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

April 5, 2011

Demons are a Girl’s Best Friend

Author: Linda Wisdom
Series: Unnamed (as far as I can tell) Book 1
Publisher: Sourcebooks
ISBN: 978-1402254390
Date Released: April 1, 2011
Format Reviewed: Paper ARC
Source: ARC loaned by bookseller
Length: Novel (384 pages in paperback / 580 KB in Kindle format)
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Paranormal Romance

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Online blurb:
A bewitching woman on a mission…

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 plenty of Mayan enemies. Maggie’s never going to survive this assignment without the help of a half-fire demon who makes her smolder…

A hotter-than-sin hero with an agenda…

Declan is proprietor of an underground club and busy demon portal. No way he’ll allow his demon race to be blamed for the malicious acts of some crazy evil Mayans. But he’s already got his hands full when the sexy witch offers him a challenge he can’t refuse…

Amidst the rising flames of their steam love affair, Maggie and Declan are damned if they do and even more damned if they don’t…. (ARC back cover copy)

My opinion:
Maggie O’Malley is a 700+ year old witch who enjoys her job working for the Hellion Guard. A group of elite paranormal militia under the mantle of the Ruling Council, the Hellion Guard is tasked with protecting all creatures in this world and others and it’s right up Maggie’s alley. Maggie has been the champion of the underdog and protector of the innocent for most of her very long life anyway, so it’s a perfect career path. Not only is she pretty and decorative looking, which is a great disguise, let’s not forget she’s damned good in battle with both magic and weapons, too.

Declan is the new owner of Damnation Alley, a busy club catering to paranormals which just happens to sit over an equally busy demon portal. Declan worked long and hard and called in a lot of favors to gain ownership of Damnation Alley when the prior owner, a shady demon named Ratchett, mysteriously disappeared without a trace. With a half-fire demon nature, Declan is angry at the happenings that unfold and is not about to just turn over his information and sources to Maggie when their paths become entwined due to a Mayan cult’s focus on an ancient ritual. He demands to be a part of the solution in return for his help.

This book includes all the things I like best about a Linda Wisdom paranormal. Maggie is both strong and humorous, able to laugh at herself but be down to earth about her own powers and talents. Her pet crystal black widow spider offers sidekick amusement with the spider’s tireless hunt for a way to keep a mate alive for more than a single night. Maggie has regrets and a past that continues to drive her forward in her career but isn’t overly angsty and emo over it, which is nice.

Declan is sexy but not one of the all-powerful, all-knowing heroes. He’s alpha, though, in a very fire-demon sort of way. I like his vulnerability and his own determination to do right by his loved ones. He’s smart and hot at the same time, even if Maggie tends to run the battles. I love that Declan admires Maggie’s skills. The sex, by the way, is sizzling and adds to the story but is not the focus of it.

The rest of the assorted cast of characters runs the gamut from teammates that wear fur or drink blood to messenger ferrets hopped up on caffeine. I particularly loved Courtney, the teen Maggie is tasked with protecting, in all her teen-girl-angst.

Demons are a Girl’s Best Friend was a lively, fun read that kept my attention and had me rooting for Maggie and Declan all the way.

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