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4.0 out of 5 stars not bad at all
bought this book in asda and wasnt expecting too much. was pleasantly surprised. good storyline demon vs angel thing going on. i really liked it but would have enjoyed more bedroom action. some books have too much and some not enough. but thats life i guess
Published on 9 Sep 2011 by Catherine

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2.0 out of 5 stars Great story idea but poor execution
"Where Demons Fear to Tread" is a story about heaven and hell competing with each other to gather souls from the human population on earth. Not a new concept, but one that is rarely used in romance. Julian is a Archdemon who is over two centuries old and has risen through hell's hierarchy rather quickly. He hopes to make it even further and is doing all he can to gain...
Published on 31 Oct 2011 by Mistress of The Dark Path


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2.0 out of 5 stars Great story idea but poor execution, 31 Oct 2011
This review is from: Where Demons Fear to Tread (The Company of Angels - Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
"Where Demons Fear to Tread" is a story about heaven and hell competing with each other to gather souls from the human population on earth. Not a new concept, but one that is rarely used in romance. Julian is a Archdemon who is over two centuries old and has risen through hell's hierarchy rather quickly. He hopes to make it even further and is doing all he can to gain notice from those higher up. Despite his "evil" exterior, there is a small part of him that isn't so bad. He doesn't even recognize this good side in him until a beautiful female angel comes along to bring it out.

Serena is a newly-made angel who died only a year before after trying to save injured people in a car accident. She was only twenty-three at the time and didn't have much of a chance to live life. Because of this, she is still very innocent to the ways of the world. Yet she believes in saving souls and giving them a chance at redemption. This made her an excellent candidate for the Company of Angels where she has been given the duty of guardian. Though her heart and intentions are in the right place, there is a lot for her to learn. Particularly after she runs into Julian while trying to save her latest "charge" from destroying himself on drugs and alcohol. The sparks fly between the angel and demon, but their opposing sides mean nothing good can come from their relationship. Or can it?

When I saw the story summary for this book, I bought it right away. The positive reviews convinced me it had to be good. Unfortunately, I didn't read the negative ones and wish I had now. Putting an angel and demon at odds with each other and making them eventually fall in love is a great idea. One that should have kept my attention throughout. Yet the author's delivery didn't work the way it should have. I enjoyed the first few chapters, as they were engaging, but it steadily went down hill from there. Julian showed some demon qualities in the beginning, but those eroded as time went on. Serena did keep to her more angelic character for the most part, but she was almost too innocent. I've always felt angels should have a good deal of wisdom before being sent out to save human souls, but the world this novel takes place in doesn't allow for that. At least, not while the guardians are still so young. By the time they get experience, they're sent on to other duties.

There are several other problems that should have been ironed out before publication. One is the constant cliches, such as "better the devil you know". I'm not one to actually mind cliches, but they were poorly used in this book. The male demons also used terminology I wouldn't expect of them, especially with how cruel and evil they were supposed to be. Examples include "Old chap", "poach on your territory", and "my good man". On the flip side, the females (whether demon or angel) seemed to have a lot stronger dialog which tended to fall more in line with their personalities and roles.

It should also be understood that the author reveals far too much of the character's motivations and backgrounds early on. This leaves little room for mystery or suspense. I thought some great plot twists could have been used to surprise the readers, but instead many things were explained from the very beginning. This factor slowed the story down considerably in parts since there were pages of narrative where nothing happened or moved forward. It felt rather frustrating.

Overall, this novel lost its ability to keep me engaged before the half-way mark. Things got worse once the main characters moved to Las Vegas. Every scene there felt forced and inconsistent. Julian took away Serena's cell phone and only gave her slutty clothes to wear, including crotchless underwear. Yet she put up with it, barely making an argument. I think the story could have been tightened up and made into something far superior to what was produced. It isn't to say some readers will not like this novel, but there are many that won't. Those that don't mind the factors I mentioned above may want to go forward and try the story out. I just found it to fall short of my expectations. Two stars is the best I can give this one, as the author could have done much better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars not bad at all, 9 Sep 2011
bought this book in asda and wasnt expecting too much. was pleasantly surprised. good storyline demon vs angel thing going on. i really liked it but would have enjoyed more bedroom action. some books have too much and some not enough. but thats life i guess
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great start to a new series, 3 Oct 2011
This is an excellent start to a new series staring Demons and Angels. I would recommend this to all lovers of Paranormal Romance. It's well written, with strong lead characters, Serena, a new angel and Julian the demon. The story is a detour from the usual PR type romance, but the reader still roots for them. There is plenty of action, along with zippy dialogue. Give it a try!
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