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Title + Author: Mark of the Demon (Kara Gillian Book 1) by Diana Rowland

Date read/listened to: December 26, 2013 to January 3, 2014

Category: Paranormal Romance

Enjoyment Rating: 5/5

MPAA Rating: R (for sexuality and violence)

Cover Art Rating: 4/5

Reason for reading/listening: This was Audible’s Daily Deal for December 26, 2013 and was on for only $4.95 (regular price $24.95). I read the description of the book and listened to an audio sample and liked the sound of the book.

Would I reread or relisten to this book?: Definitely!

Will I continue on with this series?: I really enjoyed this book but will wait to see if any deals become available on Audible for Blood of the Demon (Book 2).

Review:

Sometimes when I cannot sleep at night, I listen to audiobooks rather than watching Netflix in order to help myself fall asleep. I had started listening to Mark of the Demon a day or two prior but quickly listened to at least two hours of the book that night. The following day I listened to everything but the last hour and a half. I would have finished the same day if I have not thought that it was best to pace myself a little more.

This is definitely my top paranormal romance book that I have read/listened to so far. It combines my love of investigation-style shows with paranormal aspects. I really liked that rather than stick to the now cliché use of vampires or werewolves, that the story focuses instead on a demon summoner. I also enjoyed that “romance” was an element without the book feeling like erotica but felt the novel would stand on its out without them.

My favourite character was Rhyzkahl because I found him to be very mysterious while still being deadly. I did not find myself loving the protagonist Kara but I did not hate her either. She would be someone that I would like to be friends with with real life – I enjoyed that she could hold her own but felt that she was far to inexperienced to be the lead on a murder investigation.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading or listening to the rest of the books in the series. What books have you been reading lately?

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