Review: Demons Like It Hot by Sidney Ayers

      Demons Like It Hot
Sidney Ayers; Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: December 1st 2011 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Serah SanGermano runs a successful catering company in a Midwestern town. After she inadvertently helped her friend unleash a legion of demons, she’s been trying to hide her own newly discovered powers. Matthias Ambrose, a mysterious demon mercenary sent to protect her, has his own secret— one that will embroil them both in the scandal from hell.
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Ahhh, what a gorgeous cover, ain’t it? Gorgeous. But sort of misleading. Here’s why…

From the title and cover, I was expecting a lot of hot action. I shouldn’t have; there was a lot of fun, Serah is a firecracker, and Matthias is so uptight it’s hilarious, but the main elements here is angst, not hot action, and by that I mean one on one, fu~fu. In fact, there’s anything else but one on one going on most of the time. It was a lot tamer then I thought it would be. But I wasn’t disappointed by that in the least. Well…I mean, come on, demons? They should be having the hottest time imaginable…Aaaanyways.

It was a very fun and entertaining book, with a lot of humor. The characters are witty and have great sense of humor, or are funny being so uptight. I was giggling basically every time Serah opened her mouth to speak, she was hilarious. And she had awesome chemistry with Matthias; he is hot, he means business, and he’s cool. I wouldn’t say charming, he’s more the less talk, more action kind of guy, but he’s fun to read as well. And hot, did I mention hot?

The plot was engaging, and pretty active. I liked the twist the author gave to the concept of demons, and their activity. It was very original, and sort of nonconformist, which is always a good thing. Basically, Serah’s s being chased by someone all the time, and action-demon Matthias has his hands full both with her, and her chasers. I bet he loves it just like that.
I pondered on what I’d rate this book more then I did with others, and I’ll tell you why. Admittedly, what I read is an ARC, so this element I’m pointing out here might have been corrected in the final printed version of the book.

There was something that bugged me; I don’t really enjoy pointing out these things, but there it is, it bugged me. There was too much “Then again,[…]”. There, I’ve said it. I’m not an editor or an expert or anything, but it bugged me. Where it appeared, it appeared in clusters, and for the rest of the book, it basically didn’t. Now, there are some writing “ticks” that readers overlook easier then others, for instance “said” may be annoying if repeated a lot, but if it’s just slightly over-used, and the dialog requires it, you’ll skim over it when reading. But the “Then again […]” stuck and it sort of grated, especially because the book is well written, we’re not talking poor communicative skills here. So I think it’s like this freak fluke thing. Will everyone feel about it as I do? Not necessarily; but that’s how I feel, so I’m just going to point it out.

That being said, I enjoyed the book so much, it didn’t detract from my rating, upon reflection. I’d say instead of a full 4 butterflies, I’d give it 3,75 or so. Yes, I’m that precise with my feelings .

All in all, it was a fun, entertaining, original read, with awesome characters and a very vivacious plot. If paranormal romance is your cup of tea, give it a try. You might want to read book #1 of the Demons Unleashed series first, just because I’m sure it’s a lot of fun too, but you can just as well read it as a stand alone, like I did. It’s good enough to stand on its own, that’s what I’m saying, it does so with grace.

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