Demon Angel by Meljean Brook is her paranormal romance debut. Here is the description of the plot:
For two thousand years, Lilith wrought vengeance upon the evil and the damned, gathering souls for her father’s armies Below and proving her fealty to her Underworld liege. Bound by a bargain with the devil and forbidden to feel pleasure, she draws upon her dark powers and serpentine grace to lead men into temptation. That is, until she faces her greatest temptation — Heaven’s own Sir Hugh Castleford….
Once a knight and now a Guardian, Hugh spent centuries battling demons — and the cursed, blood-drinking Nosferatu. His purpose has always been to thwart the demon Lilith, even as he battles his treacherous hunger for her. But when a deadly alliance unleashes a threat to both humans and Guardians in modern-day San Francisco, angel and demon must fight together against unholy evil — and against a desire that has been too long denied….
This book has been pretty well reviewed so I won’t be adding anything new about the story. The story seems to center around Hugh and Lilith matching wits with each other for several centuries. I thought it went on a bit too long. Lilith is a demon set out to tempt and condemn souls for Lucifer’s army Below. However, her human prey, Sir Hugh Castleford thwarts her plans at every turn. This intrigues Lilith and her actions inadvertently leads to his untimely death. Sir Hugh ascends to Heaven to be a Guardian and protect humans from demons and Nosferatu’s. After centuries of being a Guardian, Hugh decides to Fall after centuries of disillusionment. Meanwhile, Lilith is fascinated by Hugh and it is this fascination that leads her down a path of temptation that will ultimately lead to her death…or will it?
Do you need to brush up on your biblical history of Lucifer and his rebellion against God? I did. Other players include the Nosferatu’s, who are blood suckers who are hunted by demons and Guardians alike. Nosferatu hunt vampires who are their offspring. Then there’s Lilith’s Hellhound named Sir Pup who protects her and her vampire friend, Colin. A character I think we’ll see more of in Demon Moon. Then there’s Beelzebub disguised as a politician among many other demons in high positions of government. This is all apart of Lucifer’s “master plan” to bring more souls to Hell by manipulating the laws of mankind. Enough about the plot because there is a lot going on in the story.
Demon Angel is a solidly written novel for a debut. I was impressed. The good points: The world building was fascinating and complex. Great atmosphere, great dialogue, solid characterization. Loved Hugh, baffled by Lilith. Her feelings, her friendships were an anomaly for a demon like her. Loved the humor and the setting. Now for the bad: the story was too long; could have been tighter. Pacing is too slow especially in the second part of the novel. Hugh and Lilith’s outwitting each other started to tax my brain after awhile, as I am not going to pretend that I understood fully, everything that was said between them. Often, I was quite confused and baffled by their many exchanges. There is a lot of head-hopping that confused me and made me backtrack which slowed me down even further. In important scenes, you do want to know which character said what to whom. But again, this is a first novel. However, I look forward to reading more from Ms. Brook. My grade, B.