The Duke's Demon: The Starian Cycle Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Devon Chastain has always been angry. He burns with it, is consumed by it, lashing out at friend and foe alike, and secures his reputation as a difficult noble son for all to see. Now that his family has betrayed the crown, Devon is a mess of emotion he can’t control, and he finds himself discovered by none other than Sebastien d’Hiver, the mad duke who, rumor says, once killed his entire family and sold his soul to a demon.
He will find, soon enough, that only the last half of the rumor is true. Sebastien d’Hiver is a man given over to the dark that is all he or his demon has ever known, and it isn’t until he drags Devon to the eerie country manor he calls home that he realizes that there’s more to life than pain. Soon, all three of them, noble, traitor, and demon alike, will find in each other the light they’ve all been missing.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 30 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||August 16, 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #163,212 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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There's this theme throughout the book about how the Abbey calls people to it. Sometimes it seems like it calls violent people that Sebastien and his demon dispatch, but it also seems to call people who are lonely or in need of help, too, like Devon, Clara, or even an orphaned kid, who find safety there. It shows that even the Abbey isn't cut or dry evil or good, and that anyone can change and grow.
The main takeaway here is that none of the main characters are beyond redemption, and they all deserve love. I think that's my favorite part. Also, Sebastien and Devon's romance is so interesting! It really grows throughout the book!
This book has a smaller cast of characters than book one, but I think that's probably on purpose, since the character development feels so personal. I like the side characters, anyways. Clara is great, and I want to know everything about Polly!
OH RIGHT AND THERE'S A DEMON AND HE'S ADORABLE????? HE LOVES MUSIC??????? HE'S SO CUTE?????? In a demonic way!
There perhaps should be a trigger warning of implied sexual abuse in one of the characters childhood background, but it's implied and not explicit so it wasn't something that pushed my buttons.
Either way, I'm excited to see where Iris Foxglove goes. She's right up there with Megan Derr for me when it comes to M/M romance with depth and rich storylines that suck you in but don't leave you wrecked. And while there is sex, it's a little more NC-17 and biological imperative power exchange than blatant hardcore erotica. Personally I'm finding it a pleasing balance.
- Child sexual abuse (off page)
I do so love it when authors don't only manage to redeem a character but they are doing so in such a way that you are left with tears in your eyes for their behalf and rooting for their HEA!
Such a character is Devon which in the first book you either hated him or loathed him. But here, when his past comes to light... Both Chastain boys went through something no child should ever go through and Devon could process his trauma through anger, fury and rage towards his father, his brother and the world in general that failed so spectacularly to see what was happening, to provide a safe space. Not until Sebastien, a Duke carrying a demon, hunted him for he burned like an inferno and it called to Sebastien.
Sebastien lost his family, and almost his life, when men came to collect what his father owed them. When his mother shouted to him to run, he did, but towards the doors with no handles on the second floor of their home. Doors that were always closed but till that moment, when Sebastien was barely clinging to life and the darkness swallowed him.
This is such a heartbreaking, heartmending and heartwarming story of found family! And I have to say that I do so love and find befitting that Devon is a musician!!!
Now I'm gonna dive into Marius's story (Devon's older brother) because I want to see things from his perspective.
I received an ARC from Gay Romance Reviews and this is my honest review.
*Started this on the premise of it being hot (dark BDSM romance) and was surprised (gratified) by the light touch, deep feeling, found family, humor, and fun dialogue. Oh, and the fascinating world-building. Thoroughly caught up in it and ready for the rest of the series.
Sebastian's demon is so adorable, strange, and interesting I can barely stand it.
Like I said, their coming together and self-discovery was unexpectedly sweet.