Per formula, demigod Xypher was betrayed and trapped in an undesirable situation. In his case, he’s spent millennia of torture in Tarturus. But he gets a temporary reprieve that puts him in New Orleans for a month before returning to Tarturus for eternity. For Xypher, it’s a perfect opportunity to have vengeance on the female demigod, Satara, sister of Stryker.
Satara has plans of her own. One is to stay as far out of Xypher’s reach as possible; second, develop a scheme with Stryker to solve both of their problems but not get all the information and third is strike first.
Over lunch New Orleans coroner and generational squire, Dr Tate Bennett, picks the brain of his friend and colleague, Dr. Simone DuBois, his best friend that has ghosts and spirits for companions and also an ME. Simone agrees to help with a serial killer case that may or may not be demon. This places her squarely in Xypher’s sights.
Predictably their contentious meeting quickly leads to un-live-without-able love, even for PNR. Fitting neatly into Simone’s quirky life, Xypher doesn’t lose focus on Satara but she loses her place as the uppermost woman on his mind. With all the givens this outing is all about the journey.
While they didn’t have great chemistry, it was good as were the secondary characters. Necessary cameos by Dark Hunter standards, eighties speak and references were fun and helped give this outing its own identity. Learning to work with the limitations of new realities and half truths also helped. While not exactly a dream come true this satisfying read had enough wit to put a smile on this reader’s face.
Original Rating: 4stars (Aug 2012)