Review: Where Demons Fear to Tread by Stephanie Chong

23 Aug

Where Demons Fear to Tread by Stephanie Chong (Love the wings and skyline, not liking her face.)
Harlequin/MIRA (August 2011)
Mass Market: $7.99
ISBN: 9780778312475

Favorite Lines: “In the periphery of his vision, she shimmered like gold in a muddy riverbank. He blinked, unsure if what he’d seen was  a trick of the light. When he turned his head to look again, there she stood. She was dressed for a day at the beach, not for a night at the temple of sin.” (p.16 e-ARC)

Where angels fall from grace and demons fall…in love.

“Welcome to DEVIL’s Paradise.”

The arch demon’s voice was low and deep. His fingers caressed her through the fabric of her dress. “Your soul—or his, Serena. Choose.” 

Fledgling guardian angel and yoga teacher Serena St. Clair dares to enter Devil’s Paradise nightclub on a  mission—to retrieve the wayward Hollywood “It Boy” she’s assigned to protect. But she’s ambushed by the club’s owner, arch demon Julian Ascher. The most powerful demonic entity in Los Angeles, Julian is handsome as sin, a master of temptation who loves nothing more than corrupting pleasure-seeking humans. He won’t release the lost soul Serena is supposed to guard. Unless she accepts his dangerous wager.…

After the disastrous way his human life ended, Julian vowed that no woman would get the better of him again.
Yet this sexy-sweet angel, smelling of fresh ocean air and happiness, triggers centuries-old feelings. Now, their high-stakes game of seduction, where angels fall from grace and where demons fear to tread, will lead them either to an eternity in hell…or a deliciously hot heaven.

Where Demons Fear to Tread is a paranormal romance told in the third person. The story bounces around showing the story from several people’s point of view, but it is easy to follow. It is the first book in Stephanie Chong’s Company of Angels series. The book seeks to prove the worst sinners, i.e. the dregs of the world (demons), are capable of redemption when paired with the helping hand of love.

It is filled with a battle of wills between a worldly demon and an innocent angel. Both Julian and Serena are likeable characters and I was rooting for their relationship. Of course the inevitable happened, they lived happily ever after. That is why we read romance novels. However I was unsure just where Chong would allow the story to take the two would be lovers before concluding. It happened to be an extremely dark place. Looking back, I shouldn’t have been surprised with the depth of evil the couple was exposed too. The book was by no means fluffy.

They aren’t the sole focus of the book though. Selena is attempting to save the soul of a Hollywood actor, demons are conspiring against everyone and there is a little something going on unbeknownst to Serena within the Company. Put those story lines with the love story and you’ve got Where Demons Fear to Tread in a nutshell.

What happens when you pit a new angel against an at least 200-year-old seductive demon? You’ll have to read Where Demons Fear to Tread to find out. It’s a good book for those wanting to read a solid good vs. evil, angel vs. demon romance. Be sure to follow-up with the next book in the Company of Angels series, The Demoness of Waking Dreams, when it’s released in February 2012.

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One Response to “Review: Where Demons Fear to Tread by Stephanie Chong”

  1. Stephanie Chong August 28, 2011 at 9:33 pm #

    Thanks for your great review! Hope you enjoy the next book in the series when it’s out next year! In the meantime, happy reading!

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