and read book one and two of the Hades Squad series!
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BOOK INTERVIEW on September 2011
Interview by Rho
Hi Jianne, thanks for taking the time to answer some questions about your new book, DEVIANT DEVIL. Congratulations on this new release! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and I can't wait to hear some of your thoughts.
Q: DEVIANT DEVIL is quite the action-packed romantic suspense. What kind of research goes into planning those complicated ops you had in the story?
A ton – but it was so much fun. I purchased the Navy SEALS BUD/s Class 234 DVD and watched that a bunch of times—incredible and fascinating to see what these warriors must do to earn that trident. I read the following books:
The Warrior Elite – The Forging of SEAL class 228
Team Secrets of The Navy SEALs
The Finishing School: Earning The Navy SEAL Trident
Rouge Warrior by Richard Marcinko- the man who founded SEAL Team 6
My obsession with warriors of all types knows no bounds, and I think I've purchased every SEAL book/DVD on the market. So, I still have a stack to go through. I can tell you this with utmost certainty – more SEAL books are a-coming. :)
Q: We certainly can't wait! I loved the byplay between hero Dominix and his other security team members. What gave you the idea for the Hades Squad books? What unifying theme drew all these books together?
It all began so weirdly. Loose Id put out a call for Christmas-song-themed books, so I started playing carols and Christmas music in August. The Twelve Days of Christmas got stuck in my head and A Paratrooper in a Pear Tree was born. That tale begins with a blizzard, a remote cabin in Healy, Alaska, and – you guessed it – a paratrooper in a pear tree. I knew that Linc, the hero of paratrooper, would have teammates, and somehow during his first radio conversation with his buddies, the nicknames popped into my brain, Sinner, Satan, Lucifer, Devil, and Demon. The next problem was why hell-themed nicknames? So, I made them all master parachutists and SEALs who, when they're not on an op, go around the country doing air shows for charity.
Q: That's interesting, seeing how the characters come about! Dominix (or Devil as he's called) and Jess had some back history together prior to their coming together in DEVIANT DEVIL. Why did you think it was important for them to have that past in order to get to their future?
It's taken me 16 books to figure out how I write. Somehow an idea for a tale worms into my brain, I wake up one morning with the first chapter in my head, and I get it in black and white ASAP. The first chapter's always from the hero or heroine's point of view. Then I write the second from the other point of view. Then I know where the tale's going. Halfway through the current manuscript, a new idea for another book pops up.
In Lucifer's Choice (Hades Squad Book#2), there was a meeting that both Jess and Devil attended and the chemistry between them blew me away. So the past was more something I had to deal with rather than a necessity. To answer the question – I didn't think it important for them to have a past, it just sort of happened that way.
Q: Dominix had a very tragic past in more ways than one. Please share with us some insight into his character to help us understand him better.
Dominix is ornery and determined. He knows he's different from most people and flaunts his ‘deviant' ways. But he was raised by a doting yet stern grandfather, so he knows what love is, even though he doesn't think he's worthy of it. I think of Devil, aka Dominix, as the ultimate bad-boy – dangerous, drop-dead sexy, and armed with multiple weapons – not all of them inanimate. *waggles eyebrows*
Q: Do tell us more about Jess. What kind of person is she?
Jess is one of those females you think of as prim, but beneath her girl-next-door looks is a woman who secretly wants to take a walk on the wild side. She's been attracted to Devil from the first, but his Dom sexual side scares the spit out of her. When she's forced to turn to the Hades Squad for protection, she surrenders to him, with the caveat that it's not a permanent relationship.
Q: What is it about Jess and Dominix that make them so perfect for each other?
Jess is the yin to Devil's yang. She's the ultimate optimist and he's not. She's the sun in his darkness. And he's the one who sees beneath the mask she wears, the one who can take her places she's dreamed of and feared.
Jess gives Devil stability and the promise of a future. Until Jess, Devil was pretty much on his way to self-destructing. Until Devil, Jess's future yawned, boring, dull, and predictable. They're so perfect for each other.
Q: What is your favorite scene? Why?
My favorite scene has to be the one where Devil finds out Jess went to a BDSM club with another man – here it is:
"Morning, boys and girls." Demon halted on the first step, jammed his hands onto his hips, glanced from Jess to Devil, and groaned. "What the frick's going on? How did you two go from nauseatingly lovey-dovey to World War III in a span of less than six hours?"
"Shut up and eat. We have to be at HQ in forty-five." Devil jabbed a fork at the counter. "I made extra."
"I've told you before. It's better not to eat than to eat angry." Demon ambled to the kitchen. "Can you two not kiss and make up? Fast?"
"Devil's being entirely unreasonable. And I agree with you about the eating angry bit." Jess speared a clump of scrambled eggs.
"Unreasonable? Unreasonable? Go ahead. Tell him why I'm being fricking unreasonable." Devil chomped down half a slice of toast.
Fighting the urge to duck the salvo of darts shooting from Devil's eyes, Jess snorted. "He's pissed because Tom Gordon went with me to Bacchanal. For crying out loud, that was three weeks ago. And it's not as if you and I were dating then or anything."
Demon's jaw dropped. He shot an imaginary gun to his temple. "You went to a sex club with another man? And you think Devil's being unreasonable? Holy crapola. Tell me that's not the Tom Gordon she was being kissy-faced with in the papers?"
Q: Which Hades Squad Member do you most identify with? Why is that?
Lincoln Abraham Chapman, aka Sinner, because of his love of opera. I love the contrast of a tough SEAL singing Handel's Messiah for his bride.
Q: One of things I loved about your book was that Hades Squad is so original. What do you think makes your books different than other romances out there? I love that you write multicultural romances. What has been your motivation to write that particular sub-genre?
I hope you don't mind my combing these questions. I think that the multicultural spin I put into almost all my romances separates me from the pack. I'm the product of a mixed background, an East Indian father and a Portuguese mother. I married a Dutch-born Canadian, and we've three sons who never know what to check off for ethnicity. For me it's all about round pegs fitting into square holes.
Q: What does the future look like for Dominix, Jess, and the rest of the Hades Squad?
It's going to be tough to say goodbye to the Hades Squad, I've had a blast writing each tale. I just finished and submitted Demon Seed to my editor…waiting to hear from her. Satan's tale is next, but that will come next year.
Q: What is next for you in the coming months?
My parallel series, Viking Warriors, will wrap up this year. The Destroyer, Book#4, releases on September 9. The Seducer, the final Viking Warriors series book will come out on December 2. These are all from Etopia Press.
I'm writing a prequel to White Wolf – White Wolf Woman – and I hope to finish that one before Thanksgiving. Then I'm starting a Were Regency series set during the Napoleonic era.
Jianne, thank you once again for talking with us. I have really enjoyed getting to know the characters of DEVIANT DEVIL, and I am looking forward to getting to know many more of the characters in your books.
Bio: Jianne Carlo is an Iron Chef America and Law and Order addict who loves to cook, eat, read, and write. She wishes a body could burn a ton of calories being sedentary and eating. Don't you? If only…
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Alpha males, strong heroines, exotic locations, and cultural differences are her forte.
She's travelling the world and time through her books. From Manacled, which is set in modern day Monaco, to D is for Desire (set in Trinidad at Carnival time), to The Bear and The Bride, set and Norway circa 1029 A.D.
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