"Yet another brilliant tale from the genius of Holly"
Emma Holly is one of the hottest cutting-edge writers in
today's market. She's gaining a strong fan base for her
sizzling Romantica tales to her Paranormals and Victorian
Era. Frankly, I think Emma Holly can and does write
she wants and does it unlike any writer around. Her writing
is frank, open and she loves to walk on the wild side.
This time she ventures into another Paranormal tale that is
both exciting and very original. It has the feel of another
series, and one I will be looking forward to when the tales
come! The range of Holly's writing is amazing, her deeply
drawn characters and strong plot really set her above
others Romantica writers. She succeeds while others often
don't make the bar, because her works are well researched,
and she gives such heart to her heroine and hero.
Set in the Victoria era, Inspector Adrian Philip of
Securite Service, is more than a typical policeman, he is
the keeper of peace between demons and humans. He has
accepted implants in his body that enable him to have
incredible strength, and to assume the powers of a demon
for short periods. By accepting this role of protector of
both, he belongs to neither. Adrian is an outsider in both
When Adrian seeks a missing boy, he is attacked by a local
gang. Using his demonic implanted powers, he escapes. After
using the powers, he is weakened and collapses in a
courtyard of Roxanne McCallister. Roxanne is also an
outcast, a half-breed, part demon, part human. She takes
Adrian in and treats him. Adrian is very attracted to
Roxanne, but knows no woman will want him. Proof of this is
his former wife had walked out on him because of his not
quite human state. Roxanne desires Adrian, but is unaware
of his demon enhanced state. Being a half breed, she fears
no man or demon would want her either. As Adrian recovers
under Roxanne's tender care, he falls in love with her, yet
tries to resist a relationship that could interfere with
his police career, and ultimately will leave him hurt when
she rejects him.
In true Emma Holly fashion, the love scenes are beyond
erotic, but she never loses a firm grasp on what makes
Romance work. Her fantasy world works, because she strongly
roots it in reality of caring people that linker in the
readers mind long after you put the book down.
Another keeper for my Emma Holly shelf! They are racking up
very fast, and each one so special.
Posted November 29, 2004
Reviewed by Deborah Macgillivray
Posted December 13, 2006
Inspector Adrian Philips keeps the peace between demons and humans in Avvar, a city not unlike Victorian London. To do his job, he's allowed his strength to be enhanced by demon technology, a choice that's cost him his wife, his family and—some would say—his humanity. Rejected by both races, he hungers for a woman's touch.
Roxanne McAllister is an outcast, too: the illegitimate daughter of an infamous chanteuse. One fateful night brings Roxanne and Adrian together, and though the border between human and demon is treacherous, these two may be just the ones to cross it. The question is, will the exquisite pleasure they find together be worth the risk...
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Alternate Universe, Demons
Per the Author's Website:
Demon books (alternate Victorian universe, fantasy, very steamy romance, linked but can be read alone or out of order)
The Demon's Daughter
Hot Spell (anthology)
Prince of Ice
Demon's Delight (anthology)
Beyond the Dark (anthology)
Demon's Fire (the sequel to Prince of Ice)