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Slow to start, and the resolution of Paris's demon isn't convincing
on 2 March 2012
Paris, the Lord possessed by the demon of Promiscuity, cannot shake his desire for the Hunter, Sienna. Even in death. And now that she's held prisoner by Cronus, the king of the Titans, who has had her possessed by the demon of Wrath he's determined to rescue her. Even if he's not quite sure what he's going to do with her afterward - since she may still hate him, he doesn't trust her, and the fact that he knows he will be obliged to cheat on any partner doesn't make for ideal long-term relationships. Now that she has the demon of Wrath inside her, Sienna can see people's lies and knows that she was deceived by the Hunters into joining them. She's desperate to escape from the prison where she has been held and tortured for months, to find Paris, and to make amends for her role in betraying him.
Like many other Gena Showalter fans, I'd waited for this for a long time and couldn't wait to see how she resolved the many issues this couple had between them - not the least being Paris's demon and Sienna now being both possessed by Wrath and, well, rather living-challenged. I was a little bit disappointed.
Paris and Sienna's ending was fairly convincing (as much as anything in this 'world' is!), but how they got there didn't always pass muster. GS cheated in her handling of Paris's affliction to avoid having him unfaithful during the course of this book. There are lots of rather more frank statements about his past deeds than in previous novels, but he manages to hold it together without a partner for several days while looking for Sienna - then is at death's door following a relatively short period of abstinence later in the book.
Showalter spends rather a lot of time 'developing' the character of the angel, Zacharel in preparation for his starring role in her upcoming spin-off series, the premise of which seems to be something of an amalgam of J.R. Ward's Fallen Angels series and The Dirty Dozen. Well, not so much 'developing' as having him beat the reader over the head with repeated iterations of the fact that angels don't have feelings. There's some hubris clearly waiting for him because - Lysander? Olivia? they are what exactly? Oh, yes, ANGELS! with feelings. No prizes for guessing who the hero of the first of the new series will be.
Despite a rather slow start, this book does have an exciting, fast-paced finale with some completely unexpected plot developments affecting the ongoing story arc that had me checking Showalter's website to find out when the next book is due out. I stayed up from midnight to read this and debated hard over the star rating - but, for me, although enjoyable at times it isn't Showalter at her best.
3.5/5 - losing ground for the drawn-out opening, the blatant set up for the spin off series, and for cheating readers by whitewashing Paris's affliction over a protracted period at the start of the book.