(Demonica, #1)

In a place where ecstasy can cost you your life . . .

She's a demon-slayer who hungers for sensual pleasure-but fears it will always be denied her. Until Tayla Mancuso lands in a hospital run by demons in disguise, and the head doctor, Eidolon, makes her body burn with unslakable desire. But to prove her ultimate loyalty to her peers, she must betray the surgeon who saved her life.

Two lovers will dare to risk all.

Eidolon cannot resist this fiery, dangerous woman who fills him with both rage and passion. Not only is she his avowed enemy, but she could very well be the hunter who has been preying upon his people. Torn between his need for the truth and his quest to find his perfect mate before a horrific transformation claims him forever, Eidolon will dare the unthinkable-and let Tayla possess him, body and soul . . .

“I'll bet you could make a woman throw out all her toys”

It takes me awhile to get to most of the paranormal romance books I own because, well, I'm not really a fan of them. Most of the time instead of my eyes being glued to the paged, they're rolling. I was in the mood for one, though, and this one shines with its average ratings on Goodreads, so I dove in last night and already finished it today.

It's one of THOSE books. You know, the ones that are hard to put down and like second nature to pick back up again. The plot is one that's been done before, many times, but with unique twists for this invented world. The author went out of her way to form different kinds of monsters and demons, some evil and some not, all with their own hangups. To make that even more involved, the demons can have different twists to their breed depending on parentage, age, and upbringing. It's borderline confusing.

Enter the main character, who has a startlingly disturbing back story. Sure, a lot of main characters in these series have it rough, but this one has a post-traumatic stress disorder story that would make the most hardened psychologist cringe. Her devotion to the annoying Aegis is believable, but I'm glad it was short lived since it irritated me.

There aren't many surprises, and no real mystery or anything, or any tightly woven suspense scenes that made the blood rush. It still works because the main characters are likeable. They're not sappy, they're not dopey, the female protagonist Tayla has only a mild chip on the shoulder that is easy to remove, and the male protagonist Eidolon (yeah, I had to look it up...) isn't too angsty.

Since it's a paranormal romance, of course there's plenty of sex. But while a lot of these books make it the focus point and just silly, this one makes the relationship itself shine through firmer than the insta-lust. It works with how it makes sense and the characters have more than a primal, mate-now bond. Dare I say it's a sweet relationship?

As far as paranormal romances go, this is a dark one with gritty violence, morbid histories for the characters, and disturbing torture flashbacks. The next books follow the characters introduced here, and of course them finding their mates, which is a formula that seems to work for this kind of stuff. Because of the formulaic continuance, I won't rush to buy the next one, but I will say this book made me a happy reader. Funny lines, loveable main characters, an interesting enough unique world, and some semi-erotic moments that worked.

   Book Quotes:

“Wraith rubbed his hands together in cheesy horror-movie glee. “Join us or die.” He grinned. “I’ve always wanted to say that.” 

 “He’d always prided himself on being more civilized than his brothers, but so much for that; he was becoming aroused in a damned sewer.” 

“Better would be good. Because if she felt a little less like she’d been run over by a truck, she could jump on Dr. Hottie.” 

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