Friday, September 14, 2012

Book Review: Demon Hunt by Christine Ashworth


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Christine will be awarding the winner's choice of a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Click on the banner to see the other stops.



Tribred Gregor Caine decided long ago to deny his blood legacy, so he isn’t thrilled when paired with a full-blooded Fae to hunt the demons threatening to decimate Los Angeles. As they fight side by side, he finds she calls to both his Fae and his demon blood; a call he can’t resist.

Warrior Fae Serra Willows crossed into the Human Plane to help destroy the demons released from the Chaos Plane. Finding and shutting down the portal between worlds is more challenging than she expected...and Gregor and his world more seductive than she had ever imagined.

As the killings escalate, Gregor and Serra realize one of the most deadly demons from the Chaos Plane has marked Serra as his own. To save her, Gregor has to face his greatest fear—losing his humanity to the darkness in his blood. But in a race against time, that darkness could become his greatest strength. And he will kill to claim Serra’s love.


This is the second book of the Caine Brothers series. It works as a standalone, but to more fully enjoy, understand, and experience the richness of the world Christine Ashworth has created, I recommend reading the books in order. I've not yet read the first one (but it is most definitely on my TBR list now), and found myself a time or two puzzled by reactions that I feel would have been expected had I known better the world and the "rules" for her inhabitants of it.

Which brings me to the best part of the books--the characters. They are richly drawn, not only the main characters of Serra and Gregor, but also the secondary characters. All become real to the reader; all have their story to tell. And, the reader wants to know each story.

With so many paranormal books, authors have to work at finding something to make their nonhumans different--and Christine Ashworth excels at adding her own touch to the fae and demon-spawn, without resorting to sparkling vampires. Her additions to the canon of what they are like ring true; they aren't thrown in just to make them different from others.

In Demon Hunt there is more emphasis on the romance and relationship of the characters--(after all, it is a paranormal romance not urban fiction), but Christine Ashworth has definitely won herself a spot on my TBR list!

About the Author:
Christine Ashworth is a native of Southern California. The daughter of a writer and a psych major, she fell asleep to the sound of her father's Royal manual typewriter for years. In a very real way, being a writer is in her blood-her father sold his first novel before he turned forty; her brother sold his first book before he turned twenty-five.

At the tender age of seventeen, Christine fell in love with a man she met while dancing in a ballet company. She married the brilliant actor/dancer/painter/music man, and they now have two tall sons who are as scintillating as their parents, keeping the dinner conversation lively.

Christine's two dogs rule the outside, defending her vegetable garden from the squirrels, while a polydactyl rescue cat holds court inside the house. Everything else is in a state of flux.

You can find Christine here:

Website and Blog: http://christine-ashworth.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/CCAshworth
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/ChristineAshworthAuthor
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4768755.Christine_Ashworth
Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/Christine-Ashworth/e/B004WXK66O/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1338666193&sr=1-1

6 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting Christine today.

Christine Ashworth said...

Judy, thanks so much for the review! Cheers hon!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the review--the book looks great!

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Chelsea B. said...

I love a good romance-- and paranormal, even better! :-)

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Catherine Lee said...

I appreciate authors who can create well-drawn, fleshed-out characters. Nice review!
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marybelle said...

I certainly appreciate your honest review thank you.

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