Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
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This part-demon teen vampire fighter and her faithful terrier hellhound are once again patrolling the dark city streets of San Antonio, Texas. Val's hunky human partner, Detective Dan Sullivan, is giving her the cold shoulder since she beheaded his vampire ex-fiancée. Vamp leader Alejandro is struggling to keep the peace between vamps, demons and humans. The mucho powerful Encyclopedia Magicka has been stolen, someone in the Demon Underground is poisoning vamps, and Val's inner lust demon, Lola, is getting very restless since Val's now partnered with sexy Shade, the shadow demon with the blond good looks of an angel. The second book in Parker Blue's Demon Underground urban fantasy series plunges readers deeper into a heady world of passion, friendship, intrigue and mystery. Parker Blue lives in the wilds of Colorado with her own faithful hellhound, and she's hard at work on the next Val Shapiro book in the Demon Underground series.
What I thought:
After rereading the first one, I was excited to get to this one. I liked where the story was going and found that the continuing storyline from the first to be fun to follow. I read the author's note at the end of the book and I was glad she was intrigued with Shade and didn't keep him as a throw away character. I thought he was a fantastic addition and was glad to see he got more page time in this book.
We get to see more on Val's succubus in this one. Lola gets to make herself known more in this and we get to see the way that Val will have to deal with her demon side. I think that is what I missed for the first book. We really didn't get that look at Lola until the end, but we get plenty in this one and it seems promising we get to see more in the next. Val is a good character. Snarky, brave and ever so slightly, vulnerable.
We don't see Val really working much with the SCU guys and I'm wondering, after this book, how that will work out, or if she does go back. I liked that aspect of the first book and I'm hoping to see more of this in the next book.
Just a side note for parents, has nothing to do with the rating I give: This is classified as YA but there was a few strong scenes in this for YA. While there is no sex, you can definitely tell it's building up for that.