I love Larissa Ione’s Demonica world. Just bad people who have some morals, but hide them pretty good. Zhubaal took the dive from angel to fallen angel when the love of his life had her wings taken away from her when she committed treason. Finding her was another matter since she died and her soul was placed in waiting to be reborn. Only no one knows where she was reborn too. So for a very long time Zhubaal has worked for Grim Reaper while continuing his search for the woman he loves.
The story starts off with Vex absorbing a demon soul. It’s her power or gift however you want to look at it. But no one is buying souls any more since the new guy took over Sheoul. The Grim Reaper seems to be the only one who can help, but the latest demon doesn’t want to leave the host they have taken over.
Wham! Zhubaal feels such a pull to Vex and Vex to Zhubbal. Z isn’t quite so sure Vex has the soul of the woman he loves because they have nothing in common. He just can’t explain the attraction he feels towards Vex and feels like he is betraying the one he loves. Vex doesn’t feel like the woman Z lost, but her own woman. She enjoys sex and has had multiple partners, comfortable in her own sexuality.
The short story is about loving the essence of a person, but taking who they are, not who their were. Loving the person not the memories of what was in the past. Having a hero be a virgin waiting for his one true love was ultra sexy, but also having that same male eat a little crow over the fact that Vex isn’t so lily white.
The one liners abound and I can’t wait to see what the future holds. I read somewhere that this series might jump ahead 25 years to get the children of the Horsemen’s stories. I can’t wait if that is true. I have loved this little alternate stories we have gotten lately, but damn I want a full length novel in this world!
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