Where Demons Fear to Tread
by Stephanie Chong Series: The Company of Angels #1 Published by Mira
on August 23rd 2011 Pages:
Fledging guardian angel and yoga teacher Serena St. Clair dares enter Devil's Paradise nightclub on a mission—to retrieve the wayward Hollywood "It Boy" she's assigned to protect. But she's ambushed by the club's owner, arch demon Julian Ascher. The most powerful demonic entity in Los Angeles, Julian is handsome as sin, a master of temptation who loves nothing more than corrupting pleasure–seeking humans. He won't release the lost soul Serena is supposed to guard. Unless she accepts his dangerous wager…
After the disastrous way his human life ended, Julian vowed that no woman would get the better of him again. Yet this sexy–sweet angel, smelling of fresh ocean air and happiness, triggers centuries–old feelings. Now, their high–stakes game of seduction, where angels fall from grace and where demons fear to tread, will lead them either to an eternity in hell.or a deliciously hot heaven.
Cover love. Pure and simple with this one. Love the colors. Love the angel. Love everything about it. Add in the guardian angel and an arch demon plot element. I was sold.
Lately, I have been in the mood for something different. Something to keep me on my toes. I found that in Where Demons Fear to Tread.
Chong divides the sides of good and evil straight down the middle. On one side is Serena, our guardian angel. Julian, our arch demon on the other. Where some authors try to make the line blur, make the good guy (or gal) a little evil or the bad guy a little good, Chong made her line firm. Where Demons Fear to Tread sticks more toward the black and white, not gray. I found this refreshing. Our characters are ingrained to be what they are, no flipping.
Where Demons Fear to Tread completely surprised me in the romance department. Sure, I knew that it was going to happen. But I never thought it would be as fun as it was. Serena and Julian were at each other's throat. Battling each other. Challenging each other. A fun battle of wills. Chong certainly let those sparks fly. The chemistry was palpable. And I loved it… every second of it.
Where Demons Fear to Tread had a few shaky moments, but was a pure joy to get lost in. While the premise was not completely unique, I have to say that I really enjoyed Chong's spin on angels and demons. The characters taking this to a new level with their interesting balance. I will admit there were some connections issues. But the romance and the banter made all of it worth it. The ending was not exactly wrapped with a bow, so I am curious to see what could come next.
Kate is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. I am a twenty-something year old who is passionate about reading. I currently hold a B.A. in English and am married to my high school sweetheart. We have two (cat) children, Gracie and Kit, who are total divas. I have an insane and possibly unhealthy passion for reading. You can usually find me with my nose buried in a book.
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