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Personal Demons

Written by: Elliott Kay
Narrated by: Tess Irondale
Series: Good Intentions, Book 3
Length: 18 hrs and 33 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Alex always knew romance would be complicated. When love came into his life with wings and horns, he knew those complications would be a little unusual. Four months after meeting Rachel and Lorelei, Alex finally has a handle on divine visitations, supernatural enemies, and the echoes of reincarnation. He might even survive bringing an angel and a demon home for Christmas with the family.

He might not survive what comes next. A favor for friends brings Alex into a heated feud among Seattle's sorcerers. The lords of Hell aren't pleased with the chaos wrought by Lorelei's escape, and they're looking for payback. Worst of all, her angry ex-boyfriend has blown into town...and he just happens to be the Angel of Death.

Warning: Personal Demons contains explicit sex, explicit violence, explicit language, explicit use of implications, open relationships, polyamory, blasphemy, sacrilege, heresy, paganism, sorcery, portrayals of matters divine and demonic bearing little or no resemblance to established religious canon, prejudice, murder, mass murder, singular murder, alley murder, conspiracy to commit murder, regicide, treason, dismemberments, impalement, arson, defenestration, racially charged 'Nam flashbacks, trash-talking, smuggling, mansplaining, spoiled Christmas surprises, numerous state and federal firearms violations, organized crime, transnational crime, avian conscription, disturbances of the peace, paranoia, doomsday preppers, illegal immigration, party fouls, public endangerment, underage drinking, human sacrifice, destruction of cell phones, false identification, consumption of alcohol, mayhem, attempted kidnapping, mass vehicular collisions, reincarnation, conspiracy to commit sexual promiscuity, threesomes, assault and battery, banditry, reverse banditry, eye gouging, cultural misappropriation, trespassing, lies, innuendo, intrigue, foreplay under false pretenses, bribery, political corruption, spiritual corruption, misuse of military facilities, a blanket fort of ill repute, home invasion, warfare, espionage, mercenary activity, consumption of sentient beings, panhandling, lingerie, cohabitation outside of marriage, missed homework assignments, too much pizza, toxic masculinity, abbreviated sex scenes, fully descriptive sex scenes, romantic sex, casual sex, mild dom/sub play, mystic servitude, stalking, knife throwing, weaponized alcohol, weaponized furniture, weaponized human remains, drone strikes, slavery, eternal damnation, mind control, carjacking, spitting, biting, vandalism, gossip, sexual objectification, immolations, feminist solidarity, zombie terrorists, pissy ex-boyfriends, too much information from Grandpa, and a flagrant narrative disregard for common standards of decency.

©2016 Elliott Kay (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Great!!

Really great story by Elliott Kay can’t wait for the next one, made even better by Tess Irondales narration!

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  • Anthony Turner
  • 2019-01-15

Disappointed with direction

Alex, Lorelei and Rachel all began this adventure as three people bound together by magic. Let me say now before I go on SPOILERS are coming.....

Alex is reduced to a minor role, reduced to a side character that isn’t more then anything other then a sex toy for Lorelei. He no longer has a say or opinion about anything or makes any attempt to be part of the story. Outside the damsel in distress (which I liked about his role) he is pointless.

Rachel is now just a sex crazed angel who has no character development due to well if she told you being a mortal you’ll go crazy. Best part about her in this book was she picked up a truck.

And finally Lorelei... she is the center of the stage has been for two books and pushes everyone to side characters. I would be ok with this if not for the fact that Kay made it seem like these books are about Alex, Rachel and Lorelei. They are really just about Lorelei doing whatever she wants.

Over all I’m disappointed, these three books up to this point have gone down hill. It feels like Kay no longer wants to write about these characters and the interesting characters get no page time.

So much potential was skipped over.

Final thoughts, if you want a book about a demon fucking, fighting and narrow minded, read these three books.

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  • David S. Broome
  • 2017-02-20

Guilty pleasure with a great storyline

I've come to truly love and look forward to this series from Elliot Kay. The story line is fast-paced, well thought out and exciting. His characters have a sense of believe-ability and depth that comes from doing great character development work. The interconnections between characters is deep and well done (pun intended) and is one of the most important aspects of the story line.

Tess Irondale is an amazing narrator with a great range of vocal talents and voices that really put one into the story. She shifts flawlessly from character to character and makes each of these books come to life. Favorite narrator EVER!

