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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Book Review and ARC Giveaway: My Dangerous Pleasure by Carolyn Jewel

A sweet heroine and a smoking hot demon make a combustible pair.
My Dangerous Pleasure by Carolyn Jewel
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Forever; Original edition (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446563870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446563871
     Genre: Paranormal - Demons, witches
     My Rating: 4.5 of 5.0

Product Description
Strong-willed and independent, Paisley Nichols is used to taking care of herself. But when an insane mage begins tracking her every move and threatening her at every turn, she has no choice but to put her life in the hands of a demon.

Burned by betrayal, demon assassin Iskander won't get too close to anyone. He spends his days serving his warlord and his nights indulging in carnal pleasures . . . and that's exactly how he likes it. But when a mage wages a wrenching psychic assault on his beautiful tenant Paisley, Iskander must defend her. Under his protection, she will be drawn irresistibly into his life and learn about her own mysterious powers. And not a moment too soon. The mage haunting her isn't acting alone-and he won't rest until he destroys both Paisley and Iskander.

Review: I enjoyed the intensity of this fast paced story.
Paisley is a nice orderly tenant; a beauty, but “vanilla” human girl. She is focused on working hard to build her own bakery business. Her life was rather ordinary and without magic until she caught the eye of the wild, rogue mage, Rasmus Kessler. Now she is attracting nothing but trouble and it looks like she may have some hidden talents.

Iskander has been scarred by the loss of his blood twin, Fen. Fen had been the only woman he’d loved - but that was before she betrayed him to the powerful mage, Rasmus Kessler. To protect himself Iskander had been forced to sever the bond with Fen. Both of them had edged toward insanity but Iskander was helped by his warlord, Nikodemus and his witch.  Iskander has kept himself cut off from any close relationships but indulges his carnal passions with one night encounters.

Iskander protects his properties with magic which warn that his human tenant may be in big trouble. As things (like his tenant’s apartment) start to heat up, Iskander realizes he is going to have to protect Paisley to keep her alive.

Although Iskander is dark and curt, it doesn’t take long to see that he has been hiding behind his pain. He really has a big, tender heart to go along with his big hunky body. Paisley is self determined but clueless when it comes to facing demons and wicked mages. She is glad to have someone as strong and dependable as Iskander to take her in - literally. After her apartment is broken into and then burned she is persuaded to move in with Iskander especially when she finds he has a top notch kitchen ready for her to try out new recipes. Their relationship is a nice mix of sweet and sizzle.

Paisley accidentally discovers that she can hear the screams and free souls that have been stolen at death.  Her power is important to Nikodemus’ team but she is a danger to anyone trying to  increase their magical powers by stealing souls. There is lots of action and conflict as Kessler keeps pushing to get to Paisley and Fen shows up to complicate emotions and issues. I particularly liked how Iskander was able to call upon his friends to help face the dangers. I also liked the easy flow, subtle humor and fast pace of the story. I recommend this book and will be watching for the next book in the series.

Thank you to Hachette Forever Romance for this book to read and review.

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