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Christine Warren
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30 Mar 2007
As a research grunt at a local television station, Abby Baker tends to blend into the background, which is where she's most comfortable. But when she ends up being the last resort to cover a hot story, Abby discovers a whole new side to her personality when she is possessed by a fiend - a type of rogue demon. Suddenly everyone wants a piece of her. And now the demon Rule - also a hunter of his own kind who have gone astray - is Abby's only hope...Meanwhile, the Others - vampires, werewolves, and witches, oh my! - have come out of the supernatural closet and the rest of the humans are all aflutter. Mischief is afoot in the demon realm, and Rule knows that Abby is key to figuring it all out before the fiends tip the fragile balance between the newly-discovered Others and the humans over into an epic battle. Now it's up to two lost souls to make love, not war...

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press; paperback / softcover edition (30 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312347774
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312347772
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 10.4 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 430,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Warren brings fascinating alternate realities to life."
--"Romantic Times BOOKreviews""" "[A] sexy, engaging world spiced with humor that draws you in, never lets you go, and will leave you begging for more!"
--"USA""Today" bestselling author Cheyenne McCray

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this series is a god send! 9 Jun 2007
By klynn VINE VOICE
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the newest of the 'Others' series by Christine Warren. its fab, it really is. it's not as hot hot hot as the first two but the rich storyline and fantastically well developed characters more than make up for that!

there's trouble a foot in the Above and sexy demon Rule is back again to set things straight.

that is, until he meets ordinary, mousey, boring Abby Baker.

this girl isnt quite what she seems (something shes not too happy to hear about) as Rule's fiend informant has taken up lodgings in her head. she's possessed by a fiend that the very worlds existance depends on.

with the help of swarve Rafe De Santos and wonderful wife Tess, they uncover plots and secrets galore.

Rule and Abby are in for a big surprise as Fate crosses their paths for good...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The demon you know 28 May 2014
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Fantastic book as always from Christine Warren a true story teller with a great imagination. I love Rule and Abby and the old dotage love conquered all
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gift for my daughter 25 Jun 2011
By Falcon
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I have not read this book but I bought it for my daughters birthday. She loved it. She said that Christine Warren is one of her favourite authors and that the book is both funny and kept her rivited and unable to put it down until the last page. My daughter is a stickler about the books she will read and that makes this book a very good and interesting story for her to talk about it as she has.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars average 18 Nov 2009
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demon helps earth people rid them of bad people meets a woman ... argue fall in love have hot sex and live happily ever after. not original. not earth shattering. not boring either. ok for an afternoon read. not a page turner. just average. all books in this series are average.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Right guy, wrong girl 19 May 2007
By Diane Raetz - Published on Amazon.com
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I like Christine Warren's books. Wolf at the Door and She's No Faerie Princess were fun, fast and HOT. So I was looking forward to The Demon You Know. Unfortunately this book didn't come together as well.

First the good. The world is very well defined. The Others, after thousands of years of hiding, have been forced out into the open. Protests and riots occur on a near daily basis and normal human beings like the heroine Abby are trying to reconcile their long held beliefs with the new order of things. The support and reoccuring characters are excellent and alpha men abound for us girls to enjoy.

Rule-the hero of this piece is a good Alpha demon who is in NYC to find a fiend that has run away from Below. The Fiend has a spell which will allow the bad demons to bring perpetual darkness to the world. Abby stumbles into a riot and winds up possessed by the missing Fiend-Lou. The cast of characters, including Abby's very hunky brother, save the world.

The bad-Abby. Or more specifically how the author perceives Abby. Abby is, as she defines herself, the girl next door's younger plain sister. She's the girl you come home to. The one who has the comfy couch and the popcorn that's buttered just right. She's quiet, unassuming and comfortable to be around. (Linda Howard nails this character in Sarah's Child) But the author tries to make her Spunky-which is exactly what Abby isn't. There's a sex scene that occurs because Abby blows her top and yells at Rule and I found myself going WTF? Abby doesn't blow up. This Abby would cry or do yoga or something like that.

