I really love it when I can read a chunk of books together and put it all in one review. Such is the case here.
DEMON'S VENGEANCE: THE COMPLETE FINAL ASYLUM TALES - Jocelynn Drake
The complete novel that comprises Demon’s Fury, Demon’s Vow and Inner Demon.
Powerful warlock and tattoo artist Gage has managed to escape the magical Ivory Towers who terrorize the rest of humans and monsters—but at a price. Now he must join forces with his nemesis, Gideon, to stop an entity that is using forbidden Death Magic to commit gruesome murders across the nation. And if that’s not keeping him busy enough, an investigator recruits Gage to help her track a killer … who might be targeting tattoo artists.
When Gage discovers a demon locked away, it offers him access to dark magic in exchange for its freedom—a dangerous opportunity, but one that could save his loved ones. Gage must choose between what is right and what is easy.
I'm going to be honest, I wanted to review this solely based on the cover. But here's a pro-tip, make sure you've read the first three books. I had assumed this was books 1-3 so I figured I'd be fine. I was not fine because this starts with book 3.1 and I had zero idea what was going on for the first half of the book. Yes, the author does an amazing job of weaving in a quick synopsis in case you're an idiot who doesn't know what she's doing and starting in the middle of a series, but until you get all of the details straight, the story doesn't make sense. So admittedly, this is completely my own fault.
But with that- I kind of loved it anyways. I love that Gage does tattoos and totally plays into the bad boy image. I love that Gideon is a hard ass who has a sensitive side with his wife and daughter, but can totally turn around and kill someone within a second because he's very alpha male. I love all of the paranormal elements in this book (seriously, I may have snickered at unicorns being more bad ass than dragons? WHAT?), and I liked the romance elements throughout all three stories. Here's what I hated: the ending. I know, it's terrible when you hate the ending to a series. But seriously- if ever there was a time to give a final resolution for a series, and more specifically a character, it's now. We're left hanging in the worst possible way. To say I finished this feeling frustrated and a bit annoyed is a complete understatement. The only reasoning I can think is that maybe the author will revisit Gage in maybe a novella or something later on? Or maybe he comes back as himself in a totally different series and maybe he isn't the main character but he's in the book enough where we find out what happens with his story line more? I don't know, but that's enough of a boo boo to not let me give this 4 stars. Which is a shame because there were so many good things in these books to warrant a 4 star review, despite not having read book one and two to see how far these characters had come, but that ending. Terrible. Totally terrible. It almost feels like she just gave up, ran out of ideas, was sick of writing about these people, something.
If you are a fan of paranormal romance, if you like the bad boy trying to be a good boy but being tempted to make terrible decisions which would make him end up looking like martyr, this is for you. Easily. You'll love it. I did enjoy Jocelynn's story telling and her writing, so I would absolutely check out other books by her simply because the story line and how she was able to weave so many different types of creatures into it with ease was pretty damn impressive.
Jocelynn is everywhere, you can find her on Facebook, Twitter, her blog, and her website. And finally- you can purchase this book on Amazon at a really great price!