I generally review romance, paranormal and urban fantasy. I tend to pick review books that I want to read, so generally my reviews will be positive. I always give my honest opinion: good, bad, and indifferent.
Note: on my blog I use a letter grading system. I've listed the ratings below. For sites with stars, I have listed the equivalent rating. If I didn't finish the book, I will not rate it with stars.
A+ Personal Favorite (5 stars)
A Loved It (4.5 or 5 stars)
A- Enjoyed A Lot (4 or 4.5 stars)
B+ Liked It A Lot (4 stars)
B Liked It -- Recommend (4 stars)
B- Liked It -- But I had a few small issues (3 or 3.5 stars)
C+ Liked It -- But I had issues (3 or 3.5 stars)
C Finished It -- Liked some, didn't like some (3 stars)
C- Finished It -- Liked a little, didn't like a lot (2 or 2.5 stars)
D Not A Big Fan (2 stars)
E Don’t Waste Your Time (1 star)
TW: Reading this book was like watching a Train Wreck
DNF: Did Not Finish
updated July 9, 2015
Ride with the Devil is a wonderful short, but mostly because I read and loved the follow up story, Dance with the Devil, which is part of the Dark Secrets anthology. Ride with the Devil tells the story of Jake, a man who's soul belongs to the devil because his mother made a deal with Morningstar in order to save Jake's life. Jake must do what the devil asks, or forfeits his soul. What he didn't expect was to meet the woman of his dreams while fulfilling his latest obligation.
Having read the second story first, I'm biased that everyone should do the same. I honestly don't know if I would have loved Dance with the Devil as much knowing Kathleen and Jake's history. Similarly, I would not have liked Ride with the Devil because of its ending, but knowing what happens next made the story interesting and exciting.
Together, the pair of stories make for an engrossing, dark love story. The theme of free will and making one's own choices is an interesting topic that plays strongly in the books. Ms. Hart weaves a fascinating tale that made me feel and left me thinking. I highly recommend picking up both stories and reading them either in or out of order.
My rating: B+