Saturday, 30 July 2011

Where Demons Fear to Tread by Stephanie Chong - Book Review

Title: Where Demons Fear to Tread
Author: Stephanie Chong
Publisher: MIRA
Publication Date: 1st September 2011
Pages: 400
Format: E-Book - PDF
Genre: Paranormal
Source: ARC from NetGalley

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. (Goodreads Synopsis)

I chose to request this book from NetGalley because I realised I was yet to read much from the new 'angel' paranormal romance explosion. I expected to enjoy the book as an average piece of paranormal romance and nothing more, yet in the end I was pleasantly surprised.

I actually found myself really drawn in by the story and the characters. The overall premise was simple, but the plot was nicely paced and contained plenty of excitment and nervous tension to keep me on the edge of my seat. I really grew to love the characters and became invested in their story, even shedding a tear in a couple of places!

With a lot of fairly average paranormal romance out there, it is a real pleasure to find a novel that gripped me and kept me wanting more. The prose was good, the characters fully realised and fleshed out, and I loved the finale, which resolved the major elements but left a few tantalising loose ends that promise an interesting second book in the future.

I can definitely recommend this to paranormal romance fans looking for something fresh and new.

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