(Although the romance element is really strong, so while it’s debatable where to shelve this one, I’d still put it with paranormal romance, if you’re all into labels and such.) There are Gods, servants of Gods, vampires, shifters, witches, demons...it’s like a particular good season of Supernatural all rolled into one really great book. Sometimes with urban fantasy, my ADD kicks in and I get confused with what’s going on and who’s who in the story. Not with this book, though. Everything was clearly laid out and detailed without being overly detailed. I really appreciated that.
I haven’t read too many romances that have a sex demon for a hero, but if Roth is any representation of what’s out there, I’ve clearly been missing out. His chemistry with Lilah is sizzling hot, and he’s a bad boy in the sense that he’s had a fairly unsavory past (not really his fault)—but his shift from kinda sleazy sex demon to self-sacrificing hero makes total sense when you know his whole story. That’s another rarity in paranormal romance land. So often you run into heroes who are total d-bags, then do a mysterious 180 when they meet the heroine. Not so of Roth. His motivations and feelings make rational sense, and I DIG that about him.
Lilah wasn’t as interesting to me as a heroine as Roth was a hero, but even so, she held her own nicely. She was tough, smart, resilient, and somewhat snarky. She would’ve made a fantastic addition to our kick-ass heroines list a while back.
All in all, this is a super fun paranormal romance that fans of sexy bad boy demons, lascivious Gods, tough-as-nails heroines, and action-movie-like plots should check out.
Does this book contribute to or help crush the romance stigma?
Crushes it! This one is clean and sober. No rehab needed.
Other reading suggestions
Definitely check out the Celia Aaron backlist. Or, for another read about a sexy demon and the heroine he loves (and possesses...it’s complicated), try The Demon in Me by Michelle Rowen.