In case anyone is wondering why I’m posting all these book blogs back-to-back, it’s because I’m trying to get it all done before NaNo starts and madness ensues. I’m almost done with my phase outline for my NaNo story, which is now titled Tempest of Angels. In fact, I should be finishing up the outline tonight, which gives me an extra day to re-read and fine-tune my notes. Anyway, on to the books, which are all urban fantasy.

First up is Kelley Armstrong’s Personal Demon. I like Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series. I haven’t read all of them, but I think I’ve only missed two, and I’ve liked every one so far. This book is no exception. I want to give props to Ms. Armstrong for making her MC, Hope, of Indian background. I haven’t run across very many books with MCs of that ethnicity, and it was good to see something different. Hope Adams works for a tabloid, and she’s recruited to do a job for the Cortez Cabal—infiltrate a gang that’s trying to make them look bad. Hope happens to be a half demon who is drawn to chaos, which makes for all sorts of interesting happenings.

Then I read Katie MacAlister’s Playing with Fire, about May, who is a doppelganger and can hide in shadows very well. She’s also a thief, which lands her in a lot of trouble, with the demon who sort of owns her, and with Gabriel, the leader of the silver dragons. Oh, and she just so happens to be Gabriel’s mate, which is something she’s not all that thrilled with. Not a bad story, but I had some trouble getting into it. I haven’t read any of the other dragon books by Ms. MacAlister, so that may have been the problem.

Then I read The Devil You Know, by Jenna Black. Okay, I’m going to go ahead and confess: I read this book a couple of months ago, and it ended up left behind at my best friend’s house when I moved (Hey, she and I swap books all the time. I figured it was just one more excuse for her to come visit.). So, I’m afraid I don’t have a terribly clear memory of the plot. I remember that Morgan Kingsely becomes the target of a demon bounty-hunter so scary he frightens other demons. I remember a lot of action, and I remember that I couldn’t put this book down and can’t wait to read the next one. I hope that’s enough.

Next is Heat Stroke, by Rachel Caine. I do love these books, and I can hardly stand knowing there are so many more out that I can’t currently afford to buy. This book is about Joanne, who is now a Djinn. She’s able to see a disturbance in the atmosphere the Weather Wards and and Djinn work in, and has to stop it. Of course, she also has to avoid being claimed by a human, especially the oh-so-nasty Yvette, who is after David.

Last up is The Darkest Pleasure, by Gena Showalter. I think this is the first book I’ve read by Ms. Showalter, and can I just say wow? This book is hot. Why have I not read the other two books in this series? An amazing premise, that when Pandora opened that fabled box, the demons inside bonded with immortal warriors who took on the traits of their demon and became the Lords of the Underworld. This is about Reyes, possessed by the demon of pain, and Danika, who has been running from the Lords for months and is determined to save her family. You should definitely go buy this!


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