Thursday, September 26, 2013

Review and Giveaway: The Devil You Know by JM Gregoire

The Devil You Know by JM Gregoire
Genre:  Adult Paranormal Fantasy
Demon Legacy, Book 1

Description (taken from JM Gregoire's website):
Deziree Davanzatti is a thief by trade and to keep herself occupied between jobs, she owns and operates Onyx, a trendy nightclub for the supernatural citizens of New York City.

What else would a 400-something year old demon-human hybrid do with her spare time?

Following a drunken night of questionable decisions, the vampire Michael “Vegas” Tremayne leaves town with no explanation. Dez is left wondering if they made a mistake and if it cost her a price she wasn’t willing to pay – her best friend and confidant.

When he returns after two weeks of no contact, he comes bearing grave news that could potentially change the world forever….or end it all together. To make matters worse, they suspect that someone they know may be behind it all.

An extremely dangerous chain of events has been set in motion and it is up to Dez and Vegas, with the help of his brother Lucas, to find a way to stop it.

This story is introduced with a short prequel, titled Burning, that sets the events in motion.  It doesn't go heavily into the background of each character and how they interact.  It pretty much sets the ball rolling and these events unfold into our story.

Dez is a part human, part demon being just trying to make a living and enjoy life while she can.  Since she's had a lot of time to watch relationships develop, fizzle, and end during her four hundred years, she's not really the commitment type.  So working with her best friend, Vegas, she kind of gets blind-sided when they end up together.  But that's only a side story.  The real story involves secrets, destruction and saving the day in the end.  And did I mention the supernatural beings involved: witches, vampires, demons?

This book is different in a way that you're kind of thrown towards characters that already have a history together.  There isn't a whole lot of emotion building from acquaintances to friends to lovers.  We more see the lovers struggling to accept that they're more than friends.  It's just different.  But the actual paranormal story (that I just won't dive into because I want you to be surprised) is good.  It's fun to follow Dez and Vegas as they unravel the mystery of what's going on and try to stop it.  Although I will mention that Vegas, a nickname for Michael, is used interchangeably with his real name which left me confused or thinking of two different people until I got the hang of things.

It's a fun story to follow.  And while the ending made me think a little less of Dez, I'm looking forward to more world-building and demons.

Thanks goes to JM Gregoire for providing me a review copy.

Challenges:  Paranormal Reading Challenge

About the Author:  JM Gregoire
J.M. Gregoire was born and raised in New Hampshire, USA and despite her abhorrence for any season that dares to drop to a temperature below seventy degrees, she still currently resides there with her two children and her two cats. Always a passionate reader, her love of urban fantasy books eventually morphed into a love of writing them. She is currently working on the Demon Legacy series and has an urban fantasy thriller project coming up that will be co-written with one of her best friends and favorite authors, Ginny Lurcock.

JM Gregoire is offering one of you a copy of her book, The Devil You Know.  The winner will receive a signed paperback if he/she lives in the US/Canada or an e-copy if he/she lives elsewhere.
  • This giveaway is open to open to everyone.
    • If winner is in the US/Canada, he/she will receive a signed paperback.
    • Otherwise winner will receive an e-copy.
  • Entrant must be 13 years of age or older.
  • Giveaway ends on Sunday, October 6, 2013.
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