by Diana Rowland
Mark of the Demon is the first published novel of Diana Rowland. I had won the novel from her blog with a little toilet humor. http://www.dianarowland.com/weblog/?p=452 . After some post office and assistant difficulty I finally got the book last week. I was pretty excited. Here is a blurb:
When Homicide Detective Kara Gillian finds traces of arcane power on a body, she quickly realizes that this is no ordinary murder. The serial killer known as the Symbol Man is a nightmare that Beaulac, Louisiana thought had ended three years ago, but now he’s back for an encore and leaving every indication on the flesh of his victims that he is well-versed in demonic lore.
However, Kara is a Summoner of Demons, and may be the only cop on the city’s small force who can stop the killer. Able to see and interact with a world most people can’t, Kara must draw on her skills as a police officer and master of the arcane to stop the Symbol Man from killing again and possibly summoning something even she can’t control.
But with a demonic lord of unearthly beauty and power haunting her dreams, and a handsome yet disapproving FBI agent dogging her waking footsteps, she may be in way over her head….
I absolutely loved this book. I stayed up until dawn reading it. Diana Rowland has a very good grasp on what it takes to make a book hot, sexy, with a dose of fear.
The Heroine, Kara, has had some tough times, fear of being found out she is a Summoner of Demons is just one of them. When the appearance of Rhyzkahl, a hotter than hell sexy-ass Demon Lord, has proven to have ulterior motives. She sinks further away for mankind as a whole except for casual friends and her Aunt Tessa. I don’t blame her people are and can be very cruel.
There are some sad parts too. It’s not all sex, demons and guns. I would have to say this book has a little bit for everyone; Sex for us voyeurs and demon-slaying for the gun-toting paranormal addicts and some suspense for the mystery lovers.
We are never really sure who to believe in the book until the end. But even then I was still WTF! At 4 a.m. I thought it was my brain making stuff up. But yeah the ending of the book was a real surprise. I can’t wait for the next one, Blood of the Demon. I have now added it to my buy now list.