Demon Hunting in Dixie
I like funny paranormal romances, but have to draw the line at one filled with juvenile humor and penis jokes. Add in a hero who speaks like a robot and lots of sex but no romance, and the book just doesn’t work for me. If not for a cute talking dog and a flying faery cat, this book might have an even lower grade.
Addy is out with her dog one evening when the pesky Dooley bolts into the woods. Addy runs after her and sees a gorgeous warrior step through a portal. In seconds the warrior is attacked by a demon. Somehow Addy gets in the middle of the battle, is attacked, and blacks out.
When Addy wakens she’s in her home with the gorgeous warrior Brand hovering over her. Oh, and did I mention that Dooley is now talking to her? It turns out Brand is a Dalvahni, an inter-galactic breed of warrior who have been fighting demons for 10,000 years. Brand saved Addy from sure death and in the process turned her part- Dalvahni.
When Addy kicks Brand out of her house he turns invisible and re-enters her home, ostensibly to protect her. But Brand can’t resist his powerful attraction to Addy and indulges in some heavy foreplay while she’s asleep.
Once Addy awakens and eventually stops the foreplay, she discovers some major changes in her appearance. Her hair has grown four inches and is now a gorgeous shade of pale blonde, her vision is now excellent, and her skin is flawless. Addy also learns she’s a target of demons. You might think that this would lead to non-stop action. It doesn’t. Instead, the remainder of the book meanders.
Addy and Brand have lots of sex within 24 hours of meeting, but I guess because Brand physically needs it, it’s okay. I get that Addy and Brand have an overpowering sexual attraction to each other; but that’s it. There was no substance to their relationship. Instead of substance or meaningful dialog, we get juvenile jokes. Tons of them.
There is no real depth to either Addy or Brand. For most of the book, Brand talks like a robotic alien from a bad 1950s science fiction movie. This can be funny in a movie; it doesn’t work so well for our hero. In the meantime, Addy seems far more concerned with her mother’s attempts to marry her off than on the fact that her life is supposedly in danger.
Much of the humor is over-the-top, including many penis jokes, and speculation about the size of various men’s penises. Addy and her friends seem incapable of speaking more than a sentence or two without reverting to crude jokes and innuendoes.
There are some unbelievably long descriptive paragraphs such as one describing everything on the menu in the town BBQ joint.
I did like the talking dog; she talks exactly the way I’d expect, with all emotions and wants.
The book meandered so much that I didn’t care when the action finally picked up toward the end. By then, I’d simply lost interest.