Demon's Are a Girl's Best Friend by Linda Wisdom
Publication Date: April 2011
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Pages: Paperback, 384pp
(Received for review from Sourcebooks)
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Synopsis (Book Blurb):
A BEWITCHING WOMAN ON A MISSION...
Feisty witch Maggie enjoys her work as a paranormal law enforcement officer - that is, until she's assigned to protect a teenager with major attitude and plenty of Mayan enemies. Maggie's never going to survive this assignment without the help of a half-fire demon who makes her smolder...
A HOTTER-THAN-SIN HERO WITH AN AGENDA...
Declan is proprietor of an underground club and busy demon portal. No way he'll allow his demon race to be blamed for the malicious acts of some crazy evil Mayans. But he's already got his hands full when the sexy witch offers him a challenge he can't refuse...
Amidst the rising flames of their steamy love affair, Maggie and Declan are damned if they do, and even more damned if they don't...
Linda Wisdom once again hits it out of the ballpark with her latest book, Demons Are a Girl's Best Friend. Feisty main character Maggie is an offshoot from Wisdom's popular Jazz Tremaine series. Fans will love this first book in a new series, with hotter than hot demon heroes. Wisdom sticks to her trademark witches, but gives readers a whole new set of paranormal characters that have them a little hot under the collar.
As a Hellion Guard and witch Maggie finds herself in some pretty sticky situations, but it's all in a days work. When a chance meeting with the owner of Damnation Alley, an underground club, becomes more than just business, she finds herself wondering what life would be like with a home and family. Declan, is about as hot as you can get, considering he's half-fire demon. As proprietor of the club and administrator of a busy demon portal, he has a lot of his plate. But he still finds time for some steamy romance and saving the world. When Maggie is assigned to protect a young teenage girl who is targeted by blood thirsty Mayan priests. It's up to both she and Declan to stop the ritual before it's too late.
Linda Wisdom's ability to create believable paranormal characters is definitely one of her strengths. Her popular Jazz Tremaine series is one example. Taking an offshoot character from the first series Wisdom has created a new set of characters for fans to root for and believe in. Wisdom's affinity for all things witchy hasn't changed, as the main character Maggie is a witch with attitude.
Maggie is a paranormal law enforcement officer who loves her job. She likes nothing more than to get down and dirty with the bad guys. Her kick-ass attitude will have readers applauding her no nonsense style. But Maggie also has a vulnerable side. She has big heart, one of the reasons she is determined to protect as many innocents as she can. Having lost her sister at a young age, she has dedicated her life to service, but she still longs for the dream of a home and family. She is such a great character. I enjoyed watching her develop throughout this book. She becomes more and more accessible as readers learn what she's all about. The passion she shares with Declan is all the more realistic considering her take charge attitude about life. I thought Wisdom did a remarkable job of giving readers a character who was paranormal but still had the same hopes and dreams as the rest of us.
Declan is a very sexy character. He smolders off the pages of this book, with his dark good looks and his demon swagger. At first he may come across as very laid back, someone who doesn't ruffle easy, but as the book goes on readers will find that he has spent his entire life fighting for every breathe, against a sadistic father who wants nothing more than to use him for his own gain. He is a part of a race that is considered even by paranormals to be blood thirsty and untrustworthy. So he has a lot to overcome. But he comes across as someone who will protect those he loves to the bitter end, even to the point of giving his own life. The romance between Declan and Maggie is just as passionate as these characters are. It is steamy and full of very hot moments. I thought the author did an amazing job of giving readers two paranormals that are not supposed to be together, but who are a fantastic combination.
This book has a lot of underlying ideas running through it. From the idea that certain kinds of people or in this case creatures shouldn't associate or love certain other kinds, to whether or not is possible to have the career you love and still have a home and family. It's a great urban fantasy read, with lots of attitude and action, and quite a bit of 'Wisdom'. I really enjoyed it and look forward to the next book in this new series. Wisdom continues to surprise and entertain readers with each new novel she crafts. I recommend this one to urban fantasy and paranormal romance readers. It's very steamy so keep that in mind. If you are looking for your next great paranormal read, this one should be it!
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I'm giving this one 4 out of 5 apples from my book bag!
Linda Wisdom has published more than 70 romances in all subgenres. Her books have been published worldwide, have appeared on various romance and mass market best seller lists and have been nominated for a number of Romantic Times awards and the Romance Writers of America Rita award. She lives with her husband in California.