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Review: Black Widow Demon by Paula Altenburg

Black Widow Demon (Demon Outlaws #2) by Paula Altenburg
Urban Fantasy, Western, Romance
Ebook $5.45 (336 pages, ENTANGLED EDGE)
Paperback $14.99

Passionate and headstrong, half-demon Raven is nearly executed on the orders of her fundamentalist stepfather. She escapes from the burning stake using the gifts of her otherworldly heritage and the help of a mortal stranger named Blade. Now she’s set on revenge, and only quiet, intense Blade stands in her way.
A retired assassin weary of the weight of his past, Blade has crossed the desert to seek out a new life. His journey is interrupted when his conscience demands he help Raven find an old friend who can help her. Saving her from her need for revenge and delivering her into the hands of loved ones means he’s one step closer to redemption.
But as Blade’s sense of duty becomes something more and threats, both mortal and immortal, stalk the woman he can’t abandon, he could very well fall back into the life he’s trying so hard to escape.

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A meaty, highly conceptual read. (4 stars)

If you loved THE DEMON'S DAUGHTER as much as I did, you don't need to read reviews, just go buy this book. The world of the Demon Outlaws series is phenomenally built and threaded with both elements of urban fantasy and westerns while packing a romantic core. Only one other series that I know of has done this and I love the blend, it allows for some interesting concepts.

In the previously mentioned title, Blade was a secondary character with a shadowy past but the qualities of a hero in the making. I was thrilled to discover he was indeed, the hero of BLACK WIDOW DEMON, but really nervous his heroine wouldn't meet my standards since I liked him so well. Raven is one worthy heroine and her own complicated storyline makes her a strong, motivated woman with a compassionate edge I found enjoyable. As a couple they had great push-pull chemistry and their steamy scenes were almost hard to read without feeling like I was intruding because of how believable they are as a match.

What stalled me a little on quite loving the book as a whole was the many new twists and turns of the world. They weren't bad, I just had a difficult time keeping up with how everything had changed after TDD and then continued to find new changes in BWD. It is a highly conceptual world and throwing a lot more irons into the fire just distracted me for some reason. If you're a Meljean Brook fan who devours complicated world building this will be familiar to you and you'll love it.

If thorough and intricate world building, flawless hero/heroine chemistry, and passionate love scenes are your cup of tea you should most definitely get your copy of BLACK WIDOW DEMON. It can't stand alone though, so I recommend starting with THE DEMON'S DAUGHTER and be sure to pre-order the third book in the series, THE DEMON CREED (currently set for a May 2014 release).

Notes: ARC received via publisher.

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