Ever Had One of Those Nights? Demon Hunting in Dixie

DEMON HUNTING IN DIXIE

 

DEMON HUNTING IN DIXIEDemon Hunting #1
by Lexi George
Kensington/Brava April, 2011
e-book, Trade Paperback 373 pages
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A warrior, a demon, and the girl next door…

Looking For Trouble

Addy Corwin is a florist with an attitude. A bad attitude, or so her mama says, ‘cause she’s not looking for a man. Mama’s wrong. Addy has looked. There’s just not much to choose from in Hannah, her small Alabama hometown. Until Brand Dalvahni shows up, a supernaturally sexy, breathtakingly well-built hunk of a warrior from—well, not from around here, that’s for sure. Mama thinks he might be European or maybe even a Yankee. Brand says he’s from another dimension.

Addy couldn’t care less where he’s from. He’s gorgeous. Serious muscles. Disturbing green eyes. Brand really gets her going. Too bad he’s a whack job. Says he’s come to rescue her from a demon. Puh-lease. But right after Brand shows up, strange things start to happen. Dogs talk and reanimated corpses stalk the quite streets of Hannah. Her mortal enemy Meredith, otherwise known as the Death Starr, breaks out in a severe and inexplicable case of butt boils. Addy might not know what’s going on, but she definitely wants a certain sexy demon hunter by her side when it all goes down… www.lexigeorge.com/books/demon-hunting-in-dixie/

The Dalvahni are a race of immortal warriors created by the god Kehvahn to hunt and capture the djegrali, or demons, when they leak into other worlds and cause mischief. The djegrali were confined by the gods behind the Veil, until Kehvahn’s brother, Pratt, a trickster sort of like Loki in the Norse pantheon, tore the veil and released them. As for the demons, no one knows where they come from. They are older than the Kehvahn and Pratt, older even than the stars.

The Dalvahni know nothing but duty and the hunt. They are humorless and emotionless, except for battle rage and lust . . . until they come to Hannah and fall in love, and then the fun starts! LexiGeorge.com

 

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Okay, LMy Take!exi may not have invented paranormal romance or Southern humor, but she has put them together beautifully in DEMON HUNTING IN DIXIE.  Think Fannie Flagg mixed with the paranormal naughty level of Charlaine Harris. And without most of the gore.

I like how the novel’s events cause turmoil on both sides of the supernatural divide.  Both Brand and Addy are totally changed by their midnight encounter in the woods. It’s one of those nights that changes your life in a fundamental way.  Here it’s handled pretty well considering how very fundamental the change is. Have you ever had a night, or day, like that?

I also liked how the third-person voice changes depending on which character we’re looking at: It stiff and formal for Brand and Southern Snark for Addy.   You  always know current focus of the omniscient narrator.

The sexual content is mild, sweet, off beat and, in my opinion, a little timid.  The talk about it is not though, just the actual blow by blow (so to speak)  reporting.  It is more steamy romance than erotic romance. I did not feel the need to grab a fan though.

The plot is funny, and pretty much straight forward without a lot of complications. It’s easy to follow and we aren’t presented with a complex hierarchy of creatures or a list of unpronounceable names.  There was one minor incongruity which would have had Addy’s mom a teenaged mother when her brother was born. Considering their social standing that’s unlikely to not have been mentioned in the book where Addy’s mother is all about manners and society.

All in all it is a really enjoyable. lighthearted read that had me laughing out loud more than once per chapter. The language tripped easily off my mental tongue and I found myself craving BBQ and Fried Chicken (which I have never had in my life) something terrible.

I read and reviewed the second book in the series two years ago.  I purchased this one after hearing Lexi read a couple of pages at Authors After Dark that made me laugh so hard I cried.  I had to buy something that t=would make me laugh that hard.  I Highly Recommend this one as a beach read or sitting out on a hammock, or just about anywhere!