Lionel and Lucifer are drawn deeper into a murder case, but they are set on solving it together.
Just when Lionel’s love life has gone back to normal -- normal meaning the kinky Devil making his ownership known -- Lionel’s murder case gets stranger. Lionel’s birth father seems to have his hands in the mystery, and Lionel finds himself in the sights of Eris, goddess of discord.
Lucifer used to be a prime example of a powerful underworld deity with all the knowledge and skill to take care of a lover in the bedroom. But that was before Lucifer fell properly in love and won over his necromantic boyfriend, who also happens to be a demigod. Lionel’s innate magic, magical skill, and stubborn nature make it exceedingly difficult for Lucifer to be the alpha god he wants to be for Lionel.
Lucifer is set on finding a way to provide for the man he loves and to fulfill Lionel’s every desire. But before he can focus entirely on his necromancer, the two of them must solve the case, prevent primordial deities from being raised and destroying the world, and learn to communicate better. It’s what relationships and crime solving are all about.
Praise for The Devil's Lover (Hellbound 5)
"This book does a good job of balancing the evolving relationship between the main characters and solving an entertaining mystery. The case takes a turn I did not foresee and it made for exciting reading."
-- 5 Stars from Kadlady, Amazon Review
"Lionel and Lucifer continue to grow, as individuals and as a couple, in this book, and it’s nice to see... care and trust as well as humor and heat, and that’s definitely been a journey for this particular relationship. There are also some awesome supporting characters to enjoy, and overall, a lot to like. Definitely my favorite installment of Lucy and Nellie’s story yet."
-- 5 Stars from Coffee <3, Amazon Review
"Lionel and Lucifer are sooo much fun to read. I love how Lionel finally opens up. I love how Lucifer will do anything for Lionel!! The plot and steam are perfect for the characters. I adore the character growth, the way their relationship has progressed. And amazing secondary characters, Soul, Jeremy, Nyx, Chandler. Overall, a fantastic read!"
-- 5 Stars from Janet L Hunt, Amazon Review
"I have been loving this series. Lucy and Nelly are absolutely great together and their stories have been amazing. This one is just as great as the previous ones if not better."
-- 5 Stars from DLB2572, Amazon Review
"I love this series so much! I love Nelly and Lucy so much! And I'm infatuated with the author, Alexis Piper! I wish I had their talent to craft such amazing stories with well-developed characters."
-- 5 Stars from J's Reviews, Amazon Review
"This is a great addition to the series and picks up where the last one left off. The story is the perfect balance between the mystery and the relationship. Fun, sexy, and steamy. I can't wait for the next book."
-- 5 Stars from Alias11, Amazon Review
"Nelly and Beelzebug are so freaking adorable. They make me melt. The zombie factor in this book was so much more gross for some reason. I love it! I love this whole series so much! It's so cool how Nelly's powers keep growing."
-- 5 Stars from JW, Amazon Review
"Things continue to happen quickly as new and ancient evils twisted with magic attack the police staff at the beach, the morgue, the station, and the museum. It seems like the underworld is taking over as zombies and controlled former humans try to take the good guys down. But just maybe there is hope as teamwork takes on evil to prevent more trouble."
-- 5 Stars from Guy Venturi, Goodreads Review
"The devil and a necromancer meet…they fall in love and solve mysteries. What a series. Lucifer and Lionel make a good pair. They’re kind to each other, considerate and complement each other well. Their love story is cute, too. It’s also pretty hot. If you’re looking for a book featuring the devil and a necromancer, filled with love and sweetness, plus a mystery, then this might be the one for you."
-- Nymphaea, Long and Short Reviews
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The Devil's Lover (Hellbound 5)
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Copyright ©2022 Alexa Piper
The Devil’s body in front of mine, protecting me from a threat I didn’t quite understand, that was a new and uncomfortable feeling, and something I didn’t really care for. I tried getting a decent look at the deity that had teleported into Lucifer’s doorless office, but the Devil his own damn self kept pushing me back. It was so annoying when he was trying to be an alpha god.
