Keegan lives to exact revenge on the evil demon who sired and abused him. When his father devises a plan to bring on the apocalypse, he and his three half-brothers, interdimensional bounty hunters for the Elden Council, are charged with capturing and delivering their father for punishment. Art gallery owner Brynn Meyers has no idea that her ability to read memories embedded in objects and drain people of their life force means she has demon ancestry. Unfortunately for Brynn, she's also the key to raising an ancient zombie army, which puts her on every demon's Most Wanted List.
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My biggest complaint is that the story felt light in both the worldbuilding and the romance. It could be because this is the first of four books and thus suffers from being the setup book. The series is about four half brother demons who work on behalf of an interdimensional consul to track down an evil scientist who is looking for the Book of the Dead. It appears that this series will include virtually ever kind of other being from dragon shifters to faeries to blood suckers not to mention demons.
This allows each of the brothers to have their own gifts. The Book of the Dead is rumored to give the holder of the book the power to control the undead. The book can only be read by a direct descendant of the creator of the book. The four brothers are searching for both the book and the heir, but their attention is focused on the heir. Brynn Meyers is the heir. She does not know this, of course, and when Keegan, the eldest shows up, she has a hard time swallowing his tall tale.
She gets over her disbelief fairly quickly because Brynn has always had special powers of her own. She has known she was different and now she sees she is not the only one. Kill Brynn and save the interdimensions from apocalypse. Keegan, unlike Dagan, is attracted to Brynn and he begins to search for an alternate conclusion.
Brynn and Keegan initially fight their mutual attraction and this provides some tension over the first half of the book. Unconsummated attraction can be hotter than sex scenes and it works well here. I liked the brother dynamic in the story. Keegan and Taeg were often fighting and while Taeg thought Brynn was hot, he was all for killing her for the good of mankind.
Not that Taeg is heartless, but more pragmatic. There is a good amount of focus on the relationship of Brynn and Keegan. Part of their relationship is built on instantaneous attraction and part of it is forged in intense circumstances but it still worked for me for the most part. This book was largely driven by the search for the Book of the Dead, a solution to not killing Brynn, and the collapse of the barriers between Brynn and Keegan being together.
This book is about 74, words and I mention that because as I stated in the beginning, it felt light or short. I think part of this is due to the many different points of view in the story. There may have been a couple of other characters who had short POVs as well. The worldbuilding consisted of Keegan explaining to Brynn the interdimensional structure and a few fist fights culminating to a big boss fight at the end.
The wind up of the suspense also seemed brief. Having said that, I enjoyed this book and anxiously waited to be approved for book two, Mark of the Sylph. Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries and publishes with Berkley and Montlake and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them.
Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane dearauthor dot com. Wow, makes Dagan sound like a pansy assed wimp. And from the tags I get the impression this has zombie shapeshifters. Thus, the zombies. But no shapeshifter zombies. Jane : Oh good. Even a penguin shapeshifter would be better than that! Apart from word choice, I would also suggest that avoidance does not necessarily equal weakness. What if he was just conflicted?
Elly : Jayne was totally joking there. It was a tongue in cheek comment given how violent these books can be. I do see Jayne saying pansy again in the book review before this. We do not purchase all the books we review here. Some we receive from the authors, some we receive from the publisher, and some we receive through a third party service like Net Galley.
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Blood of the Demon
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Review: Blood of the Demon by Rosalie Lario
Keegan lives to exact revenge on the evil demon who sired and abused him. When his father devises a plan to bring on the apocalypse, he and his three half-brothers, interdimensional bounty hunters for the Elden Council, are charged with capturing and delivering their father for punishment. Unfortunately for Brynn, she's also the key to raising an ancient zombie army, which puts her on every demon's Most Wanted List. The one woman he'll never be able to resist. I went into Blood of the Demon thinking I was really going to like it.