The Unlikeable Demon Hunter by Deborah Wilde
GENRE: Urban Fantasy Romance
Bridesmaids meets Buffy.
The ago-old story of what happens when a foul-mouthed, romance impaired heroine with no edit button and a predilection for hot sex is faced with her worst nightmare–a purpose.
Ari Katz is intelligent, driven, and will make an excellent demon hunter once initiated into the Brotherhood of David. However, this book is about his twin Nava: a smart-ass, self-cultivated hot mess, who is thrilled her brother is stuck with all the chosen one crap.
When Nava half-drunkenly interrupts Ari’s induction ceremony, she expects to be chastised. What she doesn’t expect is to take her brother’s place among the–until now–all-male demon hunters. Even worse? Her infuriating leader is former rock star Rohan Mitra, whose sudden retirement in his early twenties now seems a lot less mysterious.
Convinced that her twin still has a shot at his destiny, Nava hatches a plan to convince the Brotherhood to bring the other Katz sibling into the fold. It’s too bad Rohan’s guarding her so closely that she might not be able to put it into action.
And it’s really too bad Rohan’s exactly what Nava’s always wanted: the perfect bad boy fling with no strings attached, because he may also be the one to bring down her carefully erected emotional shields. That’s as dangerous as all the evil fiends vying for the bragging rights of killing the only female ever chosen for Demon Club–or the one demon in particular out for payback.
Odds of survival: eh.
Odds of having a very good time with Rohan before she bites it: much better.
The red wine on the modular coffee table gleamed in a shaft of sunlight like its position had been ordained by the gods. I snatched up the crystal decanter, sloshing the liquid into the glass conveniently placed next to it. Once in a while, a girl could actually catch a break.
I fanned myself with one hand. The myriad of lit candles seemed a bit much for my brother’s romantic encounter, but wine drinking trumped curiosity so I chugged the booze back. My entire body cheered as the cloyingly-sweet alcohol hit my system, though I hoped it wasn’t Manischewitz because hangovers on that were a bitch. I’d slugged back half the contents when I saw my mom on the far side of the room clutch her throat, eyes wide with horror. Not her usual, “you need an intervention” horror. No, her expression indicated I’d reached a whole new level of screw-up.
“Nava Liron Katz,” she gasped in full name outrage.
My cheeks still bulging with wine, I properly scoped out the room. Mom? Check. Dad? Check. Ari? Check? Rabbi Abrams, here to perform the ceremony to induct my brother as the latest member in the Brotherhood of David, the chosen demon hunters?
I spit the wine back into what I now realized was a silver chalice and handed it to the elderly bearded rabbi. “Carry on,” I told him. Then I threw up on his shoes.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
A global wanderer, hopeless romantic, and total cynic with a broken edit button, Deborah writes adult urban fantasy to satisfy her love of smexy romances and tales of chicks who kick ass. She is all about the happily-ever-after, with a huge dose of hilarity along the way. “It takes a bad girl to fight evil. Go Wilde.”
Twitter: https://twitter.com/wildeauthor (@wildeauthor)
This is the kind of book you want to read slowly because every word is so flipping good and because you want it to never end, but you CAN’T read is slowly because it’s so flipping good that you can’t put it down. Here are some things that stood out to me (remember–I’m an English teacher):
- Style and Voice: This is arguable one of the most difficult parts of writing to do well–convey a story in a way that is unique and interesting and makes it come to life inside the reader’s head.
- Well-developed characters: I loved Nava, and I loved the way the author seamlessly wove the backstory into the story. She’s messed up (Nava, not the author–though I don’t know her, so who knows for real? Not me) but in a way to which most people can relate–she’s struggling to find out who she is and what she wants to do with herself. Destiny aside, Nava has to learn to deal with the sticky emotions of the entry in to adulthood. I did not find her at all unlikable, only suffering “forgotten child” syndrome.
- Humor: You might consider this to be lumped in with style and voice, but I consider figurative language a separate category. I loved the humor, particularly the sarcasm, that dripped from every page. Nava is as much of a smartass as I am IRL. Love it.
- I love that everything (plot-wise) isn’t tied up in a neat little package. This novel is gritty and real. I appreciate that.
- I love, of course, the references to BDSM and LGBT. Being lesbian and kinky, I appreciate the way it’s not only included, but taken for granted that everyone can be bisexual if they want.
- The chemistry between Nava and Rohan leaps from the page. Watch out, because if you’re not careful, you could get electrocuted. I also loved that their relationship was not at all forced–no love at first sight, or love heals all kind of trope.
- Supporting cast: From Nava’s brother, Ari, to the rest of the Brotherhood, each supporting character was unique and interesting. They add the perfect amount of spice and seasoning to the mix.
The Unlikable Demon Hunter is a five-star, page-turning, action-adventure romance with a lovable cast of characters and some sizzling chemistry. I highly recommend this one. I’m going to have to read the next one.