Title: Demon of Mine
Author: Rayna Vause
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 200 Pages
At a Glance: I couldn’t put the book down, wondering how the story would end.
Reviewed By: Taz
Blurb: Climbing the corporate ladder can be hell….
As a collections demon, Zavier grants his “clients” one wish in exchange for their souls. His job sucks, but once you make a deal with Corporate South, they own you. The trouble is, Zavier’s not a very good collections demon, with his tendencies to spurn authority and find loopholes to help deserving clients out of their contracts. He’s under scrutiny from the head of his department, who would quite literally like to see him burn. He just needs to close a simple deal to get upper management off his back. Instead, he meets Ryan.
Ryan is desperately searching for a way to save his dying sister. He doesn’t believe in magic and demons, but he’s out of options. Zavier’s not what he expects in a demon, and even more unexpected is the strong sense of familiarity―very intimate familiarity.
While trying to free Ryan from his contract, Zavier discovers secrets unscrupulous even by South standards. Exposing them could cost Zavier everything, but it might be Ryan’s only hope.
Review: Demon of Mine is a tale of epic love transcending time and death. Ms. Vause has created a unique spin on the heaven/hell, angel/demon storyline, bringing a corporate structure to what is normally portrayed as ancient and archaic.
Ryan and Zavier are extremely lovable characters. Not only is their capacity for love fierce, but they are deliciously stubborn and flawed as well. Each has a strong sense of who they are and remain true to themselves. At the same time, they have the maturity to bend, and communicate to overcome the barriers which could split many couples.
While the love story itself was well developed, it was the world which drew me in the most. Corporate South and Corporate North serve as the organizations representing heaven and hell. Demons and angels are able to promote within the corporate structure, and a lot of what motivates character behavior is the desire for power and upward mobility within the business. By choosing this as her vehicle, Ms. Vause has created a blend of ancient and modern, allowing basic truths about love and morality to bleed into a familiar context.
In terms of the heat index, I would have enjoyed a bit more steam and sex. Much of this story was dedicated to Ryan and Zavier’s emotional connection. While the sex scenes were well written, I think the story could have been enhanced, the love between the two men intensified, had the chemistry between them played a larger role. That said, I couldn’t put the book down, wondering how the story would end.
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