The Devil's Gate Trilogy by Rue Volley

The Devil’s Gate

After a brush with death, Abigail is reminded of just how short life can be...then she meets Jack Landon, the mysterious heir to the Landon fortune and her savior from a certain death. Jack's tastes are very defined, and his ability to seduce with ease draws Abigail into his dark world. One taste of him on her lips and she is consumed with a desire, a willingness to submit and let him take the gift that she has protected for so long.

I read this book in one sitting. The story and the pace held my attention the entire time. I have to admit that I was worried this would end up to be too much like FSOG at first. Young, naïve, virginal girl meets hot, fetish-loving billionaire (yawn), but I was pleasantly surprised. The author took me on a thrill ride with so many twists and turns that I needed Dramamine!

I enjoyed the main female character. She is well developed and her motivations are clear. She is someone I would befriend, if she weren’t fictional of course. I did want to beat her over the head when she went back to Jack after he hurt her. (This becomes a pattern for her throughout the trilogy.)

The main male character remained a mystery until the very end. He was well developed and the reader is able to see some of his motivation, but he definitely remained in the shadows in this book. He is the perfect guy on the surface, but once we see deeper into him he becomes something different. Everyone loves a bad boy and Jack fits the bill.

The biggest strength of this book is the carefully constructed characters. They are like onions (or parfaits) lots and lots of layers. Even the secondary characters are fully fleshed out-no pun intended. They are just as interesting as the main characters. I could see a spin off or two with Abi’s best friends Sam and Avery, or even the other Landon brother, Jerod.

My only issue with this book is a personal pet peeve. Jack comes from an abusive home. Why are all of the fictional male characters, who enjoy a little slap and tickle, from horribly abusive backgrounds? It perpetuated a negative, and highly inaccurate, stereotype. People raised in normal homes can and do grow up to enjoy alternative lifestyles. The author does portray Abigail as from a typical small town family, and she certainly enjoys kink.

This book grabbed me from the beginning and held onto me until the end. Rue Volley has a terrific balance of emotion, comedy and sex. I laughed, I cried, I got hot and bothered. Great book.

The Devil’s Fire

Seeking refuge, Abigail Watson returns home to mend a broken heart, abandoning the city that she has grown to love and the job she worked hard for years to attain. Life allows for distraction, but it can't bury the past. Jack Landon has left an indelible mark on her. A painful scar, a stolen kiss, a memory of what once was, or could be. Jack is all of these things, and more. The haunting memories begin to consume her with an unbridled passion. His domination is absolute. Her submission begs for release.

Their lustful needs could destroy everything around them, turning flame to ash. Friend to enemy, love to hate.

Where there's will find the Devil's Fire.

This is the second book in the trilogy and continues the story of Abigail and Jack. I have to say, I liked this one even more than the first. The Devil's Fire is amazing.

The love story, more like love-loss-love story, between Abi and Jack is intriguing and frustrating. By the end of this book, I both wanted them together, and wanted Abi to run away and never look back. The emotions are raw and gritty and true to life. It isn’t a sweet story that pulls the heartstrings. It digs in with a spork and takes chunks out until there’s a hole in your chest.

As with book 1, the characters are incredibly complex. As the story continues we are allowed to see glimpses of the character’s childhoods, their parents, and what made them the people they are today. I absolutely loved Abi’s mother. While Jack may not be a perfect book boyfriend, Abi’s mom is the perfect book mom.

The Devil’s fire is full of tragedy, but it is counterbalanced by the humor. At times the narrative took over, leaving me craving more dialogue between the amazing characters. This is common with books with multi-layered plots.

The Devil’s Kiss

Jack Landon's bittersweet caress still lingers on Abigail's lips. He haunts her dreams and blinds her to reality. She now finds herself at a crossroads. One road could lead to safety. The other to uncertainty and heartbreak. Life could be easy, as easy as breathing. But we all know that love should leave you breathless.

I finished the trilogy back to back in three days, and I still can’t get it out of my head.

The Devil’s Kiss is the final book in The Devil’s Gate trilogy. It is just as emotionally charged as the first two. In fact, it amps up the tension to the point that I couldn’t read fast enough. I love books that keep me guessing, and this one fit the bill. There are twists and turns that left me saying, “Holy shit, what just happened?”

I would suggest reading the books in order, though each can stand alone the story is richer if you know the background. The author did incorporate flashback type thoughts and dreams to bring the reader up to speed.

Ms. Volley brought all of the emotion, humor and sex from the first two books and then put the plot on hyper drive by adding suspense to the story. The ending was as touching as the action was heart pounding.

It took me until the last chapter before I fell in love with Jack, but I fell hard. He redeems his bad behavior in a way that I have not seen in this kind of book. I absolutely loved it.

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