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Review: The Demon's Desire by Kendra Leigh Castle

The Demon's Desire (A Hearts of the Fallen Novel) by Kendra Leigh Castle
Category Romance, Paranormal Romance, Vampires, Demons
Ebook $2.99 (232 pages, COVET)
He’s as dark and dangerous as the storms he once commanded…and she can’t get him out of her heart.
Dru has spent two thousand years fighting to keep the people of Terra Noctem safe. In all that time, she's only opened her heart to one man, with disastrous results. But when her city takes in a group of renegade Fallen, she finds herself drawn to the brooding and tormented Meresin, despite the fact that he seems to be the least redeemable of them all. When his instability hits a breaking point, Meresin’s only chance at survival is a perilous journey into a place from which few ever return. What he never expected was that confronting his demons would mean risking not only his future, but Dru's as well...and that one stubborn vampire might give him back not just hope…but his heart.

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Should have called it The Vampire's Desire... (4 stars)

The biggest misfortune of this series is how intertwined the books are. When I read THE DEMON'S SONG I spent much of the time being confused by mentions of characters and events that you don't usually get in a first of the series. As it happens, some digging helped me discover that Castle has written about some of the secondary characters and this world in a series for another publisher. It's my humble opinion that if you want to enjoy the Hearts of the Fallen you really need to have read the others. I was still pretty confused about some of what goes on in THE DEMON'S DESIRE thanks to the same trouble with references.

If you can get past the confusing bits this is a really good story. I am very fond of romances where the heroine does more of the pursuing than the hero but they are few and far between. If you enjoy that role reversal this is one great example. Meresin has a lot of issues that make him think he's not worthy of acceptance, let alone love. Dru is pretty much the only person who has any positive effect on him and no one else gets why she'd have anything to do with him. It makes for a nice change from the usual romance tropes.

The plot itself is pretty straight forward, very predictable, yet still manages to be well executed. I'm a fan of virgin heroes so if you are too make sure you give this one a read!

I didn't care for TDS so I was admittedly very hesitant to give the series another chance. I really enjoy Castle's writing style but I never read a second in a series if I gave the first only 2 stars. I'm very glad I took the chance and think if you had a similar feeling about TDS you might want to give the series a second chance with TDD.

Notes: ARC received via publisher.

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