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Friday, June 25, 2010

Deals With Demons by Victoria Davies

Deals With Demons: An Angels and Demons Story by Victoria Davies
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (62 pgs)
Heat Level: Hot
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Fern

Remembering the past can be painful. Ignoring it can be deadly.

An Angels and Demons story.

In a world filled with magic, demons and death, Talia survives using her inborn ability to sense and track demons. A handy skill for a demon hunter. There’s one demon, though, who’s never far from her mind or her heart, damn his black soul.

Years ago Devlin saved Talia from the murderous demon who killed her family. The memory of him has haunted her ever since the night she fled his home, her body branded with a permanent reminder of his lust—and her humiliation.

Now he’s back at her door with an offer she can’t refuse. He’s found the one who killed her family, and he’ll help her kill the monster. For a price. One last heated night in her arms.

Temptation and the chance for revenge are too much for Talia to resist. However, once bound to Devlin in an unbreakable deal, Talia realizes too late there’s more at stake than the death of her nightmares. Her heart wasn’t supposed to be part of the bargain…but she should have known to expect anything when she made a deal with this demon.

Deals With Demons is a sexy installment of the Angels and Demons anthology. In this story, we are introduced to a demon hunter, the demon who loves her, and a betrayal that has kept them apart for years.

I liked the heroine, Talia, from the start. She’s tough as nails, and considering the hardships she’s suffered, it’s understandable. As the events from her past unfold and you learn what drove her into the arms of a demon, only to send her away from them years later, you’ll ache for her. My only issue was that in order to maintain momentum for the “big reveal” there were moments when her thinking seemed a tad awkward and forced. Each time she started to remember what had sent her from Devlin’s arms, she pushed the thoughts to the side. Likewise, there is little known about Devlin, aside from the fact that he’s deadly, gorgeous, and carries a torch for our lovelorn heroine. There were moments when I tried to understand their motivations, especially as several years had passed and suddenly Devlin decides it’s time to put a deal on the table. It seemed odd to me that he wouldn’t have done so sooner, especially as Talia had become a demon hunter and placed her life at risk.

Aside from this, the novella was an absolute delight to read. Talia and Devlin are deliciously hot together, and the flashback scene in which they shared a single night together will absolutely, positively, make you melt. The world building is also very well done and provided something new in the genre, while sharp writing and clever dialogue maintain the interest and ensure you won’t want to stop reading from start to finish.

Fans of sexy paranormal romances will thoroughly enjoy Deals With Demons. It’s got all the flavor with none of the guilt.