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on 23 April 2011
My first introduction to Kathy Love and I wasn't overly impressed. The quality of the writing was mostly good, she drew the main characters well enough - Jude came out well rounded and likeable, while Ellina seemed a little insubstantial. Their growing intimacy was handled well, if a bit rushed.

But the plot? What happened to it? The cover blurb says quite specifically that Jude has been hired to protect Ellina - and also to kill her. Wrong. His anxiety at the beginning, his reasons for not wanting to take on the job as her bodyguard were never shown. He had no intention - at any time - of killing her. No reason to. I hoped that would manifest as a plot twist, but no. The protagonist was painfully obvious right away. And the tiny twist (where we find out WHY Jude wanted to do one last bodyguard job) was disappointing - and obvious. Indeed, the reason the protagonist wanted to kill her was vague to the point of being invisible.

Jude's reason for being the way he is (an interesting, but unfulfilled werewolf / vampire cross) was never explained.

All in all, this was a disappointing lightweight read, with not a lot to recommend it.

I'd like to give it 2.5 stars, as I didn't abandon it. But that's not really saying much...
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on 15 June 2010
Bodyguard-falls-in-love-with-client is hardly an original plot idea (Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner spring to mind). However this is 'I Will Always Love You' with a difference - the difference being that our hero, at least, is immortal. A mixture of vampire and demon, he's feeling jaded with his world and hoping to change career; babysitting Ellina Kostova, reclusive author, should bring him the money he needs to finally give up the violent life of a bodyguard.

Only Ellina is a bit different than your average woman, being a half-demon. She doesn't think she's in danger but there are plenty of people around who don't like her and she seems to be being stalked. When her brother employs Jude Anthony to work as her bodyguard she is resistant - until she gets a good look at him.

This story was all pretty predictable. The focus was mainly on Jude and Ellina and their interactions, so much so that it was pretty obvious who the stalker was amongst the sparse group of secondary characters. I didn't find this book particularly convincing and neither character was particularly strongly drawn, but it was an OK read for a quiet evening.

Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2010
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 3 November 2011
Ellina Kostova has a big problem. As a half demon who tends to grow red scales and horns when she's... well horny, Ellina has ended up a somewhat reclusive writer of fantasy fiction. Now it looks like her life is threatened and her new bodyguard Jude just happens to be the biggest piece of man candy she's ever wanted to taste (judging by the size of her horns). Jude in turn is reluctant to accept his attraction to a preternatural being, plus he's still nursing wounds over 2000 years old.

This is a cute paranormal romance with plenty of amusing or sweet misunderstandings between Ellina and Jude. Jude isn't as well fleshed out as Ellina (in fact I would have liked to learn more of his past) but Ellina's demonic brothers and her interactions with them add depth to her character and certainly entertain.

The ending of this book; as the killer intent on sacrificing Ellina is uncovered, proved unsurprising, plus his motivations were too pat and glossed over to make me believe Ellina was ever in any real danger. Ellina herself remained annoyingly obtuse at times, plus her total surprise that anyone would try to re-create her spells from the books she writes was somewhat irritating, but she does learn from her mistakes. I've aired my gripes about "What a Demon Wants" but overall this is an entertaining paranormal romance, with spates of action and passionate love scenes. 3½ stars
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on 16 April 2014
I found this an OK read. The writing was decent enough and I was interested in it enough to read it to the end.
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this had strong characters and a good plot, it even had hot scenes and humour thrown in. unfortunately just as the villian frames the lover, thw writer gives up. it then became a rushed empty shell, which i found a great pity.
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on 21 November 2011
Thought the book started off really well, but the ending wrapped up a little too quick. Could have been drawn out a bit more, but an ok read.
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on 5 November 2015
A humorous vampire novel excellent
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