Type: Paranormal Romance
My Copy: Sent
The warrior and the wallflower . . .
Shy, self-conscious Evie Douglass tries to stay under the radar, especially when her nemesis Meredith Peterson, aka The Death Starr, is anywhere around. Meredith and her bitch posse of skinny girlfriends have tormented Evie since the seventh grade, calling her names like The Whale and Thunder Thighs.
Evie tries to stay invisible, but that’s not an easy thing for a plus-sized gal to do in a small town like Hannah, Alabama. She finds it doubly hard to avoid Meredith’s wrath once she takes a job at the lumber mill. You see, Meredith’s husband is Evie’s new boss. Translation: more torture time for The Death Starr.
Evie thinks things couldn’t get much worse until the morning she finds Meredith’s bloody body sprawled across her desk. Typical Meredith, she gets herself dead mere days after a very public scene in which Meredith accuses Evie of having an affair with her husband. Worse, the murder weapon is found in Evie’s car.
Suddenly, Evie is the Number One suspect in a sensational murder case. But she’s got bigger problems. Hannah is infested with demons—soul sucking, body snatching creatures of evil—and, for some reason, they want Evie. The only thing standing between Evie and death or possible possession is a hunky blond demon slayer named Ansgar.
Ansgar is a Dalvahni warrior, a supernaturally gorgeous race whose sole purpose is to hunt down and capture rogue demons.
Evie could almost swear that Ansgar is interested in more than demons. He seems interested in her. Ridiculous, of course, because he’s sex on two legs and she’s…
Well, she’s Whaley Douglass.
To add to Evie’s troubles, Meredith doesn’t even have the decency to stay dead. She shows back up as a ghost and she’s more of a beyotch than ever. Meredith has deathnesia—she can’t remember who killed her—leaving Evie to solve the mystery herself, or go to jail for a murder she didn’t commit.
I don’t even know where to start with this review because I don’t know how to describe this book at all. I really enjoyed the book but it was so strikingly different then anything I have read that my mind is boggled with how to write this.
The way in which the book is wrote is something between present and historical. Evie being present day and Ansgar being a old world demon hunter. His speech has a old flavor to it but his attempt at modern speech/slang often leads to funny comments from him as he tries to acclimate.
I did not read the first book in the series, Demon Hunting In Dixie, but Evie and Ansgar played a vital role because by the time this book begins they have fallen in love and Ansgar has disappeared taking all his memories of them together with him after having to turn Evie who had been shot by an arrow to the chest. She has no memories of their time together though she feels an odd ache that she can’t explain. Reading the first book isn’t something you have to do, as evident from me.
When she is framed for the murder of her high school nemesis, Ansgar reappears in her life and woos her all over again in order to keep her safe. He was endearing in his fierce protectiveness of Evie, even when she didn’t know he was there. Ansgar is cunning, sexy and strong but his soft side with Evie was what really made me love him. He was thoughtful with her and went to great lengths to get her to see herself as he saw her.
Along with a whole crew of secondary characters, Ansgar’s brother and even a ghostie or two Evie sets out to prove her innocence. Filled with so much over the top snarkiness and witty comebacks I found myself constantly cracking up.
Meredith and her horrible self really spiced up the book for me. Her ghostly self didn’t seem to be much different then her human self and her horrible attitude brought a flavor to the book it would have been lacking otherwise. I loved when Evie finally stood up to the woman who made her entire life hell.
The interactions between characters are hilarious, well thought out and just….fun! I laughed through the entire book and with diddies like these, who can blame me?
“That Snippet feller called me a Chunky Monkey and asked me didn’t I want to eat his banana”
“One’s bad enough, but two? They’re like twin orgasms on legs.”
“He’s a catch and that’s for sure, although, I hear he has a little dick”
“Your poor husband must have scraped his pecker raw against that bony backbone of yours”
“She makes my butt wanna suck a lemon and spit the seeds”
The one complaint I have about the book has nothing to do with the author and more to do with the publishing house. The book spends a lot of time on Evie’s psyche. She was taunted as a child for being overweight or just not thin and that continued through adulthood because of Meredith and her cronies. Ansgar is continually telling her over and over again how beautiful her full figure is and how much he loves her personality as well as her hips and curves. Evie eventually begins to realize this and her self esteem begins the slow climb upwards towards exceptance of her self image. Then the publisher goes and put some skinny chick on the cover. WHAT?! The entire book is about her body image and self worth, lol, and then you shoot down the books message by placing the obligatory hot skinny chick on the cover? Not cool cover people…..not cool.
Demon Hunting In The Deep South is a light-hearted, fun read that is sure to bring a smile to your face! George has hooked me with this one and I will definitely be checking out her future books!
I give Demon Hunting In The Deep South by Lexi George 4.50 stars!