Title ~ The Devil Will Do
Author ~ Heidi Cullinan
Publisher ~ Wilde City Press
Published ~ 11th February 2015
Genre ~ M/M Romance, Fantasy, BDSM, Dark Non Con, Dub Con.
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.
You know as a child how you'd sit in wide eyed wonder and pure joy as you travel through that portal into a magical world that can only come with fairy tales, where good and evil battle, but in the end they all live happily ever after. Well, Heidi Cullinan created an adult fairy tale that evoked all of the above emotions, whilst indulging my wickedly sinful reading pleasure, ticking all my kink buttons.
Eryn is a merchants son, a lost soul, never feeling like he quite fits in, but he goes with the flow, with what’s expected of him. The dutiful son, loving brother, loyal friend and courting a young lady who was welcomed into the family with open arms. Life was perfect. Yet for Eryn there was something missing, a void within him he was at a loss to explain, only to discover by chance that what he craved could only be found in the back alleys of the docks with the sailors and their deviant sexual practices… and ohh how his body yearned for it.
Prince Wyn, is quite literally the man of Eryn’s dreams, his destined betrothed. But In order for his destiny to be realised he must make a quest to save his beloved, but that road is fraught with danger and our saviour is lost, weary and suspicious of the unknown path he takes. Doubting himself and lacking in confidence to be the warrior needed to save his true love… deeming himself unworthy of the task and the man his heart longs for.
As with all fairy stories, it’s a path to true love and a HEA, so this isn’t about the twists and turns, because to be honest, it’s not complicated, it’s more about the trials and tribulations in Eryn’s quest to finding himself before he can be the man to save the prince. After being captured by bandits, Eryn is recued by the pasha, a powerful magician, an illusionist determined for Eryn to know his true worth, to love himself and break the mental shackles of guilt, shame, worthlessness and surrender to his demons to be truly free. His trials are meant to humiliate in order for him to learn to trust in others, to endure pain, to make him strong, to sacrifice and learn to be totally selfless… all to give him the strength and the true understanding of his nature to enable him to fulfil his destiny.
What a fabulous read this is, and testament to how amazingly talented and versatile Heidi Cullinan is as a writer. She manages to weave her own brand of magic, and creates an illusion worthy of the pasha himself. It’s a beautiful, heart-warming fairy tale, very much of the adult nature, complete with ‘Cullinan Kink’ at it’s very best. Only Heidi can take a fairy tale and make it both sweet and endearing whilst at the same time deliciously dark and kinky. The Devil will Do deals with some very hard limit, sexual practices, yet Heidi still manages to keep the enchantment and innocence of the tale, with a simplicity to the writing which is totally engaging.