Demon Hunting with a Sexy Ex (Demon Hunting #5)
by Lexi George
Read: 16th – 24th September 2017
My Goodreads Rating: 2 Stars (It’s OK)
So, before we get into what I thought about this book, I want you to know that I was lucky enough to be given a digital version of this book for free from the publisher (Kensington Books) after making a request via Netgally.com in exchange for an honest review. The publication date was 19th September 2017.
Thanks for the advance copy.
…So what’s this book about?
Demon Hunting with a Sexy Ex is a paranormal romance with more than one storyline running throughout but with a HEA (Happily Ever After) conclusion for our romantic couple – Lexi George is known to hate sad endings – and is book five in her popular Demon Hunting series. It is set in our modern world in the US town of Hannah, Alabama and features inter-dimensional demon hunters, shape-shifters, magic wielders and humans.
In my opinion, Demon Hunting with a Sexy Ex should not be read as a standalone story; yes, the romance between our two main characters has a HEA ending, however, this story also features many characters from previous books, references to past adventures and a couple of ongoing plot-lines. Although, Ms George tries to ensure her new readers aren’t lost by weaving pertinent information into this story, as with most long standing series, I sometimes felt a bit confused, I missed the nuances of experiencing those past adventures, of knowing the characters and their relationships to each other because I was jumping in cold.
Now, as my regular followers will know, I never post spoilers or reveal any plot twists in my reviews, so here’s the book’s official blurb:
Southern-fried demons. Hell-raising rednecks. And one killer ex-boyfriend…
This witch is on fire
Cassandra Ferguson McKenna, aka the Witch of Devil River, has only one thing to say to her demon-hunting ex: We are never ever getting back together. Sure, Duncan Dalvhani may be the hottest thing this side of the Mason-Dixon line. He’s got a body to die for—which is hard to ignore when he skinny dips in her river every day—and swears he loves her. But as a demon hunter, Duncan is the sworn enemy of a demonoid sorceress like Cassandra. Give him another chance to break her heart? Witch, please. But when Cassandra is attacked by a werewolf, Duncan not only comes to her rescue, he helps her take on a band of magic-drunk moonshiners, fire-breathing demons, shifty shapeshifters, and a pet Sasquatch named Sugar. Welcome to Alabama. But when a portal opens up for even more hellaciousness, Cassandra has to admit that Duncan is slowly opening her heart—to a whole new world of unearthly delights…
So, what did I like about it?
Demon Hunting with a Sexy Ex is the first book that I’ve read by Ms George and I liked the fact that she populated her world with a host of original supernatural beings. There are two castes of inter-dimensional demon hunters who are tasked with stopping rogue demons called ‘djegrali’; the male brotherhood is the Dalvhani warriors and the female sisterhood is the Kirvhani warriors. The usually purple eyed demonoid species such as witches, shape shifters (but not werewolves) are collectively known as the ‘Kith’ and common or garden humans are referred as ‘norms’. Sylphs, satyrs, piskies, centaurs, imps, fairies and a few gods also make an appearance along the way too.
I must be honest and say that although I understood where Duncan was coming from and grew to like Cassie eventually – she does have a kind heart and isn’t one of those wait to be rescued damsels – I got tired with her constant pushing away from Duncan which meant that I never really connected with her character like I wanted to. I don’t think it helped the ‘romance’ aspect of this book that most of the story had Duncan and Cassie apart. However, it was shifter Evan Beck and Kirvhani warrior Taryn that stole my heart for me; such wonderful characters. I absolutely loved Evan’s quick wit, banter and self-deprecating hang-ups, I connected to him almost immediately and I loved his secret longing for the demon-huntress; I looked forward to the scenes that he was in.
…So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?
Ok, so here’s where I have to be honest.
I was a little confused throughout this story; I do wonder if there was just too much going on. The main storyline is focused on Cassie and Duncan trying to sort through their relationship – it is a paranormal romance after all – but then Ms George throws in Cassie’s magic acting a little off, the discovery of a new supernatural, crazy werewolves, characters falling ill, demonic attacks, searching for a rogue demon, new blossoming romances and an animated statue. *phew* That is a lot of plot lines for one book! Demon Hunting with a Sexy Ex is the fifth novel in the series and I haven’t read any of the others and although I was able to figure out who was who and eventually what the characters referred to, I’ve got to be honest, it did take a while.
And finally, there is a real mix of prose in this story, not only in the context of what the characters say and how they say it but also in the writing style used to describe scenes; Ms George flipped from modern to old-fashioned terminology frequently. It wasn’t until I found out that Duncan is an inter-dimensional being who uses an interpreter in his head called a “Provider” that I understood why he used such formal speech patterns. Our heroine, Cassie was more of a contradiction as her dialogue, both internally and externally, seemed to switch from antiquated to modern. Then there was the heavy local Alabama dialect and colloquialisms; I am quite well read and intelligent enough, however, some of the descriptions, similes, conversations and phrases used throughout this story were completely lost on me, especially when reading the Skinners Alabaman red neck dialogue.
…So, basically what I’m saying is…
I thought that this story was Ok verging on good; I received it as an ARC from the publisher however, as it’s the first story that I’ve read from this series, I do think that my enjoyment of this book was effected by my lack of prior knowledge.
This story covers a host of subjects; the death of children, death by magic, how the decisions we make may have ripple effects on us and those around us and the bond between family/friends both positive and negative. The book does have scenes of detailed gore, blood, fighting and sex scenes but I feel that it’s the main storyline of second chance love and the lengths we go to for those we love comes that shines through for me. I am sure that fans of this series will really enjoy this book.
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