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A big step down from the first book
Reviewed in the United States on January 27, 2019
This is allegedly a harem-style fantasy series but this second installment doesn't make it seem like much of one. The protagonist's demon girlfriend spends all her time swearing her loyalty and amazing love to him and then wants to have sex with other guys for some reason, even though the hero is the most amazing man on earth and she could never ask for better. Demon girlfriend also uses magic to put the hero to sleep while she has sex with other women in the same bed with him. Just seems kind of weird for a "harem" book.
The author seems to have selected the genre not because he actually wants to write in it, but because it allows him to have 20x as many female characters as male ones and that's what he finds interesting. Also there is alot of feminist weirdness thrown in for no reason I can tell. Characters who are supposedly mental-bonded and know everything the others know spend page after page talking about "full disclosure", the nature of consent, boundaries in their relationships, etc. There is more talk about consent and boundaries in this book than there is magic or the supernatural, which is really saying something. Characters will frequently have a long discussion about how they're going to hook up later that day, what they find attractive about each other, how they can't wait to get busy, etc, and then when they meet up they go through the whole thing again, talking about boundaries and consent as if the first conversation never happened. In one scene Alex, the protagonist, has a 3 conversations in one day about attraction and boundaries and "full disclosure" with a woman *he's already slept with*. It is both ridiculous and tedious.
On top of that, the conceit of the first book, which was that Alex was the boss of the 2 women he was bonded to, has been completely abandoned. Neither do anything he tells them at any point in this book. They both keep him in the dark about numerous things. Both do things they know will anger him, or upset him. So why are they even together? Not because a spell is forcing them to be, clearly. On top of that, the demon's agenda and personal growth from the first book is retconned to be something completely different in this one.
I really enjoyed the first book but this one was a pretty big step down in my opinion and I found it disappointing. After the first book I was excited to read anything else by this same author. After this book I cannot ever imagine reading another book by them. Just a real let down.