~Award-winning paranormal romance~ Winner of the Golden Quill 2016 for Paranormal Romance and the Published Maggie Award 2016 for Best Paranormal Romance
When seduction weaves a spell more powerful than magic...
Desperate to save her demon-abducted sister, witch Merle MacKenna breaks the law of her Elders. As a last resort to track down the kidnapper, she unleashes another demon, Rhun, from the magical prison of the Shadows. Determined to bind him again after he helps her, Merle vows to keep him tightly controlled. Easier said than done when her own personal demon is hellbent on charming his way into her pants - and her heart.
After twenty years in the Shadows, bound for a crime he didn't commit, Rhun is past caring about anyone but himself. The plan: Seduce the sexy witch, steal her powers, break the magical leash to her, and then be on his merry way. But when a heinous betrayal in the ranks of the witches forces Merle and Rhun to work even closer together, Rhun's plan backfires - and the witch he meant to play gets under his skin. With his unbidden feelings for Merle vying with his need for freedom, he struggles with a bitter realization: Being a selfish jerk is a lot harder when love is involved.
I came across this book quite by accident as I was scrolling through my social media page one day this past week, and the author had a post with a graphic and blurb which had me one-clicking in an instant.
Now, I can’t remember the graphic or even the blurb for that matter, but needless to say, I got the book and felt compelled to write this review.
Without giving too much away, this is the very basic gist of the story: the hero is a demon who had been punished for a crime twenty years ago. The heroine conditionally releases him so that he can help her find her lost sister with the intention of sending him back to his “incarceration” once he’s completed the task.
From the start, Rhun, the hero made me fall in love with him. He’s a typical paranormal hero in the sense that he’s strong to the point of almost invincibility, his moral compass is strong, even though he tries to make himself out to be a bad guy, and of course, he’s sexy as sin. His sense of humor rounds him off and makes him all the more loveable.
What I loved about Merle, the heroine, is that she’s strong. She refuses to shrink in the face of great danger and is willing to do whatever it takes to make sure her sister is safe and comes back home. But more than that, the author gave her Merle a depth of personality that just drew me in. She had an attitude (not in a bad way), and she doesn’t think twice about speaking her mind, or using her powers in fun and sometimes mildly wicked ways.
The story itself is well written. I found it to be interesting and well paced.
Having said all that, as nice as it seems, it’s not what led me to write this review. What really made me love this story is the depth and varied emotions the author drew from me as I read. At different points I was happy, sad, worried, angry, elated, and repulsed. I giggled at some of the silliness, and even cried at the more devastating scenes.
I absolutely recommend this story, and will be reading the second book in the series for my own personal pleasure soon.