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Monday, August 2, 2010
Review - Haley's Demon by Leila Brown
Title: Haley’s Demon
Author: Leila Brown
Publisher: Changeling Press
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Rating: You Could Read
Reviewed By: Janelle
Tired of being alone, Haley Dixon's let her IM friends talk her into something really crazy -- casting a spell to trap a demon lover for the night. She doesn't really expect the spell to work, but when it does she gets more than she ever bargained for.
Haley Dixon's trapped a demon -- but every spell has its price, and turn about's fair play. Taron, the fifth heir of the Severin Dynasty, just may be exactly what she needs.
This book did nothing for me. The story is fairly thin, the characters are inconsistent, and every sex scene is rape. First, while the idea of summoning a demon/god/etc. for sex is not original by any means, that isn’t what makes the story thin. The problem lies in the fact that this simple concept is only partly extrapolated on. It is hinted that he is not a demon, and lives in another dimension rather then Hell; but what he is and where he lives are never explained.
Second, Haley has many scenes where she does not react rationally to what is happening. For example, there is a point where she faces a ghoul-zombie type creature. She logically runs and hides and ultimately screams to be rescued. But in the very next scene, she is confronted by another creature who is arguably far more powerful, and she becomes a mouthy bitch quite convinced of her own superiority.
Finally, I have said before how I feel about rape. It is not sexy, not in the least. I do understand the appeal of a rape fantasy, but only when it is a fantasy and the characters both know this.
Overall, I think this story could use some work.