Daddy's little girl.
That's what clairvoyant Viola Ashwood has been her entire life. She wouldn't mind quite so much if her father hadn't been possessed by a powerful, and nasty, demon nearly a decade earlier. After recovering from a horribly tragic confrontation with Daddy Dearest, Viola wants nothing more than to get back in to the federally-funded but privately run demon-hunting Network. Duke, her brother's ex-best friend and the guy she's crushed on since she was six, stands in her way. As Network regional head, Duke's got plenty of reasons for keeping Viola out of his region, and that's before he considers the fact that her father's on the Network's most wanted list
Just when Duke grudgingly allows Viola into the Network, Daddy Dearest, still possessed and more obsessed with Viola than ever, reappears. While trying to stay one step ahead of the demon, Viola struggles to overcome fears about her surprise demonic heritage while learning to control her new abilities. Especially the one that has her raising zombie squirrels in the middle of the afternoon. Together, Duke and Viola deal with dangerous demons, centuries of family secrets, and a mysterious link that may bind them for life.
This is a good, action-packed book with a sweet love story mixed in. The heroine in the story is Viola, who I really like. The author does a really good job at making you connect with her. She undergoes lots of traumatic events, and is just filled with so many emotions. She is someone who has been through a lot, and still holds up - even after she finds out that she can't trust anybody she's related to. The only people she ends up trusting is her childhood crush, Duke, and his sweet grandmother.
Duke hates Viola's family, so when she walks back into his life he's not exactly thrilled to see her. He is quite the jerk throughout the book, though he is always there for Viola when she needs him. Between working together through the Network, and Duke helping Viola with her possessed father, the two become inseparable. After everything they go through together, Duke can't admit - even to himself - that he is developing feelings for Viola.
Even though there was a lot of emotional stuff happening, and demon butt-kicking, there was actually a lot of humor involved. I loved the banter between Duke and Viola. They are both so hard-headed and stubborn, and they bicker all the time. There was a lot of sexual tension in the book before either one of them would admit to each other how they felt. Afterwards though, the passion was lacking. Even though this book was about an adult couple, there is no sex or anything more than kissing really. There were references to sex but it was pretty tame, so I think it would be ok for teens as well as adult. I think most fans of paranormal romance would enjoy this book.
About the author:
Kara Thorpe started writing as a distraction in French class and never stopped (just don’t ask her to conjugate many verbs). Born and raised in Texas, she loves all things historical, scientific, and downright geeky. Though she prefers to write short, character-driven stories, she ventured into the world of the novel with the first book of the Family Lies series "Daughter of Deception."
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