Being supernatural doesn’t make you invincible and it certainly doesn’t make you immune to emotional baggage.
On their annual three-month vacation from Hell, Commanders of Hell Azazel and Balthazar end up in a quiet village in the English countryside. The bickering siblings put themselves at odds when Balthazar decides he wants to end their demonic curse and become human by finding his demi-soul—the one who completes him. With their ancient history coming between them again, the two brothers cross paths with Kyla Marshall—a woman whose own past is steeped with horror.
Kyla finds something deep inside her resonating with the unstable duo. When her own festering rage and fury creeps to the surface, she finds herself on a one-way street to bloody revenge. Along the way, she discovers she has her own standing in the supernatural world, and such talents only make her thirst for justice greater.
By the time Azazel and Balthazar realise what’s going on, it’s too late and Kyla’s hands are already dirty. However, an unexpected enemy has been watching from the side-lines and is ready to take full advantage of Kyla’s uncontrollable power.
Can Lucifer’s best stop fighting with each other long enough to save the girl?
This is the first of CJ Laurence’s work that I’ve read. Until she was announced as a signing author at the #DarkerSideOfFiction2018 signing I had never actually heard of her. So, when I was offered the chance to read this for her I said yes.
The cover both appealed to me and intrigued me. The blurb also peaked my interest and made me decide to give it to read.
I like how CJ has put a short section entitled Reader Information, explaining the POV and use of the word magick not magic. It clarifies points which could cause some people issues.
Unleashing demons introduces us to Kyla; she’s the lead female. She’s feisty and has had a pretty rough past. I cannot imagine how she even begun to deal with what’s happened to her.
After an unfortunate accident involving a cigarette we meet Tom and Ben Worthington; or should I say Balthazar and Azazel. These two are Lucifer’s most trusted demons, they are here on their 12-week vacation, looking for women and/or trouble.
I found the characters to be incredibly engaging. They interact well together and grow as the plot unfolds. The more I read the more I begun to understand the feelings and thoughts of Kyla. She deals with a lot, I don’t think that a lesser character would have been able to deal with everything that is suddenly being thrown at her.
The overall story isn’t one of love, it’s one of revenge and in some ways self-discovery too.
This isn’t a book for the faint-hearted It has its share of violence and bloodshed. It’s also jam-packed with demons, witches, werewolves and even Lucifer himself makes an appearance.
CJ Laurence’s writing style has a natural feeling pace. The start is a little slow before building up as the action and events unravel before our very eyes!
I’m pleasantly surprised with what I have found within this book. I’m intrigued to know if we will see any more from Kyla in the future.
I’m now looking forward to reading more of CJ Laurence’s work!
If you love a darker, supernatural story and don’t mind some violence and bloodshed then I’d say give this story a chance.
✫.•° About The Author °•.✫
I’d love to say that writing has always been in my blood and I owe my strange imagination to a relative I barely knew, but as far as I know, I’m a one of a kind from my family (in more ways than one!!)
So what do I love to write about? Well, whatever takes my fancy to be quite honest. I’m not one to write for the market – I write for myself, what comes from the voices, sorry – muses, in my head, and what I think are unique twists in this repetitive world.
As a result, you can find me scattered across genres from steamy romance to dark fantasy and horror. My only hesitance at the moment is sci-fi but I’m sure I’ll tackle it some day!
Conspiracy theories, the supernatural, and the darker side of human nature fascinate me. I adore mythology and ancient history too, and also (only when I’m feeling intellectual) tend to dip my toes into quantum physics to better understand theories of the supposed impossible.
I am a thirty-something mother to an eleven year old boy, 3 cats, 20 fish, and 4 snakes.
This is a picture of moi with my long suffering partner, Steve. We’ve been together since 2009, so have weathered some storms but he’s always there to keep me grounded which is something I very much need!
I’ve been really naughty! I read that book when it first came out and I’m only now writing my review and its July!!
This book was an incredible read, it dark, twisted, emotional and erotic. The Devil You Know pushes the boundaries of your imagination, it reveals all the hidden corners in your mind, the places where your dark desires hide.
This story has created a world and characters that suck you in and keep you there. It also leaves you wanting; no needing; more. I reached the end, but I still didn’t feel ready to leave these characters behind.
This book has been written extremely well. Claire’s characters are so full of emotion and personality, each character shows that they are multi-layered and displays the many different traits depending on the situation they face.
These characters have definitely worked their way under my skin and they will continue to have a place in my heart long after the story ends!
✫.•° The Devil’s Plaything; Ceasefire Book #2 °•.✫
✫.•° Blurb °•.✫
Lust, sex, lies.
I fell in love.
l bled and broke for him.
I foolishly played his game and woke to find he’s not done with me yet.
He’s dead set on stripping everything I am bare.
I’m nothing but his plaything and he’s pulling my strings.
But things are going to be different.
I’m more than an assassin, a monster with a pretty face. I’m his undoing.
I will rise. Seek my revenge. Outwit his deviant schemes.
This time…I plan to win.
*This is a dark erotic paranormal romance and contains certain triggers some readers may not enjoy. Due to scenes of an adult nature, this book is for 18+ ONLY.*
The beginning of this book almost made me think I was reading something else, it’s not what I was expecting! It does make sense though just keep reading! It’s just another one of Claire’s unexpected plot twists, but it fits, it fits so well!
The Devil’s Plaything draws you straight back into the Intricate paranormal world created by Claire. I had no idea where this book would take me and these characters. The characters have continued to grow and evolve, they showed just how much as they continue to face what Claire throws at them.
Claire’s writing style flows almost effortlessly, she has an incredible talent for writing paranormal with some seriously mind-blowing twists and turns. This book has things that I could never have anticipated happening! Her characters continue to get under my skin and I even found myself liking some of the bad guys; I mean who could resist Lucifer??
I have loved this book; well 2 books; so much. These characters are amazing, Claire is so talented as a writer!
Even though this book is paranormal romance/erotica, I would highly recommend it to anyone, even if erotica isn’t your thing, you might be surprised by this series.
I’m still not sure I’m ready to say goodbye to the characters yet, Claire please write more Mavi and Lucifer.