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Jan 10 2014

A Review of The Devil’s in the Details by Kimberly Raye

The Devil's in the Details by Kimberly Raye

The Devil’s in the Details by Kimberly Raye

Succubi are not, by any means, perfect. As much as I like them to be, they are capable of just as many mistakes, issues and problems that any soul faces in their lives. Probably the single biggest problem is family and love. The question is which of the two is the bigger problem to solve or are they both unsolvable riddles?

When your family runs hell, and you really don’t want to be part of it anymore and then you find yourself falling into love with someone that wants nothing more than to destroy your family. That’s a real problem. Not even massive amounts of cookies and sugar can help with that one… But you can try…

The story is of:

Jess Damon’s life is…complicated. Not only is she a man-eating succubus (albeit recently reformed), but she has the mother from hell—literally. Yep, Houston’s hottest wedding planner is the daughter of the devil. Though as far as her mother knows, Jess is only in the business to hook up with hunky groomsmen, not to find true love.

But when demon hunter Cutter Owens rolls into town, turning her back on her evil birthright proves harder than Jess thought. Cutter is out to take down the devil once and for all—and he wants Jess’s help to do it. There’s no denying Cutter is gorgeous, in that sexy “a demon stole my soul” sort of way. And, sure, Lillian Damon is the queen of evil. But she’s still Jess’s mom. Now Jess must outfox the world’s greatest demon hunter without revealing her true identity or—devil forbid!—falling in love.

Jess is a Succubus, but she’s not your typical one. For one thing, she’s on the wagon, not taking the souls of men, or tempting them for that matter. For the other she plans weddings for a living and business is really good. It’s a shame that the universe has decided to mess up her world by having her mother demand Jess plan her wedding, and falling in love with Cutter, a demon hunter, for the other. Oreos aren’t going to be enough for these problems by far.

Jess isn’t like any Succubus that I have read about in quite some time. The best way to describe her I think is “sexy cute”, emphasis on the cute more than anything else. I like that she has a conscience, that she cares about what she does and she wants to do the right thing. Beyond that she wants to find the right person and be happy. She isn’t evil, nor is she stereotypical by any means at all. She does have one problem and that, like really all of the demons that appear in this work, in that she loves sugar… lots of sugar. Constantly eating sugar. The reason for that is really cute to be honest, but the list of cookie, gum and other sugar filled brands does get a little over the top as the story progresses.

Jess is really the one succubus that is focused on mainly in the story, but there are others, some a lot more stereotypical, some, like Jess not so much so. Her family, who basically run hell, is large, varied, and has such characters as Lilith, Jesses’ mom as well as just about every one of the most well know demons and demonesses you can think of. But they aren’t played as being demonic or overwhelmingly evil. Really the focus is more of Jess dealing with what amounts to a supernatural dysfunctional family that have a lot of problems to deal with. Watching that unfold and what happens to each of them really is as interesting as what happens between  Jess and Cutter.

Cutter, Jesses’ love interest is really a good match for her and the moments when they are together and trying to relate to each other are sometimes touching, other times aggravating, but always entertaining.

The story itself moves at a very rapid pace with quite a lot of introspection from Jess as the story goes on. It is a little bit odd when she “talks” to the reader, as if we are there in the room or moment with her. But that’s more of the style Jess has. To talk to herself and try to figure out what she is going to do.

She goes through a lot of problems in her wedding planning business from both humans and supernatural beings, but it’s interesting to look at the problems from each world and wonder which one is more complicated. Jess does the best she can and in doing so her successes are amusing and unexpected in how they turn out.

The story has a lovely funny tone to it that makes the story enjoyable from the beginning and that carries through the work to the end. There are touching moments of romance, and a little bit of erotica, but it doesn’t overwhelm the story or seem out of place when it appears. I never found myself coming out of the story and wondering what was happening or hitting a stumbling point in the story that gave me pause. Well written, cute characters with their own problems and needs, and a mystery that when the answer is revealed you really didn’t expect the one that was responsible for what was going on… Or how Jess deals with them. One should never underestimate the power of a Succubus.

Four and a half out of five pitchforks.

Fun, silly at times, but so worth your time to read and enjoy…

The only thing that bothered me about this work was how dysfunctional Jess’ family is. Especially her mother who just rubbed me the wrong way from the beginning. I realize that is the point of course, but some of the moments were… just a little too over the top honestly. I adore Jess I really do. But a little less whininess would be lovely. She isn’t as lost as she sounds, not with all that she has been through. There are a lot of questions about her that I’d love to have answered and perhaps the next work in the series will do that for me.

I will, of course, be looking for it to appear…

 

Tera

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  1. avatar
    James

    “Breaking the fourth wall,” an expression from drama that would refer to Jess talking to the reader, has become more and more popular ever since the confession rooms were introduced on “The Real World” and then on “The Office.” Now it is almost cliché, and, I suspect, expected in the minds of some writers. It can be a useful device, but there are truly soooo many others.

    And as for Jess’ mother: not all succubi can have mothers as wonderful as Queen Tera’s. *winking*

  2. avatar
    Pocong

    I like the idea of a sitcom style dysfunctional family made up of succubi. I could imagine grandma complaining about modern things like internet dating. “In my day we didn’t have any fancy electric space windows to help us gather mates! I had to sneak past 300 knights to snatch up your grandfather. In the Winter! It was uphill both ways too!”

  3. avatar
    TeraS

    *smiles*

    Tera

  4. avatar
    TeraS

    Pocong… That just made me smile… Thank you…

    Tera

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