Review: Seducing the Demon Huntress by Victoria Davies

 

Title:  Seducing the Demon Huntress

Author: Victoria Davies

 

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

 

Trick or treat, survive until the night’s complete.

For most people Halloween is a night of candy, costumes and revelry but for Kerilyn, it’s the most dangerous night of the year. Hailing from a line of demon hunters, Kerilyn’s family has long been hated by the ruling lords of the Netherworld. On All Hallow’s Eve, the deadly brothers are released from their realm, along with their subjects, the spirits and the demons. Like every good hunter, Kerilyn fortifies her home with spells and tricks to keep her safe. But there is one man no spell can protect her heart from.

Arawn, Lord of the Spirits, has appeared at her fence every Halloween for years. While the handsome lord may turn her head with his heated looks and seductive words, Kerilyn knows without a doubt that should she ever invite him in, her life would be forfeit. But when his brother, the Lord of the Demons, kidnaps her niece, Kerilyn must leave her sanctuary. Now she has a choice. Can the man she’s dreamed of for years be trusted, or will the spirit lord help his brother destroy her?


Review:

I have enjoyed many Carina Press novellas, and Seducing the Demon Huntress is no exception.  There are times when I want a faster read, and I turn to this publisher for a quick fix.  I like the variety of stories they publish, so I can always find something to pique my interest.  I was in the mood for a PNR, and after interviewing the author, I wanted to give Seducing the Demon Huntress a read.  I liked this novella, and would read more by Victoria Davies in the future.

Kerilyn is a demon hunter.  She comes from a long line of demon hunters, much to her sorrow.  Her entire family has been picked off, one by one, and now she’s alone.  As darkness falls on All Hallow’s Eve, she retreats into her house, fearful that she’ll be facing this frightening night by herself.  The demons and spirits of the Netherworld are out to get her, and this is the night when Abaddon and Arawn, the rulers of the Netherworld, can freely pass into this realm.  For years, Arawn has waited outside her gate for her to let him in, and for years she has harbored a terrible secret. She’s infatuated with Arawn, and she can’t help but steal a few moments with him every year.  She resists his requests to open the gate and invite him in, but she doesn’t know how much longer she can.  When disaster strikes, and her niece is kidnapped by Abaddon, she has to leave the sanctuary of her wards to rescue Sarah.  Leaving her yard will spell her doom, but Kerilyn has to try to save her only living relative.

I liked this story a lot. I found the forbidden relationship between Arawn and Kerilyn compelling.  Kerilyn has been drawn to Arawn for years, but exploring a relationship with him will quickly lead to a painful death. Her family has been killing his subjects for years, and it’s impossible to think that he, or his subjects, could ever put that aside.   Yet when she is forced to leave the sanctuary of her home, he is quick to accompany her.  He knows her lame disguise won’t fool anyone, and he’s afraid that facing his brother by herself will sign her death sentence.  I loved how quickly Arawn was willing to follow and defend her, and that he was willing to confront his brother to keep Kerilyn and her niece safe.  I was totally convinced that he was willing to kill his brother, or die trying, to protect her.  I also understood her reluctance to trust him.  How could she know for certain that he wasn’t part of a ply to get her to Abaddon, so they could kill her together.

In addition to being a hot love story, the battle with Abaddon is an exciting, no-holds-barred fight.  If you’re in the mood for a read with a kick-ass heroine, you don’t have to look further than Seducing the Demon Huntress.

Grade:  B

Review copy provided by publisher

Interview with Christyne Butler, Author of The Maverick’s Summer Love

Please welcome USA Today bestselling author Christyne Butler to the virtual offices this morning! Christyne is here to chat about her latest release, The Maverick’s Summer Love.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Christyne Butler] Wife-mother-daughter-sister-friend-veteran and writer who loves books, the Red Sox, country music, Elvis movies and dreams of Texas ranch living!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about The Maverick’s Summer Love?

[Christyne Butler] THE MAVERICK’S SUMMER LOVE is book 2 in a six book continuity, “Montana Mavericks: Rust Creek Cowboys” from Harlequin Special Edition. Six books, six different authors that are all sent in the same small ranching town of Rust Creek Falls, Montana that is recovering after suffering a terrible flood.

My book is about Dean Pritchett, a small town carpenter who comes to town to help with the rebuilding, mainly the town’s medical clinic and the elementary school and the last thing he expects is to fall in love! Shelby Jenkins is a young mother who has been burned by love in the past so she is wary of getting involved with someone, especially when she has plans of her own, but you know what they say about the best laid plans…

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Christyne Butler] Actually, this idea came to me from the editorial staff at Harlequin Special Edition. The staff comes up with the ideas for all six books in the series, from character names to plot devices, and then once the individual author gets her hands on her book she works with the editor to make any suggestions or changes and then off we go! Of course, the secondary characters in the book are usually our own creation as we often have people from the other books in series so it’s fun to work with the other authors, especially when you are writing their hero and heroine in your book!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Shelby?

