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Title: Demon Love Spell V 1
Author: Mayu Shinjo
May Contain Spoilers
By the creator of Ai Ore! and Sensual Phrase
Miko is a shrine maiden who has never had much success at seeing or banishing spirits. Then she meets Kagura, a sexy demon who feeds off women’s feelings of passion and love. Kagura’s insatiable appetite has left many girls at school brokenhearted, so Miko casts a spell to seal his powers. Surprisingly the spell works—sort of—but now Kagura is after her!
Reads R to L (Japanese style) for teen plus audiences.
I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Mayu Shinjo’s works. Her titles usually feature a douche bag uber alpha hero and a timid, naïve heroine. I usually don’t enjoy reading stories where the hero treats the heroine, his supposed love interest, like crap. That’s one of the problems I have with Black Bird, though I find myself helplessly flipping through whatever new volumes happen to end up in my hands. I don’t want to like it, but I do. Ugh! Demon Love Spell reminds me a lot of Black Bird, so if you are a fan of Kanoko Sakurakoji, you might want to give this series a try.
Miko is a shrine maiden, and while everyone else in her family can see spirits, she can’t sense them at all. Disappointed in herself because she has no sixth sense, she nonetheless studied hard to recognize and banish demons. So while she is familiar with their characteristics and their powers, she can’t see them, which makes carrying on the family tradition unlikely. Still, she has hopes and she is dedicated to both the shrine and her family legacy.
When an incubus begins to prey on girls at her high school, a moment of high emotion gives her the strength to seal his powers and confine him into an itty-bitty demon form. Once the most powerful demon, Kagura is now helpless against stronger demons, and he can’t revert back to his former self, a tall, stunningly gorgeous young man who knocks the ladies dead. He is a sitting duck, and so is Miko. Since she was powerful enough to seal away Kagura’s powers, all the demons want to kill him and eat Miko to gain her strength. Eek! She can’t even see her enemies unless she is holding chibi Kagura! How can she defend herself against a bunch of big, bad, ugly monsters? To make matters worse, she can’t remember which spell she used to seal away his powers, so she can’t change Kagura back to his powerful self. She isn’t even sure that she wants to; he’ll just go back to preying on innocent women and stealing their life essences, anyway!
Kagura can enter Miko’s dreams when she’s asleep, so he steals into them and seduces her in order to gain back some of his strength. Miko can’t remember a thing in the morning, but she feels a burning sense of embarrassment, and she’s exhausted. Like she was up all night long. Which she was, in her dreams, romping around with Kagura. She begins to question why she is forming an emotional attachment to the perverted demon, and wonders if he has cast a demon love spell over her. She doesn’t trust him, but she can’t stop her growing feelings for him.
I enjoyed this introduction to the series. It’s a fast read, it’s brainless, and it’s fun. Despite some awkward proportions, Mayu Shinjo’s art is attractive, and her guys are hot, hot, hot. The characters are engaging, and though the plot is predictable, I found a lot to like in the first volume of Demon Love Spell, and I will follow the series for at least a few volumes to see how things work out for Miko and sex obsessed Kagura.
Review copy provided by publisher