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Demon of Envy (Gods of Love Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Lynne , Deadra Krieger
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Mortal...
I'm Liv, but my name is deceptive 'cos I don't. Live, that is. I used to, until someone I trusted put me in the hospital. Now I'm just a shell, but at least my life is orderly and safe. These days I watch as others live out the dreams I used to have. And I try so hard not to envy them. I was doing well, too...until the demon of Envy turned up on my doorstep and ripped apart my tidy existence.

Immortal...
I am Thon. I am Envy. I hold the petty jealousies and passions of all mortals in my heart. Olivia is desperate for my love, but how can I offer it when the demon inside is screaming ever louder to escape? How can I possibly protect this fragile woman from the grim darkness of my reality?

Oh, Liv. If I love you, I might kill you.

Want to read this one first in the GODS OF LOVE series? Go ahead! Each of these sexy novellas is stand-alone with a common theme, and they can be read in any order.

Excerpt:

The need to engulf her with everything raging inside flooded over him with such force he went deathly-still. Get it under control. The darkness was too all-consuming, and she couldn't withstand him if he lost it. She was so delicate and easy to break, despite that elusive core of inner strength, and he had to remember at all times to hold himself back.
She was human. She was fragile. And she was about to become his if he could only control his demon long enough to keep her safe.
He shucked off his T-shirt and threw it to one side before moving forward to take over for her fumbling fingers. "With pleasure." Remember. Do it slowly.
He managed to release two more of the tiny buttons before a waft of her perfume teased his nostrils. It was a musky scent that reminded him of hot nights and seductive need, so long-forgotten that its sudden effect on his senses blasted his self-control to pieces. With a groan that rattled his throat on the way out he grabbed the two sides of her blouse and yanked them apart, the remaining three buttons flying off in all directions with a ripping pop, pop, pop.
"Oh!" Her gorgeous mouth formed into a round of surprise. He clutched at her wrists before she could cover her breasts, then released them slowly when he felt her peak of embarrassment begin to subside.
"No! Don't ever cover yourself when you are with me. I must look at you." She was solidly proportioned, with more flesh than was the current fashion, judging by what he'd seen in his brief time back here. Good. He liked it better when there was something substantial to hold onto.
His fingers trembled as he traced around first one large globe then the other. Her skin was so white he could see the blue network of veins peeking through from beneath. Her life force, so close to the surface. So tantalizing.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 224 KB
  • Print Length: 68 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KICJYHU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Jen read her first romance at the age of 12, and instantly was hooked. She has a degree in literature & media studies and has worked as a business writer and journalist for companies both large and small. She has even worked in an optical store! These days Jen is a mum who works by day in admin and at night writes erotic romance from her home in Melbourne, Australia. She lives in hope that readers will continue to enjoy her novella-length tales of love and lust!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Demon of Envy Review 31 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The fifth novella in the Gods of Love series is a thrilling romance that captures the heart. Phthonos, God of envy and jealously has been given a second chance at life and love. Olivia is an ordinary woman whose career and charity work keep the demon of envy at bay when it comes to romance, that is until he shows up on her doorstep and rips her heart wide open. Will these two lonely hearts find love or will the Demon of Envy win?

This fast paced plot keeps readers on the edge of their seat with suspense, romance and passion. The author brings the story to life with well written scenes and details that capture the imagination and anticipation builds throughout the story as the readers wait to find out if this couple will find a happily ever after or if the demon will win. The strong compelling characters are easily related to and draw the reader deeper into the story.

The attraction between Olivia and Thon is extremely hot and the frequent sex scenes scorch the reader with a fiery inferno of passion. The reader can’t help but get emotionally caught up in their story as their pain reaches and grips the heart, ensuring the reader cheers this couple on their path to happiness.

The author has created a fantastic and sexy romance with her own special and sensual spin on the Greek myths. The story was enjoyable, passionate and entertaining, though I do wish it had been longer because I wasn’t ready for it to end.
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The idea and inspiration behind this book (and the series) is truly unique; an interpretation of Greek mythology. I enjoyed this story, and I would love to read the others!

Phthonos was very interesting to read. He played host to arguably one of the worst emotions in creation (Envy), and yet he needed and wanted so desperately to be loved. I cannot imagine a more tortured hero for a story!

Liv was a little trickier to read. She started off being somewhat of a shut-in, also tortured by events that occurred in her past, but as soon as Thon enters her life, she immediately reverts back to, what I assume, was her former self before the horrific event happened to her. I personally would have liked to read a little more transition between the two Olivias.

And the love scenes. My goodness! They were HOT and sprinkled throughout the story in juuuuust the right places! While some of the vocabulary during the scenes was very technical, I felt she did a great job delivering, and showing just how much Liv and Thon love each other!

***An eCopy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review***
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5.0 out of 5 stars Demon of Envy 23 May 2014
By TracieR
Format:Kindle Edition
Phthonos, God of Envy and Jealousy also known as Thon. A god who has been in the depths of hell for so long, is it possible to find room for love in his heart.

Olivia Stratton has been through hell and has spent the last two years fighting for some normalcy in her life. Olivia loneliness has made her determined to try to gain back what had been taken from her and to hopefully find a place for love in her heart.

Drawn to Olivia through her dreams because of a yearning they share Thon knows she could be the one strong enough to save him, but will she want what he is offering when she discovers who and what he is. Olivia yearns for sleep if only to reconnect with the man who coverts her dreams. When Thon shows up at Olivia's door things become very real very fast, but are they both ready for what is to come. Now they have their second chance will Thon and Olivia believe in each other and trust enough that what they had in their dreams can survive in the mortal world or when everything is on the line will the cost become too high.

