Author: Stephanie Chong
Title: Where Demons Fear To Tread
Genre: Adult, Romance, Paranormal
Release Date: August 30 2011
Fledgling guardian angel and yoga teacher Serena St. Clair dares enter Devil’s Paradise nightclub on a mission – to retrieve the wayward Hollywood “It Boy” she’s assigned to protect. But she’s ambushed by the club’s owner, Archdemon Julian Ascher. The most powerful demonic entity in Los Angeles, Julian is handsome as sin, a master of temptation who loves nothing more than corrupting pleasure-seeking humans. He won’t release the lost soul Serena is supposed to guard. Unless she accepts his dangerous wager…
After the disastrous way his human life ended, Julian vowed that no woman would get the better of him again. Yet this sexy-sweet angel, smelling of fresh ocean air and happiness, triggers centuries-old feelings. Now, their high-stakes game of seduction, where angels fall from grace and where demons fear to tread, will lead them either to an eternity in hell…or a deliciously hot heaven.
My Thoughts (spoiler alert)
A tale of angels and demons living amongst us, playing games of power. The story follows Serena (an angel) who is assigned to look after a hollywood star. She follows him into a nightclub run by a demon – Julian. At once, Julian starts putting the move on her, but soon realizes she is not just a pretty human, but an angel. Being in his jurisdiction he has power over her, yet he lets her go for no apparent reason – something he struggles to understand himself. The opening of the book was enticing, but the second half of chapter one was a huge information dump on Julian, and while I tried to preserver through it, I skipped parts, wanting to get into the story. Unfortunately, this happens a few times throughout the book.
Julian is unable to stop thinking about Serena and begins stalking her by sending her gifts and digging into her past. He uses her brother as a bargaining chip to force Serena into joining him for a week in Las Vegas. During the trip, Julian does everything to capture Serena’s heart and by the end, well you guessed it. What really works is Luciana’s (another demon) attempt to kill Julian. She is what you expect from a demon – dark, evil and bent on revenge. This tension held the story together for me.
The novel is well written with an intriguing premise and detailed sub-plots involving archangels and demons. Yet I struggled through some scenes that were too long and unnecessary. My biggest disappointments were with the characterizations of Serena and Julian. I went into the story wanting a feistier female lead, and Serene eventually got there by the end, but it took too long. Julian on the other had a dark, long history, which rarely showed and he gave in way too quickly for my liking. I didn’t connect with the characters, which is a shame because there is a lot to like here. So while I don’t rave over ‘Where Demons Fear To Tread, I will look out for future books from the Stephanie Chong as I like her world-building and writing style.