Where Demons Fear to Tread by Stephanie Chong
Publisher: MIRA (Harlequin/Aug. 2011)
Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
*Company of Angels Series
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Fledging guardian angel and yoga teacher Serena St. Clair dares to enter Devil’s Paradise nightclub on a mission—to retrieve the wayward Hollywood “It Boy” she’s assigned to protect. But she’s ambushed by the club’s owner, arch demon Julian Ascher. The most powerful demonic entity in Los Angeles, Julian is handsome as sin, a master of temptation who loves nothing more than corrupting pleasure-seeking humans. He won’t release the lost soul Serena is supposed to guard. Unless she accepts his dangerous wager…
After the disastrous way his human life ended, Julian vowed that no woman would get the better of him again. Yet this sexy-sweet angel, smelling of fresh ocean air and happiness, triggers centuries-old feelings. Now, their high-stakes game of seduction, where angels fall from grace and where demons fear to tread, will lead them either to an eternity in hell…or a deliciously hot heaven.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started Where Demons Fear to Tread, but I know I wasn’t expecting to get sucked in so quickly to Serena and Julian’s story. Serena is a relatively new guardian angel, achieving her status because of a heroic rescue of a family during a car crash that ultimately claimed her life. Her roommate, Meredith, was in the other car involved in that crash, who also died and was made an angel. Serena has been living a peaceful life since, teaching yoga and learning how to be a Guardian Angel. When her Assignee, Nick, a young, impulsive actor, gives into his baser instincts and ends up at Devil’s Paradise nightclub, Serena unthinkingly goes in after him. Devil’s Paradise is a hotbed of demons, and when its owner, Julian Ascher, sets his sights on Serena, he decides he must have her at any cost. In spite of an unmistakable attraction to Julian, Serena is certainly not planning on becoming his next conquest, but finds herself sucked into his world against her will. Certain manipulation results in Serena agreeing to spend a week in Las Vegas with Julian, and that’s when the real push and pull begins.
While Where Demons Fear to Tread is about angels and demons, it’s mostly about true love conquering all, and it is Serena and Julian’s story, to be sure. Julian has spent 200 years working people over for his own nefarious means, and when Serena is thrust into his orbit, she begins to suspect that she might be part of something a bit bigger than just corralling a wayward Nick. Her handler, Arielle, is definitely keeping a secret, and her vague hints are frustrating Serena more and more. Things are even more complicated when the evil Archdemon Corbin and his companion Luciana (who’s really, really nasty) set their sites on Serena. Plenty of sexual tension keeps things moving right along (lots of spicy bits, folks), and even though you’ll want to smack Julian (hard) in the beginning, he’ll grow on you, and Serena is a refreshingly sweet heroine. Set against the bright lights and debauchery that is Vegas, paranormal romance lovers will eat this one up, and even as a reluctant PNR reader, I really enjoyed it too!