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Deceptions (Demonkin) (Volume 2) Paperback – October 21, 2014
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About the Author
Born the son of a fire chief, Sean naturally developed a love of playing with fire. His family and friends quickly found other outlets for his destructive creativity. Writing is his latest endeavor. Always a fan of the macabre, mythical, and magical, Sean found a love of urban fantasy and horror. After writing several novels in this genre, he found, fell in love with, and immersed himself in steampunk. He has always wanted to rewrite history and steampunk gave him that opportunity. Sean currently lives in Florida as a fiber-optic engineer as well as an author. He was blessed with the two most amazing children he could ever hope for, has met the absolute love of his life, who coincidentally is his partner in everything. His hobbies include grand designs on world domination as well as a starring role in his own television sitcom. Connect with Sean: [Webpage][Twitter][Facebook][Goodreads]
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Author: Sean Hayden
Publisher: Echelon Press Publishing
Reviewed by Michele Tater for the Couch Tater Review
"I hate the man who is double-mined, kind in words, but a foe in his conduct." ~Palladas
She's back...Ashlyn that is. Everyone's favorite FBI agent, well it should be everyone's favorite. Her assignment this time is to act as a body guard to a vampire who just happens to be the Governor of California who also happens to be a vampire. In California what can happen, does happen. Protecting someone who seems to have a huge target on his forehead is no easy task on your body or your wardrobe. For Ashlyn it is all in a day work. However strange things are happening to the vampire leaders in the area. It is just a coincidence or is someone out to get rid of them for personal gain? Why does Ashlyn always have to be in the middle of everything? Can she survive again or is this fight just to much for a young vampire/demon to bare? Questions only answered if you read the book!
Finally, we are graced with another book about Ashlyn and her now adventures of vampire sitting. She really is growing into her person in her professional life as well as her personal life. Yes, she develops a "life" which causes her great joys and more troubles. I really like this character, if you haven't already guessed. She has a sense of humor, that keeps me laughing, along with a streak of either bravery or stubbornness that usually gets her into some major trouble. Never a dull moment with this series. FYI you learn more about Ashlyn's father, interesting. I can't say enough about this author--when he puts his stories to print he never disappoints. There I said it, now Mr. Hayden, get back to writing book number three, please.
Deceptions picks up where Origins left off and Ash and her partner, Thompson, are being sent to California to protect the new Governor. A Vampire. Someone is trying to kill him and the Department of Homeland Security believes that it is another vampire. While you would think that the vampire community would be pleased with one of their own being elected to such a high office, this isn't the case. Vampires have rules and it seems the Governor has stepped on a lot of toes.
Ashlyn, not knowing many of the vampire rules herself, manages to break a lot of them as well. As her list of enemies climbs, so does the casualty rate. It becomes clear that someone has an agenda and not only is killing the governor on the list, but so is killing Ashlyn. The surprise twist at the end that reveals who is behind the attacks took me by surprise.
Sean Hayden stepps this book up a notch, adding a little spice to the story. Ashlyn explores her sexuality and some of the scenes are a bit steamy.
I have heard that he is working on a 3rd incarnation and the ending sets it up to be a wild ride. I can hardly wait. Highly recommend this. A must read.
Ash is a great lead character with a strong personality and attitude, well understandable considering her father is a demon and she inherited some of his 'traits'. She stands by her sense of right and wrong during the course of her job as Vampire Agent for the FBI, which can lead her into some troublesome scenarios.
Unlike some stories in this genre, Deceptions contains just the right mix of danger, demons and devious antics in it's characters. The story line is well thought out and sucks you in. The plot twists and turns keeping you guessing all the way through to the end.
If you like books that you can get lost in, that you MUST keep reading til you find out how it all turns out, then you have to read both Origins and Deceptions. I'm trying to be patient for the next book in the series!
Ashyn is a vampire (you think) and turns out to be much more. I loved the quirkyness of the character. When she uses her fingernail/talon to cut out the glass in the observation window, it was priceless. I can't wait to see where the author takes us on her next adventure. The book had unexpected plot twist and if you read as much as I do that is always a delight. The main character is a sexual being without being over-sexed and that is a unusual in this particular genre. Another issue that I am happy to say that I did not encounter in this book, is the author getting things wrong in the story-line. It bothers me when I see obvious inconsistencies in a book.
I really can't wait to read even more of Sean Hayden's novels. Well done.