Review: Demon Hunting in the Deep South by Lexi George

Demon Hunting in the Deep South (Demon Hunting, #2)Demon Hunting in the Deep South by Lexi George
Series:  Demon Hunting (# 2)
Release Date:  July 31, 2012
Publisher:  Kensington Publishing
Page Count:  368 pages
Source:   publisher

Shy, self-conscious Evie Douglass tries to stay under the radar, especially when petite socialite Meredith Starr Peterson, aka The Death Starr, is anywhere around. Meredith and her bitch posse of skinny girlfriends have tormented Evie about her size since seventh grade. Unfortunately, it’s hard for a plus-sized gal to stay invisible in a small town like Hannah, Alabama. And then Evie finds Meredith brutally murdered. Suddenly, she’s the number one suspect in a sensational murder case. Worse, Hannah is infested with demons, and the only thing standing between them and Evie is a hunky blond demon slayer named Ansgar. Evie could swear, though, that Ansgar is interested in more than demons. She could swear that he’s interested in her…

 

Review:  Demon Hunting in the Deep South by Lexi George is an amazingly excellent read! Ms. George knows how to combine sassy southern humor, sizzling sensuality, paranormal intrigue and suspense into one intoxicating ball of storytelling bliss!

I had the pleasure of reading the first book in the Demon Hunting series titled Demon Hunting in Dixie and absolutely loved it.  In that first story, readers learned the story of Addy Corwin and Brand.  Now, delightfully, readers are treated to the story of Addy’s best friend Evie and Ansgar.  Evie is a very timid and self-conscious sort of person who has always been a doormat for others.  Ansgar, however, sees her beauty and strength and will do anything to make her see it herself.  Unfortunately, Evie is a prime suspect in a murder that she did not commit, though all evidence shines on her.

Ansgar and Brand are Demon Hunters/Dalvahni sent to Hannah to destroy the demons/djegrali that run plentiful in this little town.  It is the scent of the demons that lead Ansgar and Brand, to realize that the murder was committed by evil and, for whatever reason, made to look as though Evie is the one who is guilty.  The big question is why and can they figure out who the real murderer is before Evie is convicted and locked away for a very long time?

In true Lexi George fashion, Demon Hunting in the Deep South is filled with sassiness, brashness and tons of laugh-out-loud humor.  Mix with that, a sexy sensuousness, mind-blowingly hot alpha males, sweet and sassiness southern girls and you can’t help but love both this author and the stories that she creates.

I could not help but to fall in love with Evie.  She is a young woman who grew up always being teased about her weight, made fun of and made to feel lower than the low; her best friend, Addy, just the opposite and always there for her.  She is like a beautiful rose that is being strangled by torturous weeds (the weeds being the cruel “perfect” females in the area).  Evie does have a buried spunk and it peers out shyly from time to time and when it does, it is awesome!!  Ansgar is madly in love with Evie and cannot stand the fact that she is so hard on herself and so demeaning of herself.  He is a strong, powerful and beyond sizzling sexy hunter who has tried everything to keep himself away from Evie.  His passion and desire for her cannot be stopped, however, and what these two have together is nothing short of combustible!  I truly love Ansgar and dare anyone not to adore this man who is steadfast, compassionate, kind, loving and – did I mention – beyond hot?!

With the paranormal aspect being the underlying theme of the story, I became quickly engrossed in both the characters and the writing voice of Lexi George.  Ms. George personifies written entertainment in my eyes!  She makes me laugh, she makes me cry, she makes me yearn and she makes me fly through the pages!  Though I loved Demon Hunting in Dixie, I think that I loved this one a bit more.  I think it may be because I loved watching an underdog type of personality blossom and come to life before my eyes.  Though Addy’s sassiness brings tons of laughs to the story!  I cannot wait for the next installment in this series:  Demon Hunting in a Dive Bar (January 31, 2013)!!!  Also, I have to mention that I love the covers on these books!  They depict what is nestled between the covers perfectly.  I also want to say that though this is a series, Demon Hunting in the Deep South can easily be read as a stand-alone if desired.  There are enough tidbits of info from the first book: Demon Hunting in Dixie to allow the reader to know exactly what is going on and why.

I highly recommend this to anyone looking for an excellent, fun, sassy and engrossing read!

Quote: “Evangeline, no.”

The deep, compelling voice rang out, shattering the spell. A pair of strong arms wrapped around her and jerked her away from the desk. She caught a brief whiff of an intoxicating scent, a subtle, dizzying combination of cedar with notes of lavender and bergamot. Whoever her secret savior was, he smelled divine.

The spicy scent stirred a whisper of memory deep within her. It fractured and flew apart as she was lifted and sent spinning into nothingness. There was a brief, falling sensation, and then she was sitting on her front porch steps.