Review: Night Demon

My thoughts on Lisa Kessler’s book, Night Demon

It has been tough trying to find time to read of late! This is even more frustrating because I was really enjoying Lisa Kessler’s Night Demon. It is the second installment in her Night series.

I really enjoyed Kate and Calisto’s book, Night Walker. Calisto is one hot, sexy shapeshifter. Then, we met Kane and Rita in the novella Night Thief. Kane was another yummy shifter. (Both books received 4 star reviews.)

I’m not sure where to begin discussing Night Demon. It is so well-written and the plot so well thought out that I’m at a loss. Lukas is the handsome Night Walker in this tale; his spirit form is a great horned owl. Fits his personality perfectly! Gretchen starts as his smart, savvy research assistant. As the story progresses, she becomes so much more. I just love her! Despite being a mere mortal, she has no problem keeping up with and helping the immortals in this story. 

The majority of the book takes place in the Yucatan jungle, where Lukas and Gretchen are studying Mayan glyphs. Their research is interrupted when a great Demon, Camalotz, is awakened and released from her prison deep within the earth. The Demon’s Guardian summons the gods of the North, East, South, and West; they are the ones who captured her before and will need to do it again. I’m over simplifying things, but hopefully you get the idea.

The story is fast-paced, and there is lots of tension between Lukas and Gretchen because it takes time for him to reveal his true nature to her. Ms. Kessler has incorporated several unexpected twists and turns to the story. She also does an excellent job of leaving the reader wanting for more – which will be coming in the third book, Night Child.

I have to say, too, that the Guardian nearly stole the show. His interactions with Rita were so sweet and touching – I fell in love with the guy and wished he wasn’t stuck as the awful Demon’s consort and watchdog. I feel like I could go on and on with things I liked about the story; however, you are just going to have to read it for yourself!

5 out of 5 stars!

Night Thief

Night_ThiefNight Thief by Lisa Kessler is a quick, yet fulfilling read. It is a novella, technically #1.5 in The Night series. I fell in love with Calisto in her first book, Night Walker. Kane does not disappoint in this read! I was excited when I heard there was another Night Walker out there. Whoo hoo!

I confess I normally don’t like historical romance stories – whether or not they include elements of the paranormal. One of the things this story had going for it was the setting – Paris and not London. Yay! Plus, she focused on the characters – Kane, Rita, and Antoine (and others, too many to name). While there were flouncy dresses, horses, and gas lamps, I enjoyed the chemistry between Kane and Rita.

Ladies, Kane is pure, sexy hottie. That he turns into a large cat doesn’t hurt, either! The picture on the cover accurately portrays him – he hates clothing and abhors ties and anything restricting around his neck (can’t say I blame him on the ties!). Rita is a stubborn, spunky, and caring woman. She does her best to look out for herself and her cousin against a ruthless vampire.

***SPOILER ALERT***

I loved how Rita felt like her body rejected the change. She was all set to leave Kane because her body didn’t cooperate with becoming immortal. I confess – I could see myself doing the same thing. Why is my body so retarded, can’t even get immortality right?! LOL In the end, she had nothing to fear *wink*

***END OF SPOILER***

This is definitely a must read series! The next book, Night Demon, will be released on March 18th. Thankfully, it isn’t too far away! For more information, check out Lisa’s blog: http://www.authorlisakessler.com/exciting-news-night-demon-has-a-release-date/

A solid 4 out of 5 stars!

Night Walker

My thoughts on Night Walker are way past due, especially for such a good book! Night Walker is the first book in Lisa Kessler’s The Night Series. It features an extreme hottie – Calisto Terana, who is a walker (he drinks blood and shifts into a raven). Kate Bradley, a choir director, caught her to-be husband cheating and had her world turned upside down. Not only that, she has horrible nightmares, which are replays of her own death. While she is visiting friends in San Diego, she runs into Calisto. Several times. And things only get interesting and steamy from there!

Calisto has every reason to relentlessly pursue Kate; he believes her to be his reincarnated lover Tala, and (thanks to him) she is a target of the Fraternidad. I like how Mr. Sexy shows incredible patience and support. I laughed out loud at him trying to drive Kate’s stick shift.

At first I wasn’t sure about the story flipping back and forth in time frame, but Ms. Kessler made it work. As time went on, I appreciated learning about Calisto and Tala and his transformation into a Night Walker. It gave me so much insight into him as a person that my heart broke for the loss he suffered.

Kate was the perfect combo for me as well. She wasn’t whiny, but she carefully followed her heart. As a pianist I loved the connection the piano created between Kate and Calisto. She was a strong woman who had a lot to deal with – settling her parents’ estate and cheating Tom.

Not a chance that I am going to spoil the ending. Needless to say, it totally worked for me (you know how I like to harp on endings – hee hee). I look forward to reading more from Ms. Kessler. I hope there are more Calisto’s to come!

4.5 stars out of 5!