Demon Can't Help It
Kathy Love
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Demon Can't Help It
Kathy Love
320 pages
May 2009
rated 3 of 5 possible stars

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New Orleans is a city unlike any other, always alive with the music of the night, the spirited souls of its inhabitants eager to make each evening a joyful one. It is also a favored locale for the paranormal, eternally damned, and other mystic creatures whose existence and tales have been passed on for centuries as legends. Ghosts, vampires, demons - all are hidden among the boisterous, crowded quarters of New Orleans, living under the guise of humanity, but what are their real reasons for being there?

Jo decides to move to New Orleans and take up a new director’s position at a failing community center near the homes of long-time friends. After the catastrophe that makes her life painful and too complex in Washington, DC, she's all for the step down in prestige as long as she can escape the realities that have left her a shell of her former self. Unbeknownst to her, both of Jo’s old friends and their husbands are vampires. Their extra perceptions hone in on Jo’s condition, but their concern is more for the erratic behavior and unhealthy state in which she is functioning. Denial is the name of the game, and Jo won't tell them what sent her running full speed from DC and her old life.

When Jo meets Maksim, he is easily the most attractive and alluring man she has ever encountered. She is also aware of the lines of women who seem to agree wholeheartedly. Luckily for Jo, her life is such a mess that the irresistible charms of this man barely have her blinking. He - or any man - is the last thing she wants right now. For Maksim, a demon, being totally disregarded is a complete shock - it's never before happened in his entire existence. He may be here to find out where his sister, a half-demon, may have disappeared to, but he's also decided to make tempting Jo into sleeping with him his pet project. All he needs is a plan…

Maksim and Jo’s dual attraction may end up being a temporary high, but the issues in Jo’s life are only growing worse. Maksim finds himself attached and compassionate to the situation unraveling before his eyes; for a demon, such feelings should not exist. What is going on? Who is Jo, and how can she hold such sway over him? As the details of her fear and the reality of her situation begin to reveal themselves, the inexplicable tie to Maksim is identified and the ability to correct them may not exist. Ultimately, they are probably better apart than together.

While most ghost and vampire stories restrict themselves to the usual characters of legend, the use of a demonic protagonist is an alluring twist. Using these characters indicates that their unique traits or talents are pertinent to the storyline and makes for interesting reading, but this novel falls unfortunately flat in that department. These characters are more characters of legend by name than for any depth given to them. Compared to works by Anne Rice, Jeaniene Frost, or Cynthia Eden, Demon Can't Help It would be much more plausible, even great, as a chick lit novel without the paranormal or demonic underworld associations.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Sonia R. Polinsky, 2009

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