ARC Review: A Demon Does it Better by Linda Wisdom

Posted December 9, 2011 by Carmel in / 3 Comments

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Title: A Demon Does it Better
Series: Demons #2
Author: Linda Wisdom
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Format: Galley, 384 pages
Published: January 1st, 2012
My Copy: NetGalley
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Bestselling author Linda Wisdom, with 13 million category romances sold, is working to build her single title audience with the hottest new area of the romance category– sexy demon heroes.

Lovely witch Lili Carter takes a job at a paranormal hospital where patients have been disappearing. There she encounters Jared, a dangerously sexy demon on a mission that gets Lili into a world of trouble. Lili can’t avoid Jared for long and soon they find themselves creating a whole new kind of magick…

I adored Maggie’s in-your-face personality in Demons are a Girl’s Best Friend and expected there to be another similar kick ass character in this second installment. Regrettably, Lili didn’t quite live up to my expectations. The first book was action packed while as this one is all about the romance and the main protagonist is a healer instead of a fighter. Two very different stories. I found A Demon Does it Better to be a bit of a letdown after such a solid kickoff to this new series in volume one. It was an enjoyable read nonetheless but it just wasn’t what I had envisioned.

I liked unraveling the mystery surrounding patient 1172 a.k.a. Jared. He’s a demon who’s been locked-up in an asylum and the head doctor claims that he’s extremely dangerous. Lili is skeptical about her superior’s prognosis and opts to dig into the issue until she discovers the truth. Which turns out to be way more than she bargained for! I’m not going to lie, in the beginning I thought that Jared was deceiving the lovely Dr Carter. I kept expecting him to show his cards but it didn’t happen. He’s actually a good demon. Go figure! My suspicions stopped me from going gaga over the leading hunk until later on in the story. I think this is one of the reasons why I didn’t enjoy this book as much as its predecessor. The lack of a swoon worthy male from the get-go caused me to want more action out of this read than what Linda had planned to deliver. I suppose that it’s my own fault for refusing to give Jared the benefit of the doubt but what can ya do?

Oddly enough, it was one of the side characters that ended up being my favorite and the same thing happened in Demons are a Girl’s Best Friend. Wisdom has a knack for creating awesome sidekicks! In this case I couldn’t get enough of Cleo who turns out to be Queen Cleopatra herself but in a cat’s body! It’s immediately apparent that this feline is used to getting her own way but when she argues with Lili over things like Fancy Feast it became impossible for me to suppress my chuckles. Despite Cleo’s finicky temperament, she proves to be a very useful resource for Lili whenever mysterious magic problems arise. She might be furry but she’s older than dirt and knows her stuff!

All this to say that I enjoyed A Demon Does it Better quite a bit. I think I sabotaged myself on this one; if I hadn’t doubted Jared’s character nor expected Urban Fantasy quality action out of a Paranormal Romance I would have a higher opinion of this book. Sorry Linda! I accept the blame on this one. Wisdom even uses the book’s title as a catch phrase a few times which I found very clever! A Demon Does it Better is a sassy, sizzling read with an adorable kitty sidekick who adds plenty of giggles to this romantic tale. No news on the next installment yet but regardless, it’s going on my wishlist!

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3 responses to “ARC Review: A Demon Does it Better by Linda Wisdom

  1. Liz

    I love Linda Wisdom, so this is still on my TBR. Have you read the Jazz Tremaine series? I seriously loved those books, although I still have to finish the series. The first couple were fantastic 🙂