"A dark and delicious fantasy - Star-crossed Lovers redefine what it means to be human"
Lady Dawn Maybank is daughter to the Earl of St. Yve,
Director of the Cadre, a hermetic order dedicated to
maintaining a balance between the mortal world and the dark
realms which was founded four hundred years earlier by the
first earl. For reasons unknown to her she had been found
lacking by both her father and twin sister Aurora and in
spite of repeated testing had been denied adept status in
the Cadre. Dawn is also head of the Department of
Anachronistic Research at the local university. There,
while reading from an old spell book in her Demonology I
class, her resentments had leaked out summoning a vengeance
Not that Galen McManus is about to reveal his true Directive
to the captivating demon tracker when he approaches her
through the fog outside the institution. Instead he reveals
himself to be an incubus, not hard to believe as he is
irresistibly handsome. He has something Dawn wants, the
Demon Stone, a family heirloom long sought after by her
father, and his mission is to teach her a lesson. He
proposes a bargain, five nights in her bed in exchange for
the stone. What she doesn't know is that he is to be the
instrument of her vengeance against those who have opposed
or slighted her, or that she is the one who will be hurt the
most by it. Cosmic justice, what goes around comes around.
Dawn cannot resist the lure of the Demon Stone or the demon
himself. If she is surprised by the feelings she's
developing for him, it is nothing compared to the shock
Galen experiences after their steamy encounters. Demons only
have two emotions, lust and anger. They are a manifestation
of humanity's dark side. Then what is this unaccustomed
warmth he's feeling toward the object of his mission? Guilt?
Love? Horror of horrors, could he be turning human?
All bets are off when the pair is attacked by P-Cell, the
paranormal branch of the British Security Service and the
Cadre's biggest rival. To protect him, Dawn takes Galen
where no vengeance demon has ever gone before, St. Yve
Manor, knowing that the biggest danger to him may very well
be from her own family.
October is a perfect month for this sensual and suspenseful
paranormal romance. Will Dawn find herself tricked or
treated by her handsome demon? Defining and redefining what
it means to be human has long been a favorite theme of
science fiction and fantasy tales. Night Mischief does so
beautifully winding this pair though layer upon layer of
intrigue and making and impossible love seem oh so right.
Oops do I see and envy demon waiting for me in the wings?
This is the hottest Dark Enchantments installment yet. If
you haven't read it, I highly recommend that you do!
Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted October 10, 2007