Review: A Demon Does It Better by Linda Wisdom

Title: A Demon Does It Better {Demons #2}

Author: Linda Wisdom

Published: Sourcebooks Casablanca Jan 2012

Synopsis: Lovely witch Lili Carter takes a job at a paranormal hospital where patients have been disappearing. There she encounters Jared, a dangerously sexy demon on a mission that gets Lili into a world of trouble. Lili can’t avoid Jared for long and soon they find themselves creating a whole new kind of magick…

Status: Read from December 27 to 28, 2011 — I own a copy {Courtesy Sourcebooks/NetGalley}

My Thoughts:

A while ago, I read a novella called Intern With The Vampire which I loved because of the combination of medical drama and paranormal creatures. When I read the blurb for A Demon Does It Better I snapped it up eagerly hoping for something similar.

Set in a hospital for preternatural creatures, A Demon Does It Better is a paranormal romance with a touch of mystery and humour. Lili, a witch, healer and Doctor, gains a job at Crying Souls Hospital to investigate the disappearance of a friend and fellow healer, Sera. Though an ER doctor, Lili is tasked with assisting Dr Mortimer in the dungeon-like ward for the mentally ill. She is startled to recognise the first patient she encounters – Patient 1172. Jared is a Shadow Demon who was incarcerated after being forced to ingest vampire blood hundreds of years ago, yet Lili had spoken to him just days before in the Inderland market. Determined to solve the puzzle Jared presents, Lili begins to suspect that the well regarded Dr Mortimer is failing to treat his charges and may also be the reason behind the disappearance of staff members from the hospital.

Naturally enough for a paranormal romance, the relationship between Lili and Jared tends to be central to the action and Lili is too easily distracted by the handsome demon to actually think things through. Don’t get me wrong, I liked Lili, I just think there was a potential with her character and abilities that was never fully explored. Jared is remarkably sane for a demon who has been abandoned and subjected to almost daily physical abuse for hundreds of years. The insta-love between the pair is a bit of a stretch, particularly since Jared is branded insane, unwashed, scarred and trapped in a cell most of the time, but I was willing to go with it.
While I am not sure I buy Queen Cleopatra as a finnicky and spoilt cat, I did enjoy most of the supporting characters, especially the dragon shifter nursing head, friendly store keeper wizard and were leopard nurse. I also appreciated the smaller subplots regarding a ghostly girl looking for her mother, a young boy coming into his abilities and a mage draining his girlfriend of her powers though none of them really support the main storyline.
I did think there were a few holes in the story , for example  I never figured out exactly how Jared was able to change appearance when he temporarily escapes the ward. If it’s a form of astral travel then he how is he solid enough to sleep with Lili and if he physically leaves the room then shouldn’t he look as unkempt as he does in the room? It’s a puzzle that is never really answered so I guess the answer is simply ‘magic’.

Despite some flaws I was entertained by A Demon Does It Better, and although it doesn’t quite have the combination of elements that I so admired in Intern With a Vampire, I am sufficiently satisfied and could be tempted to read the first in the series, Demons Are a Girl’s Best Friend

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rebecca (Kindle Fever)
    Dec 30, 2011 @ 09:04:41

    Hmm, sounds interesting! Haven’t heard of it before, but you’ve made me curious. I’m going to check it out. 🙂 A bit annoying when there’s a few holes in the story though. Great review!



  2. Wanda L Flanagan
    Dec 30, 2011 @ 13:22:17

    Looking forward to reading this one sounds great its on my must buy come payday list 🙂



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