Expected Release Date: March 20, 2013
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Imprint: Entangled Select
Author’s Website: http://www.paulaaltenburg.com
My Source for This Book: Gift From The Publisher
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Demon Outlaw Series
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Steamy
Pet Peeves: Casual Nudity
Favorite Tropes: Enemies To Lovers, Assassin
Hunter is the only man capable of killing the demons that left the
world in ruins. But when he’s hired by a notorious priestess to bring
a thief to justice, the Demon Slayer gets more than he bargains for.
Airie was raised in an abandoned temple as a priestess’s daughter,
having no idea of her true origins. In a time when any half-breed
spawn of a demon is despised by mortal and immortal alike, not knowing
the truth is the only thing keeping her safe.
Forced to flee her home in the wake of disaster and discovery of who
she is, Airie must place her trust in a man who believes she should
never have been born. And when a demon uprising threatens lives he has
sworn to protect, Hunter has to make a choice: abandon Airie to an
uncertain fate, or overcome his own personal demons and love her for
who she truly is.
What Worked For Me:
- I really enjoyed the mythology of a future with “goddesses” and “demons” that weren’t the traditional beings we’ve come to know in fiction. The idea that this world is set in the far future of Earth was fascinating as well, because it leaves so much open for future installments of the series to explore.
- Airie was so much fun. I loved that she wasn’t a goody-goody, and in fact began the book as a bandit in the mountains. Later on, I enjoyed watching her battle between her goddess heritage and her demon one, especially when she discovered latent powers.
- Oh I loved Hunter. There’s something so sexy about an assassin to begin with, but I especially enjoyed the Enemies To Lovers vibe between him and Airie. His mistrust of her due to her demon father, and how she slowly won him over was a joy to read.
- I don’t always enjoy children in romances, but Scratch was great. I loved the mystery surrounding his character as well.
- The Old Western-y feel to the story was great. There was a feeling of isolation and street-justice to the entire story, and adding in the very real threat that the demons posed as well as the injustices society posed towards women especially, I enjoyed how heroic it made pretty much any man who was honorable and trustworthy.
- I loved the villain. Strangely enough, she was somewhat sympathetic, because I could understand her bitterness at the hand that life had dealt her, as well as her desire to hold onto the power she’d amassed since the goddesses had left their realm.
- I loved the ending. I wasn’t expecting things to work out quite as they did, but I loved how some secondary characters got a sort of Happily Ever After as well.
- The chemistry between Hunter and Airie was delicious. I loved the slow-building tension between them and when they finally did consummate their relationship, it was perfect.
What Didn’t Work For Me:
- I’ve never been a fan of casual nudity in romance. It doesn’t matter to me that Airie was raised without a sense of modesty or whatever — it still squicks me a bit.
As Halloween quickly approaches, I’ve been craving a book with demons, and this one really hit the spot for me. I loved the almost “Old West” feel to the world, as well as the very real and terrifying threat that the demons themselves posed. Their ability to shape-shift, their seductive powers towards women, and the horrific actions towards men made them terrifying adversaries, and I enjoyed the sense of desperation the situation instilled in the characters.
Airie’s own spotty history combined with her dubious parentage made her a much more interesting character than I’d anticipated, and while she had moments of being too-good-to-be-true, the fact that she did have to battle her literal inner demon in order to do the right thing made her much more realistic in my mind.
Hunter too was a great character — in a land where everyone is out for themselves, and greed and deviousness rule, he was honorable without coming across as less than human. His struggle between his understandable prejudices against demons and his growing feelings for Airie added just the right amount of tension to an already fascinating story.
Overall, I absolutely loved this one.