Secrets of the Demon by Diana Rowland

(Kara Gillian, #3)

Homicide detective Kara Gillian has a special talent: she can sense the "arcane" in our world, and there's quite a bit of it, even in Beaulac, Louisiana. She's also a summoner of demons, and works on a task force that deals with supernatural crimes. Her partners are attractive and smart FBI agents, but they're not summoners, and they're not telling Kara why they are on this special force with her.

TO make things worse, Kara has pledged herself to one of the most powerful of demons-a Demon Lord-who helped save her partner's life, but now expects things in return. Meanwhile, she's trying to solve a string of murders that are somehow tied together by money, sex, rock music and...mud. But how can she concentrate on the case when she's not even sure who-or what-her partners are?

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Another amazing book to this series, we have finally reached five stars. It's one of those where the books keep getting better. It's a strange trend in Urban Fantasy with me this year - almost every series, the third really starts blowing me away.

The mystery plot is brilliant - the author certainly has an incredible imagination to be able to come up with so many story lines that are different, have nothing to do with the other books story lines, and are always as interesting as the others. This one was of course unique, and the cast of suspects were entertaining. The ending was a surprise.

Personal wise, love the addition of the bodyguard demon, Ryz is still hot as ever, there's still that unsolved mystery situation with Ryan, and I truly do dig the police atmosphere the author dishes out for this series.

Instead of answering questions readers have been dying to know, this one actually just brings up new ones that we now are dying to know, too. I'm curious as hell about Tessa and her little slip now. Even more confused on Kara, Ryan, and what/who they are...and what Ryz wants. More and more elements which leave me wondering, but also leave me anxious to keep reading this fun, inventive, fresh series. The ending is a surprise.

There was something that did bug me about this one. I'm no prude and urban fantasy is typically a genre where a truck driver would feel welcome language-wise, but the author has noticeably dirtied Kara's mouth to an extreme degree. She always cussed, sure, but this time it was overdone and just forced seeming, out of character and a turnoff. We don't need the f word twice a sentence and it didn't fit for the heroine. Am happy to say, after reading the next book, that the author returned to original Kara, yipee. Not sure if this one was a fluke with that or she changed her mind on the changes she was trying to make.

Overall the best of the first three so far, making me eager to continue the series.

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"I swear to god,if I ever have a daughter I'll ban all of the Disney princesses from the house. Except Mulan. She kicks ass.” 

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