This review is done in conjunction with the author's virtual tour with Goddess Fish Promotions.
When a normally quiet and polite Vampire Slayer is tasked to help an arrogant and selfish demon, only trouble can ensue.
Guilt-ridden by a mistake that cost her fellow Slayers their lives and the subsequent tarnished reputation of her brother’s business, Slayer-born Elise Castle agrees to work with the sexy, but arrogant and selfish, Xavier Doom, by bringing in his demon-turned-vampire friend. If she succeeds, her brother can hire more Slayers while Xavier’s status guarantees them more clients.
Xavier is a Fallen, a special kind of demon with an insatiable appetite for women, money and power. When his best friend is kidnapped and turned into a vampire, he hires the best Slayer money can buy. If the Slayer fails, Xavier stands to lose not only his childhood friend, but the opportunity to skyrocket his wealth with the top secret information hidden in his friend’s mind.
Xavier’s arrogance grates on her nerves while his concern and charm reels Elise in. But can she give her heart to a creature like her father, a Fallen, who had abandoned his family for the appeal of money and power? Or will she see Xavier for the good and loyal man he truly is?
Defiant and strong-willed, Elise is a challenge. Yet her strength and courage appeals to Xavier while her no sex policy has him hot for her. As his feelings for her grow, he must make a decision. Give his heart and soul to a woman who can only offer him her love, or walk away from her and seize the chance for more money and power?
Lives and friendships are at stake while love and loyalty is put to the test. Will Elise and Xavier come out unscathed and together? Or will a secret from Elise’s past tear them apart?
Hot, hot, hot!
This is a smokin' hot, sexy paranormal with plenty of action and suspense that's really well written. I completely enjoyed reading it from beginning to end, and was intrigued by its premise. More, since the fallen are exceptionally sexual beings, this book has no lack of steam.
I really enjoyed meeting Elise. What a great heroine! She's the strongest slayer out there (partly due to being half fallen), but sticks by her brother even when it looks like his business is going down the tubes. I admired her staunch loyalty. It was very admirable. She's the kind of woman most of us would like to be: sexy, smart, independent. She has her flaws (temper being the worst one), and struggles with recurring nightmares, but I really think she was just a great character.
It took me a bit longer to warm up to Xavier (or "X"). He comes of domineering, pushy and crude at first, but once we get some of his POV and climb into his head awhile, he becomes much more sympathetic.
Loved the story, loved the secondary characters and really enjoyed all the various, believable conflicts this author brought to the book. Very well done.
4.5 flowers -- This was a very good book! I'd recommend it to my friends.
A big fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Japanese Anime, she incorporates various weapons into her paranormal romances and gives her characters out-of-this-world names just because she can. She lives in the inspiring gloom of the Pacific Northwest with her husband, four young boys and a Golden Retriever that likes to boss her around. When she’s not writing, you can find her at her day job, shuttling her boys to and from soccer practices and games, listening to music, reading, or connecting with others on Facebook and Twitter.