Sunday, June 26, 2011

Review - Demons Prefer Blondes

Demons Prefer Blondes
Sidney Ayers
Sourcebooks, Casablanca
June, 2011

When her friend brings an antique wooden chest to her shop, cosmetologist Lucy Gregory just figures it's another of her friend's wacky, overpriced purchases. She doesn't expect to be drawn to it like a magnet though. Neither does she expect it to change her life forever.

Rafael Deleon is a Paladin, a high ranking demon who fights for Good. He's searching for the Chest of the Damned which was sent to Earth by its guardian, his sister, to keep it away from the evil Belial, one of the chief demons of the Infernati. He believes if he can get the ancient chest, he can safely return it to Limbo where it will harm none and he can be on his way to rescue his sister. He finds Lucy Gregory instead and discovers that she's part demon herself, part succubus to be exact. But her aura is clean which means she isn't Infernati. Everything about her speaks to him. He tries to ignore the attraction but finds it impossible.

Lucy, too, is attracted to the handsome, brooding man. She senses a connection between them that won't be denied but when he body slams one of her employees for touching his hair without permission, she sends him on his way. When Lucy opens the chest, she releases the demons that were contained inside and awakens her own demonic powers. She doesn't quite know what to do with them until Rafe becomes her 'guardian demon'. He has to protect her from the Infernati and from Belial until she's strong enough to take care of herself.

This is an entertaining, easy to read quirky story with plenty of snarky dialogue and unusual, though at times cliched,  characters. The plot revolves around a spirited heroine and a dark, brooding hero and the potential destruction of the human race. I enjoyed the fresh take on 'demons' where some demons, the Paladins, actively work to protect humans and I'd like to see more of the Paladin history/culture.

This is a great book to curl up with on the beach or on your patio. Definitely worth a read!

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