A Fiend in Need
Maureen Child
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East meets West across time and tradition as three young American women and their Indian immigrant mothers take first steps toward true sisterhood, shattering secrets and sharing joy and tears in Maureen Child's
A Fiend in Need

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A Fiend in Need
Maureen Child
NAL Trade
288 pages
March 2008
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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The events of A Fiend in Need take place a month after the end of Maureen Childís previous book, More than Fiends, when Cassidy Burke discovered that she was a Demon Duster - a kind of Demon Slayer. Her life has become more complicated Ė albeit much more fun - now that she has a demon lover, Devlin Cole, and Logan, the father of her fifteen-year-old daughter, has also come back into her life.

This story continues Cassie's experiences as a new Demon Duster, but her love life takes an unexpected twist when a Faery turns up at her door asking for sanctuary. He has escaped from the Demon Queen, and only Cassie can keep him safe from the woman who kept him as a love slave. Cassie has rather too much on her plate already; however, what with her other two men, being trained by Jasmine in Demon Dustering, and worrying about her daughter's love life. She finds herself regularly under attack by demons, and it takes all her wits - as well as liberal helpings of chocolate and other goodies - to keep her going.

A Fiend in Need has a lighthearted style that is mostly charming but also irritating at times (Cassie insists on referring to a part of her anatomy as her 'Hoo-hah,' which gets very annoying very quickly). Most interesting are her dealings with her daughter, Thea, and Thea's father Logan; the fights against the demons are all over very quickly. The book focuses more on witty one-liners and amusing situational humor than on any in-depth plot. As a result, itís rather unsatisfying overall but still an amusing read for a lighthearted moment.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. © Helen Hancox, 2008

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