Title: Seducing the Demon Huntress
Author: Victoria Davies
May Contain Spoilers
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.
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