Demons in the Bedroom: Paranormal House Flippers Series, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Have you inherited a creepy old house that needs updated bathroom tiles, a new kitchen, and an exorcism? Call me: Helena Nicolescu, the best house flipper witch on the east coast.
I bought "Lockwood House" at an auction, and the magical community definitely knew something was up, because my rivals were all in on it, including Jake and Jasper, the infuriating wolf shifter twins who think they're so much better at renovations than me. I overpaid, and now I'm stuck with a mess. Floors caving in, 70s carpeting, and...the ghost of an incubus who won't stop flirting with me while I'm trying to demo.
That's not the only problem. The former owner's son seems to be drawn to the place against his own will. My witch radar is going off big time, telling me he has demon blood coursing through his own veins. And the wolves must smell trouble in the air, because they keep sniffing around too. I'll definitely never tell them that I keep uncovering disconcerting artifacts throughout the house. And more than anything, I won't admit that they both look pretty good in a tool belt. Why does this house seem like it's calling trouble to the doorstep?
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|Listening Length||6 hours and 27 minutes|
|Narrator||Troy Duran, Lauren Sweet|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||June 15, 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #108,030 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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#6,942 in Supernatural Thrillers (Books)
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One of the things that I appreciate with this book is how there are elements of the familiar (if you’ve read some of the other series) as far as categories and classifications of magical beings, plus you have some references to places and people from other books - but you don’t have to have read any other books or series to understand and appreciate this book on its own.
The female lead is independent and hard working, tackling construction hands-on and the redesign aspects of flipping houses, but she’s also been doing it on her own, and this next house she has her eye on might be more than she can tackle without some extra help... as if the universe knows her dilemma (and perhaps is trying to add to it), throw in several attractive men, financial concerns, mysterious magical items, and a magical community that still holds to deeply rooted prejudices, and what else could go wrong? :)
This was a great book, and I’m really looking forward to reading the next one in this new series!
First, I wanna talk about that cover. I like the cover, don't get me wrong. It's flashy and eye catching. It snagged me successfully. But the characters is described in the book as dressing like Wednesday Adams. How exactly does a tightly dressed, half-clad woman, on a sexy cover translate into that character? It does not.
Why do we always have to glam characters up on covers? And it's not just the 'Oh, objectification of women' argument. (Though, having to make a character more visually sexy than her character to sell books is pretty baseline objectification.) It's the fact that authors create characters, who have personality and characteristics, and then someone decides to completely ignore them and give readers a cover that has nothing to do with the character they're reading and appreciating. It drives me batty. I hate it. At least make an effort to get characters close on covers, please. This 'model' may be blond (and I appreciate that she looks as strong as you'd expect a house flipper to be), but she doesn't give off a vibe even close to Hel in the book.
Readers should know that, though Hel and the guys that are forming her harem are fun and the book is quite readable, the plot isn't a complete arc. It's not really a cliffhanger, but nothing concludes either. Go in knowing this is the first third, or so, of a story and you should be OK.
Next, and I know this is completely irrelevant and does not effect my rating/review at all, but is pertinent to my current life. In my real life, I'm trying to get some work done on my house. I can't get anyone to plaster my kitchen wall without a 3-4 month wait time. I can't even get anyone to call me back to pave a drive, and it feels like no store ever actually has anything truly in stock, everything has to be ordered. So, the whole "eight weeks to get this done," when discussing a whole house refurbished (even if doing a lot of the work themselves) might be the strongest fantasy element in the whole book and is chapping my already construction related chapped backside. Just rub it in, why don't you. LOL
All in all, I liked the book enough to search out and read book two...and three. Because I know I'll have to read them all (and more, if that's not the end of the series) to get any conclusion.
The story follows Helena on the journey to restore a magical house that was built and previously owned by Warlocks. Hel has a heck of a job to tackle as everything seems to go wrong with the house not to mention her incubus ghost problem.
The build of the harem is slow, but we still get some action with the different men. It wasn’t an angsty hard romance it was more easygoing but still hot. Her love interests are good counters to her character.
The mystery that plays along throughout the story is interesting and kept me thoroughly hooked.
Demons in the Bedroom is the 1st book in this series but the book is in the same “world” as the A Witch Among Warlocks series. I loved seeing that series referenced here. While they are in the same world you do not need to have read the previous series to understand this book. A great and interesting read with kick butt worldbuilding. I highly recommend!
And then came this little gem, it had both combined AND its paranormal. Jackpot!
And its such a fun read with intrigue, stupid families, forbidden love, and some ghost nookie. Whats not to love. Can't wait for the second installment.
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The renovation of a magical house was filled with possibilities and vivid details. The picture painted and the attachment to the house seemed very justifiable.
I love the way the plot was going, with secret hidden artifacts, other secrets still yet to be revealed to the other characters that we as an audience are clued in on but on the edge of our seats wondering what will be revealed.
The downfall for me was the promising plot was too overshadowed by over the top erotic scenes and when I say a new take on a love triangle... its understated. I think although a usual who will she end up with is desired, what could be and where it could go is not only slightly gross in some aspects but it's taking away from what could be an exciting second book where the supernatural worlds could be changed forever as they know it.
I left this book for a few weeks and was about to give up when I realised I had three pages to finish, I was glad to have completed it, if not a little underwhelmed at the rushed and lack luster ending. Hopefully we get an opportunity for the next book to redeem the storyline and take us on the turbulent battle of the supernatural worlds we all want and hate to love!
The romances... again, I felt very blah about them. They lacked sizzle. The characters failed to connect, and the heroine just drifted along with everything, never taking ownership or being proactive when it came to the men.