Do You Need a License to go "DEMON HUNTING IN THE DEEP SOUTH?"

by Lexi George
Series: Demon Hunting #2
Published by Brava, Kensington Genres: Humor, Paranormal, Romance, Southern Humor
Source: Net Galley, Publisher

Demon Hunting In The Deep South

Demon Hunting #2 by Lexi George
July 31, 2012
Trade Paperback and E-book
File Size: 643 KB Print Length: 369 pages
E-Galley loaned by publisher via NetGalley.Com. No remuneration was received and, except as noted,all opinions expressed herein are my own.
For an Excerpt: Kensington

Book Description: Demon Hunting in the Deep South The warrior and the wallflower . . . Shy, self-conscious Evie Douglass tries to stay under the radar, especially when her nemesis Meredith Peterson, aka The Death Starr, is anywhere around. Meredith and her bitch posse of skinny girlfriends have tormented Evie since the seventh grade, calling her names like The Whale and Thunder Thighs. Evie tries to stay invisible, but that’s not an easy thing for a plus-sized gal to do in a small town like Hannah, Alabama. She finds it doubly hard to avoid Meredith’s wrath once she takes a job at the lumber mill. You see, Meredith’s husband is Evie’s new boss. Translation: more torture time for The Death Starr. Evie thinks things couldn’t get much worse until the morning she finds Meredith’s bloody body sprawled across her desk. Typical Meredith, she gets herself dead mere days after a very public scene in which Meredith accuses Evie of having an affair with her husband. Worse, the murder weapon is found in Evie’s car. Suddenly, Evie is the Number One suspect in a sensational murder case. But she’s got bigger problems. Hannah is infested with demons—soul sucking, body snatching creatures of evil—and, for some reason, they want Evie. The only thing standing between Evie and death or possible possession is a hunky blond demon slayer named Ansgar. Ansgar is a Dalvahni warrior, a supernaturally gorgeous race whose sole purpose is to hunt down and capture rogue demons. Evie could almost swear that Ansgar is interested in more than demons. He seems interested in her. Ridiculous, of course, because he’s sex on two legs and she’s… Well, she’s Whaley Douglass. To add to Evie’s troubles, Meredith doesn’t even have the decency to stay dead. She shows back up as a ghost and she’s more of a beyotch than ever. Meredith has deathnesia—she can’t remember who killed her—leaving Evie to solve the mystery herself, or go to jail for a murder she didn’t commit. www.lexigeorge.com

This is a really fun book out on the 31st of last month.  I read it in about eight-hours.  Some hot guys, mild vanilla intimacy that isn’t too explicit and some truly boosted self-esteem made the story a pleasant past time. The main hero reminds me of THOR as played by Chris Hemsworth.  Not so bad, right?  The heroine mas a busty Reba McIntyre, especially in the hair description.
The story, like Molly Harper’s Jane Jameson series, is filled with regional flavor.  Medium sized town with the rich and the just getting by; debs, dilettantes and the down trodden. The food served in the local diner made my mouth water, some regional foods, like Conecuh sausage made me look it up (it’s a brand of smoked sausage).Why is it that when you become a supernatural you can eat whatever you want and not gain weight? No playing into our fantasies there, not at all.
Although this is the second book in a series, backstory is not a problem. There is reference to a past between Evie and Ansgar, but it is deftly handled. I can’t say the story was surprising, but I enjoyed it. The story includes a murder mystery with one or two twists to enjoy.  Sometimes you want to have a good idea what’s around the bend and then be right.  I liked the character of Evie as she changed from a self-deprecating mouse into a woman who had a voice. Some of the characters are a little silly, but the book doesn’t have pretentions otherwise.
Many paranormal Romances have species and characters which have difficult to remember and pronounce names.  George does have a few names that aren’t familiar but which are easily recalled and pronounced. It’s a good example of naming that doesn’t require a glossary or family tree.
One thing, the cover shows a dark-haired man, and Ansgar is repeatedly described as blonde.
A funny paranormal romance that makes a light and light-hearted vacation read.

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