Friday, June 8, 2012

The Demon He Knows by R.A. Vaughn

Title: The Demon He Knows
Author: R. A . Vaughn
My Rating: B

Genre: Paranormal Romance (m/m)
Series: -
Main Characters: Zavier and Ryan
Release Date: April 2011
ISBN: e-book
Publisher: Lyrical Press
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.

Story Overview:
He'll do anything to protect the man he loves...even sacrifice himself.

Fifty years ago, Zavier became a Collections Demon in order to save his lover's life. He hates his job, but once you make a deal with Corporate South, there's no backing out. Answering a routine summons, he never expects to come face to face with his reincarnated lover.

Ryan Monroe is a desperate man searching for a way to save his dying sister. His attempt at summoning a soul collection demon to exchange his soul for his sister's life finds him face to face with Zavier.For the first time in years, Zavier's life has purpose. Despite his employer's disapproval, Zavier intends to rebuild his relationship with Ryan. Corporate South has other plans. 

Can Zavier and Ryan find a way to break free of Corporate South and beat death?

Warning, this book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Male/male sexual practices.

My Review:
This was an interesting story and completely creative. 50 years ago, Zavier and Ryan were lovers. Ryan found out he was dying from a brain tumor, so Zavier sold his soul to save Ryan's life. Now Ryan's been recreated and is trying to do the same thing to save his sister's life. The catch....the demon he's selling his soul to is Zavier. Zavier doesn't remember his former life besides tiny snippets, until he meets the reincarnated Ryan and all his memories come flooding back. 

These are two guys who are so incredibly good and selfless. Both of them have given up their lives to save another. And that's before you even talk about their love for each other, which has managed to surpass the edicts of Hell (i.e. Corporate South). I like that Zavier has never settled into his job even though he's been doing it for 50 years. He's always been a troublemaker especially when it comes to his contracts from people who have pure motivations. Even when he's not trying to, his innate goodness shines through.

There are some neat details to this book that make it really fun to read. The whole Corporate South and Corporate North idea was fabulous. There are many who are on the corporate treadmill who probably would agree with this analogy. I also really liked that Zavier's closest friend is an angel, even though he's a demon. I feel like that's saying something right there.

This is a great fun little novella. I found it highly entertaining and most definitely enjoyed reading it.

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