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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Book Review and Arc Giveaway: Demons Like it Hot

This author writes fun characters and crazy plots.
by Sidney Ayers
  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca; Original edition (December 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402251777
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402251771
      Genre:  Paranormal Romance
      My Rating: 3.75 of 5.0
Book Description
Series: Demons Unleashed | Publication Date: December 1, 2011
Serah SanGermano runs a successful catering company in a Midwestern town. After she inadvertently helped her friend unleash a legion of demons, she's been trying to hide her own newly discovered powers. Matthias Ambrose, a mysterious demon mercenary sent to protect her, has his own secret- one that will embroil them both in the scandal from hell.
Review: This is a fun story but I think it could have been better.
Serah recently helped her best friend, Lucy, unleash a chestful (plus) of demons (book 1, Demons Prefer Blondes).  During that crisis Serah learned she has some powers she is intent on keeping secret.  She is able to smell evil demons and if her emotions get too intense she can effect things around her even by accident.  The truth is that Serah has even more secrets in her family past and in her own identity that she has yet to learn.

Matthias met Serah during Lucy’s adventure but wiped her memory clean of that previous encounter. Now he has been assigned to protect her as she is a pure blood who could  save the world.  Matthias has tragedy in his past and doesn’t think he would be worthy of someone like Serah. That doesn’t stop him from wanting her.

Serah may not remember their previous kiss but she knows that being around Matthias has a serious effect on her libido. She doesn’t recognize her own beauty and is sure that this hunky bodyguard would never be interested in her.  Right now she is concentrating on her cooking talents and getting ready to be filmed on the reality show, American Chef.

The first third of the book seemed to bounce back and forth between insecurities and fantasies of the hero and heroine as they ogled each other but tried to keep their distance.  I was at a point of “Enough already!  Please get on with the story!”  Finally the author moved into the substance of the plot with the added character element of the American Chef moderator, Daniel, which created some jealousy issues. The plot thickens as it is discovered who the real power behind the show is, Matthias’ history is revealed and there is plenty of action with a battle plan to defeat the threat of the evil demons.

I felt there was too much focus and time spent on the characters’ repressed desires. I had some unresolved questions (like where Serah got her money that she keep spending so easily) and some confusion regarding Serah’s lineage and just how she was to serve to save the world. I think some of this got lost in the effort to make the story sexually interesting which in my opinion was dragged out too long in the early part of the book so it may have distracted me from the plot.  I think a good 50 pages of repetitive feelings could have been cut and would have improved the story. There is craziness and fun in the characters and the plot.  Once I got to the action part of the story it was much more engaging.

I would recommend that you read the first book so you will understand the backstory of the characters otherwise you may feel confused.  If you like the sexual tension and anticipation you may enjoy this story more than I did. As I noted, there is fun in the characters and dialogue and if you press through the beginning the story does become engaging.

Thank you to Sourcebooks for this book to read and review.

1. Visit the author's website and tell me something of interest you found there.  This is required for entry.

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(Four total entries possible.)

* This contest is only open to residents of US and Canada.
* This contest will close 10 PM (Central) on December 30, 2011.
The winner will be randomly selected from all entries.
Winners will have 72 hours to respond by email or the winners form linked in the announcement.


  1. I have the first book and would love to win this.

    I learned she also writes historical and contemporary along with Paranormal.

    Already a GFC follower-elaing8




  2. I went to the website and I found it interesting that Arianna Skye is one of the names that Sidney Ayers wrote under. I didnt know that. Thanks for the giveaway and Happy Holidays to you.
    GFC: Ladyvampire2u
    +1 Facebook post:!/groups/156581234376482/311973502170587/
    +1 Tweet:!/LadyVampire2u/status/149266774444085248
    LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

  3. I found it interesting: still lives in the same town she grew up in!

    old gfc follower under Martha Lawson

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  4. I learned that in addition to the previous release & this one, the author has 2 more planned already (one in Fall of 2012 and one in Spring of 2013). And that Demon Kitteh is the keeper of the contests.

    already followers GFC: June M.


    June M.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  5. i learned that Sidney also writes erotic romance under the name Arianna Skye.


    catherine0807 at hotmail dot com

  6. i m a GFC follower

    catherine0807 at hotmail dot com

  7. I learned that she also writes erotic romance under the name Arianna Skye. I'm already a GFC follower under Lucky47.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  8. i didnt know that this was the second book in the series. i'll have to add these to my wishlist. :)

    I am already a GFC follower

    Terri m

  9. Thank you for this giveaway. I found that this book is also available to win on goodreads. :)

    I follow via GFC - Chi Kittie

    I shared on FB -

    I shared on twitter:!/SyCo4Twilight/status/149859414214574080

    - Beckie

  10. She loves Michigan. This book is part of a series I would love to read. Please enter me in contest.

  11. Right now, Sidney is currently working on the 3rd book in the Demons Unleased series of humorous paranormal romances.

    tiramisu392 (at)

  12. I learned that she writes my two favorite genres historical and paranormal.
    follow on gfc as Helen
    helldog3 at

  13. I went to the website and found the demon kitten interesting and thought her little avatar adorable.

    I tweeted on twitter (tawnygirl001)Tawnygirl001 Tawn Scotton
    Reviews By Martha's Bookshelf: Book Review and Arc Giveaway: Demons Like it Hot…

    I posted the contest to fb page (although, with all the friends on my friend list this seems a bad idea for me :D)

    Thanks for the awesome giveaways!


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