Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Review: Demon Hunting in the Deep South by Lexi George

Title:  Demon Hunting in the Deep South
Author:  Lexi George
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Pages:  336
Published:  July 2012
Publisher:  Kensington
Source:  NetGalley
Buy Links:  Amazon, Kobo, Book Depository


The warrior and the wallflower . . .

Shy, self-conscious Evie Douglass tries to stay under the radar, especially when her nemesis Meredith Peterson, aka The Death Starr, is anywhere around. Meredith and her bitch posse of skinny girlfriends have tormented Evie since the seventh grade, calling her names like The Whale and Thunder Thighs.

Evie tries to stay invisible, but that’s not an easy thing for a plus-sized gal to do in a small town like Hannah, Alabama. She finds it doubly hard to avoid Meredith’s wrath once she takes a job at the lumber mill. You see, Meredith’s husband is Evie’s new boss. Translation: more torture time for The Death Starr.

Evie thinks things couldn’t get much worse until the morning she finds Meredith’s bloody body sprawled across her desk. Typical Meredith, she gets herself dead mere days after a very public scene in which Meredith accuses Evie of having an affair with her husband. Worse, the murder weapon is found in Evie’s car.

Suddenly, Evie is the Number One suspect in a sensational murder case. But she’s got bigger problems. Hannah is infested with demons—soul sucking, body snatching creatures of evil—and, for some reason, they want Evie. The only thing standing between Evie and death or possible possession is a hunky blond demon slayer named Ansgar.

Ansgar is a Dalvahni warrior, a supernaturally gorgeous race whose sole purpose is to hunt down and capture rogue demons.

Evie could almost swear that Ansgar is interested in more than demons. He seems interested in her. Ridiculous, of course, because he’s sex on two legs and she’s…
Well, she’s Whaley Douglass.

To add to Evie’s troubles, Meredith doesn’t even have the decency to stay dead. She shows back up as a ghost and she’s more of a beyotch than ever. Meredith has deathnesia—she can’t remember who killed her—leaving Evie to solve the mystery herself, or go to jail for a murder she didn’t commit.

When Evie walked into her office that morning she didn’t expect to see the body of her nemesis Meredith draped across her desk.  While Meredith tortured Evie most of her life, she is the last person anyone could see hurting another person.  Nonetheless she is the prime suspect in the murder investigation!

While all this is happening, something unusual is happening to Evie.  She feels like she’s being watched, like someone is looking over her shoulder all the time.  Little does she know, she’s being ‘protected’ by a Dalvahni warrior named Ansgar.

This was an interesting book.  What initially drew me to it was title – Demon Hunting in the Deep South.. it just screamed read me!  On a side note, this is part of a series – which can be read out of order, but does leave a few questions unanswered.  I will have to go back and read the first book “Demon Hunting in Dixie” which features Addy and Brand – who are also featured in this book.

Back to the story – Evie is completely thrown by all the information tossed at her.  Demons?  Half breeds?  Dalvahni… things she never expected to exist – really do exist!  Not only are there such creatures, they can be darn sexy as well!

I think one of my favourite parts of this book is Meredith and her shrink.  They have a hilarious interaction in numerous parts of the story that had me giggling!  I did find some of the interaction between Evie and Meredith entertaining, but I felt for Evie and the bullying she had to endure at the hands of “the Death Starr” and her bands of harpies.

Would I recommend this book?  Yes, it was a fun read that had me smiling and giggling at the characters antics.  It’s a great combination of paranormal romance and humour all rolled into a great story.  Will I read more by this author? I will, I have already added the remaining books in this series to my wish-list.  I am curious to see if I will enjoy them as much as this one.

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