by Ciar Cullen
Published by Samhain Publishing on September 8, 2009
Genres: Fiction, Paranormal, Romance
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Love—it’s the real thing. And complicated as hell…
Archeologist Eliza Schneider assumes her meeting with an exotic stranger in the Egyptian desert was a heat-induced hallucination…until he materializes in New York. She has to give the tall, handsome Egyptian high marks for originality with his pick-up line: they’re fated to save the world together. The master/servant thing goes a long way toward sweeping her off her feet, but it’s easier to believe he’s just another in her long line of poor romantic choices.
Kasdeya, the Fifth Satan, waited eons for his Keeper to find her way to his tomb amongst the ancient ruins. He only has a limited time to convince Eliza that her role is critical to help defeat the loathsome Deumos, a female demon who has laid her claim to bearing his child—a child that will bring down mortals.
Trouble is, Eliza doesn’t even believe Kasdeya is real. If he can’t convince her he isn’t an illusion—and neither is their love—Deumos will win.
Warning: This book is not work safe! May cause hot fantasies about sexy immortals and lead to poor productivity.
Basic plot: While working on and exciting dig deep in the desert, archaeologist Eliza Schneider meets the man of her dreams only to find out later, much to her disappointment, that he was a mirage…or so she thought. When her mirage shows up back in her home town of New York and begins to weave a tale of how she is his “master” and they are supposed to save the world from an evil she-demon, Eliza is sure the heat has affected her dream man’s, or maybe her own mind.
The demon, Kasdeya, has been trapped waiting to find his “keeper”. This keeper is going to keep Kasdeya from being claimed by another demon, Deumos. If Deumos wins and gets what she wants from him (his seed), they would have a child that would bring down the mortal world.
Review: While in the middle of her heatstroke, Eliza is very entertaining trying to convince herself that she is sane which apparently is a bit of a discussion topic in her family. There is a scene where she is being initially drawn into the mirage and she cannot remember Kasdeya’s name and calls him “Kas…Kas-somebody” and at that moment, she becomes real to me. Always just a bit off of center, Eliza is written as a real person approached with a relatively insane proposition after a stressful time wanting nothing more than a check-up, manicure, and not to have her heart broken. Though being a short story, it seemed that she bought in to the whole crazy proposition of being the Demon’s “keeper” and saving the world with a lot more faith and a lot less proof than expected in a very short amount of time.
Having been buried for a thousand or so years, it was expected that Kasdeya would struggle with the modern feminine mentality and use of language. His objections to cursing are an interesting aspect of the story that is brought up multiple times but never expanded. It is also always fascinating to read how men struggle with how women think and act as it relates to propriety. Then to take that to the next level and add a few centuries in between just adds to the complications and humor.
After reading numerous Ciar Cullen (Theresa McFarland) books, this is not one of her best mainly because it is so short. There are so many aspects of the story that would have been wonderful to expand on and would have added depth to a somewhat shallow story. The characters are interesting and the story concept has potential but some plot points were written with a disjointed timeline which may have sped things up for the characters but were lost in translation for the reader. It was a good lead in to the next book in the series, “The Egyptian Demon’s Daughter” but I wanted more. However, the cover is definitely a keeper. Hubba Hubba!