StarCrossed 1: Demon Tailz

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StarCrossed 1: Demon Tailz by Reno MacLeod and Jaye Valentine

Blurb:

Famous for the witch trials of 1692, Salem has been trying to smudge out the horrible images of murder and injustice for centuries. In a complete turnaround, the town began welcoming all witches, and by the early 21st century one in four Salem residents either claimed to be a witch or to know one.

Jace Barton is a demon making a comfortable living as co-owner of Tailz — a colorful pub in Salem — along with his twin brother Konnor. Strange people pass through its doors all the time, but on Halloween things always tend to get even more bizarre. Still, Jace is surprised when Cash Rowan pays him a visit with a tale that stands Jace’s hair on end. Ten years of desperate searching has brought Cash to Jace’s door, and he isn’t leaving until Jace gives him exactly what he needs.

Warning: This dark urban fantasy contains graphic violence and a consensual sexual relationship between non-human twin brothers.

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Review:

Salem is a town with a lot of history and in this fantasy/paranormal twist, it’s opened it’s previously pious arms to welcome all manner of creatures. Imagine if you will a church that suddenly opens its doors to the devil and his minions if they promise to behave. How far will that promise extend and are everyone’s standards of behaving the same? Would you trust the devil you knew as long as you could watch him some of the time? That is the interesting paradox that the inhabitants of Salem have agreed to in the StarCrossed world.

Tailz is a local bar, owned and run by demons but popular for their drink specials and tourist trade. It’s no wonder that one of the demon owners, Konnor Barton decides to avoid the tourist specials at Halloween and go camping for a week, leaving his twin bother Jace, to run the bar alone. This scenario brings to mind the nursery rhyme about when cats are away, demons will play. Perhaps not exactly but the general principle seems to be same.

A few minutes before closing the night before Halloween, Cash Rowan walks into Tailz looking for something even he is not sure of. World weary and tired, Cash is known as a Hunter. However, Cash is not an indiscriminate killer; he has a purpose and an agenda. Jace, not only a bartender but a demon, seems curious about the man and his hidden depths.  They have an instant spark and recognize something deeper about each other, even if not consciously at first. Their brief interaction leads into an invitation for Cash to join the sexy demon for some fun upstairs.

What follows is an unexpected, gritty, passionate and fascinating encounter. The surprising outcome and twists keep an element of intrigue to the tale. Just when the men seem predictable, their actions turn, catching the reader off guard and wondering what will happen next. When Cash asks for Jace’s help, one has to wonder, will a demon’s help really get you what you want? Or will you find yourself in a situation you never imagined?

The publisher has added a warning to the book regarding the graphic violence and twincest and there is strength to the violence that the faint of heart should avoid. The relationship between the twin brothers, Jace and Konnor, however, was beautifully drawn. Their connection and chemistry fairly sizzled within the pages, and considering the relatively short length, that is an accomplishment. There were just enough hints of a painful past and other potential angels, demons, and members of “Evil-R-Us” to offer endless opportunity and possibility in this wonderfully crafted world.

This is a great turn on the urban fantasy genre with strong, fascinating characters. Jace and Konnor are the main characters, yet the well crafted Cash shows the strength of the authors’ writing. While marketed as a Single Shot, this is clearly a series with more to come, not only from the hanging chad ending but the second in the series is already available with plans for more. I don’t suggest reading this as a romance or a happy ever after fantasy. This is a hard hitting, gritty, and sultry world that are more suited for those who like their characters edgy. Oh and I wouldn’t suggest reading this while camping. I, happily, may never camp again.

Get it HERE!

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8 thoughts on “StarCrossed 1: Demon Tailz

    • Thank you so much : ) and gah! One book off the TBR list, another put on it. I saw the second one out so it prompted me to read the first one. So now I’m off to buy the second one lol. AND I have their new one I’m frantically scanning RR for….

  1. Thank you for the amazing review! Jaye and I were thrilled to see how much you enjoyed reading “Demon Tailz”. Praise always helps to keep the creative cogwheels turning. Your review was enjoyable on its own merit. You’re obviously no stranger to the beauty of word weaving. =)
    “Soft Focus” was actually just submitted to RR this morning!

    • Oh wow thank you! I had a fan girl moment. *blush* I wasn’t sure what to expect from Demon Tailz to be honest from the reviews but I’m really glad I picked it up. Now onto the second one..
      If I can’t snag “Soft Focus” from RR, I’ll get it myself this week for sure.

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