Only a demon can kill an angel, but can an angel save a demon?
He waits, searching for his next conquest to tempt into a drug, alcohol, or sexual haze of debauchery. This is how he has built his empire and risen through the demon ranks over the centuries, off the backs of evil choices humans make. On this night though Archdemon Julian is restless. Never one to lack female companionship to slake his lust, Julian is unusually discontent and finds nothing holds his interest. That is until he saw her.
Guardian angel/yoga instructor Serena's first Assignee is a drug and alcohol abusive, womanizing actor. Her mission is to guide Nick toward a path of good choices. Easier said than done. No one told her it would ultimately lead her into a demon's lair where she captured the unwanted yet enraptured attention of the club's owner. Now faced with an impossible decision involving her family, friends, and Assignee, Serena makes a deal with a demon.
"Better the devil you know?"
With Julian and Serena now in Sin City, a battle of wills ensues and weaknesses are exposed. Julian soon recognizes that his little angel is a lot tougher than she looks and all his best efforts to make her "fall" are wasted. Instead, Julian becomes confused over his desire to destroy or keep her.
"You have a divine mission to carry out."
Meanwhile, Serena receives a `divine intervention'. She wasn't informed of what exactly her mission entails or how truly divine it would be. All she needs to remember is to keep love in her heart. However, her Assignee has become more of a babysitting issue and while her attention is diverted, mistakes are made. Is one person's soul worth an angel falling?
"Never bet the devil your head. He'll screw you every time."
Demons in the form of a woman scorned and a power-hungry man are waiting in the wings looking for the perfect opportunity to strike and will use any means necessary to destroy both Julian and Serena.
"`Good and evil are equally balanced. Besides, you should know by now that what is beautiful isn't necessarily good,' he said."
After some initial confusion in the beginning, the rest of the story was hypnotically entrancing. I was surprised to find how fascinatingly profound the story was at times and my reaction to the question of choice. Most intriguing were the conversational debates that Julian and Serena had regarding the differences between angels and demons and the balance of good and evil. If an angel can fall, can a demon be redeemed? Both sides gave convincing arguments, but in the war between good and evil, it is all about choice.
Julian is a brilliant cross of both hero and villain. Believable to his evil core while he struggles to stay away from the light. I had a wonderful love/hate relationship with this character. On the other hand, Serena has a bit of a martyr complex. She just can't stand by while bad choices are being made and will sacrifice herself if that's what it takes. I enjoyed watching her fledgling nervousness make way for her inner iron-willed Guardian. She even has an inner seductress that is exposed when she suddenly decides to flip the script on Julian, which is one of my favorite scenes. In a twisted, ironic sort of way, Julian and Serena both fail and accomplish their missions.
Ms. Chong's imagery was so well depicted that I honestly felt like some of the scenes would have made stunning photographs. Her sexual tension technique was built to simmer throughout the storyline and then boil over in an erotically sensual explosion. It was delicious. Overall, the story was delivered with a very well developed world and plotline. This author's debut and first in The Company of Angels series is sure to be a hit and I will undoubtedly continue with next installment.
"If fools rush in where angels fear to tread, where do demons fear to tread?"
And now I know the answer. Curious? Read the book. You won't be sorry you did.
Where angels fall from grace and demons fall…in love.
"Welcome to DEVIL's Paradise."
The arch demon’s voice was low and deep. His fingers caressed her through the fabric of her dress. “Your soul—or his, Serena. Choose.”
Fledging guardian angel and yoga teacher Serena St. Clair dares to enter Devil’s Paradise nightclub on a mission—to retrieve the wayward Hollywood “It Boy” she’s assigned to protect. But she’s ambushed by the club’s owner, arch demon Julian Ascher. The most powerful demonic entity in Los Angeles, Julian is handsome as sin, a master of temptation who loves nothing more than corrupting pleasure-seeking humans. He won’t release the lost soul Serena is supposed to guard. Unless she accepts his dangerous wager.…
After the disastrous way his human life ended, Julian vowed that no woman would get the better of him again.
Yet this sexy-sweet angel, smelling of fresh ocean air and happiness, triggers centuries-old feelings. Now, their high-stakes game of seduction, where angels fall from grace and where demons fear to tread, will lead them either to an eternity in hell…or a deliciously hot heaven.