Title: The Devil’s Beauty
Author: Airicka Phoenix
Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance
Expected Release Date: July 19, 2016
Cover Designer: Airicka’s Mystical Creations
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
Dimitri Tasarov has never had a choice in what he was. From infancy, he had been raised with the knowledge that he was a monster, an unlovable creature without a soul, until a single act of kindness threw his entire world into a tailspin.
Ava Emerson had always led a reluctantly sheltered existence. Friendship was a luxury that came with questions she couldn’t afford to answer.
They were an unlikely pair. He lived behind his mask and his roses, and she lived behind her secrets, yet they shared a bond that could get them killed if anyone ever found out.
Times were changing. The city was in turmoil. The weak were unprotected and someone needed to make a stand. But Dimitri wasn’t the only one with eyes on the north, or Ava, and they will stop at nothing to claim them both.
Can Dimitri keep Ava safe, or will the devil fall?
This book was like nothing I was expecting and I loved every page of this story. This is a book with plenty of action and drama, angst, treachery, survival and love.
Neither Ava nor Dimitri had the typical childhood: Dimitri's father John Paul is Ava's stepfather. However John Paul wants nothing to do with Dimitri and instead treats Ava as if she is his flesh and blood child. So sets the stage for the animosity between Dimitri and John Paul for the rest of their lives. Against John Paul's wishes, Ava and Dimitri find ways to spend time together and as they get older, they fall in love. Until Dimitri disappears for 8 years. Their reunion isn't a happy one, and soon Ava finds herself at the mercy of Dimitri, who is using her as leverage to get John Paul to agree to Dimitri's demands.
What follows is a series of traumatic events for both Ava and Dimitri, and an unlikely alliance is formed when Dimitri and John Paul find themselves working together for Ava's sake. But it won't be that easy and lives are lost, but the end is a surprising twist I certainly wasn't expecting, but I'm glad how it turned out.
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Robby broke the silence that followed. “What just happened?”
The buzz had regained through the room. Curiosity punctuated with questions and glances at Ava that she ignored.
“I need to go,” she whispered to no one in particular.
But she grabbed Robby’s hand and dragged him along with her through the maze of rooms, down the seemingly endless corridors. Her heels clacked in sync with the tempo of her pounding heart. It was his turn to run to keep up.
“Don’t ask questions,” she warned him. “Promise me.”
Robby frowned. “But what—?”
She skidded to a halt and faced him, her chest rising and falling rapidly against the front of her dress. “I’m about to trust you with the most important thing in my life, the biggest secret I have ever kept, and I am trusting you because you are my best friend and I need your help.”
The crease between his brows deepened. More lines appeared at the corners of his mouth. His gaze shot past her to the hallway leading to John Paul’s office, then back down to her.
“Tell me who that was first.”
His hand slipped from her grasp. She took a step back and his eyes narrowed.
“I can’t. I can’t tell you anything.”
“But you want me to trust you.” It wasn’t a question.
Ava nodded. “Yes.”