Son of No One (Dark-Hunter #24) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Synopsis: It’s not easy being life’s own personal joke, but Josette Landry has made an unstable peace with the beast. Life will continue to throw every bad thing it has at her, and she will continue to not put her head in an oven. But that’s okay. That which doesn’t kill her will just require a few hours of mental insanity. Completely down on her luck, Josette takes a job with a local paranormal group trying to get their own cable show as a photographer and camerawoman. Yeah, they’re even crazier than she is. The only paranormal thing she believes in is the miracle that keeps her rusted out hoopty running. But when her group accidentally releases something truly evil into the world, they are forced to call in reinforcement.
From the moment Josette meets Cadegan, she knows something about him isn’t quite right. And it’s not just because she can’t even begin to pronounce his last name: Maboddimun. Mysterious and armed with lethal sarcasm, he seems a lot older than his apparent age…
Centuries ago, Cadegan sold his soul for vengeance against the betrayer who cursed him. Forced against his will to do good, he hates everything in life. All he wants is a way out. But for the damned there is only eternal suffering. And yet there is something about Josette that intrigues him as much as it irritates and frustrates him. Something he can’t seem to fight, and the last time he felt this way about a woman, it cost him his soul.
He knows he has to stay away from her, but the evil her friends unleashed is hellbent on consuming her soul. Something he cannot allow. If one more innocent is taken, he will be sent back to an unimaginable prison that makes his current hell look like paradise. But how can he keep her safe when his being with her is the greatest threat of all?
Review: It has been several years since I dived into the Dark-Hunter universe and so going into this one I was a bit rusty on plot details. The last one I read was Styxx so when Thorn and Karma Devereaux keep sneaking looks, when did that happen? And when did Thorn turn out to be a team player and fight with Acheron and crew? Other than that, I fell right back into the series. This one focuses on Cadegan, a demon bastard who was banished over a thousand years ago to a monochromatic hell realm controlled by Morgan la Fey (enter the connection to Kenyon’s Lords of Avalon series, YAY) by his own brother (who actually isn’t his brother). Josette is from the Devereaux clan of witches, psychics, demon slayers, and eccentrics that gave us Tabitha, Selena, and Amanda just to name a few who had their own books and run in with their very own DH. Jo doesn’t believe in magic and life has been pretty shitty to her lately. Her cousin offers her a job and this job leads to her falling through a mirror portal into the realm where Cadegan resides. He rescues her, they give in to passion (rather quickly for my tastes), and the plot line progresses steadily from there. They have to fight their way out of the realm, Cadegan has to fight the urge to give in to his demon side, and Jo has to come to terms with the fact that she is falling in love with a man that is magic personified. Overall a good story, not my favorite in the series, or even in my top 5 favorites in the DH series, but it also wasn’t my least favorite in the series. It was good. I liked it. I am happy to be reading and catching up on the series. Love the universe (so much so that I have a double bow DH tattoo done in white tattooed behind my ear) and the characters.