Series: DEMONS OF INFERNUM
Plot Type: Soul Mate Romance (SMR)
Ratings: Violence—4-5; Sensuality—4; Humor—2
Publisher and Titles: Entangled Publishing
Blood of the Demon (7/2012)
Mark of the Sylph (3/2013)
Touch of the Angel (11/2013)
"Heart of the Incubus" (e-novella, 12/2013)
This is a satisfying conclusion to what has been a mostly solid paranormal romance series. All of the loose ends are woven together in the final chapters, and the brothers and their wives go off into their happy, domesticated futures. Although the series features the usual alpha males and submissive females, the overall story arc plays out in a convincing manner, and the four brothers are well defined, particularly by the time we get to this final book. Once again, the prickly, but always supportive, camaraderie among the all-for-and-one-for-all brothers is quite poignant—and sometimes very humorous. Just as in the earlier novels, the women play important, but mostly supportive, roles. If you haven't read the earlier novels, I recommend that you read them first—in order—before reading this book. Click HERE and scroll down a bit to read the first two chapters of Call of the Siren.
Just one last point: I read this as an e-book (Kindle) and was disappointed to find many copy-proofing errors, mostly incorrect word usages. Here are a few examples: "she'd banned together with Ronin" (banded); "she'd be rearing to go." (raring); "for all intense and purposes" (intents).
In this multiverse, supernatural beings live on other planets, or dimensions. Demons and angels live in Infernum; Greek gods and goddesses live in Olympia; shifters live in Enevora; and water creatures live in their own undersea dimension. Together, these dimensions are known as the Otherworlds, and they are ruled by the Elden Council, a group composed of elders from each of the worlds. Travel between dimensions, including Earth, is supervised by the Council, and each major city on Earth has a portal. Although demons and angels exist in this multiverse, they have no connection with Christian theology, and there is no concept of Heaven or Hell.
The heroes of the series are four half-demon brothers, each of whom was fathered by the villainous and demonic Mammon, but they all have different supernatural mothers, each of whom was raped by Mammon with the specific purpose of creating half-breed offspring for himself. This means that each brother was born with a different set of powers:
> Dagan, the youngest: His mother was a siren. His powers include a great singing voice, breathing underwater, and sex appeal. (Novel 4)
NOVEL 2: Mark of the Sylph
A succubus is a female sex demon who preys on males; an incubus is a male sex demon who preys on females. In both cases the sex demon requires sexual energy to survive—either from a sex demon of the opposite sex or from another demon of the opposite sex. Here is how the succubus heroine of this book explains it: "Sex was what she needed to survive. It was the only thing that would replenish her depleting life essence. But the chemicals her body produced during sex were toxic to everyone but other sex demons. As an incubus, Asmodeus was one of the few men who could feed her without dying in the process." (p. 37)
One of Asmodeus' succubi is Amara; another is Amara's mother, Solara. Amara allowed herself to be bound to Asmodeus in order to save her mother from Asmodeus' vicious treatment. One night, Amara is sent out to track down and drain a particular male supernatural, but instead she runs into Ronin, the third demon brother (half demon/half angel), in a club. Naturally, it's lust at first sight for both of them, but for Ronin, it's almost death at first touch. Amara is so sex starved and so attracted to Ronin that she allows herself to drain his life force and he nearly dies. His life is saved by the brothers' friend, an incubus named Cresso Taylor, who is experimenting on a vaccine that will immunize a person against incubi and succubi body chemicals. Although Ronin slowly recovers from his brush with death, his demonic strength and his angelic powers have become muted and slightly changed.
Meanwhile, the brothers are bored because they haven't received a bounty-hunting assignment from the Council for months. One night, several weeks after Ronin's near-death experience, they get a call from the Council to investigate Asmodeus' activities. When they stake out Asmodeus' lavish mansion, Ronin is stunned to see Amara leaving the house, and he immediately assumes that she is working for the incubus voluntarily on some evil mission.
The brothers capture Amara, and from that point, the action begins to kick in, both in the bedroom and on the field of battle. Amara soon reveals her complicated situation with Asmodeus, and she and Ronin begin a series of bedroom scenes that consist of some extensive, graphic foreplay (because she will drain him again if they consummate the act). The brothers also continue to spy on Asmodeus, but he has a powerful magical shield in place around his house, so they can't get inside.
As the story line plays out, the brothers are attacked several times by demonic mercenaries hired by Asmodeus (They always win, of course.) By the end, both Ronin and Amara have put their lives at risk for the other, but they also find a way to consummate their relationship without killing Ronin. Just before the final showdown battle, Ronin is shocked when someone from his childhood turns up to help them fight. It won't surprise you to learn that this mystery woman becomes Dagan's love interest in the next novel.
This is another typical erotic paranormal romance featuring feisty, but submissive females and cocky alpha males who fight against the evil forces in the supernatural world at the risk of their own lives. If you've been reading the series, you'll be relieved to know that Brynn's baby (conceived in book 1) is FINALLY born safe and sound. Click HERE and scroll down a bit to read an excerpt from Touch of the Angel.
E-NOVELLA 1: "Heart of the Incubus"
Cresso has fallen hard for Dr. Genevieve (Gen) Russell, the human female scientist who helped him create the vaccine. Unfortunately, Gen doesn't return his affections. In fact, she can't stand him. As it happens, the reason that Gen took the Elcorp job was to get as far as possible from her cheating ex-fiance. Just before their wedding, Gen walked in on him while he was in a three-way with two young and attractive women, and she has vowed never to give her heart to another man. Gen has categorized Cresso as being the same type of two-timing playboy as her ex-boyfriend because she constantly sees him in the company of gorgeous succubi. Even though she is attracted to him, she assumes that he is using his incubus sex powers on her, and she hates him for it. Poor Cresso is desperately in love with Gen, and he can't help himself from exuding all kinds of incubus pheromones whenever he is near her.
Their situation seems hopeless until one day when Cresso happens to be in Gen's office when she opens a seemingly harmless package and finds a skinned dead rat inside. Gen confesses to Cresso that she has been receiving sick and threatening anonymous letters for several weeks, so he insists on trying to track down the villain. As the stalker's threats against Gen accelerate, she moves into Cresso's apartment, where their mutual attraction revs up both their libidos. Cresso even does some dreamscaping into Gen's dreams, and that's when he learns that she views him as being an even worse person than her cheating ex-boyfriend.
As Cresso and his friends try to identify Gen's stalker, the two become closer and closer, and Gen begins to realize that there's more to Cresso than she first thought. Eventually, in the requisite showdown scene, Gen is put into a gravely dangerous situation from which Cresso must rescue her. Then, as you can no doubt predict, they go on to their HEA.
This little story fills in the gaps in Cresso's backstory. He has been a supporting character all though the series, beginning in book 1, so it's nice to learn more about him. Cresso is, by far, the more complex of the two lead characters. Gen comes across as narrow-minded and vindictive as she makes all kinds of false assumptions about Cresso and rarely gives him a chance to explain himself. Also, in a major improbability, Gen has not reported her stalker's letters to her boss—or to anyone, really. Then, she allows Cresso to jump in and take over the investigation, even though she can't stand him. Even then, neither of them even consider reporting the incidents to anyone in authority. Their actions seem unbelievable to me.
And just one last tiny nit-pick: When Cresso takes Gen out to eat at a popular Italian restaurant, they order roasted chicken and potatoes. Yes, they actually order potatoes at an ITALIAN restaurant! Why in the world would you ever willingly choose an Italian restaurant if you were hungry for roasted chicken and potatoes? Click HERE and scroll down a bit to read an excerpt from "Heart of the Incubus."