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Monday, July 9, 2012
Kathy Love: DEVILISH SERIES
Author: Kathy Love
Demon slayer Michael Archer is back on the job with the Brethren after having been frozen in place by a demon for thirty years. The on-going joke in this book is that Michael's clothing, hair, slang, and world-view all date back to the late 1970s, and his fellow hunters consider him hopelessly old-fashioned. Michael is having a hard time getting used to the fact that his colleagues rehabilitate demons now rather than just cut off their heads. After Michael violates protocol by beheading yet another demon, his Brethren boss gives him a pie chart to study: "The chart in front of him showed the percentage of demons that had been cast back to Hell. The percentage of possessed, which were now referred to as 'diabolically challenged' who had been 'rehabilitated.' Even the percentage of full-fledged demons who'd been 'rehabilitated' too. Only one tiny sliver of the pie, small and bright red, showed how many of the demons had been slain....As far as Michael was concerned, that whole damned chart should be a giant circle of bright red." (pp. 18-19) To give Michael some time to adjust to modern PC times, his boss puts him to work in the Hot! mailroom.
Series: DEVILISH SERIES
Plot Type: SMR, CH
Ratings: V3; S4; H4
Publisher and Titles: Kensington
Devilishly Hot (10/2011)
Devilishly Sexy (5/2012)
Devilishly Wicked (2013)
Set in the fashion world of Manhattan, the plots involve the employees of Hot! Magazine, which is headed by the glamorous and totally loathsome Finola White, a demon diva who is determined to keep herself in Satan’s good graces, but who is so self-centered and arrogant that she constantly winds up on his (and everyone else's) bad side. Finola and her right-hand man, Tristan (also one of Satan's demons), run the magazine on the top floors of the Hot! building while a group of demon hunters (who call themselves the Brethren) hide away in the mailroom, which is located in the sub-basement. Each story follows one couple as they meet, fall in love, and run afoul of Finola before eventually achieving their HEA. Throughout each story, Tristan plots against Finola in the hope that he can convince Satan to let him take over the magazine. The demon hunters are supporting characters in the stories—support, that is, for the unlucky human characters who find themselves under Finola's devilish control.
This series is mostly cotton-candy light and sweet, but it also has a dark edge to it, particularly when it comes to Finola’s indiscriminate killing of various humans—mostly her personal assistants. The story lines are full of illogical moments, but that shouldn’t matter too much if you enjoy this type of fluffy chick-lit paranormal romance.
BOOK 1: Devilishly Hot
When Annie Lou Riddle moves to Manhattan to break into the fashion industry, she has no idea that she will accidentally sell her soul in exchange for a job at Hot! Magazine as Finola's personal assistant (aka slave). Finola killed her previous personal assistant during a hissy fit—standard operating procedure for Finola, who regularly and frequently calls upon Tristan to dispose of the poor girls' bodies.
After this last assistant is declared missing, Detective Nick Rossi of the NYPD investigates because so many former employees of Hot! have disappeared. Handsome, sexy Nick is immediately attracted to Annie (and vice versa), but Finola wants him for herself. The story follows Finola’s attempts to ensnare Nick, Nick’s attempts to romance Annie, and Annie’s attempts to get back her soul with the help of Nick and the demon hunters in the basement.
BOOK 2: Devilishly Sexy
When Liza McLane refused to sell her soul to the devil to get her job at Hot!, Finola took an alternate route to get Liza's cooperation—she had a demon possess Liza. So now, Liza takes massive amounts of Benadryl to force her talkative and annoying demon into submission so that she can do her job and live her life with some degree of normality. When Michael sees Liza swallow a handful of pills, he assumes that she is committing suicide and rushes to her aid. From then on, he keeps an eye on her, and mutual attraction blooms between them, even though Michael soon becomes convinced that Liza has sold her soul and must be destroyed. Once again, the mailroom demon hunters rush to the rescue so that the lovers get their HEA.