Review:The Demoness of Waking Dreams by Stephanie Chong

The Demoness of Waking Dreams by Stephanie Chong
Series: Company of Angels (# 2)
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Publisher:  Harlequin MIRA
Pages: 368
Source:  NetGalley

Ex-cop Brandon Clarkson is an angel with an edge. His tough exterior is the perfect camouflage for his job—hunting down the most dangerous criminals on earth. A self-reliant and demanding lone wolf, Brandon is the perfect angel to track and capture demoness Luciana Rossetti.

Beneath the surface of Luciana’s cool, green-eyed beauty lurks the heart of a malevolent killer. In the winding streets of Venice, she lures Brandon into her dark world of pleasure.

They are perfectly matched. Angel and demon. Man and woman. But only one can win the battle of wills, of strength and of desire.

 

Review:  I have some really mixed feelings about this book. In some ways I really liked it… but in others I was just do disappointed. After having read book one, I was excited to tackle this one. But my disappointment is making this a very hard review to write.

So, on one hand we have Brandon. He was a Chicago cop who was murdered while undercover and then he became an angel. He’s never gotten over his murder and every night he relives the event in his dreams… until he meets Luciana. She on the other hand is a demon. She’s got this affinity for poisons and is creating one that will kill demons and angels alike.

Fair warning, there may be some spoilers ahead, although I’m going to try very hard to not do it.

I actually liked both Brandon and Luciana, but I’m not sure I liked them together. I guess this whole idea of angels and demons hooking up just seems wrong. In this book, Luciana doesn’t really repent and yet Brandon doesn’t “fall” either. But at the same time, I knew these two loved each other, but the ending just ticked me off… and I can’t say any more than that without completely giving away the book. When I got to the last page, I asked “that’s it?”. I was not a happy camper.

Yes, the journey to get there was well done. Brandon is supposed to capture the elusive, bad demon, Luciana. But he finds that he’s more intrigued with her than he probably should be. Which then takes the reader on a wild ride as they play cat and mouse and then make love and then war. And then throw in the supporting characters that don’t make things any easier for anyone… well, as I said, it was a wild ride.

I guess I’m just going to have to keep reading the series to see if there is some resolution that didn’t happen here. That said, the book will stand alone, but as always, reading them in order does help enhance the reading experience.

And last, a word of warning. There is a fair amount of violence and a rape scene of sorts.

 

 






2 thoughts on “Review:The Demoness of Waking Dreams by Stephanie Chong

  1. Alyn Yang says:

    For some odd reason I keep seeing this book being advertised next to my newsfeed on my Facebook page.

    Thank you for your review. I think I’ll pass on this book. I considered it because I liked the cover but I don’t want to read a book and think “that’s it?” at the end.

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