Review: Releasing the Demons by LD Rose

Reviewed by Jen

I haven’t read a good PNR book from a new author in a long time. So many of them barely scratch the surface of any kind of emotion. They are rarely very dark. It’s usually some kind of Insta love-at-first sight/ mate bond/ fated whatever. But I am excited to say that not only did I find this book good, I found it very good. And it was super dark. The hero was super tortured. And I enjoyed it from start to finish.

This book got me hooked from the very first page with an extremely compelling first chapter. Now if you are put off by torture, this may not be right for you. But it is necessary to the story because it is the fodder that drives our hero’s story. Blaze is a human-vampire hybrid. He endured seven months of abject horror at the hands of a powerful vamp. It’s been years, but it still haunts him. Now he works with his band of brothers, the Order of the Senary, to put down as many vampires as possible and to use their special hybrid gifts to keep humanity safe.

Our heroine, Valerie, is a human cop. She is driven by the death of her sister at the hands of a vampire. She and Blaze come together when he is framed for a murder she is investigating. She did not even know that hybrids existed. Most of the world doesn’t. But everyone knows about vampires. They are the bogeyman of the world that they live in, a world that in many ways has been pulverized by their existence.

I really liked Blaze as a hero. He has been through so much and he is hanging on by such a slender thread. He is so powerful, yet so broken. And Valerie is the missing piece that puts him together. I liked her fairly well, though there were times, one time in particular, that she frustrated me. I know she has reasons for her hang-ups, but I just wanted to wrap up Blaze in bubble wrap and save him from ever being hurt again.

I’m fascinated by all of the hybrids. Obviously they are a treasure trove of characters designed to fill books to come. This is book one in the series, but there were times I felt like there was backstory that I had missed in a previous book. Maybe the author was just trying to deepen the history of the characters to give them more depth, but it felt like maybe I had missed some things.

That small niggle and the one time I wanted to nut-punch Valerie aside, I really enjoyed this story. The writing was really good. The characters were so fleshed out. And I cared what happened to them. That means the author did it right. Can’t wait to jump in to book two.

Rating: B+/A-

*Book provided by author for review

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Releasing the Demons
by LD Rose
Release Date: August 19, 2015
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing

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