Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Demon Restrained by Kelly Apple

Title: Demon Restrained
Author: Kelly Apple
My Rating: A

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: The Demonkind Collective #1
Main Characters: Bas and Evie
Release Date: September 2013
Publisher: -
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Bas wants out.

Held captive by a crazed Alpha, demon Bastael hates all those he’s come across on the mortal plane. When a damaged werewolf falls into his path, he’s determined to use her and find a way to escape.

Evie wants to be safe.

Abused by her Pack and afraid for her life, Evie hides in the dark corners of the basement. The demon that’s already down there? He’s better than the Alpha upstairs.

But neither of them expects the connection that sets them both on fire.

With the Alpha’s lust for power escalating, Bas and Evie will have to find a way to break free or die trying.

Warning: This book contains one cocky demon and one werewolf who’s stronger than she looks. That’s right, folks… If the basement is a rockin’, don’t come a knockin’!

My Review:
I know that this is supposed to be Kelly Apple's debut novel, but there's no way. Kelly Apple has to be a cover pseudonym for a writer who's been doing this for thirty books already because this book was amazing. I've been in the middle of editing which usually makes it impossible to read other books because I see all the flaws, BUT I saw only one teeny, tiny flaw in the entire book. She used a single instance of passive voice...once...gasp. This is unheard of for a newbie writer and makes me feel so unworthy to even call myself a writer.

And that's before we even get to the story...OMG, this book was so good. Bas is a demon who's been caught by an werewolf Alpha who's taking great joy in torturing him and he and plans to harness Bas's power. So far, Bas has not been able to break through the magic of his prison and as he becomes weaker, the odds of him dying are becoming much higher. He needs fresh blood to escape.

Then Evie begins to visit him. She's different. He can't sense her the way that he can others. She's meek and quiet and simply a mouse of a werewolf, but she continues to visit him and bring him food and water. And it's food and water that she really needs for herself as she's obviously been abused and neglected. Over the weeks, they form a bond...a weak one, but it's a bond nonetheless. And this is saying a lot because Bas is a demon...he doesn't bond/care about others. He uses them, but finds that he just can't do that to Evie. 

The book is so good as you watch the friendship between Evie and Bas develop. It's so gorgeous and tenuous and beautiful in the fact that there's no way there can be a future between them. And though neither of them should have the hope of that, Bas does...a glimmer of a hope. It worked so well for this book. Evie is this tiny slip of a girl who's learned how to hide in the shadows of the world and she manages to completely emotionally blindside this big, fierce demon. The book was hot and romantic and so utterly heartwarming. I loved it and am in true awe of Kelly's writing skill. 

Read won't regret it. And, even better, it's the start of a new series and book #2 sounds to be just as good, if not better, than the first was, but this time we get to visit into the demon realm. I cannot wait!!!

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