“Will you cut it out, Beelzebug?” I grumbled, and Trony, in her pink tartan skirt and with her sword in hand, gave me an admiring look.
Nyx, the deity that had Lucifer so riled, chuckled and turned their milky, unseeing eyes on me. “You are a fierce one. Tiamat has said as much.”
And speak of the dragon mother, she appeared in the office as well, which was fine, apart from the fact that she wasn’t wearing any clothes. Awesome.
“What is going on here? Nyx, do you have to scare the children?” the dragon mother said and crossed her arms under her breasts. Not that I was paying any attention to her breasts, but it was sort of hard not to notice they existed. Why did all gods have trouble with clothing? Buttons and zippers really weren’t all that bad.
“Children?” Lucifer said and straightened before pulling me to his side and circling my waist with his arm in a proud look, this is my boyfriend kind of way. Apparently in his mind, the presence of the dragon mother lessened the threat level in his office.
“No one in this room was scared,” Metatron said and flashed her sword.
“What were you saying about Eris?” I asked the blind god… then realized looking at them wouldn’t be enough to cue them in on the fact I was speaking with them. “I mean, Nyx. You were saying about Eris?”
The sightless god turned to face me. “Eager as any human, aren’t you?” They smiled. “Or as the Devil dispensing deals.”
Tiamat clapped her hands. “If you have something to say about Eris, I am interested. I don’t appreciate her harassing poor, lovesick humans around the corner, but I think we can talk while also eating, can’t we?”
Metatron nodded. “I second that. The necromancer has been turning his nose up at my food since his return from Scotland, and he looks worse for wear.”
“I haven’t!” I said. “And I don’t! It’s just been a busy few days, and there were corpses.”
“Humans are quite frail and need regular nourishment, even those who are only partially so,” Nyx said, and they and the dragon mother nodded knowingly.
Lucifer glowered at the other god. “I know best what my boyfriend needs,” he said, but I could tell I was in for eating my breakfast out of the Devil’s hands while sitting in his lap.
* * *
Lucifer was indeed behaving like a total alpha god, and it reminded me that I should call Persephone and give her an update, but that would mean looking at my phone and seeing whatever social media was now making of the sharkomancer incident. Maybe I should still tell her about the minotaur… but what would I even tell her about that? It was confusing, the way I felt or should feel about Minos, and I was actually glad to be dealing with something else right about now.
The dragon mother, Nyx, and Lucifer and I teleported to the already set dining room table, and I tried to grab a chair, but Lucifer wouldn’t let me go. He pulled me close and tilted my chin up.
“How about I take you to Sephy’s and Hades’ place? It’s almost the weekend anyway, and you trained Marc Deacon well. I am sure he can handle things here while you relax a little,” Lucifer said. He was doing his best at looking charming, dashing, someone you didn’t want to say no to. His kitty-cat hair was catching the light just so.
In one word, he was a transparent, overprotective alpha god, and he was trying to lull me into damseling myself, or whatever you’d call it. “You are not benching me,” I said. “I will raise the minotaur, even if it’s --” If it was what? A way for me to get back at him? To make sure he was very and truly dead? I shook my head. “I’ll raise him. I can do my fucking job, whether you believe that or not, Beelzebug.”
Lucifer’s face soured, but then he kissed my forehead. “I know you can, my love, but you don’t have to.”
“What are you saying about raising the minotaur?” Tiamat said. She had put on a bathrobe, just a thin one that hugged her every curve and still revealed a lot, but it was better than nothing. Which was the alternative.
Lucifer hugged me close. “He was apparently murdered in his cell at the human prison not too long ago. Christine just called with the news.”
“The minotaur,” Nyx said, and I wiggled out of Lucifer’s hold and even managed to sit in my own chair instead of the Devil’s lap. My goals had shifted over the past few months, and today, this was an achievement, and I knew it. “He was a powerful human sorcerer,” the blind god went on. They used their cane to find a chair opposite the dragon mother. Lucifer moved his chair at the head of the table to the left, toward my own, until he was sitting right next to me.
“You knew him?” I asked. “How did you know the minotaur?”