Title: The Devil’s Advocate
Author: Michaela Haze
Genre & Age Group: Fantasy, romance, adult
Dahlia Clark is a Hell Broker. You want to sell your soul, she’s your girl.
The only problem? She’s not seen her boss, Luc, in over two centuries.
Not since he forced her out of hell, out of his bed and condemned her to be his eyes and ears on the surface.
As far as breakups go, it could have been better!
When Dahlia meets Samuel Rose, a male incubus with the London Underground scene wrapped around his finger, things are looking up in the romance department.
At least she can dust off a few of those cobwebs.
Lucifer doesn’t like it when people play with his things.
It doesn’t matter that he dumped her over two hundred years ago. The Devil wants Dahlia back, whatever the cost.
Source: Thank you so much to author Michaela Haze for providing me with an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!
How I Found Out About It: Author request
This book is exactly the reason why I have no longer been accepting review requests from authors. I just almost never enjoy the books, which proves that many authors do not actually seem to read my review policy.
(It may be my fault, too, for accepting the requests. But shh!) Author Michaela Haze requested for me to read and review this book for her, and under the influence that it was young adult, I accepted. Big mistake.
I have literally NO IDEA what this book was, but all I know is that it was all of the genres I don’t read mixed into one. (Why did I even accept this, again?) It was written for adults, it had elements of fantasy, and even a bit of erotica (ew!). These authors do not seem to understand that I am a teen in high school- I really should not be subjected to this stuff!
Typically in the third paragraph of my reviews I write up a brief synopsis of the book, but since I didn’t understand it, I will be passing on that for today. If you are (somehow) captivated in seeing what the book is about after reading my review, then by all means, check it out above or on Goodreads.
First, I want to talk about the characters. The protagonist’s name was Dahlia, and she was very forgettable and dull. She never seemed eager to make decisions by herself and always relied on others to make them for her, which was a definite turn-off for me. The other characters as well had no depth to them- there was literally nothing in terms of the characters for me to relate to.
Next up, the storyline. For me, unfortunately, none of the puzzle pieces really fit. The storyline got VERY sexual WAY too quickly– as I said before, I am way too young for this stuff- and it dealt with pregnancy as well, which is definitely a sensitive topic. I was mislead by the blurb; I didn’t expect any of this to be involved. Overall, I was ultimately very confused about how everything came together.
The one perk about this book was the fact that it was written beautifully, but pushing that aside, I’m afraid I have to say that this book didn’t work for me at all. I sure won’t be recommending this to teens because I don’t think this is even supposed to be a young adult novel, but I guess this can appeal more to older readers who are more into fantasy. I usually have a hard time with this genre as it stands, and adding in mature themes makes it ten times worse for me. I’m sure The Devil’s Advocate is objectively a great book, but it’s just not the type of story I should be exposed to as a teenager.
*I received a digital ARC of this book from author Michaela Haze in exchange for an honest review.*