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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Severance by Jess Anastasi

Severance by Jess Anastasi
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (161 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Aloe

Nakita Branson made a deal with a demon to rescue her best friend. But when things don't go the demon's way, he dumps her off on a derelict spacestation with no money and no way of getting home.

A year later, Nakita is still searching for her friend, but finds trouble instead. And the only thing worse than the possibility of getting killed by a fanatical jerk? A familiar green-eyed demon turning up just in time to save her.

Alastor is back with news that the contract they agreed to is still intact, and until he can find a way to break it, he is compelled to protect her.

The last thing Nakita wants to do is go anywhere with the demon who has a history of screwing her over. Not only that, but when he looks at her with that emerald gaze, intense enough to burn, she feels something she shouldn't for the gorgeous demon.

With the demon monarchy in chaos and enemies all over the universe, they are forced to rely on each other while unraveling the mystery of two sacred relics, and the contract that still binds them.

But, by the time Alastor and Nakita find a way to sever their deal, the idea of being apart may no longer be what either of them wants.

She knows it’s not safe to get involved with a demon, and she really doesn’t like him. So why does he keep looking at her that way?

This is the second book in this series about a war between angels and demons, along with some internal fights. The author has created great characters. Nakita is a very strong independent woman, Alastor is a powerful and deadly demon, and there is enough adventure and action to keep you glued to the pages. You have politics, love interests, sworn enemies, and relics in the story. It’s impossible to decide who is on which side and which side is the right side.

The tale begins at a fast action pace and doesn’t slow down through the entire story. The demon is tied to the human by a contract they agreed on at their last meeting: he must protect her, even if he doesn’t want to. My favorite part is that the two main characters spent their entire time trying to out-think the other one and the banter between them is amusing. I certainly didn’t expect the ending, and that makes it a good read for me.

It was a pleasure to travel to other worlds, meet demons, angels and other creatures and be carried away by the story. The author makes this otherworldly story seem quite normal. The characters are believable and a bit human in nature, as well as not at all human.

I’m hoping there will be another book in this series. I’d love to see what Nakita and Alastor will do in the future. I’m sure they’ll be out solving more mysteries and getting into more trouble. That’s what makes their story fun.

This is a very good read. Get yourself a copy and check it out. If you like fantasy, this one is for you.