Monday, October 3, 2011

Demon Familiar

Title: Demon Familiar
Author: Jory Strong
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
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ISBN: 9781419936609
Genre: {M/M/Bisexual} Paranormal Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Ianthe is pulled from the void by a binding spell and demon essence become mortal-familiar. She longs to become human and love as a human, but has been unable to escape the dark realm or her master, until now. Ianthe is an Incubus/ succubus and must feed both parts of her personality in order to survive, which mean shifting between her female and male forms.  

She can have anyone but wants the one who accidentally summoned and bound her, Detective Miguel Torres. When Ianthe shows up uninvited to a party, Miguel wants her more than any other woman ever…but later he meets Ian, her mysterious twin…and wants him too. Miguel doesn’t understand his desire for a man and once he gives into it, feels nothing but shame. But it brings back memories from the past and when a gay teen is murdered, Miguel is forced to make a decision that will affect the rest of his life. 

Demon Familiar is release seven in Jory Strong’s Supernatural Bond series and it takes up a few weeks after the last book left off. Even though part of a series, it can be read as standalone.  

As with all of Ms. Strong’s releases, the writing is top-notch and the pace moves along at a good clip, with a good integration of characters from the previous releases and the murder Connor and Miguel are investigating.  I really liked this portion of the story and how well they worked together to find the murderer of a young gay man, who’d been thrown out by his father. The painful memories that surfaced of Miguel’s gay uncle who’d been killed years earlier are nicely expressed, making me want to know more. The attraction between Ianthe and Miguel is immediate and the passion blistering hot as their desire soars nearly out of control. 

Where I had problems:

  1. After the prologue where Miguel is shown to be a hereditary witch and the subsequent accidental binding, the topic of him being a witch is hardly mentioned. It left me with lots of questions regarding what being a witch will mean to his life.
  2. Ianthe’s sudden party-crashing appearance at a cop’s home isn’t questioned by a single person, which I found unrealistic for men in law enforcement.
  3. Choosing this lust inducing incubus/succubus demon as Miguel’s mate seems odd. It never gave me a good sense that their pairing is real…that Miguel’s emotions and actions weren’t manipulated to meet her needs.

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