11.17.2010 | Wednesday

The Demon Kiss

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The Demon Kisstitle: The Demon Kiss
author: Lacey Weatherford
series: Of Witches and Warlocks #2
published: 5 December 2013
publisher: Moonstruck Media
genre(s): fantasy, romance
pages: 254
source: bought
format: eBook
buy/shelve it: Amazon | B&N | BookBub | Goodreads

rating: five-stars | series rating: five-stars

the blurb

Can someone else's past come back to bite you?

After being drained of nearly all the blood in her body, novice witch, Portia Mullins, wakes up to find that her warlock boyfriend, Vance Mangum, has fled in search of his demon father. Determined to keep him from facing the evil alone Portia follows after him, unknowingly setting herself on the path of a new adventure that will take her, Vance, and their coven over international borders, into a foreign place where they will discover that the black magic which awaits them is far worse than they ever imagined. Portia finds herself tangled up in a web of lies and deceit in another's quest for demonic power in the excitingly romantic second paranormal novel in the Of Witches and Warlocks Series, The Demon Kiss.

my review

After leaving you with an enormous cliffhanger, this installment of the Of Witches and Warlocks series opens with equal dramatic flair.  Portia, almost dying in her attempt to save Vance’s life, awakens to discover that Vance has gone.  In his desire to keep her safe, he has left her to search for his father and to face him alone.  She refuses to allow him to face this evil alone, however.  Portia, her best friend Shelley, who had her own recent brush with Vance’s evil family, and Shelley’s boyfriend Brad track him down and eventually Vance realizes he is stronger with Portia than without her.  The entire coven is drawn into the increasingly dangerous mission to save Vance and destroy the demon coven over which his father rules.

From the very beginning, I was drawn right back into the story of Portia and Vance.  Portia’s pain at the beginning, both physically and emotionally, was so tangible that you felt for her.  Brad and Shelly were far more in the forefront of the story this time, which I really enjoyed.  Their skepticism and then excitement at learning about the existence of magic was endearing.  I loved that they not only didn’t judge their friends for their differences, but accepted and embraced it and supported Portia and Vance in every way.  Vance’s apparent overprotection and Portia’s meekness drove me crazy to the point that I cheered out loud when she finally exploded, which earned me odd looks from my sick 9yo!  But that is the mark of superior storytelling, involving your reader to the point that they are that fully invested emotionally.  And I was definately invested!

my recommendation

The story was as action-packed as the first in the series, and just as engrossing.  And once again, Lacey Weatherford was the Queen of the Cliffhanger!  She gets to that edge, and just stops, leaving you wanting MORE, somehow without allowing the reader to feel unsatisfied.  A-MA-ZING!

About Lacey Weatherford

Lacey Weatherford was born in Ft. Meade Maryland while her father was serving in the military. She has been a life long resident of Arizona, spending most of her time growing up in the small rural town of Clay Springs.

It was while she was attending the small country school in Clay Springs, that she read her first “big” book at the age of eight. It was a Nancy Drew novel and Lacey was instantly hooked. She read every book that she could find in the series and decided that she wanted to write stories too.

Lacey spent a lot of time at the library from that time forward, even volunteering in her later teen years and early twenties. She would don a crazy clown outfit for the Friends of the Library fundraisers in an effort to help get the new town library built.

When she and her husband moved away from the area, Lacey took the opportunity to take some creative writing classes at the local college to help further along her interests. Several years later, they were blessed with the opportunity to move back to Clay Springs with their family. The town had finally succeeded in building their library and Lacey had the opportunity to be President of the Friends of the Library for a very short time, before relocating.

Lacey and her family still live in the White Mountains of Arizona, where she continues to write young adult novels that have a fantasy/fairytale or paranormal bent to them, as well as being sure to include a great romantic storyline!

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