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Mark of the Demon

por Diana Rowland

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Fantasy. Fiction. Romance. HTML:Cop and conjurer of demons, she??s a woman in danger of losing control??to a power that could kill. . . .
Why me? Why now? That??s what Beaulac, Louisiana, detective Kara Gillian was asking herself when an angelic creature named Rhyzkahl unexpectedly appeared during a routine summoning. Kara was hoping to use her occult skills to catch a serial killer, but never had she conjured anything like this unearthly beautiful and unspeakably powerful being whose very touch set off exquisite new dimensions of pleasure. But can she enlist his aid in helping her stop a killer who??s already claimed the lives??and souls??of thirteen people? And should she? The Symbol Man is a nightmare that the city thought had ended three years ago. Now he??s back for an encore and leaving every indication on the flesh of his victims that he, too, is well versed in demonic lore.
Kara may be the only cop on Beaulac??s small force able to stop the killer, but it is her first homicide case. Yet with Rhyzkahl haunting her dreams, and a handsome yet disapproving FBI agent dogging her waking footsteps, she may be in
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If I had to describe the series with one word it would be "shallow".
The writing is fine, the pacing is fine.
The magic, while being rather vague, was mostly fine in the first book.
Later on, the author generously adjusts the rules at her convenience.

The MC is a pushover. I complain about MCs being pushovers frequently but this is on a whole other level. This gurl needs serious therapy.
And there is no character development. No deeper insight into anything really, neither for the reader nor the MC herself.
This isn't much of a problem for just the first book, hence the 3-star rating, but it stays that way at least up to and including the fourth book and I don't see it changing later on either.

Some things that particularly bugged me:
The MC continues to lust after every hot guy she encounters even though she is stuck in a weird semi-love-triangle from the beginning. It's not nearly as obnoxious as in some other romance but it still irritated me that it was explicitly mentioned every time she encountered one.

This love triangle is utter bs but explaining that requires a spoiler.
"Ryan, I am attracted to you and I like your personality. I want to get to know you better and I want a romantic relationship with you. Oh, and btw, while we figure this out I will continue fucking this other unearthly hot guy the entire time. Cool with you?" like... WTF? How is everyone just ok with this? Yea, Ryan is pissed about her fucking that guy but not because of himself!

I have to mention the disgusting clichée of appearance. If someone is ugly or has bad hygiene you can bet it's a bad guy.
And the MC constantly judges the clothing and appearance of every other woman she encounters. It's always prefixed with something like "I don't know a lot about fashion, BUT..." but every pretty female is being judged and dismissed and on top of that, they all obviously had cosmetic surgery without exception. It's absurd really. ( )
  omission | Oct 19, 2023 |
ttp://bactra.org/weblog/algae-2009-07.html#rowland ( )
  cshalizi | Jul 23, 2023 |
Loved this book. Great plot, great characters. So wonderful.
Note of caution: Intense language, so if you don't like that sort of thing, i wouldn't suggest reading this. ( )
  xofelf | Apr 5, 2022 |
Pretty competent paranormal romance. I like the complexity of the protagonist's relationship with the main demon in the series. ( )
  SwitchKnitter | Dec 19, 2021 |
uhhhh that escalated quickly.

In my ongoing quest to escape my twitter feed, Facebook feed, and news in general (in a vaguely responsible way), I picked up the first book of this series (and am on the waiting list for the subsequent titles). I'm interested enough to continue reading but holy crap! I'm all for women being empowered over their sex lives, by all means, have safe fwb and one-night stands ... but demon lord is MAJORLY CREEPY ABOUT SEX. GAH. ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
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Fantasy. Fiction. Romance. HTML:Cop and conjurer of demons, she??s a woman in danger of losing control??to a power that could kill. . . .
Why me? Why now? That??s what Beaulac, Louisiana, detective Kara Gillian was asking herself when an angelic creature named Rhyzkahl unexpectedly appeared during a routine summoning. Kara was hoping to use her occult skills to catch a serial killer, but never had she conjured anything like this unearthly beautiful and unspeakably powerful being whose very touch set off exquisite new dimensions of pleasure. But can she enlist his aid in helping her stop a killer who??s already claimed the lives??and souls??of thirteen people? And should she? The Symbol Man is a nightmare that the city thought had ended three years ago. Now he??s back for an encore and leaving every indication on the flesh of his victims that he, too, is well versed in demonic lore.
Kara may be the only cop on Beaulac??s small force able to stop the killer, but it is her first homicide case. Yet with Rhyzkahl haunting her dreams, and a handsome yet disapproving FBI agent dogging her waking footsteps, she may be in

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