Author: Larissa Ione
Release Date: January 2011
Demonica Series Book #3.5
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format(s): e-book – novella length
NOTE: this book was originally released in the compilation The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance 2, published by Running Press (September 2009).
From the author’s website:
Demon slayer Andrea Cole has always taken down the demons and vampires she hunts without mercy. But when a fellow slayer is captured and turned into a vampire by a sadistic monster, she must choose between loyalty to her family and the man she loves.
Kaden Quinn has dedicated his life to slaying vampires, so when he is turned into one, his greatest nightmare comes to life. And when the woman he loves is thrown into a dungeon with him — as food — he must battle new instincts and old desires, and choose between his life, and hers.
What I’m talking about:
This wonderful short from Larissa Ione’s Demonica Series focuses on two Aegis Guardian agents (demon slayers): Andrea and Kaden. When the story starts, we find out that Kaden has been taken hostage by a cell of ruthless vampires. Although Andrea hopes her partner and lover has not been made into a vampire, she is quickly disappointed when she finds him, complete with fangs, in an underground cell in Oregon.
Andrea and Kaden have been mislead their entires lives – believing that demons, vampires and shifters are all evil and must be destroyed. So when Andrea is confronted with the fact that her true love is now something she abhors, she must battle her own beliefs to determine if Kaden is still the man she loves. Similarly, Kaden realizes that although he is a vampire, he isn’t a depraved creature-of-the-night. Their physical reactions to one another and the emotional upheaval that ensues after their reunion is fabulous and riveting. Even though this is a novella-length story, it is rich with detail and full of action. I came to care about Andrea and Kaden quickly and enjoyed following them on their journey.
For those that have not read any of Ms. Ione’s amazing Demonica books, this is a great introduction. Although the story has minimal interaction with the series’ regular cast, it is a wonderful example of Ms. Ione’s amazing talent. For series regulars, it’s a great reminder of why we love this series! It is unconnected to the full-length novels, however, it does mention characters, some which do not come into play until the 4th Demonica story. I strongly recommend you go out and pick up this novella today!
Really enjoyed – strongly recommend (A-)