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Review: The Demoness of Waking Dreams by Stephanie Chong

Title: The Demoness of Waking Dreams

Author: Stephanie Chong

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: The Company of Angels (Book 2)

Publication Date: August 28, 2012

Format: Paperback, 368 Pages

ISBN-10: 077831314X (Harlequin Mira)

ISBN-13: 978-0778313144 (Harlequin Mira)

Reviewed by: Candy

Synopsis:

Ex-cop Brandon Clarkson is an angel with an edge. His tough exterior is the perfect camouflage for his job—hunting down the most dangerous criminals on earth. A self-reliant and demanding lone wolf, Brandon is the perfect angel to track and capture demoness Luciana Rossetti. Beneath the surface of Luciana’s cool, green-eyed beauty lurks the heart of a malevolent killer. In the winding streets of Venice, she lures Brandon into her dark world of pleasure.

They are perfectly matched. Angel and demon. Man and woman. But only one can win the battle of wills, of strength and of desire.

Quick & Dirty: Brandon was once a human who was killed by a shot in the back. Now he helps capture rogue demons and save mankind. Luciana is one of the rogue demons that Brandon is sent to capture. There is instant chemistry between this angel and this demon. Will their story end with a happy ending or a tragic one?

Opening Sentence: Who will it be?

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

This book was interesting but personally not one of my favorite books. Brandon Clarkson was once human and a cop until a gunshot to the back killed him. Now he is an angel still protecting the humans he swore to protect in life. The criminals he catches now are Rogue demons. His newest mission is a fierce demoness named Luciana Rossetti. She has perfected the art of poisoning and uses it to send sacrifices to the devil. It is up to Brandon to stop her before she harms anyone else. From the moment they meet there is an instant attraction that neither can deny. Unfortunately, no one wants to see them together. They will have to fight both angels and demons before they can ever be together.

I liked Brandon, he’s the perfect hero. He is an angel that as a human was a cop. As an angel things have not changed much. He stills protects humans from criminals. Brandon is extremely attractive. He has gray eyes, dark hair, muscular, and covered in tattoos from his different assignments as an angel. He is the lone wolf type though and prefers to work alone rather than with a team. This is not a problem though because he always gets his guy. This could be because he is good at his job or just because he is too stubborn to give up. Unfortunately for Brandon his human death still haunts him. There is something about how he died that wasn’t right and he can’t let it go. Now every time he falls asleep he relives the night he died and became an angel.

I have mixed feelings about Luciana. Sometimes I like her but most of the time I wanted to jump into the book and shake her. Luciana was born a rich girl as a human until her father lost everything. Things go from bad to worse for Luciana from then on. I understand that Luciana’s life was difficult, but I think she makes many stupid choices in her life and has only herself to blame for becoming a demon. Many people have a hard life but they find ways to make the best of it instead of making one bad mistake after another. At the same time I did find her story sad and wanted to see something go right in her life. In walks Brandon who could help do just that. What does she do? She keeps pushing him away and saying she can’t change and that he can’t help her. Right here I wanted to ask her what is wrong with her. She did have spunk though and I liked how loyal she was to those under her protection. She has a good heart underneath her bad girl demon exterior.

One of the things I truly enjoyed about the book was the setting. Venice is such a wonderful place to start a romance. The language, the water everywhere, and all the festivals and carnivals add up to a wonderful setting. The way that Stephanie Chong describes Venice makes me want to travel there and see it for myself. I want to explore all the places mentioned in her story. Also, I liked the language. She actually used Italian in the book and told us what it meant. I personally enjoy learning about other cultures and this was a fun way to learn about somewhere else.

Unfortunately, this book still fell flat for me. Especially the ending upset me. I cannot say too much without giving away the ending, but I was not impressed with the way Stephanie Chong ended this book. I thought it needed more than she gave us. There was still unfinished business left to do. I do have to say even though I was disappointed with the ending there were parts of this book that just made me say, wow I didn’t see that coming. I think that if you truly enjoy the angel and demon genre you may enjoy this book. If you are just starting with this type of story or are just looking for a paranormal romance story maybe this one would not work for you.

Notable Scene:

“Luciana Rossetti,” Michael said, “is no ordinary demoness. She’s fiercely independent and fiendishly clever, like all Rogues. But she is much more than that. She is a poisoner par excellence and a Mata Hari of the demon world. She escaped from the company a few days ago. She’s dangerous in her own right, but she has risen to the top of the Company’s Most Wanted list because she has a poison with which she killed another demon.”

 If it can kill a demon… It can kill an angel.

The Company of Angels:

1. Where Demons Fear to Tread

2. The Demoness of Waking Dreams

FTC Advisory: Harlequin MIRA provided me with a copy of The Demoness of Waking Dreams. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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