Demons Are a Girl’s Best Friend by Linda Wisdom (Demons, #1)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Finished Reading: 6/11/2011
In six words: Wasn’t as amazing as it could’ve.
1) Demons Are a Girl’s Best Friend
2) A Demon Does It Better (2012)
Feisty witch Maggie enjoys her work as a paranormal law enforcement officer—that is, until she’s assigned to protect a teenager with major attitude and a sleazy boyfriend. A group of satanic Mayans priests has decided Courtney has a drop of divine blood in her—making her just the virgin sacrifice they need to release their God and rule the world.
To prevent this catastrophe, Maggie must team up with half fire demon Declan, the proprietor of Damnation Alley, an underground club and busy demon portal. Declan will be damned if he’ll allow his demon race to be blamed for the malicious acts of some evil Mayans. So he decides to seduce the sexy witch in an effort to discover what the law enforcement agency knows about the Mayan’s plans, but then things get more than a little hot, and Declan finds himself seriously entangled with the sexiest woman he’s ever met…
Why I Read This Book and General Thoughts
I read about Demons Are a Girl’s Best Friend one someone’s blog (I forget whose, sorry!) and was intrigued enough to add it to my wishlist. It recently was marked down to $1.99 on Amazon’s site, so I decided to download it. When I was looking for a book to read on Thursday, I was debating between reading this book and J.A. Saare’s Dead, Undead, or Somewhere In Between. I left the decision to my boyfriend, Kyle, who picked this one because, “the title was cooler.” Apparently you can’t go wrong with demons. Except maybe in this case.
A More In-Depth Look
Up until the halfway mark — and I mean that literally, since I was reading on my Kindle and had hit 50% — I really liked this book. Maggie is a kick-ass witch with a sarcastic bent to her humor, and Declan is a sexy half fire-demon who is just different enough from Maggie to cause serious sparks (ha, accidental pun). But rather than watching the sparks fly with sexual tension and wariness, Declan and Maggie give in to their mutual attraction without much fight. And I never really understood why. There are aspects of both characters’ personality that should have caused more friction between the two. I generally always want a HEA in my romance, but I also like to take an emotional ride to get there. This ride was more like a stroll down the driveway. It was nice and sweet, but I wanted something more. I was also slightly put off by some of the language used to describe the more steamy scenes. Call me a prude, but cock is generally a little too vulgar for me, unless the situation calls for it. It didn’t here, and felt out of place. I’d take a turgid shaft over cock any day.
The mystery and suspense element to Demons Are a Girl’s Best Friend was extremely well-done in the first half of the book. But again, it just fell flat for me in the end; I was reaching 90% and things had not even begun to get wrapped up, and it left for an ending that went extremely fast, and in an unsatisfying sort of way. That said, I really enjoyed many of the side characters – Elle, the black widow spider looking for a way to keep her lovers around longer, Sybil, the angelic looking elf who was a serious hard-ass in the interrogation room, and Courtney, the teenager slotted for sacrifice. There were a couple serious laugh out loud moments in this book, like when Maggie put a spell on Courtney so that Courtney would be unable to tell anyone who and what Maggie was without sounding like a fool, and how frustrated Courtney became when all that was coming out of her mouth was nonsense when she tried.
Demons Are a Girl’s Best Friend had the potential to be a really great book, but that potential was never fully realized.
You Might Enjoy This Book If…
If none of my above complaints bother you, and you’re an urban fantasy or paranormal romance fan, you might enjoy this book.