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REVIEW: “Devil at the Crossroads” by Cornelia Grey


The devil covets more than his soul …

Six years ago, Logan Hart sold his soul to the devil to become the greatest bluesman of all time—and now the devil has come to collect.

The irony is that Logan squandered his gift. High on fame, money, and drugs, he ignored his muse and neglected his music. And despite escaping showbiz in a moment of clarity, it’s too late to redeem himself. All that’s left is to try to go out with some dignity. Alas, the prospect of an eternity in Hell isn’t helping much with that goal.

But Farfarello, the devil who bought Logan’s soul, isn’t ready to drag him down to Hell quite yet. He’s just spent six years working his ass off to whip a bluesman into shape, and he refuses to let that—or the opportunity for more sinful pleasures with Logan—go to waste.


I feel like I must put a disclaimer that I LOVE Cornelia Grey’s stories. I think she is underrated and I would love to see her getting more popularity. So there might be biases when it comes to her stories. Having said that, I truly think this one is another winner.

The start of this short story was like that episode of Supernatural, when Dean was waiting for the hellhounds to drag him to Hell. Six years ago, Logan Hart made a deal with the devil. That in exchange for fame and glory and money in music world, he would give himself to the devil of the crossroads, Farfarello. Tonight, it was time for Farfarello to collect.

And to collect he was. But the thing was, Farfarello never said that he wanted Logan’s soul. His exact words were “And at the stroke of midnight, six years from now, I will come for you. You will be mine, then, for me to do with as I please”. Cue some really SENSUALLY HOT and CAPTIVATING scenes of Logan and Farfarello; which drove me to the edge of excruciating need to fan myself. This was one of Ms. Grey’s strengths … she had a wonderful way in creating sensual scenes that were really hot without being too erotic. And I was simply in awe with that (PS: If you’ve never read her short story, “Benjamin Pepperwhistle and the Fantabulous Circus of Wonders”, you’re truly missing something great).

Unfortunately, since this was a short story, I didn’t get enough background information about how Logan managed to waste his ‘gift’ from the deal with Farfarello. What happened to him? How did he go astray from the path of becoming a great bluesman? Was it really money and fame? When did he manage to truly mess everything up?

The ending will probably be unsatisfying for some readers. It is not a Happily-Ever-After or even Happy-For-Now. But I think it fits. Besides, if you’re familiar with Cornelia Grey’s work, this will come as no surprise since she usually ends her stories in similar ways. All in all, it was another sexy and captivating short story from Ms. Grey….



DevilattheCrossroads_500x750Title:  Devil at the Crossroads
Author:  Cornelia Grey
Publisher:  Riptide
Pages:  75
Release Date:  September 23, 2013
Purchase Links:  Riptide, Amazon

8 comments on “REVIEW: “Devil at the Crossroads” by Cornelia Grey

  1. Allison
    September 24, 2013

    Everytime I read something about this that song, The Devil Went Down To Georgia (I think that’s what it’s called) pops into my head! Sounds like a good story and now that you’ve said how much you love the author I’m going to have to look into her!


    • Sheri
      September 24, 2013

      Ha! me too….it’s ‘the deal with the devil’ that cued the music for me.
      Great review Ami


  2. jeayci
    September 24, 2013

    Hmm, I don’t think I’ve ever read Cornelia Grey. This sounds good, and if you love her, I obviously need to remedy that. :D


    • Ami
      September 24, 2013

      That is just wrong. So wrong :). Yes, please, let’s remedy that, shall we. Go pick up Apples and Regrets and Wasted Time. It’s short, poignant, not even have a Happy Ending, but OMG so, SO GORGEOUS.


  3. Cornelia Grey
    September 24, 2013

    Wow, what a lovely review! Thank you so much, it was such a great surprise :)!


  4. shelley
    September 24, 2013

    What a fabulous introduction to this author Ami. I’ll be checking her out, thanks!


  5. Sue
    September 25, 2013

    Cornelia Grey you say? Thanks for the heads up :)


  6. Pingback: Devil at the Crossroads by Cornelia Grey | LeAnn's Book Reviews

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