Title: Demon of Mine (Hell Inc.#1)
Author: Rayna Vause
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 28, 2015
Page Count: 182
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Climbing the corporate ladder can be hell….
As a Collections Demon, Zavier grants his “clients” one wish in exchange for their souls. His job sucks, but once you make a deal with Corporate South, they own you. The trouble is, Zavier’s not a very good Collections Demon, with his tendencies to spurn authority and find loopholes to help deserving clients out of their contracts. He’s under scrutiny from the head of his department, who would quite literally like to see him burn. He just needs to close a simple deal to get upper management off his back. Instead, he meets Ryan.
Ryan is desperately searching for a way to save his dying sister. He doesn’t believe in magic and demons, but he’s out of options. Zavier’s not what he expects in a demon, and even more unexpected is the strong sense of familiarity—very intimate familiarity.
While trying to free Ryan from his contract, Zavier discovers secrets unscrupulous even by South standards. Exposing them could cost Zavier everything, but it might be Ryan’s only hope.
Demon of Mine was a fun, light read with several delightful twists and turns that departed from the usual tropes of the heaven/hell paranormal genre, which gave the story a much welcome freshness.
This is also a sweet, “feel good” type of story: lost love, reincarnation, revenge, selflessness, demons, angels, and corporate suckiness taken to a whole new level. I absolutely LOVED how Corporate South and Corporate North used cell phones!
The strength of the book was the relationship between Ryan, desperate to save his sister from pancreatic cancer; and Zavier, determined to save Ryan from the fate he’s had to live the last 50 years. As Ryan begins to learn of their past connection, he has to force Zavier to see him for the person he IS, not the person Zavier KNEW, and that Ryan’s going to save his sister first and foremost.
Both men grow through the book – Ryan learns to believe in someone, that it might be possible to have a person by his side during his sister’s illness. Zavier has to learn to step back from the protector role and to see the Ryan of today, not yesterday. This is his biggest obstacle in winning over Ryan. I greatly appreciated how the author built the relationship emotionally well before she added the physical.
Neither Ryan or Zavier make the completely right decisions, but with a little bit of help from a guardian angel, they make steps toward having a future together.
This is book one in what looks like will be a series (yay!) and Demon of Mine is definitely an enjoyable stand alone book.