Demon Night Mass Market Paperback – Feb 5 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
Brook crafts an entertaining, slow-building romance for her latest Guardian series entry. Charlie Newcomb is a recovering alcoholic working at a bar and just trying to keep her head above water when she comes across a group of vampires nesting on the establishment's roof. Luckily, her enigmatic next-door neighbor Ethan McCabe is a Guardian, or angel, who is keeping an eye on her. The two get caught in a demonic plot that threatens Charlie's sister, Jane, while Charlie must wrestle with not only the undead but with her growing attraction to Ethan. Charlie's traumatic past has left her believably afraid of her own needs, and Ethan is a brave, sweet guy with old-fashioned ideas about chivalry. Brook gives them distinctive dialogue and paints a fascinating, erotic world full of angels, demons, vampires and ambiguity. (Feb.)
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Praise for the Guardian series: "Seductive and spellbinding!" -SHILOH WALKER "One-of-a-kind." -ROMANTIC TIMES "Goes far beyond your usual paranormal romance." -JENNIFER ESTEP "Full of creatures dark and light." -*JOYFULLY REVIEWED
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For 140 years Ethan has been a Guardian, fighting demons and protecting humans. When the lovely but seemingly fragile Charlie is targeted by a group that plans to turn Charlie into a vampire to use her to `motivate' Charlie's research scientist sister to their cause, Ethan is assigned to protect Charlie. Ethan plans on keeping Charlie safe from a distance, because up close there is something about Charlie that is just too distracting and in his business distraction could cost Ethan his head or Charlie her life. But when the villains become bold, Ethan's plans change and suddenly keeping Charlie very close seems like a very very good idea.
Charlie sees a hero in Ethan, but he's never been a white hat kind of guy. While Ethan is a Guardian he's no angel, before becoming a Guardian he died an outlaw's death in the old west. But Ethan is so solid and gorgeous that Charlie can't help but want him, even as she tries to keep herself from needing him, because Charlie doesn't allow herself to be needy and dependant, she is no longer that broken woman. Soon the connection between Charlie and Ethan grows and Ethan promises to `provide' everything she needs, but what Charlie really wants from Ethan, what she really needs from him is the one thing she can't ask for.
Ethan is a great hero and Brook does a terrific job of giving him the feel of being from another time. There's something just a bit quaint in way he strings together the words he uses when he speaks, even after taking into account the "aw shucks ma'am" affectation that he uses to get people to underestimate his intelligence. Also there's a difference in his attitudes that make him not a modern man, from his physical modesty to subtle way of expressing his feelings and the difference in what his words mean to him that Charlie doesn't pick up. Ethan is also puzzle. The prolog gives a hint of his unsavory past, but when Charlie first gets someone to tell her about Ethan's past it is hard to reconcile the difference between his beginnings with the outlaw thief and murderer became, We just have to wait until Charlie hears it from Ethan's own lips to figure it out. Part of what makes Ethan such an effective romantic lead is the way that he holds himself so tightly. Ethan's rigid control could have stolen emotional intensity from his relationship with Charlie, if Charlie didn't challenge his control so thoroughly. But instead, Ethan's restraint actually builds the tension between them so that when Ethan's restraint breaks from time to time he and Charlie really sizzle.
I have enjoyed every single one of Brook's novels and she has another winner here. It is a smart read and there is so much in Demon Night that is well done. And with Brook's books coming in at 50 to 100 pages longer than your typical paranormal romance, Brook has the space to take the time necessary to allow us to gain a deeper understanding of her characters as she develops the complicated and satisfying relationship between her leads. She is also able to explore the world that she has created for them more thoroughly than would be possible in a shorter book. Brook's world is an interesting one, one where good and evil are blurred and are sometimes a matter of perspective, some of the `good guys' have much to atone for and some of the `bad guys' are working for the greater good but use the ends to justify less than sterling means and her mythos which includes fallen angels, the demons, vampires and Guardians and demon prophecies hangs together well. Oh and lest I forget, Brook does steamy very well. In one of the hottest scenes in the book, both Charlie and Ethan are fully clothed and barely touch but wow!
So now I can hardly what to see what Brook dishes out next. She has Demon Unbound coming in November of 2008 and a short in the First Blood anthology out in August 2008. If you are new to the Guardian series, Demon Night works pretty well as a standalone read even though there are characters that appear here and events referenced from previous books. Brook does a pretty good job of briefly filling in some of the history but if you're a new Guardians reader, Brook's website has a page just for you, it's designed to get new readers up to speed on the world of the Guardians and what's gone before, the spoilers for previous books are minimal. If you are going back and starting at the beginning of the series, Brook has the reading order of the series starting with the short in "Falling for Anthony" from the Hotspell anthology as the first story though it falls chronologically in the middle of Demon Angel. Personally, I thought the short worked better when I reread it after Demon Angel because it was more fun having an idea of who all the characters were first and knowing a bit more about the world made the story make more sense than when I read it the first time.
