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What A Demon Wants [Paperback]

Kathy Love

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Jan. 26 2010
A bodyguard? Why in the world would a demon need a bodyguard? Yes, it's true Ellina Kostova is only half demon...and an author with a cult following, but that just means strange stuff happens. She isn't in real danger. Heck, she's in more danger from Jude Anthony, the guy her brother has hired to protect her. In big danger, actually. Because she just cannot be attracted to...well, anyone. She's too much of a demon in bed. No, really. Jude has grown accustomed to being an outcast, adrift in both the mortal and preternatural worlds. Being a paid fighting machine isn't glamorous, but he does it - and many other things - spectacularly well. And man does Ellina Kostova need a lot of protection. But he needs protection, too. She's making him remember what it feels like to be human. And he's already learned no good can come of that. Especially when he's been hired not only to protect her - but also kill her.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; 1 edition (Jan. 26 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758231954
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758231956
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14.2 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 200 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,340,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 3.5 out of 5 stars  23 reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute and sexy? Yes. Masterful plotting? Not so much - but it's still a fun light PNR read Feb. 10 2010
By melindeeloo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
What a Demon Wants is book four in Love's saga of New Orleans' supernaturals finding love. And here we get the first supe/supe pairing. The leading lady this time is authoress Ellina (Maksim's sister from book 3 Demon Can't Help It), a reclusive half demon half human crossbreed who maintains calm and control at all times because any type of excitement, including arousal, makes her literally 'horny'. You can imagine the crimp that's put in Ellina's love life, especially since she's attracted to humans and not other supes.

Of course Ellina just hasn't met the right supe yet. That all changes, when after several break-ins at Ellina's home, brother Maksim decides Ellina needs protection. Against Ellina's wishes, Maksim hires paranormal body guard Jude to keep Ellina safe. Even though Jude has a 'thing' against demons, the attraction between the pair is electric. But with Jude's reservations about getting involved with a demon - not to mention a client - in addition to Ellina's 'scaly little problem' - then to top it off, throw in Ellina's mysterious stalker - and it's not clear how things can work out between the pair. Not to worry though, HEA's always find a way, because as every bodyguard knows ... the best way to guard a body is up close - real close.

I liked What A Demon Wants. Both Jude and Ellina are quite appealing as leads and that goes a long way in making this a cute and sexy read. The background stalker story is not much of a mystery for us readers, but even though it was tossed off quickly at the end, I wasn't upset with the resolution of the stalker story line (I thought it was kind of funny). And while I liked the haunted Jude a great deal, his supernatural secrets aren't fully explored (What is he trying to win free of?) and, when adding this to the thin plot, What A Demon Wants ends up being a lightweight romance. But that didn't stop me from enjoying the book, because I was in the mood for something light, and now and then it's nice to read a book where your brain doesn't have to work to hard:)

So I thought What a Demon Wants was a nice, if frothy, addition to Love's series which includes: Any Way You Want It, I Want You To Want Me and Maksim's story (which is still my favorite though). Also I really enjoyed meeting Ellina's twin demon brothers, Pasha and Andry - one light and one dark and both mischievous. The brothers look to be promising candidates for future books, because yes, from the epilog, it's clear that Love's not done with her demons yet.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Did not Live up to the Cover-Very Disapointed (SPOILERS) April 26 2010
By AdminDiva - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I usually love Kathy Love but found this book very disappointing. There was a series of let downs and unanswered questions for me. First of all the back cover said he was hired to kill her. That never happened. Why doesnt he sleep? Vampires and Werewolfs sleep. The part where she tells her brothers to stop and they do. Am I the only one that thought she was going to turn out to be more powerful than she knew? And the Big reason he has to take these jobs he hates... buy back his soul?...bring his kid back to life?... No.To open a restaurt???!!! Really??!! And the bad guy who wants to kill her so bad so boring since you kinda know who it is and the reason and resolution behind it was so dull. I hope her next book is better like the other books before this.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This Demon Wants More Story In Her Story March 5 2011
By Tracy - Published on Amazon.com
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Reclusive author and demon half-breed Ellina Kostova has been beset by bad luck. Her home has been broken into three times in the past three months, books and research have gone missing, she's received weird phone calls, was almost run over by a car, and got stuck in a cat for several months. But really, besides that cat thing, which personally she blames on her trickster demon brothers, the rest can be written off as consequences of being a famous author and living in New Orleans. Her overprotective big brother, on the other hand, isn't quite so cavalier.

Guess that answers the question of why a demon...even a half demon...needs a bodyguard. Not that Ellina agrees. Not that her brother gives her a choice. Though, really, if she had to be stuck with a bodyguard, the sexy Jude Anthony isn't so bad. He's fun to look at, though that way leads to embarrassing hot flashes, scales, and horns... Yeah, that's a downer. So's the fact that the man's all about business, none too forthcoming about himself, and seems to have a distaste for touching demons. And people wonder why she's reclusive...or against having a strange man in her house loomi...er...guarding over her.

