A Demon's Witch

Tena Stetler
A Demon's Witch
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The Wild Rose Press
Release Date
September 2015
Book 1 of Demon's Witch Series
Paranormal Romance

Keeping a lid on all the paranormal beings inhabiting Washington D.C., is a daunting job. Bruce, a six hundred year old demon and the Territory Overlord of the Western Hemisphere, keeps his finger on the pulse of DC's power players through the activities at his highly successful Wycked Hair Salon. His movie star good looks and body builder physique keeps his dance card full and the rumor mills running. Within these walls, his anonymity is safe, mostly.
Bruce's world spins out of control when Angelique, a pint size, gorgeous witch, with an attitude breezes through the doors of his salon. She is the younger sister of Tristian, Bruce's long time trusted enforcer, whose professional skills are second to none. Tristian is furious at the relationship between Bruce and Angelique, a dangerous situation. The undeniable attraction between demon and witch promises to tear apart both their professional and personal worlds.

Book Review by LiaL (reviewer)
Dec 14, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
234 people found the following review helpful
Are all demons bad? Angelique is a witch who finds one demon in particular just delicious. Everyone warns her to avoid him but that makes him all the more attractive. Can a witch and a demon find happiness together?

Angie has been very protected by her older brother, Tristan, since their parents died. She wants some independence and to have some fun. Angie set up a new business with her best friend Willow in Washington, DC. While passing out fliers to a neighboring salon, she sees the owner Bruce and starts a little flirtation. She learns later he is a 600 year-old demon and the Territory Overlord of the Western Hemisphere, and witches and demons are not supposed to be together. He is a little resistant to her charms but not for long.

Bruce has been looking for his mate for centuries and now that he has located her, he is determined to have her. Even threats from his top enforcer (her brother) don't faze him from his pursuit. With another demon also on the attack, Bruce will work hard to do everything he can to protect his new relationship.

Angie is a young witch who is quite powerful and is still learning about all her abilities. When we first meet her, she is very flirty and fun. She transitions a little as the relationship between her and Bruce develops. I had hoped she would continue to be that naughty kind of woman but she becomes more prim and proper as the relationship progresses. Angie has very definite ideas about how she wants their relationship to develop and is good at resisting him.

Bruce is a demon who has spent centuries enjoying all kinds of women. He has a tough job making sure that the paranormals are behaving and keeping their existence from humans. His cover is the he owns a very exclusive hair salon. Angie captures his attention right away but he hesitates to respond because she is the sister of one of his employees. As she continues to pursue the attraction, he realizes he has found his mate. He is very playful and loves sex. Bruce tells her often that demons have strong sex drives. He tries to convince Angie to explore her sexuality and have sex in public places. He is also very strong in his belief that he is responsible for protecting Angie from danger regardless of her thoughts on the matter. It rubs her the wrong way after all those years under her brother's protection.

The story is more focused on the romance than Bruce's work. The demon after them has a minor role and is more of a footnote to the story. Angie and Bruce have good chemistry and the author does not rush them into a sexual relationship. I enjoyed the flirtations the most and thought Bruce was a delight. He is very human and modern in his choices and he is honest and open about his love of sex and his past pursuits. His parents have a similar kind of relationship to Angie and Bruce, and are still very sexual after centuries together. It felt like you were seeing how they would be in the years to come watching his parents.

The story ends kind of abruptly, I think, due to the desire of the author to continue the story in later books. The author seems to have plans for a series of books about the characters and it appears her brother is the next to get his story told. I would have liked to see more closure for the couple and maybe an epilogue would have helped. I was left feeling like something was missing at the end of story. I did like the characters and think more stories featuring them would be interesting to read.

Angie and Bruce are not your usual kind of couple. As a demon and witch, they are not supposed to be together. The attraction is immediate and they don't intend to let anyone or anything get in their way. Their romance is flirty and fun and well crafted. Bruce is a very modern kind of demon and is used to being in charge. Angie is tired of being protected so there are some challenges they have to work through. The ending leaves room for more stories to be told about all the characters and it just left me feeling like there was a final piece of the story missing.

I did enjoy the story and would definitely be interested in reading more books by the author featuring this cast of paranormal characters. With witches, demons, angels, fairies, vampires and other paranormals as characters, there are many stories left to tell.
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Book Review by Nadene R (reviewer)
Dec 18, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
225 people found the following review helpful
When you hear the word demon, the one word that is likely to come to mind is evil. So why would anyone want to be romantically involved with one? I am sure that's the question Angelique's friends, family and acquaintances were asking when they discovered that she was acquainted with the dashing and debonair owner of the Wyked Hair Salon. They all tried to warn her that he was deadly and therefore off limits. Unfortunately, the more they warned her, the more she wanted to be with him. I guess it's true when they say that the forbidden fruit is the sweetest. Will she heed the warnings or will listen to the desires of her heart?

Angelique is a powerful witch. She is determined to prove to everyone, especially her brother, that she could take care of herself. She relocated to Washington, DC where she started a business with her best friend. In the process of promoting her business, she met Bruce. It was evident from their first encounter that there was an intense connection between them. A connection that they could not control. However, they would be faced with obstacles. One of these obstacles is her brother, Tristian, who was Bruce's right-hand man. In addition to this, it was against the rules of the paranormal realm for a witch and a demon to be together.

Bruce is a 600-year-old demon. He is the current Overlord of the western hemisphere. He is responsible for monitoring the activity of the paranormal beings living in his territory. In essence, he ensured that they did not reveal their identity to mortals. He was considered to be a ladies man, who was not capable of settling down. As such when showed interest in Angelique, he was warned against getting involved with her. However, when he discovered that she was his mate, he was not going to allow anything or anyone to prevent them from being together.

What I enjoyed about this story was its uniqueness. Readers are introduced to a world where a variety of paranormal beings co-exists among the human population. They have normal jobs and regular lives, making it easy for them to blend into the mortal world. In addition, their Overlord is a great hairstylist.

The characters were very dynamic. They demonstrated growth throughout the story. Angelique is stubborn and strong willed. However, for someone who was determined to prove that she could take care of herself, her behaviour was a bit immature. Bruce likes to be in control and he has a protective nature. It is his belief that he was responsible for his mate's protection at all times. However, this did not go down well with Angelique. I liked that they were able to come to a compromise which proved beneficial to them in the end.

The writing was good, but the way in which the story was handled was disappointing. The story focused mainly on the romance between Angelique and Bruce. It was stated that it was against the rules for a witch and a demon to mate. However, there was no evidence of this being addressed. It was evident that there was an enemy in the midst. This enemy was intent on getting revenge on Bruce and Tristian which would place Angelique in the middle. However, the attention given to this aspect of the story was minuscule. It was if the author placed it there as an afterthought. I personally believe that this aspect could have been better dealt with.

This story is for mature audiences as the situations were adult in nature. It was not too violent, but the love scenes leaned more to the steamy side.

To conclude, this was an average read for me. However, I would still recommend it to lovers of paranormal romance.
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