by: Carolyn Jewel
$7.99 mass market paperback
Grand Central Publishing
Released: May 2011
Iskander is content with his life. He's an assassin for his boss, sure, but that also leaves him plenty of time to indulge in pleasures of the flesh. As a demon, he's become partial to the feel of a sweaty human body intermingled with his own. He's long thought that his tenant, Paisley, was hotter than sin, but she's a vanilla-someone who has no idea of magic or demons. Because of that, he's left her to her own devices, and been content with a glimpse at her now and then.
But when enemy number one to the demons shows up and begins terrorizing Paisley, Iskander knows he must protect her whether she likes it or not. After the crazy mage burns down her apartment, Iskander offers to let her stay with him. After all, it'll be easier to keep an eye on her if she's close by, right? It has nothing to do with the smiles she gives him, nor the fact that her cooking skills make him willing to kill for her.
But the mage is determined to have her, and will stop at nothing to claim her for his own. Iskander doesn't understand why she's a target, until Paisley's latent magical talent becomes known. Then it's crystal clear why the mage wants her so bad, because she'd be invaluable to him in killing Iskander and everyone he knows.
Over his dead body.
There is a war between the mages and the demons that has spanned centuries. The mages capture demons and use them as mindless slaves, and also take demons' powers into themselves to extend their lives. Demons try not to be enslaved, while laying down strict laws to prevent humans from knowing of their existance. This story was fun because yes, there was attraction between the two, but there was also a solid friendship that built between them. They both had feelings for the other, but neither one was willing to admit to it, nor do anything about it. It was a different and refreshing way to build up the characters, and I loved it. There was plenty of action, adventure, danger and drama for everyone, and the sex scenes were well written and hot. I've followed this author all through this series, and each one is better than the last.
Carla gives this book a