When she's attacked in a public restroom, however, disbelief in a threat all too real evaporates like so much smoke, and having Jude around doesn't seem like such a bad idea. When his seemingly icy behavior starts to melt, and his touch starts to turn from protective to possessive, though, a bigger danger looms large. Jude can protect her body...but who is going to protect her heart?

As a general rule, I don't like jumping into the middle of a series. I'm depressingly linear in my reading habits, and I don't like feeling lost in a book's previously established mythos and backstory. I can say that I didn't have that problem here. The reason for that, though, may be a bigger issue.

It's a perfectly entertaining read. For fans of lighter paranormal romance books, the characters are pleasant enough and their relationship cute enough to appeal. It entertained me on that level. Kathy Love has a breezy and light writing style I found pleasant. Ellina and Jude were likable. They had some nice chemistry. For a romance that was more fluff than substance, I enjoyed it.

That's a good thing, truly, because when I look for substance, it's in very short supply. I'm not sure what the series is like, as I went into this book cold, but What A Demon Wants was lacking on a lot of very critical issues. The world building was virtually nonexistent. There was no exposition about the created mythology, little framework for the world of the paranormals or preternaturals in reference to humans, and no explanation of what demons are, what they do, and what they're capable of doing.

Character development is similarly hampered. The fact that Ellina is half demon is briefly explained, as is her past, her career, and her family issues. None of which is really expounded on or awarded any depth (we're not even given details on that whole cat thing!). Neither is Jude's history, which is lengthy, so I certainly wouldn't expect the blow-by-blow, but it would have been nice to have a clearer idea of how he became what he is, as it's supposed to be impossible.

Plot threads were introduced, then left to dangle. Ellina's brother and his pregnant wife, Ellina's twin brothers, her father, all appear, initiate conflict or opportunity for some development, but are given nothing but cursory attention. The suspense subplot was the most evolved of all the threads beyond the romance, and that ended so abruptly and in such an anticlimactic fashion that I was almost agog. And agog isn't a good look for me.

I liked the romance, I really did. It was cute in an uncomplicated and simple way, with no real conflict or melodrama. A little sexy; a little fun. Everything quickly resolved and mostly feel-good. I appreciate that, because I'm a little burned out on melodrama at the moment. But I'm afraid if you focus on the characters in the romance, you'll notice they're very thinly developed, and if you look beyond the romance to the supporting plot threads you'll see too much potential that went unrealized. There just doesn't seem to be all that much story in this story.

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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining romantic suspense urban fantasy Feb. 22 2010
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In New Orleans, Ellina Kostova's older brother Maksin (see demon Can't Help It) explains to her he hired a bodyguard to protect her. She asks her sibling why would a demon, actually a half-demon, like her need a bodyguard though she has a résumé filled with violent encounters. He responds with to keep her safe from her unknown stalker.

Wannabe writer half breed vampire werewolf Jude Anthony moves into Ellina's home to her jubilee as he is a hunk. They are attracted to one another, but her reaction is humiliating as horns and scales appear on her body; he simply ignores his wants as she is a client not a sex partner. As each dances around their desire, the stalker turns dangerous.

This is an entertaining romantic suspense urban fantasy starring two likable individuals. The story line is fast-paced throughout although the romance supersedes the suspense and urban fantasy elements. Still readers will enjoy Kathy Love's fine tale and hope for more in the same setting with a deeper profound look into the emotional state of former mortals turned immortals while those whom you loved turned to dust centuries ago.

Harriet Klausner
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of What a Demon Wants March 22 2011
By Blue Shedevil - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Ellina looks like an angel, but when she gets turned on, she's a horny demon.....literally. That's right, in certain situations, Ellina transforms and she has no control over the process. Because of this Ellina has become somewhat of a recluse. When she fails to acknowledge that she's in real danger after several break-ins, her brother hires a half vampire/ half werewolf bodyguard. Jude feels the electricity between himself and Ellina from the start,but feels he must stay on the job despite his very strong misgivings. Someone wants Ellina dead, and with suspects ranging from her twin demon brothers to the many fans of her Jenny Bell novels, Jude is running out of time to save the woman he is falling hard for.
I forget how much I love this series until I pick up the next book. The characters are always intriguing, the plots complex, and the humor abundant. The love scenes sizzle off the page, although they could be just a tad more graphic. (yeah, I know, I'm a perv) The only reason this book did not get a 5th star is because I felt the ending lacked detail, in the whole disposing of the bad guy thing. Other than that it was perfect.

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