I really enjoyed this piece, but then I have to admit to having a soft spot for the academic type. This is a light-hearted, fast piece that kept me on the edge of my seat. I enjoyed watching Lydian and Galen learn about each other and love - especially amusing to see Galen being struck with the emotional 100-pound anvil out of the sky when he realized his love.
The premise of the story was intriguing, although I wanted a lot more back-story about the demon - how she came to be, what she did, and how she was imprisoned to begin with.
Cindy has a skilled touch with details; she truly makes the story shine with the attention she gives to breathing life into her characters and setting. I also enjoyed the wry sense of humor that she has, especially with regards to how they finally solved the puzzle. I'll definitely be on the lookout for more spicy tales from Cindy - she's a definite keeper on my shelf.
The Hierophant generally appears in life in the form of a teacher or mentor. He's wise but can be stubborn to the point of disaster, especially if his beliefs are called into question.
Galen Forsythe believes the traditions and tenets of academia to be an almost sacred trust. So when he is hopelessly attracted to a brilliant young graduate student, he fights against it for three long years. Lydia has been in love with Galen, her Hierophant, from day one. When she's targeted by an ancient demon determined to escape its prison, Galen has to learn to let go of logic and tradition and trust in the power of love to save her.