My recommended reading order:
Demon Angel (The Guardians, Book 2) - Lilith and Hugh
Hot Spell "Falling for Anthony" - Colin's sister and Colin's transformation
Wild Thing "Paradise" - Selah and Lucas
Demon Moon (The Guardians, Book 4) - Colin and Savi
Demon Night (The Guardians, Book 5) - Drifter and Charlie
Charlie on the other hand was equally annoying. Her first scene was great, and I really enjoyed the way in which she spun stories at the drop of a hat, but unfortunately that story-telling gift drops out about half-way through the book, reappearing only in the final scene. Her damaged psyche is just too - whiny is the closest word I can come up with. I admire the way she has gotten over her addictions, but her fear of being needy/addicted somehow just comes across as whiny and indecisive. Also (and this is probably just something I missed) I was never quite sure how she lost her voice - was it in the car accident into the bar, or was it before that or after that - I was a little lost about the sequence of her personal back-story.
Demon Moon was the first book I read in this series, and I absolutely loved Colin and Savitri - they made the book for me and convinced me to keep reading. This book however, I read in spite of the main characters because I was interested in the story arc.
But with Demon Night, you have two incredible and endearing characters that will go against all odds to be with each other or die trying.
Ethan a.k.a Drifter, is a Guardian (angel) who lived during the Old West. He is a true cowboy and his twang is his trademark. He mission is to protect a human woman, Charlie. But Ethan is quite stumped over Charlie. He has a bit of a crush on her. Charlie is unlike any woman he has met.
Charlie is damaged. She has quite a past from problems with alcohol, disappointments and trouble seems to follow her where ever she goes. But she is a survivor and her days are filled working as a bartender and keeping in touch with her dear sister, Jane. But when her new neighbor, Ethan moves in next door, her life changes forever.
Charlie is being watched and stalked by the undead who want to make her their own. Ethan must keep her alive and protect her. But what is an angel suppose to do when he falls in love with a human? How can they be together?
If you are a fan of paranormal, fantasy, spiritual and scorching hot romance, Demon Night is the must read. Charlie and Ethan's romance maybe a bit more subtle than her past books,(remember Hugh and Lilith's?) but you will be amazed yet again and will not be able to put this book down till the very end.
Past characters show up along with new ones. Even though some may think this is an everyday ordinary romance, it truly isn't. Demon Night is so much more and beyond anything you will read. I recommend you start from the beginning of this series to get the full taste of what you will be in store for.
Kudos to Ms. Brook for her imagination and coming up with the characters of Charlie and Ethan and their quest for happiness and love.
Demon Angel (The Guardians, Book 2)
Demon Moon (The Guardians, Book 4) (Berkley Sensation)
Ethan McCabe has been a guardian for several hundred years and he has never been distracted from his assignments. However, after shadowing Charlie for a while now, Ethan is highly attracted to her, and that has nothing to do with his Guardian duties. Guardians are to protect and Ethan feels an overwhelming need to protect Charlie from the vampires and demons hunting her that has everything to do with being a man.
Ethan and Charlie have discovered that the link between her and the vampires is her sister and the research she is currently doing. Ethan and Charlie are slowly figuring out the intricacies of the Seattle vampire community and the fierce determination of the demon that wants Charlie. As they discover exactly who is hiding the demon within and just how complex the scheme really is, will Ethan and the Guardians be enough to protect her from the new reality of her life?
Demon Night is the highly complex and intricate story of Charlie and Ethan and how they come to have their forever. Charlie has messed up her life and just now has about claimed it back correctly. Ethan made a decision that led to his becoming a Guardian and he has not forgotten why he had to make that decision. Ethan and Charlie at first try to ignore the feelings that are springing up between them, but you just cannot ignore the red-hot passion once it has taken over. I was once again intrigued by a plot from Ms. Brook that included not only danger from several angles that seem to include some folklore but also never let you lose track of the romance. Demon Night will take you on a wild roller coaster ride that paranormal lovers will not want to miss.
reviewed for Joyfully Reviewed
Honestly, I wasn't too enamored with Demon Night. The storyline was good, but it dragged in some places. I also wasn't really able to get on board with Charlie and Ethan's relationship. Ethan by himself was great and Charlie was an interesting heroine, but something about them together just didn't click. The side characters really made up for the lack-luster relationship though.
We see a lot of Jake, a young guardian who was a Vietnam vet before being changed. He offers a lot of humor to story and it's great to see the way he interacts with Charlie. I also enjoyed how Brook used this plot to muddy the lines between good and evil. The first two novels in the Guardian series really have that "demons are pure evil" vibe going on. Even Demon Angel does despite having a demon heroine, because her "goodness" is subtly attributed to her being half demon. Demon Moon really starts to blur those lines through showing the relationship between Charlie's sister and her demon boyfriend. Yes, he has an agenda but it comes across that he really does love his girlfriend. However, the sister's attitude to what he does to Charlie pissed me off. Then again, the sister in general annoyed me.
All in all, this is a really great paranormal series, but if you're going to start reading these books, I would suggest doing it in order.