Book Reviews

The Demon's in the Details by Meghan Maslow

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Angels/Demons / Psychic Powers / Fairy Tales / Romance
Reviewed by Kristin F. on 09-September-2021

Book Blurb

Can a sexy demon really spin straw into gold?

Poe Dupin, raven shifter and thief extraordinaire, is in trouble with a capital ‘T.’ Not only did he get his wing caught in the cookie jar during his latest heist, but his loser stepdad, the alpha, seems determined to run their roost into the ground. And Baltimore is many things, but forgiving is not on the list.

When his stepdad puts the roost in peril, Poe sees no choice but to bargain with Charm City’s only demon, Tommy Tittoti. Rumors are that Tommy eats the souls of those foolish enough to try. Three strikes and you’re out. But really, Poe wasn’t using his soul anyway. And if it saves his roost? Worth it.

Tommy isn’t what Poe expects. Demon—huge, horned, hairy, and scary, right? Nope. Blond, gorgeous, with a bubble butt, and a lilting drawl that beckons Poe to come play. Total hookup-app fantasy material. Even if he is a murder twink.

Poe’s no angel, but Tommy . . . well he’s more devil than demon. Yet, Poe just can’t seem to keep his feathers out of the fire. As one bargain turns into two, and then a third tragedy strikes the ravens, Poe finds himself falling for a guy who may very literally be the death of him. Or maybe the flames will burn them both.

 

 

First edition published in the anthology 'Fables Retold' by Rhys Writes Romance, April 2021.

 

Book Review

This was a delightful read - full of subtle nuance, humor, the perfect amount of angst, and an engaging romance all packed into an interesting setting in Baltimore. Fun, just fun.   

 

I’ll break things down a bit more:

 

Setting – Baltimore, Maryland, where the paranormal entities live among the humans in tightly controlled territories. While not a new concept in urban fantasy, the use of raven shifters was a delightful change from werewolves. I would have liked a tich more of “Baltimore” added, some sights to look up, but that’s my inner travel geek speaking. 

 

Emotional engagement – It’s seldom where I find a character as well-rounded as Poe Dupin was. Poe has a snarky exterior, cares deeply about his step-siblings, worries for the rest of his flock, carries deep anger toward the flock Alpha and his stepdad, and the perfect amount of longing and angst with Tommy. I found Poe to be a wonderful character to follow.

 

Subtle nuance and humor kind of go hand in hand in this story. I want to gush so badly, but I would spoil the little “easter eggs” scattered throughout.  

 

Finally, the romance – this was not a conventional romance. Tommy is a demon and his currency is deals. Poe has to navigate this complication sans Tommy coming out and saying as much. I greatly enjoyed this romantic dance, it was different, it was interesting, and yeah, hot.

 

This was a book that I found hard to put down; I wanted to know what was coming next, I wanted that next little easter egg, I wanted to see how Poe navigated Tommy’s deals, and how Poe and Tommy would get their happy ever after. An absolutely charming read by a new-to-me author!

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 189 pages/60000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 10-August-2021
Price $3.99 ebook, $11.99 paperback
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/Demons-Details-MM-Paranormal-Fairytale-ebook/dp/B09B81S1QX