Heart of the Incubus (Demons of Infernum)
Author: Rosalie Lario
Publisher: Entangled Publishing/Edge
Date of Publication: December 30, 2013
Biochemist Cresso Taylor lives the sort of lifestyle most men would envy—he has wealth, natural incubus charm, and more women than he can handle. But it’s not enough anymore. Not after meeting Genevieve Russell, the sexy scientist who works with him at Elcorp Laboratory. And she wants absolutely nothing to do with him.After her fiancé broke her heart, Genevieve has had enough of womanizers. She’s determined to steer clear of sexy-as-sin Dr. Taylor, despite the fact that his incubus allure makes her want to rip his clothes off. But when a secret admirer’s affection turns to the macabre with threatening notes and grisly gifts, Cresso appoints himself her protector. As she and Cresso hunt her stalker, she discovers there’s a lot more to the sensual incubus than she ever imagined.
Just a quick review here. I really liked Heart of the Incubus. I haven’t read anything else by Ms. Lario, and I think I’ve been missing out. The story of how they came up with a cure/antidote for incubuses/succubi poisoning their lovers (unless said lover is also a succubus/incubus) sounds like a fascinating one and I like the explanation as to why the two demon species have to have so much sex. It fits in nicely with the common belief about them and their soul-stealing thing.
Genevieve definitely had her reasons for wanting to avoid a man (or demon) like Cresso, but I liked how she was able (mostly) to put her dislike of the playboy image aside while she was at work. She might privately fantasize about him (and despise him for sleeping around), but she didn’t like it affect her work.
Her stalker was definitely gross in the extreme. She held it together far better than I ever would have if I’d found skinned rats and the like on my porch. Yeesh.
Cresso – now Cresso is an awesome man, I have to say. He’s literally starving himself because he doesn’t want anyone but Gene and hasn’t since he met her. Now that is quite something for a sex demon who has to have sex or die. He wanted her so much that, even though he knew/thought he knew she disliked him, he still didn’t want to have sex with other women any more now that he knew her.
These two as they find their way home to each other traveled hard paths. I liked how Ms. Lario brought them together, and worked in the threat from Gene’s stalker. I really want to read more by her, and I think that’s the goal of all authors, to leave you wanting more. Please, go buy this book and support Ms. Lario!
Book provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.