A Barb the Zany Old Lady Release Day Review: Stranger in Black by Devon Rhodes


Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5

Stranger in Black DSP CoverChristian wants to end his attraction to his cheating lover once and for all, so he enlists the help of his best friend, David, to carry off a charade at David’s firm’s masquerade ball. David’s coworker is Mira, the girl Carl is cheating with, and Chris is willing to dress like a Southern belle just so he can get a glimpse of the woman who stole his boyfriend’s heart.

He knows what Carl will be wearing. After all, he blew him while he was trying on his black costume, so he knows he won’t be hard to spot. When he does, he can’t resist one more unforgettable experience with Carl, so he drags him to an empty banquet room and kneels to give him a memorable blowjob. But the joke’s on him as he immediately realizes the gorgeous uncut cock before him doesn’t match Carl’s cut meat. Deciding to enjoy himself anyway, he lets the guy finish, and just as they are heading back to the lobby, he’s confronted by Mira.

He doesn’t know that Mira has overheard Carl talking to “Chris” on the phone and thinks he’s cheating on her. So when she makes a beeline for him and takes Chris to the Ladies Room, thinking he’s the woman Carl is cheating with, he’s shocked. But he’s even more shocked when he finds out Mira is Carl’s fiancé. Being a kind-hearted soul, he simply tells her that he’s already told Carl it’s over, but if Carl comes around again, he’ll reinforce it. He doesn’t tell her he’s a man.

I really enjoyed the comedy of errors that resulted from this switch and liked the way the author later allowed for a romance to develop with Jarrod, who was actually the one dressed as the stranger in black that night. There’s even a new romance ready for Mira once she eventually discovers the truth about Carl for herself. And there are further misunderstandings in store for both Christian and Jarrod, but there are also heartwarming romantic moments and the promise of a happy future. 

This story was short, but packed with fun, romance, deception, redemption, and most importantly, it left me feeling happy. Considering the length of the story, I felt as if it was much longer because I found each of the five characters featured in the story to be believable and well-developed. I especially loved Christian, and I thought Jarrod was simply sex on legs! Speaking of… The sex scenes were just enough to whet the appetite for more. I’m going to miss this couple and that’s pretty unusual for a short book. Obviously, I recommend this to my fellow MM romance lovers, and I’m going to be seeking more from Devon Rhodes in the future. 

The cover on this new edition by Anna Sikorska features a handsome, smiling man in black about to put on his mask—perfect for the story.

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Book Details:

ebook, 2nd Edition, 69 pages
Expected publication: August 10th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press (first published May 21st 2011)
ISBN 1634775724 (ISBN13: 9781634775724)
Edition LanguageEnglish

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