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Demons of Desire

Half-Breed, Book 1
Written by: Debra Dunbar
Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Amber's succubus desires are driving her, as well as every man within a five-mile radius, crazy and Irix, the sexy incubus sent to tutor her, isn't helping one bit. Determined to find some balance in her life, as well as get away from his tempting presence, she escapes to visit a college friend in New Orleans.

But the Big Easy is anything but peaceful. Two powerful witch covens are battling for control of the mighty river and the potent ley lines that run through the city. Amber discovers her half-elven heritage may just resolve their differences, but the covens have other, more lethal, ideas. She knows she can restore the elemental energy to balance, but it's not easy to play peacemaker when her succubus side wants to drown the whole city in a tide of lust.

The tensions between the covens aren't her only trouble. There's nowhere Amber can run to escape the siren-call of her demon nature, and nowhere she can run to escape the seductive incubus who won't seem to take no for an answer.

©2014 Debra Dunbar (P)2015 Debra Dunbar

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  • Teresa
  • 2015-09-23

Spin off from the Imp series.

A spin off from the Imp series, so I recommend listening to that series first. I actually like the Imp series better, only because there is more humor in those books. If you know anything about the Imp series then you know Debra Dunbar holds nothing back in the sometime distasteful and very sexual department. This wasn't a bad book but if succubus/incubus life styles bug you don't read this book. Although Amber tries to fight her demon half she is slowly starving herself and Irix will not tolerate that. So there is a battle of wills going on between the two. I did like this book but I didn't love it, I will probably read the next book. Narrator is okay, but it did take me a bit to get use to her.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • KR
  • 2017-06-27

Demons, and witches, and elves, oh my!

In general, I love Hollie's reading style: first, the tone and cadence of her voice is pleasant; overall, there is something in her delivery that has a sort of light and punchy sound (akin to tongue-in-cheek), which contributes wit, charm, and humor to the narrative, but she also excels at conveying deeper, more serious emotions. I believe she really brought these characters to life.

That being said, some of the peripheral characters felt a little flat to me, but this, of course, was due to the writing, not the narration. There were times the story felt hectic, too, and not in a way that served the mood, or plot; it just seemed a little off-kilter. I can't decide if it's the protagonist who has ADD, or if it's just the author who has ADD. Even though the story wasn't non-linear, I sometimes got the feeling of distraction, as if the protagonist could be on her way to the store for milk, and we would suddenly see her playing with goats in a petting zoo.

Also, her inner conflicts--both in regard to her identity/purpose, and in regard to her anxiety about her feelings for Irix--seemed a tad inconsistent. Sure, the purpose of inner conflicts is for the character to progress through an evolution of emotions, but this seemed less like a progression than a bipolar shift.

Overall, though, the author succeeded in piquing my interest enough that I may consider moving on in this series at some point, though, I must admit, I am not necessarily clamoring for the next book. I liked the characters enough to feel mild curiosity about what their futures hold, but I'm not on pins and needles, just dying to know what happens next.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • JohnE
  • 2015-10-23

It may start slow but it doesn't stay that way

Who was your favorite character and why?

My Fav.. character would be Irix and not just because he's an incubus. He has a voice in this book, Debra has done a great job bringing this person's character out and made his image 3 dementional

What does Hollie Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I've listened to many of Hollie's work and this one is one of her better jobs. She is wonderful in how she brings each person out so it's easy to figure out who's talking and who they may be speaking about.

Any additional comments?

I you like the Imp series then you will very much like this off shoot. It has the same witty banter, quick action, and will have you laughing and talking to the characters soon after you start listening.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Steven
  • 2015-10-17

Amber

Don't get why the change in characteristics of amber from the original series. I find quite a bit through out the story I was getting annoyed at how she reacted to situations. It pretty much made the story unlikable

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Leah
  • 2015-10-03

shows promise

Any additional comments?

First off I love the Imp series so I had to read this. The story was ok, overall liked it. The feelings\beliefs of the main character were repeated constantly and that got annoying. It got good at the end but it was a little slow to get there. Not as much humour as the imp series. Narrator was ok but would probably be better if there was more humour\personality to the characters. I'll listen to the next one but i hope the next one gets better.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous85
  • 2019-01-12

Great

This was a great book I hope the rest of the series is as good as this, looking forward to finding out

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  • sharktail
  • 2018-10-12

Snore

This book is a total snooze fest. My God, it was so boring I found myself dozing off. And to make matters worst, it seems there are parts missing or skipped. Example: as a book progresses, it is supposed to provide descriptions or discuss what is happening next (especially if one touches on a subject) , this book jumped over those parts altogether. Also, the performance didn't help at all, mades it even more boring. Let me clarify, the narration wasnt horrible, it was just boring. Don't waste your time.

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  • Fran
  • 2018-09-08

Half Elf half Demon Amber and Demon Irix help humans try to prevent major flooding in New Orleans.

Amber and Irix discover a plot that would have a devastating effect on New Orleans. They also have to avoid the Angel who would take their heads if they were up to no good. The group attempting to destroy the water levees are illusive. Amber and Irix inlist the help of Vampires and a coven of Witches to help. Lots of magic will be required. Love the interaction between Amber and Irix, snarky and loving. I listened to the audible and enjoyed the narrator very much.

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  • Clareify
  • 2018-04-04

great story and character's and narrator

I was hesitant to read a novel about Amber, as she was never my favorite character in Sam's stories (plus I'm really wanting to read more about Sam). That said, I was pleasantly surprised & very impressed by this novel. The relationship between Irix and Amber was written perfectly... i foundf myself constantly rooting for them and luckily there isn't so much angst that it's frustrating. it's just perfect. thanks Debra for writing another amazing novel

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2016-07-18

Debauched Demons

Hollie Jackson did an awesome job with narration,unfortunately the story was mildly (and I do mean MILDLY)interesting.Bit of a snoozer,got bored with it but listened through to the end.