Devil at the Crossroads
Title : Devil at the Crossroads
Author : Cornelia Gray
Publisher : Riptide Publishing (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Paranormal
Length : 75 pages (e-book)
Published : September 23, 2013
Rating : ★★★★1/2
The devil covets more than his soul …
Six years ago, Logan Hart sold his soul to the devil to become the greatest bluesman of all time—and now the devil has come to collect.
The irony is that Logan squandered his gift. High on fame, money, and drugs, he ignored his muse and neglected his music. And despite managing to escape showbiz in a moment of clarity, it’s too late to redeem himself. All that’s left is to try to go out with some dignity. Alas, the prospect of an eternity in Hell isn’t helping much with that goal.
But Farfarello, the devil who bought Logan’s soul, isn’t ready to drag him down to Hell quite yet. He’s just spent six years working his ass off to whip a bluesman into shape, and he refuses to let that—or the opportunity for more sinful pleasures with Logan—go to waste
My first thought when reading the description of Devil at the Crossroads was of the Faustian tale surrounding legendary blues guitarist Robert Johnson. Ms. Grey has taken this story and made it her own. It is gritty and dark and so vividly described that I could almost smell the cigarette smoke, feel the dingy carpet beneath my feet and taste the coal dust in the air.
Logan Hart worked at a coal mine. It was bleak and miserable. The only joy he found was playing his guitar. His nights were spent hitchhiking to play at one ratty bar or another; it didn’t matter where as long as he could play. Eventually even that was not enough.
One night he decides to travel to the crossroads to make a deal with the devil. Logan is not sure he truly believes until a man appears out of nowhere and introduces himself as Farfarello, from Malebolge, in the eighth circle of hell. Logan is taken aback but decides to strike a deal with Farfarello. He asks to become a great bluesman and have fame and fortune. Farfarello contemplates this and agrees to Logan’s wishes. He tells him that in six years he will come to collect his part of the bargain. Logan will be his, to do with as he pleases.
Unfortunately, this is one of those be careful what you wish for stories. Logan squanders his fame and fortune, loses sight of his music, and finds himself a wretched mess by the time his six years are up. Logan is determined if this is the end, and the devil is coming to take his soul, he will at least try to die with some dignity. What he does not anticipate is what Farfarello really has in mind.
The chemistry between Fafarello and Logan is intense and passionate. The setting is one that is filled with all the despair, regret, lost hope and broken dreams that fill blues music. It gets under your skin and makes you feel a little bit uncomfortable, a bit more introspective. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is a novella length book that had me captivated from the first sentence. Give it a try.
Rated 4.5 stars by Deb