October 28, 2008
Her brief encounter with the demon hunter Ryder changed Angelique’s life in
myriad ways. Her escapade with him once before opened her eyes to the existence
of demons in this world, and the special danger those evil creatures pose to her
and her twin sister. That’s why she took the infamous black diamond months
ago. She couldn’t very well leave it behind when Ryder and his team
disappeared, not knowing if it would be retrieved by his people or by the demons
who would use it to destroy the world. And if the diamond can be used to harm
her sister, then she must protect it at all costs.
Now Ryder has caught up with her, determined to retrieve the black diamond from
her and willing to use any means to achieve his aim. He isn’t sure if her
reasons for taking the diamond were altruistic or nefarious, but that doesn’t
matter. The only thing that does matter is securing the diamond, thereby
protecting mankind from the destruction it would bring in the hands of their
As Ryder and Angelique work together to elude the demons on Angelique’s trail,
they find it more and more difficult to keep their minds on the task at hand as
the attraction between them threatens to consume them both…
When I first heard of Jaci Burton’s DEMON HUNTERS books, I thought
they sounded right up my alley. The blend of sexy romance with a paranormal
theme boasting plenty of action-adventure in the mix is just the kind of story I
crave. I bought both of the first books in this saga months before I was able
to read them, and then promptly kicked myself for not having read them much
sooner. They are that good.
So far, this series is made up of three books that each have their own
storylines while also continuing a major storyline that is continued throughout
each book, with a few more clues revealed in each. The result is a highly
addictive series that never fails to satisfy with each book’s ending, but still
leaves you panting with anticipation for the next tale in this compelling world.
We saw the chemistry between Angelique and Ryder in book two, HUNTING THE
DEMON, which had just enough tease between this couple to leave us sure
they would end up together, but dizzy with the speculation on just how they
would find their own happy ending in THE DARKEST TOUCH.
See, trust wasn’t real big between these two, partly due to the way they met,
and of course partly because of these characters’ pasts.
But their relationship is inevitable, and deep inside, it is clear that both of
them recognize their feelings for each other, even while they believe those
feelings may not be in their best interest. So they fight it. Unsuccessfully,
of course, but that is what makes for a gripping romance, right? Well, that and
the blazing hot sex strewn throughout the story… *grin*
While on the run together, the close proximity combined with an already
smoldering attraction acts like a match tossed on a pile of kindling. The
resulting passion is downright combustible, and Jaci Burton knows how to do
combustible passion VERY well, much to readers’ decadent delight.
Angelique’s twin sister figures greatly in this story, and their sisterly
relationship is as important to the plot as the romantic relationship Ryder and
Angelique share. The twin, Isabelle, gets a lot of ‘screen time’ in this book,
and has her own storyline that runs alongside Angelique’s, albeit as a smaller
subplot. That subplot deftly sets up the next book in the DEMON HUNTERS
saga while it also gives us much insight to Angelique’s history and her
personality, yet it never overshadows our star couple. Indeed, I think it would
have been odd to not have Isabelle’s story so closely entwined with Angelique’s,
given their relationship, and I expect we’ll see Angelique play as large a role
in the next book as Isabelle did in this one. That’s my own supposition, of
course, and I could be mistaken, but that is the feeling I’m left with having
read THE DARKEST TOUCH.
As the story concludes, we have a more than satisfying ending for Ryder and
Angelique, even as we are left with somewhat of a cliffhanger for the next book
in this series that is guaranteed to have fans rushing to purchase the next
DEMON HUNTER book eager to see what happens next!
THE DARKEST TOUCH is a brilliant addition to this saga that cannot
be missed by fans of erotic paranormal romance!
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