*I received an ecopy of this book from the publisher. This has not influenced my review.*
This was a light, easy-to-read urban fantasy, just as the other books in this series have been (I started with Books 5 and 6), and I do mean that as a compliment. The writing was clear. The plot was uncomplicated. The characters were easy to like. It was just what I was looking for, something that would be enjoyable and that I’d be able to get immersed in despite my difficulty concentrating at the time.
That being said, the way the plot jumped in time between two storylines (past and present) confused me at first. I didn’t pay attention to the case numbers that headed the chapters, so I didn’t realize we had jumped into the past the first time and couldn’t understand why the MC was suddenly acting like his lover was a stranger and why he said he’d never been in the casino even though he was just there when the book opened. Oops lol. Once I realized though, I ended up liking the way it jumped in time. It worked.
The plot was also unusual in that there was no single focus to it. The main character, Chris, was a detective, so we got to see him solving a few cases. We got to see the past when he first met his demon lover and his friend/business partner Doug. There were also chapters from Doug’s POV because had his own romance subplot. There were a couple parts from Phil’s POV too, though I’m not sure what the point of that was, to be honest. And then the climax was just about a case in the present. But just like I didn’t mind the jumping around, I didn’t really mind the lack of singular focus either because it was all interesting and fun to read about.
As for the characters, they were so likeable! Chris was grumpy but good-hearted. Doug was good-natured. Sable was irresistible and surprisingly kind for a demon. This would’ve been a great group to have a whole series about, but alas, it’s just this book since the rest of the series is about different characters.
I also liked the idea of a half-ghost/half-human and a storm demon. We should have more of those in books.
Overall, this was an enjoyable, uncomplicated, fluffy read with easily likeable characters!
Anyone who likes M/M, paranormal/urban fantasy, likeable characters, and detective work.