PJV Quickie: Lately short stories have been a hit or miss for me. Some authors know how to do it well, other’s don’t understand that you still need to have a beginning, ending, a middle, and a plot even if the story spans 100 pages. Victoria Davies falls into the first category. At the end of this book I didn’t feel like something was missing, I read Seducing The Demon Huntress and left feeling complete and satisfied.
Review: Kerilyn comes from a long line of demon hunters who’s sole purpose is to protect humans from the evil that comes out at night. For years Kerilyn and her family have worked together to do just that, especially on halloween when the spirits are able to roam the earth more freely. Her family has always taught her that these spirits and demons were evil and not to be trusted, and she lives by those facts…for the most part. Annoyingly, there’s one demon she can’t seem to get out of her head, the Demon King himself, Arawn. Arawn has been visiting Kerilyn every halloween for nine years, hoping that she will eventually trust him to open the gates. She never does. But this Halloween is different, this time Kerilyn’s niece is in danger, and with her entire family killed off, Arawn is the only one she can turn to for help.
Okay, so we’ve seen this story before. The paranormal being misunderstood by the human (usually) female. Yes he does awful things, but he’s good where and when it counts, and he’ll be good for her. That’s like the paranormal standard. But that doesn’t change the fact that this was a very well written book. I loved the plot and Miss Davies managed to write two strong and likable characters. I was rooting for Kerilyn and Arawn from the very beginning, it really didn’t take much convincing. I’m not sure why, but I suspect it has something to do with Arawn being so deliciously sexy. Also, I’m a sucker for an evil guy that’s head over heels in love. There’s just something about conquering the broken. Kerilyn was also easy to like because she wasn’t your typical annoying MC (I’m so over that).
Most of the book is about Kerilyn and Arawn’s relationship and the struggle Kerilyn goes through to deny him. She’s been in love with this guy for nine years, and now he’s here hinting that he may feel the same way about her. But can she trust him? It’s hard for her to throw out her entire upbringing for a few beautiful words, especially since her entire family was killed off by the same demons his family governs. On the one hand she would like nothing more than to accept Arawn’s invitation and fall into bed with him, but on the other hand, it could cost her her life. The struggle that Kerilyn faces is something that I thought was done very well by the author. I’m still amazed that she was able to make it all feel real in less than 100 pages. I did get frustrated with Kerilyn at times, but I think it was due to the fact that I knew how Arawn felt about her, while she didn’t.
Overall I really enjoyed the story and I hope that the author decides to turn this into a series because, honestly, one is not enough. While the story was complete, I would love to read more about Arawn and Kerilyn, maybe in a full length novel the second time around.
Recommendation: If you’re looking for a quick hot read, this is definitely the book for you. It’s straight and to the point and it just might the perfect mini-break from all those full length novels.