An irreverent demon is her last hope of finding her sister – if she can control him...
Desperate to save her demon-abducted sister, witch Merle MacKenna breaks the law when she summons Rhun, another demon, from the magical prison of the Shadows. Rhun might be a demon, but he’ll be able to help her, and then she’ll bind him when she’s through—at least, that’s the plan. But Merle finds it’s easier said than done when her new demon is hellbent on charming his way into her pants—and her heart.
After twenty years in the Shadows, bound for a crime he didn’t commit, Rhun is past caring about anyone but himself. The plan: seduce the sexy witch, steal her powers, and be on his merry way. But when a heinous betrayal in the ranks of the witches forces Merle and Rhun to work even closer together, Rhun’s plan backfires—and the witch gets under his skin. With his unbidden feelings for Merle vying with his need for freedom, he struggles with a new torment: Being a selfish bastard is a lot harder when love is involved.
Warning: Includes lots of witty banter and snarky humor, as well as a charmingly disrespectful demon hero who's hot enough to melt panties with a look.
~Award-winning paranormal romance~ Winner of the Golden Quill 2016 for Paranormal Romance and the Published Maggie Award 2016 for Best Paranormal Romance
***This book was previously published as Blood, Pain, and Pleasure.***
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Wow, what a great story to tell, you write with so much detail, that you made this story come to life. A witch, a demon and so much more, it is just an awesome book. You got a fan. Catha Watkins Reese
I actually read this book back when it was called Blood, Pain, and Pleasure, or at least I believe that was it’s first name lol. If you’re not on Goodreads, you’re not use to my reviews which means this may be a little on the long side but I never like to leave anything out of my opinions. ;) I usually post reviews on Goodreads, and since iBooks has no spoilers button, please know that for the sake of people looking to buy this book, I will not post spoilers here.
Overall, this book is a very good read. There are, of course, some things that were a little a miss in the story, but they were far few and in between and honestly that happens at points in every book. One of the best things about this book was the main characters.The main characters are dynamic in so many ways that it is refreshing to see the actual leads of a story be more interesting than the secondary characters. There is such an intensity in the physical love connection between Rhun and Merle that the heat almost singes the words off the page, and a lot of this comes from a slightly darker side of fun in the sheets. Yet, despite how their relationship starts or how their connection works, the emotional love is capable of pulling at your heart string and making you melt or cry.
I also really enjoyed the personal goals of each character and how the story twists not only at the end but almost every step of the way through. Most of the time, I can predict early on what’s going to happen, or at least have it figured out by the middle of the book, however this book actually succeeded in surprising me by the time I was done with it.
Merle’s character is one who can take care of herself. Despite the obvious strength of Rhun, his friends, and others like him she stands up to them and actually holds her own, yet she still shows that she’s a witch, so human at heart, and the reality of her situation both with Rhun and the odds they face doesn’t escape her. This makes her character more relatable, and allows any reader to be able to form an emotional bond with her.
Rhun is also easy to form a bond to because of his personality. The way he talks, acts, and thinks all lead the reader to both loving and wanting to find out more about him. Despite his nature and end goal, I found myself understanding him and cheering for him throughout the book. His past and current actions would make any women fall hard for him.
As mentioned earlier there were a few aspects about the book that I found off putting. How magic works with the head of the family really threw me out of the story, but only for a few short seconds. I also wasn’t fond of a few of the secondary witch characters either but that was more my personal preference and wanting to see more of the story between Merle and Rhun and their adventure rather than learning so much about the other characters. None of this makes the book any less a fantastic read, and I would recommend any romance reader give it a go.
Gobbled the story up!
I read this book in about 12 hours give it take, while working and walking--it's amazing I didn't get run over and fired. I loved Rhun and Marle, their story and circumstances while fantastical were also relatable in large part due to the strong character building and dialogue.
The author was true to the story, and the pacing was great, and the scenes unfolded naturally, as you would expect given the situation. The characters don't all get what they want, the ending is not typical HEA, but it is comfortable, it is strong, and despite the genre and witches, demons, and fairies feels REAL.
Loved it and would recommend it.