Gabriel and the Devil (CrabbyPatty’s Review)


Title: Gabriel and the Devil
Author: Robert P. Rowe
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 4, 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 117
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Blurb:

Flirting with the devil can lead to a helluva good time.

Gabriel is a regular angel. The former altar boy plans to graduate from college, become an accountant, get a good job, find a wife, and live a faithful Catholic life.

But one Halloween night, the devil pops in out of nowhere, challenges everything he believes, and heats up Gabriel’s lonely life.

Marcello is full of the devil. He’s lusted after Gabriel forever, but what he really wants is Gabriel’s eternal soul. Still, his mischievous sense of humor, along with his tricks and jokes, leads to a misunderstanding that could condemn him to hell on Earth. Only the truth will let these souls find true love and happiness.


I find it very difficult to review this novella without basically giving away the premise of the story, so I’m going to apologize in advance for revealing the full plot. You have been warned. Proceed with caution.

Read the blurb very carefully for Robert P. Rowe’s “Gabriel and the Devil” because it’s easy to assume that you know the premise, which is what I did in beginning this tale. A story about a devil corrupting an angelic fairly naive young man by tempting him with devilishly good sex? Sign me up!

I really enjoyed the first part of the book where Gabriel is tempted by Marcello and realizes that giving up his eternal soul really isn’t that bad a deal. The two young men have a very real sexual attraction and the story definitely held my interest. I also loved how Rowe discusses theology along the way, presenting Marcello’s contention that evil is needed in the world as a means of contrasting good, and he presents some interesting ideas that evil in the world in fact brings about good.

Until … we learn that Marcello really isn’t the devil; he’s a shy young man who has had a crush on Gabriel since they were both young men and in wearing his devil’s costume on Halloween and introducing himself to Gabriel, he though Gabriel was in on the joke. But naive Gabriel, raised Catholic and a former altar boy, truly believed Marcello was a devil.

Okay. At first I felt duped. Darn it, I was promised a story about a devil and an angel! But after carefully reading the blurb, I realized that wasn’t the case. Then I grew to admire Robert P. Rowe’s writing in that he dupes us the way Marcello duped Gabriel and it added another layer to my understanding of the story.

Overall, Rowe totally had me at the theology and the “twist” worked for me. I ended up liking “Gabriel and the Devil” and gave it 4 stars, but I think other readers may have a different perspective. Read this one and let me know what you think!

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Galley copy of Gabriel and the Devil provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.

Author

Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.  Frederick Douglas

I distinctly remember that day in school when, all of a sudden, those squiggles on the page made sense and I could read. It has changed my life in ways I still cannot comprehend.

My favorite M/M tropes are friends-to-lovers, murder/mysteries, amnesia, hurt/healing and historicals. Shifters, vampires, paranormal? Meh … not in my wheelhouse, but I’m a sucker for a well-written well-plotted book, no matter the genre.

Favorite authors includes Brandon Witt, Rick R. Reed, Abigail Roux, Jay Northcote, JL Merrow, KJ Charles, Lane Hayes, Marshall Thornton and so many more.

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3 comments

  • Hmmm, see from the blurb seeing as Gabriel was described as an angel but he wasn’t truly one I thought that might be the case with Marcello and I was okay with that and I will read it, but what has me bummed a bit is the fact that in the cover the “devil” looks more like a 35+yo man (not to mention social) than a shy young man. Going by the blurb and cover alone I thought “yey age-gap” but going by the review I’m thinking that’s not the case :/

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