Book Reviews

Gabriel and the Devil by Robert P. Rowe at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / New Adult / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 04-January-2019

Book Blurb

Flirting with the devil can lead to a helluva good time. 

 

Gabriel is a regular angel. The former altar boy plans to graduate from college, become an accountant, get a good job, find a wife, and live a faithful Catholic life. 

 

But one Halloween night, the devil pops in out of nowhere, challenges everything he believes, and heats up Gabriel’s lonely life.

 

Marcello is full of the devil. He’s lusted after Gabriel forever, but what he really wants is Gabriel’s eternal soul. Still, his mischievous sense of humor, along with his tricks and jokes, leads to a misunderstanding that could condemn him to hell on Earth. Only the truth will let these souls find true love and happiness.

 

Book Review

Temptation can take many shapes, and it is usually most “effective” on those who try to resist it. Gabriel grew up as a good little Catholic boy, he has tried to do the right thing all his life, but then he meets Marcello, dressed up as a devil, just before Halloween, and Gabriel begins to question everything. Marcello does a good job at playing the devil and remaining mysterious, and the result is a story filled with tension, some interesting theological arguments, and a very cute romance.

Gabriel is a man who always tries to do the right thing but he has never bothered to define what “right” means for him personally. He accepts the word of the church and what others tell him pretty much without question. When he meets Marcello and can’t answer some of the questions he asks, Gabriel is intrigued. Simple logic leads him to rethink some of what he has been told and to explore the true nature of what religion and right/wrong means for him personally. It’s an intriguing journey on more than one level and I found it enchanting.

The play with words in this story had me wondering whether it is set in “reality” or if there really are paranormal elements for the longest time. I am not going to give away what conclusion I came to, because I think half the fun is wondering which it is while you’re following the characters’ banter. There is great humor, lots of mischief, and a religious angle that might lead to head-scratching and more questions once you dive into it. Very well done!

If you like unusual romances with lots of humor yet a deeper meaning as well, if deeply emotional encounters are your thing, and if you’re looking for an interesting read filled with revelations, character growth, and a wonderful ending, then you will probably like this thoughtful novella.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 104 pages/36361 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 04-January-2019
Price $4.99 ebook
Buy Link https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/gabriel-and-the-devil-by-robert-p-rowe-10074-b