by Maureen Child

March 2008
ISBN: 978-0-451-22307-4
Reviewer Graphic Button Signet Books
Trade Paperback

To begin with, I need to be honest. I truly enjoy Maureen Child’s books. Her contemporary romances have brought me to tears with their emotion and characterizations. So what I have to say now is very upsetting. Her new paranormal series featuring Cassie the Demon Duster has been a disappointment.

I was hopeful after reading More Than Fiends that the humorous series would strike a chord with me. Cassidy Burke is an appealing heroine who never dreamed she would be endowed with abilities beyond the norm, or that her sleepy little town was a hotbed of demon activity. Her acceptance of this destiny as the first book progressed made reading it fun.

The second book in the series, A Fiend in Need, has erased my hopes. And it all comes down to the author’s repetitive use of a particular phrase. Every time I read that hyphenated word I just wanted to throw the book against the wall. Honestly, an author should be able to find suitable synonyms if they don’t want to identify the erogenous zone below a woman’s waist. “Hoo-ha” while occasionally smile-inducing becomes eye-rolling distaste after the 20th time. No one I know talks like that or even thinks of their own physiology in those terms. I tried to count how many times this reference appears in the book but became too annoyed to continue.

In retrospect, the plot of A Fiend in Need continues to expand Cassie’s knowledge of her powers and role. Brady, a Faery, appeals to her for Sanctuary after being the Demon Queen’s sex slave for a couple of centuries. The deciding factor for Cassie was Brady’s skill in …..(wait for it)……the kitchen. The gorgeous guy loves to cook as much as Cassie and her daughter Thea love to eat. His refugee status does not sit well with Thea’s dad, Logan or Cassie’s demon lover, Devlin Cole.

It is with genuine sadness that I leave this series behind. I just don’t think I can willingly read another book that will frustrate me as much as this one did.

Reviewed in February 2008 by Paula.

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