Claire is the handmaiden to the demon, Rue. Her warlock mother brought her to Eudae when she was 6 years old. When her mother died a couple of years later, Rue took her in. Under his control, he tweaked and twisted her magick until in no longer resembled what it originally was. When another sect of demons attack, Rue thrusts Claire through a portal to earth after placing a magical weapon inside her. He plans on removing it from her but first he must remove it from the other demons for if they get control of it, they will wipe out most of the other demons and possibly set their sights on earth!
Once on earth, Claire finds that she is lost and unable to find her way to safety as she works on evading two demons that were able to follow her before the portal was closed. People look at her as if she is crazy until one finally calls the police and she is committed to a hospital. In desperation she places a call for help using air magick with the hopes that someone will hear.
Claire’s cry was heard by several air witches. The coven near Chicago plans to remove her from the hospital. When they hear her story, they immediately send her to a safe house a couple of states away with the hope that the demons will not be able to find her there. She’s accompanied by Adam and Theo. Adam still grieves for his wife though she’s been dead for 7 years. Theo was once captured by warlocks who tried to break him. He still carries scars from that, both mentally and physically.
Adam and Claire feel an attraction to each other. Neither truly wants to act on it. For Adam, it feels as though he’s being adulterous. Claire’s last and only lover was killed by Rue when he discovered them. Claire doesn’t want Adam suffering a similar fate. Living in close quarters and in fear for their lives only heightens their feelings. Does Claire dare to reach out? And if she does, can Adam put his past behind him?
In the mean time, everyone knows that if Claire can remove the magical weapon from inside her, the demons would stop trying to kill her and those around her. The problem is, it has reached out and blended into Claire’s magick and no one can figure out how to remove one without the other and without killing Claire! Can they find a solution before the demons find Claire and take care of it themselves by killing Claire?
This fast paced paranormal romance is part of a series of books. It can be read alone and enjoyed as the story revolves around Claire and her problems, adventures and love interest. There are secondary characters in this story that have obviously had their own stories told but their interactions in this story doesn’t not distract the reader. In fact, I’m sure readers of this series find that they enhance their enjoyment of it.
The characters are very well written with lots of depth and character. Claire has been raised in a totally different society with different rules and ways of doing things. This shows as she tries to adjust to earth. She also comes across as a strong woman that hates to ask for help or accommodations. This is very apparent when she asks to sleep in Adam’s room, not in his bed but on the floor as she has never slept in a room by herself. As Rue’s handmaiden she slept by his bed. Adam struggles to understand Claire while he struggles with his own problems. Though Adam likes sex, he likes it without ties. He knows that with Claire, those ties are going to be there and his first loyalty is to his dead wife. His internal conflict gives Adam a human side and gives the reader a great insight on his personality.
Not only are the characters developed well, Eudae is too. Through Claire, you get to explore another dimension and society. There are strict rules there and fast justice. She describes the architecture and the history. By the end of the book, Eudae is as well known as earth.
Sexual, sensual, fast paced, great characters, car chases and even a little violence makes this book a wonderful experience and a joy to read. There is something for everyone as Claire and Adam work towards a happily ever after. And just when you think they might have a chance, Rue shows up! Claire knows he wants the magical weapon but is she returning too? And will he allow Adam to live?
I loved reading about Claire and Adam. They seemed to compliment each other. I also liked that many of the other characters seemed like they should be old friends even if I was just meeting them. Their backgrounds were introduced as if you should have already known them and they were familiar. This was an excellent book that just left me wondering, what next.
With the immense powers of an earth witch, Claire isn’t destined to be a demon’s handmaiden. Yet this has been her fate since she was six, when her warlock mother brought her to Eudae. Now as an adult, she’s about to discover her true power—and how far others are willing to go to take it away…
As part of a mission with the Coven, Adam Tyrell rescues Claire from her enslavement—and finds himself immediately taken with the beautiful witch. But this charming playboy soon learns that it’s easier to steal Claire from demons than win her heart, for her life as a servant has ravaged her spirit. But with Adam determined to protect her from the warlocks who want to harness her magick for evil, Claire’s resistance starts to give way—and they find themselves in the heat of danger, surrendering to the lure of their deepest desires…