Insatiable Desire
Rita Herron
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Insatiable Desire (The Demonborn)
Rita Herron
320 pages
September 2008
rated 3 of 5 possible stars

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Insatiable Desire is the first in a trilogy of books following three brothers whose demon father is about to rise again from the grave and become very powerful. In this first book the hero, Vincent Valtrez, is working as an FBI agent to try to make up for the fact that he was unable to save his mother's life when his father killed her.

Vincent has suppressed the memories of the day he witnessed his mother dying and when he killed his father, but he knows he has darkness in him and no love. Vincent's relationships with women are characterized by single sexual encounters and nothing else.

Clarissa King knew Vincent when they were young - he stood up for her, and that made an impression as she had few friends. No one else really liked her because she and her family were odd: Clarissa and her mother and grandmother heard the voices of the dead, and Clarissa's mother committed suicide. Clarissa lost track of Vincent when he moved away after his parents died.

When young women in the town of Eerie die in strange circumstances, their ghosts visit Clarissa to show her that they were murdered. The local sheriff isn't convinced but decides to call in the FBI - in the shape of Vincent Valtrez, as he is familiar with the area. Vincent is reluctant to see Clarissa, doesn't want to believe in the supernatural events going on around Eerie, but soon it becomes clear that dark forces are at work. Vincent is afraid that he is one of the dark forces and can't allow Clarissa to get close to him. As they work together to try to discover who is murdering young women, can they keep each other safe and prevent the evil forces spreading?

Insatiable Desire is a reasonable read with some atmospheric settings and a variety of characters. Unfortunately for this reader, the central love story doesn't really work - it's not clear why either character feels drawn to the other in any special way. The whodunnit aspect of the book is good I didn't guess the baddie but the story drags in places. It's a reasonable start to the series, but I won't go out of my way to read either of the next two books.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Helen Hancox, 2008

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