Heidi Cullinan’s story begins with a ‘Once Upon a Time’ and ends with a ‘Happily Ever After’, but it is far removed from the bedtime stories adults read to their children!
Eryn believes himself to be a ‘deviant’; and attitude forced on him by the society in which he lives. He has tried to fulfill the role expected of him and proposes to a pretty young woman, but he cannot deny his sexual attraction towards men. We feel Eryn’s sense of excitement when he visits the docks, but empathize with the confusion he is left with. Eryn’s feelings of ‘deviancy’ only increase when he admits that he becomes more aroused by being sexually dominated.
Heidi Cullinan links Eryn’s false existence with Wyn’s fantastical one, when the cloud-prince visits Eryn in his dreams, with promises of love and marriage. Eryn’s sense of hope is apparent as he sets off on his journey to rescue his soul-mate.
Eryn’s sexual and spiritual journey is explicitly documented in The Devil Will Do and throughout his experiences we never share the disgust he has for himself. We desperately want him to reach the point of self-acceptance, which will enable him to face the witch and the demon so he can rescue Wyn.
The Devil Will Do has only a small number of primary characters and Heidi Cullinan creates them with a vivid precision, entirely absorbing her reader into this fantasy world of magic and illusion.
Heidi Cullinan is not shy in her description of sex or any of the techniques used by the pasha, but each act has a place in the story, rather than being used for shock-value.
The Devil will Do is the second book I have read by the author and I am already a big fan of hers. I know this will be a hit with fans of the gay erotica genre.
In a land unforgiving of indulgent, dangerous sex, merchantman Eryn does his best to keep his desires in the dark…until the plight of a beautiful prince leads him out of the shadows and into adventures both sensual and terrible.
Capture, curse, and torture litter Eryn’s road to true love, along with carnal delights beyond his most wicked imaginings. His strengths and limitations are exposed—and the hard truth, that nothing holds him back more than the monster of self-loathing in his heart. Prince Wyn might be everything he’s dreamed of in a man—and master—but before Eryn can accept the exquisitely wicked affections of his one true love, he must first save himself…from himself.
This novella was originally published under the title Sweet Son and has been significantly revised.