Review: Demons Are a Girl’s Best Friend by Linda Wisdom

Posted 13 June, 2011 by Amanda / 13 Comments

Demons Are a Girl’s Best Friend by Linda Wisdom (Demons, #1)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Purchased e-book
Finished Reading: 6/11/2011
In six words: Wasn’t as amazing as it could’ve.

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Book Order

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.


Filed under: ESR: 5, Review: Amanda, Urban Fantasy,


13 Responses to “Review: Demons Are a Girl’s Best Friend by Linda Wisdom”

  1. hmmm, great review! I definitely need to think on this one, because the premise is really cute. It will be interesting to see if the second one is better. Thanks Amanda!! smiles…

    • From the looks of the summary of the next book, it’s about new characters, and not a continuation of the characters in this book. I don’t know if that makes a difference or not.

  2. *snorts*

    Amanda, you are killing me here! Shaft over Cock sounds like it could be a book title. Wonder if Kyle would think that was a cool title. LOL

    Bum deal that the tension that could have been developed between the characters didn’t make it through. I would have wanted more too. Good thing you got it for a good price.

    • Missie, the next time I see Kyle, I’ll ask him what he thinks. I’m pretty sure that he’ll pretend like he didn’t hear me, but I can’t pass up the opportunity to ask. :)

      Hmm. I wonder what other naughty titles we could come up with…

      PS. I’m liking the new summer layout on your blog.

    • hahahaha, here’s your answer Missie, straight from Kyle (who will probably be mad at me for repeating this, if he ever sees it):

      “if it was a book about futuristic cock-fighting where some genetecist comes up with this ultimate cock-fighting thing and then puts it up in a fight against your standard cock-fighter, then I’m all for it
      oh and the futuristic cock-fighting genetecist-made thing is named Shaft for some reason”

  3. Felicia

    I have this book but keep putting off reading it! I am still not completely sold on Urban Fantasy and I might just save it for a rainy day when I am just in the mood for that kind of book!

    I am with you with the work c*ck, I usually try to skim past it and pretend it is another word. I don’t think that makes us prudes at all!

  4. Teri Richards

    I admit I read the book and enjoyed it so much I contacted the author. She said that this isn’t the first book in a series, just a continuation of her Hex series. Her publisher made changes with this book. I love the Hex series and that it’s about 13 witches. I can’t wait to read the rest of her series.

    What we forget is some things are up to the publishers, not always the author. That they want something written their way and the author isn’t always allowed to keep something the way they’d like.

    I liked that she was willing to answer my questions about her series. Some authors I’ve emailed never bothered to reply.

    • I am glad that you enjoyed this book and that the author is personable. While my issues with this book may be the result of the publisher and not the author, it does not change my own personal opinion, which is that I just didn’t connect with the story as much as I would have liked. I think that every book deserves a chance, though and it’s nice to hear an opposing opinion. :)

  5. Teri Richards

    I always like that everyone has their own opinion. But then, I’ve also been reading this author since she began her career in 1980. I don’t read a lot of paranormal romance, and only started recently when I realized Ms Wisdom was writing something new.

    I know there’s books I don’t enjoy and others love. But then that’s why there’s so many books out there. We have a variety of choices.

  6. I’m thinking I might give this a chance even after reading your review to see if I have the same issues with it.

    “I’d take a turgid shaft over cock any day.” OMG Amanda you crack me up!! I will say that in general “cock” doesn’t bother me, but “cunt” really, really, really does.

    • It wasn’t a terrible book, it just didn’t live up to my expectations after reading the first half of the book.

      Hmm. It’s not that the word cock bothers me, I just find it vulgar — similar to the use of the f word in books — and under certain circumstances it can fit the situation. It didn’t here. Also, I just like the phrase “turgid shaft.”