Mark of the Demon By Diana Rowland

From  Cop and conjurer of demons, she’s a woman in danger of losing control—to a power that could kill….

Why me? Why now? That’s what Beaulac, Louisiana, detective Kara Gillian was asking herself when an angelic creature named Rhyzkahl unexpectedly appeared during a routine summoning. Kara was hoping to use her occult skills to catch a serial killer, but never had she conjured anything like this unearthly beautiful and unspeakably powerful being whose very touch set off exquisite new dimensions of pleasure. But can she enlist his aid in helping her stop a killer who’s already claimed the lives—and souls—of thirteen people? And should she? The Symbol Man is a nightmare that the city thought had ended three years ago. Now he’s back for an encore and leaving every indication on the flesh of his victims that he, too, is well versed in demonic lore.

Kara may be the only cop on Beaulac’s small force able to stop the killer, but it is her first homicide case. Yet with Rhyzkahl haunting her dreams, and a handsome yet disapproving FBI agent dogging her waking footsteps, she may be in way over her head…

The Drama: Kara Gillian has just been promoted to homicide detective.  Oh, and she also happens to be a demon summoner.  Her first task is to hunt down The Symbol Man, a serial killer responsible for several grisly murders in the area.  In hopes of getting more information from otherworldly sources, she summons a demon, but ends up with Rhyzkahl, a seriously hot demon lord.  The problem is he doesn’t really help her in the way she intended and continues to pop up in her dreams to drive her even crazier, all while furthering his own plans of course.  When The Symbol Man murders escalate, a task force is assigned to help noob Kara solve the case, introducing us to the sorta hot (?) Agent Ryan Kristoff.  Kara struggles to prove herself to the very machismo-y (so many new words) task force, while attempting to hide her knowledge of the Arcane that could solve the case.  It’s hard to go into much more of the drama without getting into the several twists and turns of the central mystery, so I will just skip ahead to what I really want to talk about.

The Smut:  Ooooooooh, I do enjoy a love triangle!  Unfortunately only 2 of 3 members of said triangle actually got it on.  But this is obviously another series, so I will just have to be patient for the other money shot.  ::SIGH::  Anywho, Demon Lord Rhyzkahl comes in with a bang (pun intended), but then we don’t really get to see anymore of his sexy side.  Though I will say, I enjoyed not knowing what his intentions were and being scared shitless of him most of the book.  I have a soft spot for tremendously assholey men.  As for Agent Kristoff…he just didn’t do it for me.  I liked his personality okay, but my shallow side would much prefer to hop back in the sack with Rhyzkahl even if he could enslave the entire human race.  From a totally smutty perspective, this book was a tease.  We got all that Rhyzkahl hotness in the first 10% (I only understand books in Kindleish now), so I am thinking this book is going to be a big raunch-fest, and then NOTHING!! We didn’t even finish off that triangle! Blah.

The Rant/Rave:  Honestly the first 30% or so of this book was painful for me.  It really got bogged down in the police procedurals and politics, but after I learned that the author is a former Cop, I appreciated it more.  And I could totally relate to Kara trying to prove herself in a man’s world.  I will say that my brain did not appreciate the strange sensation of being bored yet fascinated yet repulsed by the autopsy details.  Just weird.  About halfway through I started really loving the plot and enjoyed trying to figure out how everyone was related to The Symbol Man.  And while I saw some of the twists coming, I didn’t see that last one!  Kara’s potty mouth personality really came through towards the end, so she grew on me a lot.  One the whole, this book pleasantly surprised me, and I am looking forward to Blood of the Demon.  But I better see some more Demon Lord action!!!

Rating: 8


1 Comment (+add yours?)

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    Apr 10, 2010 @ 08:07:05

    I rarly comment on blogs but I really like yours.Its hard to find good bloggers these days … everyone seems to be doing it for the money 😦


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