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Heart of the Demon (Warriors of the Rift, 3) Mass Market Paperback – February 26, 2013
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- Publisher : Forever; 0 edition (February 26, 2013)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0446585130
- ISBN-13 : 978-0446585132
- Item Weight : 6.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.25 x 1 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,071,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It was an interesting World, but that didn't prove to be enough. It did flow a bit better towards the end, but it seemed to take forever to get there. I give it an "OK" rating mainly because it had a HEA for the main characters.
Quick & Dirty: A good, fast paced storyline with some unique characters.
Opening Sentence: Zombies got a bad rap these days.
Can you truly fall in love with someone if you both are lying to each other? Well apparently Finn and Keira can. They spend most of Heart of the Demon deceiving each other about their true feelings and motivations. They have both been tasked (by different people) to infiltrate a group that is bent on sending many aliens to earth in order to take over human bodies with the intent to overwhelm the human population with supernatural aliens. Finn and Keira must keep their jobs a secret because they don't know who to trust and they most certainly do not want to be found out. Finn is a demon and Keira is a Fae and together they both have talents that this group can use to try and take over the world.
Heart of the Demon has a straightforward storyline, destroy the group while trying not to fall in love with each other. You know who the bad guy is, thankfully it is not obvious on how they will take him down or even how Finn and Keira will discover each other's secret. (The overwhelming obviousness was my problem with the last novel, Secret of the Wolf.)
Sparks flew when Finn and Keira met in Secret of the Wolf. A few months have passed since then and they have seen each other off and on, but after a hot but awkward sexual encounter they have been playing it cool. They both act like they don't want a lasting relationship when in fact they really do.
Finn is the ultimate bad boy. He wears black, leather and drives a motorcycle. He does whatever he wants and doesn't care about the consequences. He is also quite the ladies man, taking home whatever woman he wants to for the night, but after his encounter with Keira other women just don't do it for him anymore. Keira is the only woman on his mind and he wants her. He also worries about her safety after they join the group. Keira has been around for thousands of years and as someone who can con people very easily she has a hard time reading Finn's thoughts for her. Keira is a pushy woman and she has no problem asking the questions on her mind even if she can't get the answers she needs.
Finn and Keira truly offset the other. They both have a need for positive recognition. Finn just wants his dad to acknowledge him, anything for a "good job, son!" and Keira just wants someone to see her for herself and not the con woman that she used to be. She is tired of being used for other people's gains. I truly liked Keira and Finn. I just wished they had a hotter, burning relationship than what they had. Although the relationship that they had did work well with the storyline.
I still really liked the uniqueness of the storyline that this series offers. I'm not sure what the plans are for the future of the series but I wouldn't mind exploring more into someone who had just recently crossed over and has to deal with their new body. I think there may have been a set up for that at the end of Heart of the Demon.
Overall, I would recommend this to someone who likes the uniqueness of the world building but as plots go it is pretty standard fare.
FTC Advisory: Forever/Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group provided me with a copy of Heart of the Demon. No goody bags, sponsorships, "material connections," or bribes were exchanged for my review.
Oh the moral issues that abound.. The problem with sending over your criminals is well they are mostly just that criminals.. Once here they bond with a human and pretty much take over their body. Some actually go on to live decent Earth law abiding lives (well as much as a preternatural being can) others don't. Consequently, rules need to be created and enforced.. And Cynthia Garner comes up with the perfect individuals to do so.. The Warriors of the Mist.
Finn Evnissyen, has spent his life trying to please his father ( Of course when one's father is Lucifer himself it makes it rather difficult to form any attachments. ), well that and enforcing the Demons that cross the line. All he really wants is to have control over his own life. After several thousand years, he's really not that Bad Boy, he used to be. After being promised his freedom to live his life as he chooses, He accepts one last job. Of course that job entails going undercover with a group of whackos that want to take over the world and destroy humanity isn't all that much fun. When sexy Fey, Keira O'Brien shows up life gets just a little bit more interesting.
Keira O'Brien, grifter extraordinaire.. Keria came over three thousand years previously.. a woman always on the con but she was bonded with an Irish queen, one who actually did want what was best for her people and her goodness made Keira want to change. Over the years she had done all she could to be a better person, until one relapse set her up for blackmail. Having her very self held accountable to a prominent member of the Council, Kiera has no choice but to go under cover in a cult that wants to take over the world. Told to trust no one, Kiera is devastated when Finn Evnissyen shows up. The one man/demon who really sets her on fire.
Both of these characters walk a fine line. Trying to dig up all the information they can on this group before the next rift and having to do some pretty nasty stuff to prove their loyalty. Both Kiera and Finn do a wicked little dance to keep the other one close and yet far enough away to protect the job. Both of them want the same thing and yet neither knows who they can trust.
At times, this story got a little confusing but I think reading the first two books in this series would help clear that up. Sometimes knowing the background of a character can help. It took me until about half way through to really get caught up in this story but once I did, I enjoyed it. Both Kiera and Finn are wonderful characters that just want to live their own lives.. both have interesting pasts that they have grown from and yet retain their wickedness.. Their story works well and they manage to create a sensual wrap over themselves that carries into the main story and yet keeps their bidding love separate..
This was a rather in depth read and if you are looking for a piece of fluff, look elsewhere but if you want a well written, well thought out, enjoyable read.. check it out.
This review is based on the ARC of Heart of the Demon provided by netgalley