Title: The Demon in Me Author: Michelle Rowen Series: Living in Eden #1 Genre: Paranormal Romance Release Date: May 4, 2007 Publisher: Berkley Edition: Paperback Blurb: Hell hath no fury...
Fate has led Eden Riley to become a "psychic consultant" to the police, even though her abilities are unreliable at best. Those paranormal powers are about to get her into a jam she couldn't have predicted: After her hunky police detective partner guns down a serial killer in front of her, Eden realizes that she's quite literally no longer alone. A voice in her head introduces himself as Darrak. He's a demon. But not in a bad way!
...Like a woman possessed.
Darrak lost his original body three hundred years ago, thanks to a witch's curse. This is the first time he's been able to speak directly to a host, plus there's a bonus: Eden's psychic energy helps him to take form during daylight hours. He wants to use this chance to find a way to break his curse - finally. Otherwise, Eden's going to have to learn to live with this sexy demon ... like it or not.
But she thinks she might like it.
This is the first book I've read by this author, and I loved it. Eden is a very realistic psychic who doesn't really rely on her abilities, but when she gets possessed by a demon all she though she knew about the world changes. She's a bit of a loner because of events of her past and when she realizes that the demon can't leave her, she flips. I liked how she didn't spend much time feeling sorry for herself and instead she tried to find ways to get rid of the demon and later, help him be free.
She inherited part of a PI agency from her mother but it's in bankruptcy, so when otherworldly creatures starts appearing asking for detective services, she can't refuse them or deny any longer that a much bigger and unknown world exists.
As for Darrak, he's a demon who's keeping a lot of secrets. The one thing we can be sure of is that he isn't going to hurt Eden and he proves it time and time again through the book. I found his relationship with Eden to be funny, at times sweet and other times filled with jealousy. I loved his interactions with Andy, Eden's PI agency business partner and Ben, the police detective Eden is interested in.
Speaking of Ben, I actually didn't like him much. He was too perfect, too good to be true. And at the end, he proved me right. I hope he catches some serious hell in the future.
I've never been a big fan of books with possession themes, but this one works it perfectly and I enjoyed every little bit of the book. The pace moved along nicely and I read the novel in one sitting. I couldn't get myself to stop! The little bit of the worldbuilding that it's showed is not anything new to the genre, but it keeps being interesting nonetheless.
I can't wait to get my hands into the next book, especially after the cliffhanger at the last chapter; see Eden solve otherworldly cases and find out more about Darrak and his past.
She tried to ignore him. “What is it, Detective?” “I thought I asked you to call me Ben?” “Right...Ben.” She felt incredibly angry that what should have been a kick-ass moment was tainted by Darrak’s invisible but very audible presence. “I know our dinner plans were ruined for tonight, but maybe if you’re not doing anything later this week—” “I think you should ask him to leave,” Darrak said. “I don’t like the way he’s looking at you. It’s very ungentlemanly.” Eden hissed out a sigh. “Just go away, would you?” Ben blinked. “Oh. Got it.”
Next Book: Something Wicked - Living in Eden #2 - October 5th 2010