Silk and Steel by Stella and Audra Price
Goaded into doing a favor for his best friend, Arcady Morrison, Incubus and Hit man, Enters Russia even though he's got a price on his head to find His Best friend's only living family, His cousin Alice. Given a pass for safe passage by the second prince of the Conglacio, Prince Dimitri, Arcady thinks this will be an easy in and out job, After all it's the Princes Brothels he's got to search in order to find the girl, The prince being the premiere Pimp in Russia. If she's in Russia, she's in Dimitri's Employ. Stuck in a cold and frozen land, he's about to meet the girl of his dreams.
Before I begin with the review I read on Twitter that it is Audra's Birthday today, so Happy Birthday Audra!
Silk and Steel is a continuation in the Eververse sage following the lives and trial of a group of demons, all of whom seem to be pawns in a much larger plan. The machinations and plots behind events have always interested me, it's like Machiavelli's The Prince, twist and turn and flirt and play nice but always remember who is first and have the knife at the ready; and in some respect I can see Cash doing that, getting his pawns in place, making alliances, remembering all the time that e is a demon and not nice, however life throws him curve balls, the fact that he loves Astrid's smelly dog, his old love Faris turns out to be pregnant with his child after poisoning her intended groom so she could have her wedding night with him, and that he finds little Alice Ipwisk in the form of his brother's enforcer the adorable and psychotic Snow. Yes life is not easy for the exiled prince.
But I think that is what I like, the fact that this plot is character driven and you begin to like and genuinely care about the characters. Some of whom I now hate! Bateman gives me the shivers and as for Drake.... I know some are panting after his book but after what he did to Snow and her dog (poor Soot) I have a good mind to smack him. I am interested, after all the things I have heard about him, to see how he develops and turns out, his portrayal in this book is not flattering. But they are all demons!
Apologies if this wanders, I blame the Lemsip Max strength with menthol, good stuff but it does make you feel a bit wooo wooo! =D
Aside from what I have already said this book is actually the story of Acardy and Snow and how they fall for each other. This is not an easy relationship, he has issues because of his nature, he needs sex (preferably with multiple partners) to survive, she is 'damaged' as she says. But it also is a story of what a person can cope with and self salvation. Snow is scary, but she is also strong, stronger than she gives herself credit for, and Arcady sees that. They compliment each other very well, she gives him someone to care for, and he gives her a sense of home and pride. Never once does he look down on her, he thinks it is cool she knows so many ways to torture people, then again he blew up a building with thousands of people in it. A match made in the Eververse!
A simpler story than Sugar and Sin, not as complicated, this was more character driven and whilst it did still have many twists in (the biggest adding itself in the epilogue- this had me heading online to buy the next one... I must finish the series!) it was in no way as complex as the first, and I was grateful for this.
A fun book, I love Arcady! I give it 4 pink panties out of 5.