The chemistry between Abby and Rule is basically non existant because Christine Warren doesn't let Rule fall in love with what's great about Abby. She insists instead that Abby be something she's not, and so at the end of the book I'm busy writing a divorce scenerio in my head.

One other thing-Abby's possessed by a male demon who conviently disappears everytime the two characters want to have sex. I found myself feeling a little creeped out by the whole voyer scenerio.

Read this book for the secondary characters, the world building and the enjoyable prose. Just don't look for the romance of the century.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Worst heroine ever! 12 Feb 2010
By Sharon - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read 2 of Warren's other books: Wolf at the Door and She's Not a Faerie Princess. I don't remember the first one that well, but I think I liked it. I liked She's Not a Faerie Princess a lot, so I was looking forward to this 3rd book in the series. But I could hardly get through it because the heroine, Abby, was the most immature, selfish, annoying person ever. SPOILERS AHEAD! Even though she knew she was possessed by a demon whom she could hear in her head, she persistently tried to get away from the only people who could help her because they dared to insist she had to stay safe in the club. This went on for almost the entire book, with her literally kicking and stomping her feet and acting like a totally spoiled 2 year old. Even after Tess showed her a vision of what would happen, she kept up her selfish ways. I could in no way understand how Rule, who is a great guy/demon, could be attracted to her. It did not make any sense.

In addition, the amount of "cute quipping" was so exaggerated throughout the entire book, no matter what was going on, as to seem forced and inappropriate. After awhile, you just wanted to say "enough already!"

And there were several errors that should have been caught by the editors that changed the meaning of the sentence. For example, on page 311, Abby and Lou are having a conversation in her head and she thinks to him "If fiends aren't supposed to be able to go out into the dark, how come I could?" (She is possessed by the fiend Lou.) It should have said just the opposite, that fiends could not go out into the LIGHT. This happens several other times also.

So all in all, despite the presence of many likable characters, especially Rule, I had to force my way through the book because I disliked Abby so much. She was like scraping fingernails along a chalkboard. That said, I will probably still read a couple of the Others books, after I carefully check the reviews for obnoxious heroines.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible lead female character 27 Mar 2010
By Shannon C. - Published on Amazon.com
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Abby Baker is a research assistant for a local TV station. When she's on a riot scene to help cover a story, she becomes possessed by a fiend Lou (a not so bad guy). Lou is on the run from Uzkiel (bad guy), a fiend who wants a special spell that will give him an advantage in his fight with the demons (good guys). Lou had been acting as an informer for the demon Rule (good guy), and now Rule is searching for him since he went missing. Rule finds Lou in Abby's body, and immediately takes Abby into protective custody at the Vircolac Club. The club is owned by Graham Winters, the alpha of the werewolf pack. The pack helps to protect Abby, while Rule searches for Uzkiel. We see many of the characters we know from other books--Rafe, Tess, Missy, Graham--and they help in the fight against Uzkiel.

The story started a bit slow but then picked up around chapter five. Overall I enjoyed the storyline, the main character Rule and the supporting cast like Noah, Samantha, Missy, and Rafe. However, Abby is one of the worst lead female characters I've read recently. Not only is she not likable, the author is not consistent in the way she portrays the character. Abby starts out as a timid doormat of a character. Then she makes an idiotic decision--putting her life and others in danger. Afterwards she shows herself to be whiny and self centered. Then she's a complete bit*h, screaming at Rule for things that he didn't cause and can't control, which was inconsistent for how she was portrayed in the beginning. I liked Rule in the Faerie book, and was very disappointed to see him matched off with such a poor character. The romance didn't make any sense to me. I didn't see anything appealing in her character for him to care about. She's not even described as being physcially attractive, so I didn't get his attraction to her. Additionally, the dialogue was forced, awkward and frequently annoying.

Another thing was the copy of the book I read was FULL of typos and punctuation errors. It was extremely distracting. The worst ones were the constant mistakes in names--Bat for Bal, Rate for Rule, etc. At times I'd have to back up and reread a line trying to figure out who the author was talking about. I was reading a St Martins Press published version that was produced for Kindle. Very poor editing--someone didn't do their job. Also if the book had had a good line editor, the editor would have caught all the inconsistencies with Abby's character.