[Christyne Butler] Devoted, cautious, and loving

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Dean had a theme song, what would it be?

[Christyne Butler] Dean does have a theme song and it’s “You Had Me From Hello” by Kenny Chesney. The moment he sees Shelby…that’s it! He’s a goner! In fact, I create a playlist for each of books that usually included about a dozen songs, including a theme song for my hero and heroine, as well as other songs that tell their story and then I play it over and over again as I write the book.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Shelby is never without.

[Christyne Butler] Her cell phone. Which is pretty typical for a 22 year old woman, but because Shelby is a single mother she is always in touch with whoever is watching her daughter, be it her mother or the child care center, while she’s working.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Dean’s bathroom?

[Christyne Butler] A girly magazine (this guy reads the classics and loved Jane Austin!), cologne (he prefers the simple soap and water method!) and messy towels

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Shelby’s greatest regret?

[Christyne Butler] Oh, goodness, that’s a toughie…I think she regrets getting so wrapped up in wanting to be popular and have the “right” boyfriend while back in high school. While the end result is her little girl, who she loves very much, I think the choice of the boy she dated is something she regrets which is why she’s a bit wary of men now.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Christyne Butler] Oh, my critique partners are a terrific group of talented writers who have helped me so much over the years when it comes to brainstorming to revisions on all of my books and my local Romance Writers of America chapter, the New Hampshire RWA chapter, have been with me from the very beginning when I got “The Call” and I’d be lost without with support and love! 

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Christyne Butler] Oh, for the last couple of books it would be my husband’s recliner, Tootsie Rolls and the dark of night!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Christyne Butler] I would have to say Roxanne St. Claire’s BAREFOOT IN THE SUN, it’s book #3 in her “Barefoot Bay” series and all of the book have been just wonderful reads! Fun, sexy, contemporary romances with terrific heroines who remind me of me and my friends…loved it!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Christyne Butler] The classic “Little Woman” by Louisa May Alcott. A childhood favorite that I still read from time to time when the mood strikes!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Christyne Butler] I love watching the great musicals of the 40?s and 50?s and Elvis movies, hunting at yard sales and flea markets for any number of treasures from memorabilia of women who served in the military to old books. I love to read and go shopping too!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Christyne Butler] My website is brand new so please visit me at www.christynebutler.com and I am always on Facebook so please friend me at www.facebook.com/christynebutler. I do blog with other Special Edition authors at www.specialeditionauthors.com

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

Purchase links:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-mavericks-summer-love-christyne-butler/1114668394?ean=9780373657575

About the book:

USA TODAY bestselling author Christyne Butler visits Rust Creek Falls, the setting for the popular Montana Mavericks: Rust Creek Cowboys continuity, in a sexy and emotional romance that is sure to  capture readers’ hearts! Rust Creek Ramblings  

The Great Montana Flood has brought all sorts of interesting menfolk to Rust Creek Falls. At the Ace in the Hole, they’re all talking about hunky out-of-towner Dean Pritchett. They say the green-eyed carpenter from Thunder Canyon is in town to help rebuild the elementary school. But we’ve got the inside scoop! 

Rumor has it that Dean has a special interest in our  Shelby Jenkins. Yes, that Shelby Jenkins-the single mom  who found herself in a "family way" back in high school. She’s been fending off the town gossip forever, but Dean actually got into a fistfight trying to defend her honor! Sweet Shelby fears  his love won’t last. Just what are your intentions, Mr. Maverick?

Waiting on Wednesday–Moonkind by Sarah Prineas

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

ZOMG!!!!  I just discovered that Sarah Prineas has another book due in stores in December! I loved Winterling, and I have Summerkin on my wish list.  I just added Moonkind to the list, so it looks like I have some awesome MG novels to look forward to at the end of the year.

 

Moonkind, the sweeping conclusion to Sarah Prineas’s fantasy adventure series that started with Winterling, follows Fer, the Lady of the Summerlands, as she attempts to inspire change in the face of great danger and resistance.

Fer, the Lady of the Summerlands, has made a critical mistake. In a world where oath-binding magic runs deep, the consequences of a broken promise can be nothing short of dire. But Fer has not broken her promise-she’s remained true to her vow to rule with honesty and without the disguise of a glamorie. Yet as a young leader, she’s naively trusted others to honor such an oath, too-one that many are unwilling and unable to keep.
With the cost of countless broken oaths weighing heavily on the land, the realm has begun to change. A stillness is creeping in, bringing a silent death to the place that Fer holds so dear. Only Fer has the power to fight it, but she may have to rely on the help of the one boy whose very nature is to deceive her.
Sarah Prineas, the award-winning author of the Magic Thief books, shines in this mesmerizing series conclusion. Praised by Kirkus Reviews for her lush and sensuous prose, Sarah once again takes readers on a breathtaking journey to a land of wildling transformations, magical poultices, shape-shifting troublemakers, and enduring friendships that cannot be broken.

 

What are you waiting on?