by Debra Dunbar
Dar helped his foster sister become the ruler of Hel, and helped her free the enslaved humans from the elves. It’s about time he helped himself – to a fun week of mayhem in the Windy City. Collapsing a few buildings and corrupting politicians is an ideal vacation for a demon in Chicago, but Dar didn’t count on a beautiful angel sabotaging his fun and putting him to work.
Asta is an angelic enforcer, scanning for demons in her assigned territory and sending them to an early grave. Unfortunately, the latest trespasser from Hel has diplomatic immunity - but immunity doesn’t mean she can’t coerce him into helping her track and dispatch the powerful demon that’s been cycling in and out of her radar for the last few days.
Demons are the sworn enemies of every angel, but Asta must learn to trust Dar or the dark presence that is growing in Chicago will spread - and this particular enemy has the skills and knowledge to send human civilization back to the dark ages. She has one week left as an enforcer before she returns to her heavenly home – one week to catch an elusive monster, and one week to safeguard her heart from the demon who is determined to seduce her to sin.
Something moved in front of her, and the angel jumped as a huge rat scampered across the alley and under the dumpster.
Rats. Every hair on her body rose, and she couldn’t help a shudder of revulsion. It was terribly unevolved of her to have such a visceral negative reaction to a lower life form, a mere mammal, but Asta couldn’t help herself. It was ridiculous for an angel to be afraid of a rat — to be afraid of anything — but she was.
A scratching noise came from beneath the dumpster. Asta froze, her stomach turning. Just a rat, just a rat, just a rat. She was an angel, for Aaru’s sake!
Red eyes peered at her from the darkness. The scratching grew louder.
Ignore it. She was here to hunt a demon — a demon whose energy signature she heard like a siren song from underneath the dumpster. She just had to get by the rat.
Rats. As in plural. Red eyes blinked into life by the dozens. Asta’s breath locked in her throat, and she scrambled backwards on her knees as they crawled from under the dumpster. She just had to go through them, stand up and walk right through them, and she’d be within striking range of the demon. But that would involve standing up. Visions of rats biting her feet and ankles, hanging from her clothing, filled her mind. At least on her hands and knees, she could kick and grab them.
The eyes moved closer, dark shapes coalescing into distinct forms with pointy noses and twitching whiskers. She could hear their claws clicking on the pavement, the faint squeaking. Involuntarily, she found herself moving backwards, scooting on hands and knees away from their advance.
A rat toward the back stood on his hind legs, towering over the others by at least a foot. He was monstrous, and the glow in his red eyes was eerily familiar. This was the demon she’d spent all night following — the crazy margarita-drinking, tube-socks-in-his-pants demon.
4 out of 5 (very good)
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I haven't done a lot of books that deal with angels and demons so I was wondering what to expect, especially with the prologue that started it all, but what I got was a funny, thoughtful and witty book that has some amazing punchlines between an angel who is a bit naughty and a demon who, although he enjoys winding her up, finds he wants to try and make things just a little bit better.
Asta is the sort of angel that I could like - she's not expressionless, gender-less and holier than thou. She has a coffee addiction (don't we all?), shoplifts clothing but then will make sure that those she has stolen from are recompensed somehow, and actually loves being on earth and spending time watching over humans. Of course, she hasn't actually spent that much time amongst them so that leads to some funny situations between her and Dar. Dar is the other half of this amazing pair and he is the demon who goes around putting condoms on every street protuberance he can find. He is warm and witty and not afraid to go after what he wants.
These two build up their relationship from insta-lust to hopefully something more and the story will take you along for the ride. I much preferred the angel and demon in this book to the human. Carter was a very weak person and easily gave in to temptation rather than work for it. I do mean him as a person. As a character, he was exceedingly well written to have these flaws and made for the perfect counterpoint to Dar. He wasn't a one dimensional 'baddie' but instead had depth.
Brilliant world and character building with a story that moves along at a steady pace. Definitely recommended for Paranormal Romance fans.
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After majoring in English with a concentration in Medieval Literature and Folklore studies, Debra promptly sold out to the corporate world, occasionally writing marketing copy and op/ed articles for a local city paper. By day, she designs compensation programs, after dark she stuffs her nose into obscure mythology, and feverishly writes her novels. A DEMON BOUND is her debut novel.
Debra lives on a farm in Maryland with Sweetie, three sons, and a Noah's ark of four legged family members. She drives an old PT Cruiser, couldn't carry a tune if you duct taped it to her back, and enjoys an occasional cosmopolitan (heavy on the vodka). On a good day, she jogs and horseback rides, hopefully managing to keep the horse between herself and the ground. Her only known super power is 'Identify Roadkill'.