I've read most of the Others books and enjoyed several of them--mainly the later ones. If you've never read Christine Warren before, don't start with this book or book one. Instead, try One Bite with a Stranger, Wolf at the Door or Walk on the Wild Side. Those are some of the better ones in the series.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The demon made her do it 2 May 2007
By viktor_57 - Published on Amazon.com
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I may be a man, and not just a man, but a preacher man, but even I like to step off the pulpit, loosen my cassock, pour myself some non-consecrated wine, and temporarily trade in one book about good, evil, lust and the supernatural for another, but set in modern-day New York.

The third in Christine Warren's Other series, "The Demon You Know" follows the nondescript and somewhat bland Abby Baker as she follows a hot lead that leads to an even hotter conflict between the Others, supernatural beings from the demon world with the power to save or destroy humanity. I, of course, am also out to save humanity, but not from demons. Unless you mean personal demons, but not a literal personal demon, like Lou, who possesses Abby to hide from Rule, another, powerful demon who is hunting him. I mean demons like addiction and moral weakness, not demons from supernatural realms who possess you and make you do crazy things that would normally be some kind of venial sin if they weren't so fun. Lou holds the key to humankind's destruction, and Rule must somehow stop him while keeping Abby, a mortal whom Rule has become attracted to, safe.

Abby begins the book as one kind of young woman, but as she becomes possessed by both a demon his lusty ways, turns into another kind of young woman. The kind of young woman I am usually warning about in life but rooting for in fiction. Better though, to live out ones desires to experience demon love in a book than to do so in real life, which I hear is frowned upon by my superiors.

You will not be frowning, however, after reading Christine Warren's latest provocative, witty and thrilling novel that will leave you wishing you could blame your own uninhibited, wild, and slightly risque behavior on, dare I say it, the demon you know.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Above Average Demon Meets Plain Human 2 May 2010
By Chelsea Marie Spencer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I don't really know how to feel about this series. There's nothing blatantly awful about it, but at the same time there isn't much to make it stand out from the numerous other paranormal romance novels I've read. The word average sums up this book perfectly--a mindless, predictable, but not unpleasant read.

In the continuity of the series, the "Others"--that is, vampires, werewolves, fae, and all manner of supernatural beings have made the choice to reveal themselves to the human populations, and are still fighting for equal rights etc. Rule is a demon--but demons in this series are for the most part counted among the good guys. Rule in particular makes a living protecting his world and the human world from the dark, dangerous, and more or less evil fiends. Abby is an ordinary human who ends up possessed by a fiend, Lou. Lou is in hiding because he possesses knowledge of a spell that could give power into the hands of the most sinister of all fiends. Abby is quickly taken under the protection of rule and his friends--a band that includes many Others introduced in previous books.

What made this book passable was the fact that with the possible exception of Abby, the characters are pretty likable. Problematically, I found myself focusing on and wondering more about the other couples--Graham and Missy, Tess and Rafe, etc, then the main couple. But at least they kept me reading. The central conflict and premise was really good--I liked the concept of the possession and the fiend hiding out in a human host. Rule is actually really hot and appealing, and I wish more of the book was from his point of view.

The problems begin with Abby. She's incredibly frustrating--selfish, whiny, childish, kind of helpless. I thought on more than one occasion that the story would have been twice as entertaining with a more well rounded and/or more appealing heroine. In her situation, the logical choice would be to accept protection where its offered, seek out information, and cooperate with the obviously stronger and more knowledgeable characters to come up with solutions. But Abby decides to defy at every turn, whine about what has happened to her, ask all the wrong questions, and generally cause more problems for everyone. This slows the plot to a crawl as we wait for her to quit complaining and get her act together. Her terrible personality is further demonstrated in her relationship with Rule. She knows she should accept his help, respect him, and appreciate him, but she repeatedly acts against him. She drags the book down and is just plain too stupid to live.

I do actually plan on continuing with this series, despite my complaints, because I liked the other two books well enough. With this book thrown in I feel that the series is just average, but I'd recommend trying it anyway. Wolf at the Door and She's No Fairy Princess are very decent reads.
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