Gin Crawford has worked up from her less than savory
background to become a top notch nurse. Something she
hidden is the fact that she is an empath ... her touch
her what the person is thinking and feeling, sometimes not
a very comfortable situation. She has no idea that a
mysterious bracelet that appears in her pocket will lead
her to learning very quickly DEMON LORE.
When she puts the bracelet on she has become a demon-
slayer. Things do look a little more interesting when the
equally mysterious, tall, gorgeous Adrian Smythe shows up.
He claims to be a mage who will help her learn everything
she needs to know so she shouldn't be thrown into the deep
end of a world that shouldn't exist. Somehow that's not
exactly how it works out.
DEMON LORE will have you reading nonstop until the end and
impatiently waiting for the next offering. Gin and
whom she calls Smythe most of the time, begin a bit on the
wrong foot but we see them getting into step throughout
book. As we are learning more about them and the world Gin
has been dragged into, author Karilyn Bentley gives us a
new look at demon's, minions and fighting to save the
world, which I found intriguing and colorful. The
building is at a smooth pace, Ms. Bentley is not afraid to
have her heroine have flaws, a good dose of snark while
falling back on hidden strengths she was unaware she had.
There is enough action (including a fight over more coffee
that I thought was hilarious) that you are never allowed
be bored. There are a number of extra characters that I
found added a lot to this book including her twin, simply
named "T", you will know why when you read the book; a
healer, and another mage, whom I didn't like but you will
have to be the judge for yourself.
If you are looking for an urban fantasy then DEMON LORE
will fit the bill completely, but if you are looking for a
romance this might not be exactly what you are looking
There is quite a bit of sex and sexual tension but if you
expect Gin and the Adrian to become a couple it doesn't
quite happen in this book. This is book 1 of Ms.
Bentley's The Demon Huntress series and I already
the next one.
Gin Crawford has enough problems dealing with her empath
abilities. Finding out she's the world's newest demon-
is the last thing she needs. Unfortunately, when she
on a mysterious bracelet she is given no other choice. On
the plus side, her new gig comes with Tall, Dark and
Handsome, a mage who may or may not have her best
Thrust into a power-play between good and evil, Gin must
choose a side before she becomes the next victim in the
The evil man-thing stands on my porch, his lips turning
in a menacing smile of death. I donâ€™t need to touch him
to know he wants me dead. Muscles freeze, trapping my
breath in my lungs. Like a rabbit in view of a wolf, Iâ€™m
immobilized, waiting for deathâ€™s blow. Time slows, his
gaze locks on mine, trapping me in place.
Move, move, move! My mind screams as the manâ€™s fingers
But the spike of adrenaline explodes into my limbs too
late to stop the backhand blow slamming across my jaw.
I superman it halfway across the living room. Land on the
hardwood floor in a thud of pain-ridden limbs. My jaw
morphs into a screaming ball of nerves. My head no sooner
hits the floor than I hear the bracelet scream, a high-
pitched wail quivering through my skin like vibrations
from a tuning fork. The bracelet tightens around my
wrist, cutting off the circulation, and then it loosens
with a pop at the same time I hear the door click closed.
Ohgodohgodohgod, Iâ€™m going to die. I donâ€™t want to die.
No, no, no, no, no. Pain and terror hold me crumpled on
the floor as my mind crawls backward in time.
But Iâ€™m no longer a child, fearful of fists and words,
cowering on the ground.
Iâ€™m a fighter.
My head spins, but I refuse to lie on the floor waiting
to be killed, so I attempt to stand. Evil Guy laughs as I
ass-plant it. Laughs as a moan escapes my lips. He takes
a step toward me, right arm drawn back for a hit. His
fist hurls toward my face, but I manage to block it with
my left arm. My right arm, the one with the bracelet,
shoves forward, slamming into his chest.
His black eyes widen, mouth open in surprise, his hands
fluttering to his chest before dropping. I stare at my
hand, stare hard, for Iâ€™m as surprised as Evil Guy. The
bracelet had become a sword, a long, thin spike of metal
extending from the silver links, straight into Evil Guyâ€™s
Definitely a sword. The flat of the blade rests against
the back of my hand, cool metal heating from the warmth
of my skin. Small silver links circle around my palm,
lending stability to the two-foot long sword.
Iâ€™m not sure which scares me more, Evil Guy paying me a
visit or the fact the bracelet performed a morphing