Afternoon Delight: The Demon Lord by Paula Altenburg

Afternoon Delight: The Demon Lord by Paula AltenburgThe Demon Lord by Paula Altenburg

Genres: Dystopian Romance, Paranormal Romance
Published by Entangled Edge on April 28, 2014
Pages: 48
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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three-half-stars  

I really enjoy the Demon Outlaw series and I love that the author wrote the prequel story of the events that set the first book’s story in motion.

This one does chronologically fall before the first book, but for it to make sense and feel like it’s part of the whole, I’d recommend reading it after book one at least.  It’s a table setter and not really something that feels self-contained though it leaves things on an ominous happy for now note.

It’s a quick one and quite simply tells the story of a goddess, Allia, and the Demon Lord she set out to entrap to stop the demons’ further destruction of the human world.  Allia and the Demon Lord know from their first touch that they are meant to be.  Both tentatively reach out and relish their secret times together.  It is forbidden love and cannot stay hidden forever.  A betrayer waits for the chance to destroy what is good for nefarious purposes.

As I said, this is a table setter for what comes after and definitely a fan pleaser for those of us who wanted to know more about those who played strong roles in setting stuff in book one in motion.  It has a short description to get the reader up to speed about the backdrop and players and then there are a few passionate interludes leading to the crisis.  Because of the brevity, I wasn’t as deeply engrossed in the story as I have been with the longer novels of the series.  Still, it was good to get this important part of the series story.  Personally, I found the Demon Lord one of the most engaging characters in the first book. Things in book one make better sense now so I would definitely recommend it to fans of the series.

My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read this one in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • I’ve not tried her yet but again…adding it to the wishlist. lol I like those table setters (great call on that) now and again. Nice addition to a series you’re enjoying 🙂

    • I’d like to brag and say that I found this series, but it really found me when the author asked for a review of book one. Loved it and I’ve been hooked ever since.

      • ::snort:: I think you can totally still claim that one. lol

        • Okay, I don’t need much persuading. And hey…did you catch that the cover for this one and His Wicked Smile are the same cover? I laughed so hard when I saw the model in the same pose for both just with stuff photoshopped around it to make it look different.

          • I did! It’s so funny that that happens. There’s this one cover that I’ve seen like 6 times now. Exact same photo. ::snort:: Now. It’s a hot photo. But dang!

            • I know what you mean. I’ve seen GR Lists for all the books that share the same cover. Hilarious and yeah…overkill even if it has pop.

  • I’ve been looking for a good demon series to try…might have to try this one out.

    • I’ve enjoyed the Wild West-style dystopian setting and that the bad guys are big bad demons along with the average human villains. It’s quite a blend.

      • that is a good combo. I like when there is a good mix of things going on in a book, makes the read so much better 😉

        • Yep, there is so much going on in the first book that I got confused at times and had to backtrack particularly at the end when new stuff kept getting thrown at me right and left, but I did fine after that.

          • ah man…that annoys me sometimes because I hate to go back, lols. but glad it worked out.

            • It wasn’t too bad, but I hate not understanding how everything fits together even stuff that isn’t the main focus. This one here actually clears up some of that so I was really glad to read it.