Damon DeMasters is a vampire
warrior who has taken an oath to protect his own kind as well as humans.
As a social worker, Nicole Callahan fights for the right of every child
placed in her care. Damon has been ordered to train Nicole and her
colleagues against the dangers they now face. Even as sparks fly, Nicole
and Damon depend on each other to protect the children of both races.
I immediately liked the main female character Nicole. She's
very easy to like with her very quick and easy comebacks, no-nonsense
attitude and her compassion. I love a strong female protagonist, and
with Nicole, she easily fits the mould. It was with introduction of her
character, that I knew that 'Damon' was going to be a book that would
keep me hooked.
What I didn't quite realise, was just how hooked I would be. I read
'Damon' in just one sitting; it was that good. 'Damon' was so very easy
to read, to devour almost, I wanted my fill, especially when I was
introduced to the devastatingly gorgeous Damon himself. Yes, I
officially have a new crush!
Damon, a vampire and a warrior, is so very beautiful, in so many ways.
The way that the relationship develops with Nicole is very powerfully
described; Teresa captures their feelings, their passion, their heart
break so beautifully. I cried in two separate places. Yes, admittedly,
I'm a bit of a wuss, but their relationship did move me.
As mentioned earlier, 'Damon' was very easy to read. And I do think this
is because of the flow and pace of the narrative as well as the strong
characterisations. The dialogue is fresh, believable and at times very
entertaining and amusing. The language isn't overly complicated or
sophisticated, which is perfectly appropriate for the genre. 'Damon' is a
passionate read, with heart-felt emotions and believable characters -
applause for Teresa considering this is a paranormal romance.
There were several typos, and as a teacher and a beta reader, this does
somewhat frustrate me; however, I was easily able to look past this as I
was happy to allow myself to become absorbed into Damon and Nicole's
world. Also, no doubt this blog will be thwart with errors too - ironic
At times, there were moments that were somewhat cliche, and very similar
to other books of this genre. These moments made me wince slightly, yet
I understood why Teresa would include such ideas. To be honest, with the
amount of books currently available in the genre, it's becoming
increasingly difficult to have a completely original idea. Authors, just
like you and I, are influenced by what we read. But again, I found that
I was able to move past these lapses and enjoy the book at face
There were times, especially early on, that I would have considered
rating 'Damon' 4 stars, which in Bex 'n' Books speak, means I really, truly enjoyed it and would most definitely recommend it. But in the
end, I think that 'Damon' is most definitely worthy of 5 stars. Any book
that can make me laugh out loud, cry - on more than one occasion - and
make me both unbelievably cross and then later grinning like a Cheshire cat,
surely has to mean that I loved it.
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