It's not impossible to read this book without having read the prequel, but it's probably still a better idea to read the prequel first.
That said, Julie Kenner does a great job of portraying Kate's life as a mother and wife on top of her other occupation. That was definitely what elevated it from merely being just another story about another heroine kicking demon-ass to something that was infinitely more relatable and made Kate a much more interesting character. Kenner incorporates the idea of a kick ass demon hunter and a super mom very well.
I did feel that Kenner didn't make the final push into making the story beyond just "good" with her treatment of Eric and Stuart. Perhaps it's because that I hadn't read the first book, but I was often somewhat at a loss regarding their emotions and rationalizations for their behavior. Stuart's actions at the end, for example, didn't exactly ring true.
Now, I would be interested in going back and reading the first book in the hopes that rounds out the story I have already read and seeing what the future has in store for Kate.
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julie Kenner (aka J. Kenner) comes the fifth installment in the fun-tastic demon-hunting soccer mom series that began with Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom
Demon-Hunter Kate Connor is having a very bad month.
Her resurrected first husband houses the soul of a demon.
Her current husband is being overly attentive to the point of smothering.
Her toddler son has entered a tantrum phase.
And her teenage daughter is still determined to be the next, best demon slayer. Worse, she’s determined to get her learner’s permit the day she turns fifteen.
That’s a lot for one woman to juggle, even a Demon-Hunter. Add saving the world to the mix, and things are about to get complicated…