Title: Demon Familiar (Wanted #1)
Author: Bellora Quinn and Sadie Rose Bermingham
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: June 19th 2018
Genre(s): Romance, Fantasy, Alternate Reality
Word Count: 96,000 words
Reviewed by: Jia
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.63 stars out of 5
Sometimes when you don’t know what you want, life gives you what you need.
When Neil Markovic witnesses the murder of his mother by Bone Men his world is thrown into turmoil. On the run from the assassins that killed her, his sorcerer father and the police, Neil finds help in the form of a tall half fae alchemist named Malachai. Mal seems more accepting than most of Neil’s demon bloodline, but curiously immune to his charms.
Malachai Valentine, disgraced scion of a noble Leprechaun clan, back in the Old Country, is happy living as an anonymous scrap dealer. Using his talent for alchemy to make fuel and potions, most days he doesn’t even think of his ruinous past. When a scared young man with a fancy car crashes into his life, at first, Mal thinks he can do without the hassle. But as Neil begins to get under his skin, Mal starts to reassess his hopes and ambitions.
Harassed by megalomaniac fae and stalked by sorcerous killers at every turn, Malachai and Neil must fight to be free, and to find what they both truly wanted.
Reader advisory: This book contains scenes of violence, murder and non-consensual sex.
The only thing stopping me from reading Demon Familiar in one go was the fact my eyelids couldn’t stay open due to too little sleep the past days.
There were suspense, angst, sexual tension, something that felt like slow burn but were most likely merely the effect of the characters’ chemistry and I loved every minute of this book. The blurb tells enough and I don’t want to spoil anything but I was pleasantly surprised as I found the story better than I anticipated from the blurb.
The characterizations are spot on, the characters complements each other and none of them feel weak or submissive, each of them holding their own in the face of danger. I really liked the chemistry between Neil, Malachai, and Malachai’s friend Merc. I would have liked to have gotten to know more about Neil’s childhood and about his father though.
The world-building is good, we’re teased with only the needed information, creating a curiousity to know more which in no doubt is coming in the future books of this series.
This was a captivating and entertaining read with intriguing characters, and I can’t wait for the second book to be released.