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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Tied to a Demon by Rachel D. Thompson

Tied to a Demon by Rachel D. Thompson
Publisher: Purple Sword Publications, LLC
Genre: Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (96 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4.5 books
Reviewed by Orchid

Shanna dreams of becoming a level-five witch. Only one thing stands in her way—her ability. Attempting to conjure a low-grade imp brings forth a terrifying demon straight out of the nine hells. Worse yet, he claims to be tied to her through a contract formed with her late father. Who is the demon Alecandros really? He seems to know far too much about her...

Learning to be a witch is hard. For Shanna it should be easy, magic runs in her family, but every time she casts a spell it goes wrong. Her attempts to summon an imp result in a demon appearing in her basement. A demon who seems more concerned with helping her than hurting her. Alecandros is her Guardian Demon and he must discover why the summoning spell didn’t work when Shanna’s father died some years before.

Alecandros in his human shape is drop dead gorgeous, but Shanna only sees a demon.

Fear, treachery, confusion - all play a part in this book - and of course love is also there. While plentiful, none of the emotions peak in highs and lows. They're very even-keeled. The timespan appears to be medieval and magic rules Shanna’s village. She lives on the edge of the forest, and is scared of what lurks beneath the trees. Shanna tries hard but her parents ability with magic does not seem to have been passed on to their child.

I first thought Shanna to be too young for love. Still at school, her emotional reaction to failed spells and treatment from the other pupils does nothing to deter from this assumption. Later events in the book indicate the author intentionally made her heroine appear young, but I found it disconcerting.

Alecandros, a healthy, vibrant male before he became a demon, is still a sexy man who will make the reader drool a little. As Shanna’s Guardian he at times appears to be more a protector than a lover.

This makes it sound as if I didn’t enjoy the book. If so I apologise because I felt myself drawn into the story. Gentle, slow and enticing are all words to describe this magical tale. There were no peaks and troughs, even fear was handled in a gentle way. The book was a very enjoyable experience and after reading the last word on the last page I sat back with a feeling of pleasure and satisfaction. Different, but well worth reading is how I would describe Tied to a Demon.