Grade : B
Grade : B
Book type : Paranormal Romance
Sensuality : Kisses
Review Date : February 17, 2009
Published On : 2009

I found Bedeviled, the first entry in Maureen Child’s new series, to be an enjoyable read, with interesting characters and a fair amount of humor.

Things get off to a quick start when struggling artist Maggie Donovan enters her ex-boyfriend’s office and sees a naked, tailed, female creature with large, sharp teeth devouring him. Almost against her will, Maggie tries to fight the creature and save her ex, but, unfortunately, he’s well past saving (and, thankfully, we’re spared the gory details). Maggie manages to kill the creature, but breaks a pendant it was wearing in the process, scattering dust all over herself.

Within moments, Maggie’s fingers begin to glow and she develops super human strength. After picking up her 12-year old niece, the two discover a gorgeous man in their home, who tells them he’s Culhane, a thousand year old Fae warrior from Otherworld. He tells Maggie that her destiny has arrived; it’s time for her to go to Otherworld, kill Mab, the Queen of the Fae, and become the queen. Maggie doesn’t believe him at first and actually ties him up and calls the police. Her niece, however, does some quick Internet searching and discovers he may be legitimate.

Legitimate or not, Maggie doesn’t want to get involved in any battles in Otherworld. However, she quickly finds herself threatened by demons and other creatures. At the same time, Maggie begins to develop a whole host of powers, but has no control over them. Culhane sends in a pixie to prepare Maggie for the battle with Mab and to help her fight off the demons.

There’s a strong attraction between Maggie and Culhane, but make no mistake, this isn’t a book about their love affair. In fact, for most of the book, they’re not even together. Culhane is off dealing with problems in Otherworld, while Maggie’s in her own world, being trained to use her new powers.

I didn’t find Culhane to be very likeable. I can understand why he uses Maggie, and lies to her, but that doesn’t make him a romantic hero in my mind. I appreciated that Maggie stood up for herself and didn’t simply cave in to the gorgeous man. I also was happy that Maggie didn’t trust Culhane, as he kept a lot from her, through most of the book.

The alternate world of the Otherworld, filled with all kinds of creatures, was quite interesting. The males exist in Otherworld to serve the women as warriors, but have no real political power. And while the female Fae can fly, the male can’t – you’ve gotta love that.

Maggie’s niece also added a lot to the story. In fact, I enjoyed her relationship with her niece much more than with Culhane.

If you want everything tied together at the end of a book, Bedeviled isn’t for you. While there isn’t an “unhappy ending,” things are very unclear. As for me, I’m interested to see where the series goes from here.

LinnieGayl Kimmel

My first memory is sitting with my mother on a blanket in our backyard surrounded by books and she is reading one of them to me. My love of reading was encouraged by my parents and it continues to today. I’ve gone through a lot of different genres over the years, but I currently primarily read mysteries (historical mysteries are my favorites) and romances (focusing on contemporaries, categories, and steampunk). When I’m not reading or working, I love to travel, knit, and work on various community projects.
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