Usually, when I’m reading about angels and demons, they’re trying to kill each other in some epic battle of good vs. evil. Stephenie Chong’s debut novel, Where Demons Fear to Tread, doesn’t really break out of that mold, yet it is different from any other angel/demon book that I’ve ever read.
Fledging guardian angel and yoga teacher Serena St. Clair dares 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 was different because it was wholly and completely, a love story. There wasn’t much action to the plot, it was all about the sexual tension and a battle of the wits between Julian and Serena. But it was developed in such a way that it held me hooked throughout the entire story.
I loved Julian. He was multifaceted in a way that demons aren’t normally portrayed. He seemed to be innately evil, yet he had a hidden depth to him that wasn’t evil. Every one of his actions had an ulterior motive but those motives slowly changed from wanting to destroy Serena to wanting to protect and love her.
I felt that Serena was way too naive. Sure, angels are supposed to believe that there is good in everyone but Serena was easily manipulated by those around her. However, the more time she spent around Julian the more she grew, learning to trust her instincts more and more.
Julian and Serena proved without a doubt that opposites do attract. Their chemistry sizzled on the pages and exploded when they finally came together.