Jan 16, 2014
Title: The Devil’s Reprise
Author: Karina Halle
Publisher: Diversion Books
Publication Date: October 29, 2013
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
Given a second chance, music journalist Dawn Emerson and guitarist Sage Knightly are reunited, only to have their lives threatened again by a demonic bargain. The sequel to THE DEVIL’S METAL, from USA Today bestselling author Karina Halle.
When Dawn Emerson got the chance to go on tour with her favorite metal band, Hybrid, she thought she landed the writing gig of the century. But what started off as a dream for the budding music journalist quickly turned into a nightmare that she and guitarist Sage Knightly barely escaped alive.
Now, months after they went their separate ways, Sage invites Dawn to accompany him on his first solo tour across Europe and write about it for Creem Magazine. But like the last tour, nothing is as easy as it seems. Sage is a broken man on the path to self-destruction and Dawn isn’t sure if she’s the right person to save him. And aside from having to pick up the pieces of their burgeoning relationship, they have to negotiate the mysterious new photographer assigned to Dawn’s story, as well as vindictive promoters and demonic groupies they thought they’d never see again.
Because this time, it’s Dawn who made a deal with the devil and the only thing worse than having to uphold a bargain with the prince of darkness is not remembering how you’re supposed to pay it back.
It may be with their souls.
When I first started this series I was a little skeptical. I’m not a big fan of the 1970’s and even less of a fan of groupie stories.However, I am a huge fan of Karina Halle, and I decided to give this series a chance. The first book corrected these misapprehensions, and The Devil’s Reprise just laid it to rest.
I loved Dawn, she was the perfect mix of feisty and vulnerable. She was never really afraid of her emotions even though she didn’t want to be feeling them. I felt really bad for her in this book, because this book is about Dawn’s demons. I knew of them from The Devil’s Metal, but they weren’t truly covered. In this book we get to see how much her upbringing and especially her mother’s death affected her.
Sage annoyed me at the beginning, after all he went through in The Devil’s Metal to just drown his sorrows in booze, drugs and orgies just rubbed me the wrong way. I like Sage. I think he is the steamiest and sexiest fictional rock star EVER. I understood his guilt, and even though I don’t think it was his fault I still got it. It just wasn’t enough to excuse his behavior in the beginning. Of course, Sage redeemed himself because I wouldn’t be raving about this book if he hadn’t!
I did love this book, it was dark, crazy and exactly what I love from this author. Sage and Dawn together are an unbeatable team. Their chemistry was off the charts, and they were literally perfect for each other. I can honestly say my only dis-satisfaction with this book was Sage’s behavior at the beginning.
Overall, I just loved this book. I would give it a full 5 out of stars, for being amazing and wonderful. I have to give the author tons of credit for her well-written books. If I hadn’t read other works by Karina Halle I never would have picked up this series, and I’m so so glad I did!
5/5 – MUST READ, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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