Monday, August 30, 2010

Release Day Review: HellFire

HellFire
The Demonslayer #2
Author: Kate Douglas
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Zebra
Released 8/31/2010
Available in Paperback and Kindle Format

Summary: A new, more dangerous vortex has opened in the besieged Earth and the innocent souls of animals are being invaded by the malevolent strength of a powerful demon. For Ginny Jones, there can be no greater wrong - and to make it right, she joins forces with the Lemurian, Alton, a hard-bodied hero not of her world. Under a black moon, pitched battles for the survival of all that is good will be fought once more. The heat of their sensual passion emboldens the two warriors...but such passion may well betray them...Yet Alton is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice - life itself - for the human woman he loves. But time is fast running out...and time, like fire, devours all...

I won an ARC of HellFire by Kate Douglas during one of her Facebook contests. I'm still amazed I hadn't read any of Kate's books until this one. She's a prolific author of paranormal romance and erotica that has written something for everyone. Don't miss the interview and contest with Kate below the interview.

HellFire is the second book in The Demonslayers series. The first book, DemonFire, introduced us to the Lemurians, who are peaceful and nonviolent, though a tad apathetic towards earth and humans. This paranormal romance series is set in a world where other dimensions exist, including one where demons live and one that is much like Atlantis. The author has created a world accessed by portals in our world, that is fascinating with it's political intrigue, history, and magic.

Ginny Jones, our heroine, unexpectedly decides to visit family and ends up in Phoenix dealing with a group of possessed animals, including her cousins huge, shrieking cat. She can't get her mind off the odd thoughts she's been having of a good-looking guy with a sexy voice she can't forget, though they only met once. Things just keep getting stranger.

Alton is not from our world, and he's oddly attracted to a woman who is nothing like the females where he comes from. I love his awkward way of dealing with Ginny. He means well, but just can't grasp how to handle an independent young woman, who doesn't feel she needs taking care of or rescuing.

HellFire is gritty and a little complex at times, yet it's also sexy and fun. Urban fantasy mixed in with sensual paranormal romance makes for a great read. The ongoing plot of political unrest and intrigue in this series is complex, but never confusing or strung out. The author blends that part of the plot with the romantic elements perfectly. Discoveries are made that impact both characters and make for some kick butt fight scenes and soul searching on both their parts.

Kate Douglas has developed rich characters with depth and substance. The plot is well thought out and fascinating. I think this series will only get better as it continues, and I hope we have many more books to read and enjoy.

Demonslayers Series
DemonFire (2010)
HellFire (August 2010)
Crystal Dreams (in Nocturnal 9/7/10)
StarFire (Spring 2011)

You can find out more about Kate Douglas on her website at http://www.katedouglas.com. The first two books in the Demonslayers series, and the Nocturnal anthology are available in paperback, and also on the Kindle.

CymLowell

11 comments:

diva donna said...

Kate has a great voice. And I've totally enjoyed her other Wolf Tales and Sexy Beast series. And I have just bought Demonfire and would love to win Hellfire.

Chas @ LLL Reviews said...

Thanks for the review, After reading Demonfire I was little impressed. I was hoping for something spectacular but it didnt quite fill the bill.... However, I still had my eye on Hell Fire since I liked Ginny and Alton in book 1!

Paula R said...

Hi Kate, how are you today? Congrats on the release of Hellfire. Just dropping by to show some love.

Peace and love,
Paula R.

Kathy Howard said...

Kate really has a great way of storytelling, love the Chanku and also the Starquests. I've read the Demonfire and I was impressed with the story and cant wait for HellFire.

Much love and peace to Kate and her family.

Kathy Howard

Kate Douglas said...

Thanks, Diva! Gotcha--didn't realize people were leaving comments with the review (there's an interview below this that I've been checking!)

Sorry, Chas. I think a lot of readers were expecting the same heat as Wolf Tales, but I was limited by the imprint I was writing for--there are very strict rules about the kind of content for the Zebra line, so had to tone down the sexy stuff!

Hi Paula--thanks for stopping by!

Thanks, Kathy! I love hearing from readers familiar with my StarQuest series...I really loved writing those books. Had a lot of fun with my Lions of Mirat!

angela said...

OMG I would love to win a book and cant wait to get HellFire.

Deb830 said...

Demonfire is the first book I've read by Kate Douglas and I'm looking forward to Hellfire. I love Bumper! I really need to start reading her Wolf Tales.

deb ;0)

~Sia McKye~ said...

I love Kate! She's a fun person and I like her books. The warmth and laughter she has in person translates well in her stories. I have both of these books in this series on my to buy list. Haven't got there yet, but I'm close.

Nice Review and thank you Kate for the hours of entertainment.:-)

Paula R said...

@Deb830 make sure you have something to cool you down when you read Wolf Tales. Trust me on that.

Peace and love,
Paula R.

Kate Douglas said...

Deb, that's very cool! thank you--I fell personally responsible for dragging you over to the dark side...

Thank you, Sia. Sia's one of the reasons it's a good idea to hang out in the bar at an RT convention--you always meet such cool people! LOL! That was fun.

Paula! Be careful...you'll scare the poor girl off!!!

catslady said...

Great review and just wanted to say how much I enjoyed Demonfire!!