Review: Personal Demon (Laws of the Blood #6) by Susan Sizemore

September 29, 2012 Review 0 ★★★

Personal Demon

(Laws of Blood, #6)
by Susan Sizemore

Genre: Paranormal Romance |
Excerpt: No | Book Trailer: No
Reviewed by: Abigail | Source: Publisher

  • Reading level: Ages 18 and up
  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (September 25, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0425254720
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425254721

Rating

Good – A fun read with minor flaws. Maybe read an excerpt before buying.

Sexual Content

Sex scenes. References to rape. References to postmortem sexual mutilation.

Description

In a community kept hidden, the Enforcers are an elite group of vampires sworn to serve and protect their kind—and follow the Laws of the Blood… 

As one of Chicago’s vampire hunters, Ivy Bailey is responsible for keeping the city’s human residents safe—a job that becomes infinitely harder when someone starts committing gruesome acts of magical murder. But what Ivy doesn’t realize is that she is a hunter being hunted…

Vampire Enforcer Christopher Bell is in Chicago to investigate rumors of a revolution, but when he comes across Ivy being followed through dark streets, what he finds is a ghost from his past. Over a century ago, Christopher fought the vicious London serial killer Jack the Ripper—and won. But now, the Ripper’s tainted soul is back—on the hunt once more.

Ivy insists she doesn’t need protection—especially from a vampire Enforcer. But soon, Christopher finds himself in the middle of a fight between demons and mortals, watching over the frustrating woman who has managed to stir his undead heart….

Review

PERSONAL DEMON is difficult book to review.  Not because it’s bad, but because it’s so average on just about every level.  The characters are fine though not really memorable, the plot is descent though nothing that really captivates, and the romance was pretty standard without any real excitement.  There was never a scene that compelled me to keep reading, but there wasn’t anything that put me off either.  It’s the kind of book you read because there isn’t anything else around.  There were a couple revelations about Ivy that were moderately interesting as they had implications on the longevity of the romance, but I wish there had been more.

The villain has several chapters written from his point of view, which may disturb some readers as he briefly discusses what he does to his victims including sexual mutilation.  It’s not graphic, but it is there.  As a demonic Jack the Ripper, you can imagine.

Even though PERSONAL DEMON is the sixth book in the Laws of Blood series, it reads like a complete standalone.  I haven’t read the previous installments, so there may have been references to past books, but new readers won’t ever feel like they missed anything. All in all, it reminded me of a weaker Victoria Nelson novel, but if you enjoy sexier urban fantasy, you might like PERSONAL DEMON.


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