Sins of the Flesh
Book 2, Half-Breed
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The Hawaiian Islands in spring should be a romantic paradise, but along with rekindled passion Amber and Irix discover a magical spell gone horribly wrong.
Two sex demons could set Maui aflame with desire, but there’s another creature with a more lethal inferno planned. Defeating it and saving the island will take all of Amber’s newfound powers, as well as the help of friends new and old. Especially since there’s more to this enemy than first meets the eye.
The heat is on in Hawaii :)
When readers left Amber in the last installment, Demons of Desire, she was still a (mostly) fumbling half-demon, trying to come to terms and failing with her succubus side. In Sins of the Flesh, Amber is trying and, most importantly, succeeding at gaining control of her succubus side while still balancing enough to please her elf side. Although in true Amber fashion, she still manages to bungle a few attempts at seduction.
In Sins of the Flesh, Debra Dunbar takes readers to the lush islands of Hawaii where Amber and Irix are finally reconnecting for a sexy getaway. As if the islands weren't hot enough, two sex demons running amok through Maui and unleashing their pheromones are a sure fire way to add even more heat. Which it totally and completely did. Not only were the scenes between Irix and Amber smokin' hot, but there was also some pretty steamy girl/girl action. That's not to say this relaxing vacation was all that relaxing, as nothing really is where it concerns demons. Someone or something is unleashing fires around the island and Amber and Irix have a pretty good idea that magic is involved. Amber, with her loving elf nature and her loyalty to humans, knows she has to to try and solve the puzzle, against Irix's wishes of course, as true demons care not for humans :) But being that he's a softie for Amber, naturally he gets involved too.
This installment really solidified why I've grown to adore Amber. Because of her half-breed status, with one side being "good" and the other "bad", she's a constant balancing act: too much demonic influence angers her elven side, too much elven influence really irritates the demon in her and makes her demon want to act out. I love her struggles and how she is slowly but surely learning to harness both sides equally and while the journey is often slow going, she's making great strides. And of course I want her demon side to win out, succubi are so much better than nature-loving elves.
Bottom line -- great installment in Debra Dunbar's spinoff, Half-Breed series. I really enjoyed getting to know these characters from her main Imp series and having them in their own series is really adding such depth to her secondary characters. While it's not necessary to read the main series prior to starting the Half-Breed series, it is a nice starting point to learn the secondary characters' beginnings. But this series can easily stand on its own, which is always a bonus. I recommend this for both urban fantasy and paranormal romance lovers, it's a bit steamier than the usual UF fare being that it's centered around delicious sex demons.
**Many thanks to the author for providing an advanced copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
I was so happy to read more about Amber and Irix, and am really glad that their stories are turning into a series!
I swear, for a half succubus and half elf, Amber can get into just as much trouble as her friend and demon imp, Sam, can. And that's saying something lol. I loved the mystery and bit of intrigue in this book, and that it grips you and pulls you in. I guessed who the "bad guy" was pretty early on, but it really didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book. And it was fun finding the "why". I have to say, I kinda liked the "bad guy", and really felt for them at times. It's a very good author who can make that happen. And I'm really excited to see if they show up in the future books. I really hope they do, I can just imagine all kinds if chaos and fun that will ensue if that happens haha.
I also really enjoyed watching Amber grow into who she is. At the start, she's still very tentative about the succubus side of herself. She felt that she was somehow dirty, or bad, for being who she was. And it was really sad to imagine seeing yourself that way. So it was really wonderful to see her not only accept that part of who she is, but embrace it and see the good in it.
The last thing I'm gonna say is that I really liked how Debra Dunbar handled the very unconventional relationship that Amber and Irix had. I'm a very open person, and the fact that they needed other partners, being an incubus and succubus, in order to survive, doesnt really bother me. They love each other and what they have together is special and unlike anything else they have with others. I also really liked the way she showed that you can love more than one person, and not all love is the same. It's a concept some may disagree with or have issues with, but I thought it was handled very well, and I actually happen to agree with what was said in the book. It was actually quite refreshing, to be honest.
All in all, if you love Debra Dunbar's other books, you will definitely enjoy this one as well. If you are new to her, I'd suggest reading Demons of Desire, which is the first in her Half Breed series (this book is the second), or reading A Demon Bound, which is the first of her Imp Series (and my personal favorite). The Half Breed series is a minor spin off series of the Imp series. You will see a little bit of crossover, but not much. However, the Imp Series does give you much more background on Amber and why she is a half elf/half demon. Personally, I'd suggest starting with A Demon Bound, and reading those before jumping into this series. You wont regret it. All her books are filled with hilarity and good fun, as well as mystery and intrigue, and the Imp Series is a wonderful introduction into the world the author has created. This is a book, and series, that I know I'm going to enjoy reading over and over again!
*I received an ARC from this author in exchange for an honest review...lol however I also enjoyed it so much that I also purchased it*