Book Reviews

Brown-eyed Devil by Evan Gilbert at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Psychic Powers / Erotic Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Alex on 19-February-2013

Book Blurb

Eighteen-year-old Myron Mitchell's small-town life is getting strange. First, a handsome, mysterious Native American man named Anoki appears in town, and Myron discovers they share a powerful affection neither of them understands. Second, people in the area have been disappearing. And finally, Myron’s body has begun to change in a deadly way. When Myron’s friend Bette becomes the latest abductee, he vows to bring her back—but his time is shorter than he knows.

A necromancer who possesses power over spirits, Anoki has come to stop the person behind the abductions. Unfortunately, he must also stop Myron, the victim of a curse that transforms him into an uncontrollable monster. Despite the inexplicable love he feels for Myron, Anoki will have to banish him to the spirit world to prevent disaster. But Myron wants enough time to find his friend, and Anoki needs Myron’s growing inhuman senses to track down the kidnapper. They agree to work together, but the clock is ticking: they need to find Bette and the kidnapper before Myron transforms completely. Then Anoki must banish the man who seems to be the missing part of his heart.

Book Review

When you finish a story, then find out there is to be a sequel and your heart kind of pounds in anticipation, you know you've read a great book. And 'Brown-eyed Devil' is exactly that, a fantastic, wild adventure that starts out as a typical YA story and then takes a left turn into supernatural/paranormal land.

I must confess I did not read the second paragraph of the blurb, as I picked this up when I was looking for something light to read and the high school setting in the initial pages deemed the book appropriate for my mood. So I was extremely surprised when the left turn came and sped through the first quarter of the book trying to guess… What exactly was Myron, the tender high-schooler who is the lead of this tale…transforming into?

While he exhibited symptoms that were traditionally given to werewolves, vampires and ghosts, he was none of those things. Even when the identity of his new form was revealed, it was uncommon, increasing my eagerness to slip into Myron's new skin and discover its strengths and weaknesses.

Written in first person, we see the world through the eyes of the eighteen-year-old lead and one of the first things we see, is a hot Native American whom Myron finds so magnetic, he almost cuts school to follow for the choice male. The Native American turns out to be Anoki, a necromancer who has arrived in Killebrew, the small country town where Myron resides, because he has sensed that something dark is brewing. Believing that Myron is, if not the entirety of that darkness, certainly a danger to the townspeople, Anoki traps Myron with the intent to ensnare him forever. Anoki, too, feels the fierce attraction between them and so when the boy begs him for twenty-four hours in which to save his friends, who are in danger, Anoki grants him this.

Together the two men embark on a journey through the town and the surrounding rural area, racing the clock to locate and save Myron's missing friends and discover a much larger threat. Throughout the rapid unfolding of the story, the two men grab moments to act on their feelings, but Anoki insists that the intense chemistry between them cannot amount to anything; Myron must still be put down at the journey's end. This bittersweet twist in the story is tempered by the fact that this is the first book of a series. And judging by the initial chapter of the sequel that I was treated to at the book's end, this is going to be a hell of a series.

This is a lightening fast, dynamic read that is sure to leave your heart beating a bit faster. The few harsh, whirlwind sex scenes add to the mysterious appeal of Anoki and the beast that is bound to him. They also illustrate the desperate quality of the chemistry between two men who clearly belong together and yet are torn asunder by unknown forces. The supporting cast is wonderful and I give Evan Gilbert large perks for maintaining the high school atmosphere of the story while showing us large snatches of otherworldliness.

Thank you, Evan Gilbert, for this intense, lively journey into one small town boy's supernatural plight. I eagerly await the second installment of the series.




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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 222 pages/71333 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 07-December-2012
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
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