Title: Demon At My Door
Author: Michelle Valentine
Gothic outcast Natalie Sugarman bartered her soul for her dying mother’s life sixteen years ago to a boy demon that could stop time. Now, days before her twenty-first birthday, the lifelines on her palms are slowly vanishing, and she knows it’s just a matter of time before Satan’s little helper collects.
Natalie’s tried numerous times to kill the demon and regain control of her soul’s destiny, but she always falls short. When she decides to try and gain the element of surprise for her next attempt, Natalie seeks answers about his location from a freaky, glowing-eyed fortuneteller. Creeped out by the psychic’s methods, she bolts from the reading and misses the warning that the demon who stole her soul is always closer than she thinks.
After some strange incidents with her new boyfriend, including a hot, levitating sex session, she realizes he’s the grown-up version of her little nightmare and he’s returned to collect on their deal. Natalie must figure out how to win her soul back from the demon before her lifeline completely disappears and she becomes his forever—even if that means making a deal to damn three other souls to take her place.
The author of this book is a Central Ohio nurse turned author of erotic romance, with forthcoming novels ROCK THE HEART (2012) and ROCK MY BED (2013). Her love of hard-rock music, tattoos, and sexy musicians inspired her erotic BLACK FALCON series.
From the start, this book promised me a story about demons and how they affected the life of Natalie. What things did Natalie have to give up and what did she have to do to get her soul back? There was promise of action, adventure, and romance.
I did find a discernible argument behind this story. There is a perceived notion that demons are evil and the only feelings they have are anger and resentment towards us as humans. This is certainly because we have life and they don’t. But, this story doesn’t present that. Instead, the demons in this story act more like humans than demons. They have feelings they portray (at least you believe so) and the only evil is outside the inner circle of characters. There certainly isn’t anything wrong with portraying demons as you wish as an author, but then why not chose a different entity? Something more perceived in our society as being able to exhibit feelings?
The only importance I feel there is behind this book is the ability to forgive even in the face of pure evil. This happens with our characters as they grow throughout the book and become the characters needed to face something of this magnitude. The author has built an empire of characters that can sustain not only themselves but each other as well. Without one, the other doesn’t exist. This in turn created something of a family that can easily forgive each other even when the offense is unforgivable.
I can though disagree with this as well. I was under the impression that I was going to read a demon novel and in turn got a demon romance novel. Where this was exciting in itself, the blurb is a little misleading. Not that I don’t love to read romance novels, but sometimes I want to read the nightmares of our time as they truly are. Not romanticized. The author should have been more forthcoming with the information that this really is a Paranormal Romance and not just a Paranormal book. So, the idea of a family atmosphere completely throws what I believed of this book out the nearest window.
Conclusion: For the target audience, if you are looking for an almost horror book about demons, think “Exorcist”, you are in the wrong place. Instead, the target audience for this book should be the “evil romanticizers” which I can say I am a part of as well. But in this case, if you are looking for a good, quick, read about romancing the demon, this is your book.
If you have time to need you have time to read!