Claimed by the Devil is a paranormal erotic novel. The story takes place in the “bayou” where the entire community is made up of “magical creatures” (not witches, werewolves, etc…) more like “enchanted beings” complete with amulets, rings, potions, curses etc. The heroine is a Black Creole, Helene. She is a troubled lower level “enchanted being” whose bulk majority power was stolen from her as a teenager. The hero, Devlin, a white stronger “enchanted being” played a reluctant but key role in that theft when the two were “friends” in high school.
Fast forward about 18 years and the two meet up again in a sex chat room. Helene, now downtrodden and divorced from an emotionally and physically abusive marriage, is not aware that Devlin is the man she has been chatting with on the internet. Basically, they meet in person and a BDSM relationship ensues, Helene being the submissive. The novel is VERY explicit. I realize that the author meant this to be an erotic novel; however, there is such a thing as over doing it. There’s a BDSM sex scene about every 3 pages and did not contribute much to the main story which in my opinion kept getting lost in all the hard core sex.
Helene’s ex-husband still holds a grudge/anger against Helene. In fact, he had cursed her to prevent her from ever being able to conceive. Through the sex and the “power of submission” she learns from Devlin, she is able to stand up to him. Also, she ends up forgiving Devlin for his role in his betrayal when they were teenagers. Devlin finds a potion to cure her infertility.
Helene and Devlin get married, and she gets pregnant. At the end, after she has the baby, he “collars” her, making her his–body and soul forever. Then they participate in a disturbing and painful sexual act which for them is a “happy ending”.
Overall, the story could have been better if the relationship between Devlin and Helene had been developed more. I didn’t feel a connection, and I did not like either character. Devlin to me seemed a bit abusive, and I didn’t find many strong redeeming qualities. Perhaps this is part of BDSM. In reference to Helene, she should have been allowed to “turn the tables” on Devlin at least once in the novel. This would have strengthened her character even if at the end, she decided to stick with being the submissive.
If you are looking for shock valve, this novel may work for you. However, the story kept getting lost in the long hard core BDSM sex scenes.
-Reviewed by Pamela
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Laurel Cremant is an opinionated author and reader of romance with a wicked sense of humor. RNIC was smart (or crazy) to bring her on as a blogger. In 2016 she took over the management of this site and relishes her new title of “Overlord of Awesome”