Title: Personal Demon
Series: Women of the Otherworld #8
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: Bantam Spectra
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From the Publisher: Tabloid reporter Hope Adams appears to live the life of an ordinary working girl. But in addition to possessing the beauty of a Bolly-wood princess, Hope has other unique traits. For she is a half demon- a human fathered by a demon. And she's inherited not only a gift for seeing the past but a hunter for chaos- along with a talent for finding it wherever she can. Naturally, when she's chosen by a very dangerous group for a very dangerous mission, she jumps at the chance...
The head of the powerful Cortez Cabal- a family that makes the mob look like amateurs- has a little problem in Miami: a gang of wealthy, bored offspring of supernaturals is getting out of hand, and Hope is needed to infiltrated. As spells, astral projections, and pheromones soar across South Beach, Hope weaves her way through its elite hot spots, posing as upscale eye candy and reading the auras of the clientele- and potential marks.
This is another book where we get a main character who has previously been one of the supporting characters. This time it’s Hope Adams.
I like Hope. I really liked that she was given her own story and voice in this book.
The other really great thing about this book? Karl.
I am a sucker for a Dominant Alpha male. And okay, so technically Karl isn’t an Alpha because Jeremy is the werewolf Alpha, but I’m talking more about the personality trait. Karl is very Dominant and possessive. What can I say? I like it so long as it doesn’t come with a side of douchebaggery. And with Karl, it doesn’t.
In this book Karl and Hope come to terms with their feelings for one another. Watching them fight their feelings for each other because of THINGS and fail miserably was entertaining, to say the very least.
And it allowed for some steamy scenes between Hope and Jaz that I definitely don’t regret reading.
The romance isn’t the only part of this book though. There is, of course, the case that Hope is working. Everyone ends up getting involved – even Lucas and Paige make an appearance. And I can honestly say that I didn’t see it coming. There was nothing predictable about who the villain was and why they were doing what they were doing. Kelley Armstrong really knows how to write a great mystery.
And in the end, while Personal Demon isn’t my favorite book of the series, it is certainly one of my favorites (okay okay – I say that about all of them I know – but they’re all so good!).
What Others Have to Say:
- Graeme’s Fantasy Book Reviews: On the whole though ‘Personal Demon’ was a very entertaining read that really engaged me, a nice slice of ‘Urban Fantasy’ in a series that I may have to go back to and read more.
- The Original Urban Fantasy Land: While the pacing of Personal Demon is bogged down in places, it is still a very worthwhile read and integral to the development of the series. After the events in Personal Demon, things are forever changed for some of the characters and I am interested to see how the future unfolds for them.
- Nyx Book Reviews: It’s been a while since a book engaged me so much. It’s probably just me being weird, but I loved Hope being undercover in the gang. It was all just so exciting.