Cambion : Part 1
Title : Cambion – Season 1
Dark Around the Edges: Heaven’s On Fire
Author : Cari Z.
Serial : Cambion, Book #1
Publisher : Storm Moon Press (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Fantasy, Paranormal
Length : 41 pages (e-book)
Published : February 8, 2013
Devon Harper is a cambion, the offspring of an incubus and one of his female followers. Discovered by those who could’ve helped him too late to be saved from his nature, he barely survived a brutal childhood before getting a handle on his powers of seduction. Lust, sex, desire: these are second nature to cambion, and are their road to both riches and ruin. Devon has the power to bring people to their knees with a glance, to drive them so crazy with pleasure that they forget their names, and occasionally forget to breathe as well. He could use his birthright to force the world to worship him, but Devon is trying to fight against the pull, to do what he can to track down people with the power to summon a demon and stop them before more cambion can be made.
But Devon doesn’t realize that the path he and his friends are following is only one strand of a web laid in place by a demon who’s not content to wait on the whims of humanity to get out of Hell. Devon is this demon’s key to staying above ground permanently, and when he finally catches up with the cambion, he’s not taking no for an answer.
I kind of have a thing for serials. I try to avoid them. I really do! I get sucked in every time. Cambion: Dark Around the Edges, by Cari Z., is a serial about demons. Of course I was going there! So, in the first installment we’re introduced to Devon Harper. He’s a cambion, half-demon half human. He works for Safeguard Systems, a legitimate security company, in their more secret paranormal based branch. He hunts down demon summoners and investigates various other occult illegalities. Devon is infiltrating Tian, a den of iniquity named for Heaven, looking for Porter Grey. Porter finds him first. Well, at that point the whole situation would just work better with a rescue. Rio Pagani is sent in to rescue Devon and if possible apprehend Porter Grey. Unfortunately, Porter escaped. Doubly unfortunately, he’s now looking to apprehend Devon for his own ends. Devon, on the other hand, was in the process of getting himself out of Tian. Being part incubus Devon’s method of escape was decidedly sexual in nature. His rescue prevented his sexual plans! Thankfully, Rio is willing and able to rescue Devon there as well.
This series has one of my favorite tropes from paranormal romance. One main character has an innate power to which the other is immune. We know inherently they are together because they want to be. There won’t be pages and pages of ridiculous internal maundering along the lines of, “What if he’s only with me because my powers make him want me?” But we aren’t quite there yet with Devon and Rio. They haven’t yet begun to realize they love each other. We have to give them time, the series just started. I also like we aren’t at all sure of what Rio is. We know he’s something other than human or cambion, but not what. He’s a seven foot tall, sexy, international man of mystery with guns and bombs. What’s not to love?
Rated 4.5 stars by Faye