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  • Dr.Timmy
  • 2019-07-28

meh

too much social justice warrior stuff. almost stopped listening after the 10th time someone got trumped at for "judging" someone else. good action though. barely made it through.

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  • Kalligrafi
  • 2019-01-11

Excellent, but Has Issues

At the highest level, this is the weakest of the three Alex Carlisle stories; there is too much time spent on what is plainly foundation for future story material, especially given how little of such groundskeeping was done in the first two stories. Also, the politics of hell needed a bit more background or fleshing out, so to speak, than was provided. An example would be whether each duke or duchess of hell has any power advantage over any other, such as how Belial had an advantage over Baal, resulting in Lorelei being transferred to Belial. Furthermore, why is Lileth different? Also, those of us that read the initial versions of Good Intentions know that some of the shared sex play in this story contradicts what Lorelei identified as personally injurious to her in the early versions of Good Intentions.

Ms. Irondale seemed to struggle with the voices of Alex, Drew, and Wade this time - the three voices were less distinct in this release than in the previous two.

It is still a great story, and certainly Mr. Kay has a wide-open landscape in which to further the story arc. Hopefully we will see a new chapter in the story arc in 2019, worthy of the three published to date.

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  • Jesse
  • 2018-12-14

Finally getting away from the teenager fantasy !

I really think this author originally meant to write a porn novel with some weak story to hold it together. The first book was painful... but the story did start to get interesting. I had nothing else to read so I grabbed the second book, and was really happy that EK focused more on the story, the sex stuff is still there and it still takes away from the flow of the story, but is easy to skip past.
This book is now at the point where the ridiculous sex scenes are at a minimal and the majority of the book focuses on a really intriguing urban fantasy story. There are some plot holes but it doesn't break the book. Really happy with this one.

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  • Douglas Hurstell
  • 2018-02-27

weakest offering in the series

too much action, and not enough... action... If ya no what I mean. I believe the Supernatural sex is out of political favor in so the author and publisher switch to supernatural action as a substitute and it just doesn't work as well.

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  • Alkemann
  • 2017-04-18

Dissappointing

This sequel lacks the erotica and suffers from the standard Hollywood mistake of the mistaken belief that the only way to continue a story is an magnitude escalation. Sure this book has bigger explosions and badder monsters. How did the author come to think that is what we came for?

Only get this book if you only cared about the juvenile meta plot and need more of it.

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  • Daniel
  • 2017-02-13

Most disappointing of the three

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes if they had read the previous two but only when they had nothing else to read at the time.

Would you be willing to try another book from Elliott Kay? Why or why not?

Yes, but hesitantly.

Which character – as performed by Tess Irondale – was your favorite?

Rachel has always been my favorite but she does not get enough time on the page we spend way too much time with Lorelei.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

It takes a devil to defeat a devil

Any additional comments?

I have become more and more disillusioned with Lorelei and personally think that the relationship between her and the others is not equal. She does not discuss decisions she just does it and expects all to understand and support her, now that she is not bound if I was the protagonist I would leave her as this is not an equal relationship she has all of the control and authority and always has.

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  • Nick
  • 2018-07-30

Just keeps getting better

this is the third book in the series and it just keeps getting better. I normally don't listen to this type of book but I'm glad that I did. the author did an outstanding job trying to balance good and evil and what's right and wrong according to the characters beliefs. There is a lot of sex in these books but it adds to the storyline instead of overpowering it. The intimate scenes are well thought out and do an outstanding job of showing the amount of understanding, love, commitment, and problems that go into these kind of relationships. The story has a good balance of excitement with comedy, violence and dramatic moments that make it hard to stop listening. The narration was excellent and really help the story come alive. I sincerely hope the next book comes out soon.

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  • TU
  • 2017-03-28

really enjoyable audiobook

What did you love best about Personal Demons?

I like the series, and have grown to enjoy the characters. This one isn't as long as the predecessors but I did enjoy it a lot. It definitely doesn't focus so much on the sex in this one which was nice. Don't get me wrong, there is still plenty of sexuality in this book, it's just not as raunchy as the first couple of books in the series.

Any additional comments?

I really have enjoyed this whole series. I would say this is probably my favorite book in the series, because it is not as sexually focused and potentially sets up some interesting futures for the protagonists.

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