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Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Demon Does It Better by Linda Wisdom

A Demon Does It Better by Linda Wisdom
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (319 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 3.5 books
Reviewed by Aloe

Lovely witch Lili Carter takes a job at a paranormal hospital where patients have been disappearing. There she encounters Jared, a dangerously sexy demon on a mission that gets Lili into a world of trouble. Lili can't avoid Jared for long and soon they find themselves creating a whole new kind of magick...

Lili is searching for a witch friend that just “disappeared” from the hospital she was working at, but what she finds is a demon in the dungeon below…

Ms. Wisdom makes her heroine a witch who heals and nurtures her friendships. Lili is kind, will defend her patients and friends to the death, and hasn’t had a love for a long time. The author really caught my attention with her demented demon. He’s a hunk that went a bit crazy from being bit by a vampire and the doctor running the hospital is using him for his own ugly purposes. He’s being tortured, they’ve blocked his mind from certain memories, and the ogre custodians love to beat on him. I could feel my hackles rise when I started reading about him. The author does a good job of making you care by sharing her characters' emotions with you.

This story is fast paced, has a nice mix of paranormal folks, and danger around every corner. You know the administrator has secrets, but you don’t learn just what kind until almost the end of the story. I especially enjoyed Lili’s friends. They may have all been paranormal, but they acted just like my good friends I have in my life. They always know more than you want them to, and they’ll pester you to get the truth. Ms. Wisdom must have a few of those in her life also because she writes so accurately about them.

The author uses historical references to enhance her depiction of the dungeon under the hospital and to indicate how aged the witches and demons of the story are. That’s a very nice touch. The story works and has enough detail to it to make it seem authentic, even if it’s a world we don’t live in.

I enjoyed this read and think you will, too, if you like fantasy. It has good action, you care about the characters and it’s the classic fight between good and evil. Where can you go wrong?