Author: Stacia Kane
Copyright: 2008 (Juno); pgs. 303
Series: Megan Chase #1
Who: Dr. Megan Chase and Greyson Dante
Dr. Megan Chase is a psychologist and a psychic, which comes in handy when treating her patients. She reluctantly agreed to be the host of “Personal Demons,” a call-in radio show, not wanting to subject the “male Nurse Ratchet of local counselors” on the truly afflicted. The show promises to help “slay your demons”. If hosting the show wasn’t bad enough (mostly crank callers and heavy breathers), the station wants her to do an interview — a feature article really — with a reporter from a tabloid-type newspaper. It will involve a photo shoot and the reporter, Brian Stone, following her around for the “week in the life” part of his article. Megan is definitely not thrilled by this prospect. She has patients to take care of and a few things in her own past she wants to stay in the past.
A handsome stranger, looking for all the world like a lawyer, tells her that he represents someone who is very interested in the show — more precisely, her — and would like to discuss a business arrangement. Too tired and in no mood to talk, Megan manages to shoo Greyson Dante off with a promise not to accept any other offers until they get a chance to speak again. What she doesn’t know is that demons are real; that the term, “personal demons” wasn’t just a euphemism for psychological problems. Everyone has a little demon on their shoulder (except, oddly enough, Megan). It’s one thing to keep the demons at bay with therapy and counseling; it’s something else entirely to offer to “slay” them. Apparently, the demon world is taking the term literally and they believe Megan is out to get them.
Weird, freaky things begin to happen and Megan’s life is in danger. Greyson seems sincere in his offer to help her. Megan is sure he has an agenda, but she smart enough to know that she can’t protect herself against the demons. She accepts his offer while trying to ignore the attraction. Greyson flirts with her, making it clear that he’s interested. He assigns a trio of guard demons to keep an eye on her. At first, Megan’s uncomfortable with the arrangement but after awhile, she forms a bond with them.
I really liked this book. I liked the concept of the personal demons and the world building in general. I liked the characters. Megan isn’t a kick-butt heroine, but she’s strong in her own way and she has a true desire to help people. Malleus, Maleficarum, and Spud — the trio — add a touch of humor.
Looking forward to the second book.
Started: 12 September 2008
Finished: 13 September 2008