Held captive by a crazed Alpha, demon Bastael hates all those he’s come across on the mortal plane. When a damaged werewolf falls into his path, he’s determined to use her and find a way to escape.
Evie wants to be safe.
Abused by her Pack and afraid for her life, Evie hides in the dark corners of the basement. The demon that’s already down there? He’s better than the Alpha upstairs.
But neither of them expects the connection that sets them both on fire.
With the Alpha’s lust for power escalating, Bas and Evie will have to find a way to break free or die trying.
Warning: This book contains one cocky demon and one werewolf who’s stronger than she looks. That’s right, folks… If the basement is a rockin’, don’t come a knockin’!
If you didn’t know better, you wouldn’t be able to guess that Demon Restrained is not only the premier book in this author’s Demonkind Collective series, but it’s also her premier book period. The characters were great, the bad guys were scary, the story was intriguing and the smexy level was off the charts. Yeah, I’d say that Kelly Apple pretty much nailed it. 😉
So, where do I begin? Well, since most of the story was told from Bas’ POV, I guess we’ll start with him. I loved Bas’ inner dialogue. And there was a lot of inner dialogue. His feelings and attraction toward Evie took him totally by surprise and he came to quite a few surprising revelations. He expected to use her for sustenance and escape. The more time he spent with her, the more he realized that she meant much more to him than that.
Evie saw herself as weak and damaged. Bas saw her for what she actually was – strong, determined and caring. Bas wasn’t used to seeing those traits in beings that inhabited her plane. Especially shifters. Her simple act of caring and the strength it took to provide it changed Bas’ entire perspective – not to mention his feelings toward Evie.
The story may have been short, but the emotion, heat and suspense wasn’t lacking. There were no wasted words or actions in this one, but nothing was rushed either. This was the perfect start and I’m looking forward to more. Readers were given a sneak peek at the next installment at the end of Demon Restrained and I can’t wait to see what Kelly Apple has in store for us next. Looks like things might get just a little interesting. 😉