Title: My Dangerous Pleasure
Author: Carolyn Jewel
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: May 31, 2011
List Price: $7.99
Source: the author
Blurb: An up and coming baker discovers a world of demons and mages when one of her customers attacks her and she discovers her landlord’s really a demon in disguise.
Why I chose this title: The author sent this to me as part of something we had scheduled for the part-time job.
Review: Jewel weaves together a world that is at once comforting in its familiarity and scary in the sense of the unknown that surrounds us. Paisley Nichols’ work as a baker puts her in the path of insane mage. He develops into a stalker, and when he attacks her home, an above-garage apartment she rents from Iskander Philippikos, she discovers that Iskander is a demon and the world she has known will never be the same again. Not having read the first three books in the series did not deter me from quickly catching on to the world and the story. That being said, reading the previous books would help put into perspective and frame the overarching and backstory. Paisley is a very likable and enjoyable character, who faces the changes in her world with grace and humor, but allows for the occasional stress-related freakout. Iskander has his own issues, namely his ex-lover who is now with the insane mage. Their acrimonious break up led him to lead the life of a playboy bachelor, which he doesn’t see any need to change until he becomes aware of the threat to Paisley’s life and well-being. The interplay between Paisley and Iskander where they work together to accomplish what they need to, but without having either of them be a doormat, provides a strong backbone for the development of the romance. This title is perfect for readers who enjoy similar paranormal romance authors like Larissa Ione, Thea Harrison and Sherrilyn Kenyon. The details of Paisley’s career as a baker add a richness to the story, and would make it perfect for readers who want sumptuous descriptions of food in their books.
Final thought: Yummy book that makes me want to go and read the first three books in the series.