I really enjoyed reading Demon of Envy I found the storyline compelling and the characters pulling you deeper and deeper within in the pages. I recommend you add this to your TBR list you will love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Demon of Envy 23 May 2014
By TracieR - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Phthonos, God of Envy and Jealousy also known as Thon. A god who has been in the depths of hell for so long, is it possible to find room for love in his heart.

Olivia Stratton has been through hell and has spent the last two years fighting for some normalcy in her life. Olivia loneliness has made her determined to try to gain back what had been taken from her and to hopefully find a place for love in her heart.

Drawn to Olivia through her dreams because of a yearning they share Thon knows she could be the one strong enough to save him, but will she want what he is offering when she discovers who and what he is. Olivia yearns for sleep if only to reconnect with the man who coverts her dreams. When Thon shows up at Olivia's door things become very real very fast, but are they both ready for what is to come. Now they have their second chance will Thon and Olivia believe in each other and trust enough that what they had in their dreams can survive in the mortal world or when everything is on the line will the cost become too high.

I really enjoyed reading Demon of Envy I found the storyline compelling and the characters pulling you deeper and deeper within in the pages. I recommend you add this to your TBR list you will love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tortured Hero, Compelling Storyline Make for an Engaging Read! 26 Jun. 2014
By J. Faltys - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Jennifer Lynne's Gods of Love series continues to enthrall and excite in this fifth installment in the series. This installment has the trademark eroticism and steamy sexual encounters prevalent throughout the series but amps up the emotional intensity as these two individuals have pasts that they're fighting against in order to make a future. It's a rocky journey for these two, one that made my heart ache, but one that was well worth the ticket.

Thon is the God of envy and deals with this emotion at every turn which makes him the quintessential tortured hero as he fights to keep his demon side at bay. He's been sent to the mortal realm for redemption but he just wants to be happy. His introduction to the equally tortured Olivia changes his future irrevocably as his love for her leads him astray and very well might send him back to Hell. It will take a higher power to save both of them though and kept me on the edge of my seat willing their HEA to fruition. I adored Thon and his desperation in simply wanting to be loved. He was supportive of Olivia and accepted her completely, issues and all, as a kindred soul. Not to mention he's super sexy too!

Olivia's past is mired in pain and abuse and an event she'd like to forget completely. Unfortunately, the pain won't go away and leads to panic attacks which she keeps at bay with an orderly life surrounding home and her charity work. It's a lonely existence that welcomes her nightly dreams of a sexy stranger. When the dream becomes reality her life turns exciting and no longer allows her to hide. Her love is the only thing that can save Thon but also puts him and their future in jeopardy. It will take all her strength to bring him back to her in an ending that kept me on the edge of my seat. Olivia is a character that's easy to relate to as she's not glamorous and has lots of emotional baggage. Though her healing isn't fully achieved by story's end there's a sense of hopefulness for these two in their mutual support that was heartwarming.

Ms. Lynne has crafted a series that's intriguing in its premise and its compelling main characters. She deals with the heavy emotional issues in a believable and thoughtful way, never giving easy answers. The Gods that inhabit this world are multi-faceted and their interactions with others engaging. The sexual interludes are super steamy and nicely spaced throughout the story. Though this is the fifth installment it's not necessary to have read the others to enjoy and become fully immersed in this one. But with a series this wonderfully crafted, why wouldn't you want to read the entire series!?!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT! 27 May 2014
By ML Rosado - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
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This book was short, sweet, hot, clever, romantic and really sexy! Mr Hottie is Phthonos, the son of the love goddess Aphrodite and Liv is visited by him first in hot dreams and later in person. 'Thon' gives a whole new meaning to the term "fighting demons" and you're immediately drawn into both the latent humanity of the male protagonist and the abject humanity of his chosen savior, Liv. Jennifer has written this story beautifully.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Sinfully Delightful Story 26 May 2014
By D. Krieger - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I absolutely love the concept of how destructive and tangible Envy can be. How a prank meant to inspire jealousy can backfire into pain and disruption. I also love the fact that Olivia isn't your cookie-cutter curvy size 0 heroine. She's a normal sized woman with real self esteem issues.

Once again, Ms. Lynne has taken touchy and sometimes painful subjects, and weaved them into a plot that draws a reader in. Issues aren't quickly forgotten in the heat of passion, nor do the gods in her stories wave a magic hand that fixes everything. At the end of this story, we are left knowing there will still be some emotional healing that needs to be done on both sides, but confident they'll get through it all.

This series is one of the few that I've read every book to date, and I'm left hoping there will be more and looking forward to the next work she puts out. The dedication she's inspired in me as a fan, as well as the delivery in Demon of Envy is what makes this a Must Read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A demon in search of love....... 23 May 2014
By arch_angel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Everyone knows the danger of the green-eyed monster Envy, but partner him with Jealousy, and the fallout can be monumental.

But does that mean he has less capacity to love or be loved?

When Phthonos is given a second chance at life in the human realm, he is determined to control his natural instincts to wreak havoc on those around him. But an eon spent in Hell didn’t prepare Phthonos for the unexpected, the opportunity to fall in love and have that love returned.

Unwavering in his tenacity to control his inner beast, he is devastated when a misunderstanding causes his resolve to slip, and the disaster that follows.

Can a woman fighting demons of her own, embrace his demon that lies within and provide love and support to the man he strives to be?

I loved this story and believe this series only gets better with each book.
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