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Book Review: A Devilishly Dark Deal by Maggie Cox

“It’s a great gift to be anonymous — to come and go wherever and whenever you please and to know that the public at large don’t have a clue who you are and nor do they care.” ~~ Maggie Cox (Book: A Devilishly Dark Deal)

The last story of the box set — ‘One Summer at the Villa’. Let’s find out a little about ‘A Devilishly Dark Deal’…..

Genre: Contemperory Romance; Mills and Boon

Main Characters: Grace Faulkner, Marco Aguilar.

‘A Devislishly Dark Deal by Maagie Cox’ ~~ Synopsis:

Grace is a charity worker and works for the betterment of orphans in Africa.

She’s vacationing in Portugal to recover from a burnout when she finds out that one of the well-known Portugal businessmen Marco is there too.

Not only he’s self-made, but he’s an orphan too. She feels hopeful that he’d help her with her cause to build a new building for the orphanage.

So she corners him, making him almost angry with her tactless approach. He doesn’t want to listen to her, but something about her appeals to him. And he agrees to talk to her about her cause.

Marco invites Grace to his house. He tells her that he’s happy to donate money for the orphanage. But he also has a favor to ask.

Since he’s attracted to her, he wants her to spend the rest of her holiday with him. Of course, he will withdraw the donation if she said no.

Grace didn’t know how to react. She understands what Marco wants, but she doesn’t date, not after that disastrous night with her ex. So she asks for some time to think.

She admits their attraction isn’t one-sided, so she decides to explore it too. Maybe she’d get over her fear of dating.

The more time they begin to spend together, the more Marco realizes why he wanted Grace around.

She’s not like the women he meets in his new world. The only thing that annoys him is her insistence on discussing his past; past, he doesn’t want to remember or acknowledge.


It’s a tedious little task to read this book. But I managed…now where’s my award? 😉

OK, the idea isn’t bad, but it’s certainly executed in such a manner that makes you wonder if you’re reading a romance novel or a text book. 

For a short while I suffered from the feeling that it’s getting better, but that hope died a quick death.

The writing style isn’t like that of any typical mills and boon novel I have read till date – engaging, smooth and generic. That makes you read pages after pages without realizing how many chapters you’ve finished the story.

The writing style is bland, boring with big words thrown around as if romance readers love to consult dictionary at all times while reading.

Then there’s another issue of sentences going on and on as if the author didn’t want to end them until they were two hundred words long at least.

There’s no chemistry between the characters. How could there be?

This Grace character is more interested in applying for the sainthood than anything else in life. Since she’s a saint worldly things don’t interest her and that hero finds appealing. Really? For how long that’s the question here.

I was surprised she didn’t punch him for propositioning her.

It’s good to have a passion for some cause or a job. But if either character only ever thinks about their obsession, then it doesn’t make up for a good romance story.

In most romance novels, both characters grow in some way by the end or learn something about their life or themselves.

In this one, it seems the main aim was to change or teach the hero and make him realize what he’s missing in his life.

I’d have appreciated it, if the (saintly) heroine would have learned her lessons too. That crying all the time (all she did was cry) over the miseries of the world or almost dying helping others, changes nothing. And what’s with the misleading title? If it’s a devilishly dark deal (theme getting quite common in erotica scene) then why the saintly heroine didn’t seem insulted even once?

The way it’s written, or the heroine is written, it gave me the impression that the book was published in 80s or early 90s. Turns out, it’s published in 2012; at least that’s what the Goodreads say. It seems dated. 

The blurb is misleading too — deception and more deception all around.

“Anyone can learn a bunch of facts and explain them in the system wants you to. That might be regarded as ‘clever’ by some, but it doesn’t mean that you’re intelligent.” ~~ Maggie Cox (Book: A Devilishly Dark Deal)

Hit Or Miss: Read It At Your Own Risk.

Ratings: 1star/5.

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