Back of the Book Blurb: In the lusty humidity of the Deep South, among the neon lights of Vegas, and the glitz of high-fashion, demon slayers are the new sexy. . .
Hot! by Kathy Love - At Hot! Magazine, the devil really does wear Prada. When the CEO is an actual demon and the mail room guys are undercover demon slayers, it's not beyond the realm of possibility for an up-and-coming photographer and a model possessed by much more than a sweet tooth to fall in love.
What Slays In Vegas by Angie Fox - When a sexy succubus comes up against a fearless demon slayer intent on killing her boss, a truly wild Vegas night turns into a quickie wedding. But in a city where anything goes, a demon slayer wedding a succubus is strictly forbidden. Which doesn't mean either is rushing to jump out of the marriage bed.
The Bride Wore Demon Dust by Lexi George - He's perfection in a tuxedo—more so out of it—and on a mission to protect his Alabama gal from the mysterious mayhem intent on her destruction. But the bride is a spunky steel magnolia with special powers of her own, determined to drop-kick evil forces across the state line and give her slayer a run for his money.
Review: This is a collection of three paranormal romance short stories. Overall I enjoyed the book very much, but found the stories to be uneven.
Hot! started out really well. Demons are running the fashion industry, and the editor in chief at the premier fashion magazine (a tongue-in-cheek nod to Anna Wintour) is a high-powered demon who runs a tight ship. Except in the basement mailroom, which is run by an undercover group trying to monitor and stop the demons. When aspiring photographer Charlie desperately applies for a job in the mailroom, hoping to get his photos upstairs, he suffers through the strangest job interview of his life. We eventually learn that Charlie was hired because he can see demons behind their human facades. He can also see the difference in humans who have sold their soul to be successful. Like fashion model Ava. By the time Charlie and Ava begin their romance, I was pretty bored. Most of the story was descriptive, all telling and no showing, and many pages are devoted to the odd behavior of the mailroom supervisors. In spite of a great premise, this really dragged for me, and I struggled to finish the 100 page story. Rather than building suspense with the slow revelations (WHY is the mailroom so weirdly intense? WHEN will Charlie figure things out? WHEN will the action start?), it made me lose interest, and I had trouble caring about Charlie and Ava, who were paper-thin characters.
What Slays in Vegas was the very entertaining story of Shiloh, a half-human succubus working at a resort in Las Vegas run by a demon from Hell. When she meets a demon slayer named Damien who is usually immune to all succubi, he attempts to use her in order to reach her boss, a full-fledged demon planning some soul-sucking Vegas hijinks. But they unexpectedly have amazing chemistry, and after a wild night on the town wake to find themselves married. Shiloh has lived for thousands of years, but has never known love or been treated kindly. Damien is a born slayer, and is shocked to discover he is falling in love with Shiloh. But he has a mission, and helping Damien is her chance at love and freedom. This was a fun, engaging story with some genuinely sexy heat - good stuff!
The Bride Wore Demon Dust starts off with a bang and continues with a wacky, funny, sexy thrill ride until the happy ending. It is easily the best of the bunch in this book.
The story has wonderful, colorful characters, is full of smart, witty dialogue, a heroine who reacts realistically to the shock of discovering that her husband is not human and that demons are out to get her, all in the same moment at her wedding. I LIKED Bunny, and her friends and family. When we meet her she is hurt, shocked and betrayed, but her innate sense of humor comes through as she moves along into the anger and pissed off stage. She is head over heels in love with Rafe, an otherworldly, supremely hot, demon hunter. But right after the marriage ceremony he confesses that 1)he's a demon hunter on a mission, 2)he converted her to his species to save her life, and 3)it's his job is to protect her. These little bombshells have her questioning everything she feels, so she takes off in a blaze of bridal glory in a Charmin-packed Mary Kay Cadillac. And once she runs, his fear for her safety causes him to deal with his new emotions for the first time, and he slowly begins to realize he is in love with Bunny. Their honeymoon, followed by a disastrous family barbecue, a shocking discovery, and Rafe's running away are all aprt of a delightful, very readable and fun book. It was over way too quickly, but along the way I snickered at the humor and sighed at the romance, and who could ask for more in any story? Written in an incredibly engaging style, it's one of those books you don't want to put down and don't want to end.
For more information about these authors check out their websites!
Kathy Love is at http://www.readkathylove.com/
Angie Fox is at http://angiefox.wordpress.com/
Lexi George is at http://www.lexigeorge.com/