Personal Demons by Stacia Kane

Megan Chase, #1


Megan promises listeners to her new radio call-in show that she'll "slay their personal demons," and they believe her. So do the personal demons. Although she doesn't know it, Megan is the only human without a personal demon on her shoulder. This, coupled with her psychic abilities, makes her a valuable weapon for any demon "family" that can gain her allegiance. It also makes her a serious threat -- not just to the personal demons, but to a soul-sucker known as The Accuser who has an old score to settle. Megan and her allies -- a demon lover who both protects and seduces her with devilish intensity, a witch with poor social skills, and three cockney guard demons -- have to deal not only The Accuser, the personal demons, and the ghosts of Megan's past, but a reporter who threatens to destroy Megan's career.

“Yes, my enormous sexual appetite tends to scare men away. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to find my dinner date.”

I bumped this one up a bit because I was intrigued by Megan's job as a radio host, after reading about Kitty in Kitty and the Midnight Hour and how fun her radio programme ended up being. This one sounded cute and fluffy but different enough to work.

Unlike Kitty, Megan's radio programming takes a small role in the book. Besides the beginning with the one session, it's not really mentioned again. Instead Megan discovers right away, a little unrealistically so, that she has done some harm to her reputation from her one radio broadcast about demons on the shoulder. It's confusing half the time whether she is being recruited or protected. The romantic interest is a little unrealistic too, because there is an almost instant bond I don't fully get - still, there's some steam and I felt the chemistry sizzle through the pages anyway.

As expected there's some humor and quirkiness, particularly in the three bodyguards who were probably the best thing about the book. The journalist was an interesting character with a few tricks up his sleeve and ended up being a strong support for the story, not just an enemy or danger like the back synopsis reads. Megan herself is okay as a lead, not bad but not someone I fell in love with either. There's some humor here and there, but not as fluffy as I feared on all angles. The plotline is an interesting one but its a little loosely contracted. There's holes you could dig apart if you wished to.

Overall a fun way to spend a few hours, but nothing to get overly excited about. Stacia Kane is an excellent author, but I prefer her stuff with the Downside Ghosts series so far.

   Book Quotes:

“There is always a reason to live, no matter how you might feel right now. There are always people who care about you, people willing to listen and try to help you. If you think you don't have anyone, you're wrong, because you can call me, here on this show. I care and I'll listen.”

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