Review: Where Demons Fear to Tread by Stephanie Chong

Where Demons Fear to Tread by Stephanie Chong
Series: Company of Angels (#1)
Release Date: August 23, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Pages: 368
Source:  ARC provided by publicist for review

Fledgling 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, Archdemon 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.

Review: I’ve been seeing this book all around the blogosphere, so when I was asked to review Where Demons Fear to Tread, I gladly accepted. I was not disappointed which this debut novel and the start of what can be a very interesting series.

Ms Chong has created a unique world of guardian angels and the demons they battle as they protect their “wards”.  The concept isn’t new, but I think it’s more how it is presented, the theology, that really grabbed me.  Don’t get me wrong, there’s no preaching, but it’s a classic good versus evil tale and explored the shades of gray in between.

I enjoyed both characters, the angel Serena and the demon Julian.  The interaction between the young angel and the seasoned demon, as they struggled against their nature as well as the attraction drew me and kept me turning those pages.  The characters weren’t perfect and I found myself frustrated with them from time to time, but as no one is perfect, and so that frustration was welcome in the end,.

And now that Ms Chong has established her world, I’m excited to see where she takes this “Company of Angles” when her next book is released.

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