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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

You will be tempted...

This was the debut book for Stephanie Chong and her Company of Angels series. The main character of this story is Serena St. Clair, who, when killed trying to save others in a car accident, was offered a position as a guardian angel. Her first assignment as a guardian...
This was the debut book for Stephanie Chong and her Company of Angels series. The main character of this story is Serena St. Clair, who, when killed trying to save others in a car accident, was offered a position as a guardian angel. Her first assignment as a guardian angel is Nick Ramirez, a young rising Hollywood star, who is having trouble resisting temptation. Serena finds Nick hanging out at the nightclub Devil's Paradise where temptation is everywhere, especially in the form of the club's owner, Archdemon Julian Ascher. Julian wants to count Nick's soul in his tally and once he sets his sights on Serena, he'll stop at nothing to see her in his bed.

This story starts out hot right from the first confrontation between Julian and Serena at the nightclub. Things sizzle between the Serena and Julian, and being a demon with no conscience, Julian really will stop at nothing to get Serena to bend to his will. This was a great story with well-written characters and with each subcharacter left with an open-ended story at the end of the book, I can't wait to see where this series goes next.

You should definitely give this book a try.

posted by ldosch on September 7, 2011

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Predictable, But Hot

Where do I start with this book? Ah yes, the predictable, boring Venn Diagram of romance novels - the dichotomy of good and evil with overlapping qualities, providing ample room for sexual tension. Nailed it! Unfortunately, Where Demons Fear to Tread wasn't at all what ...
Where do I start with this book? Ah yes, the predictable, boring Venn Diagram of romance novels - the dichotomy of good and evil with overlapping qualities, providing ample room for sexual tension. Nailed it! Unfortunately, Where Demons Fear to Tread wasn't at all what I expected. I knew there would be some sort of romance between Serena and Julian, but I didn't think the entire book would revolve solely around that. Adding to the tedium is the fact that their relationship and its future are completely foreseeable from page 1, yet you're stuck reading the incessant push and pull between the two characters. Julian believes he can corrupt sweet, innocent Serena and blackmails her along the way to get what he wants. Serena repeatedly resists, but with hardly any fortitude whatsoever (Really? Right away you want to jump the demon's bones?). I spent some time mulling over Serena's misplaced lust for Julian and there seems to be only one logical explanation for an angel without a shred of willpower .Axe body wash.

After revising my longstanding postulation to 'all angels are pure whores', I hoped that Serena would follow suit and finally succumb to this debonair demon for my sake, `cause Julian's sexy bod was the only thing worth reading about. Despite thoroughly enjoying his pectoral muscles, I felt that the author should have focused more on Nick, since, ya know, his life is hanging in the balance and whatnot. But alas, Where Demons Fear to Tread reads like most romance novels I've had the misfortune of picking up - total disregard for any sort of external plot, cheesy lines, and sex.lots of sex. I wouldn't recommend this book to any of my friends. However, I'm sure fans of this genre and my widowed grandmother would love it.
2/5 for getting me all hot and bothered, though.

Reviewed by Brittany for Book Sake.

posted by BookSakeBlogspot on October 30, 2011

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  • Posted October 31, 2011

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    Love is the place where demons fear to tread.

    Serena is a new guardian angel to an out of control actor, Nick who enjoys his booze, drugs and paid companions. One evening Serena tracks Nick to a night club called Devil's Paradise where she gains the interest in an archdemon named Julian, who just so happens to be the owner of the club. He takes her to his office where he tries to seduce her, saying that he will swap out the actors soul for her soul. He lets her go after she begs him to release her. However, he is more interested in the chase itself. After bating Serena with Nick, Julian decides to go a little further and invited her human brother out to his estate to take photo's for his party. Serena goes to the party to run interference and save her brother from the evil clutches of Julian. However, he is not willing to give us so easily. He strikes a deal with her, if she will accompany him to Vegas for a week he will leave her brother alone. With no other choice Serena agrees and heads off to Vegas with Julian. Once in Vegas, they meet up with other demons who have not only an interest in Serena but in Julian as well.
    "Only a demon could kill and angel."

    There were a couple of things I had issues with in this story. One of which was Serena. In the middle of the night Julian pushes through their protective wards and materializes in Serena's bedroom while she is sleeping, gets into bed with her and starts to touch her. I get that he is a demon and demons aren't about rainbows and gumdrops but what I couldn't grasp is that she wakes up and tells him "no" and then when he disappears, she just rolls over and goes back to sleep. Personally, for me, I would have been in full freak out mode. I would have been running though that house screaming "the wards are down!!"
    The other issue I had was the sticky sweet ending. It just didn't do it for me. The whole "love conquers all" talks that were being thrown around in the book was just too much for my sweet tooth to handle.

    What I did enjoy about the book was reading as Julian changed and started developing feelings for Serena. What first started out as a conquest turned out to be more. He starts actually caring about what she thinks and tries to make her happy. Now that doesn't mean that I forgive him for his creepiness but he is a demon after all. I liked getting a glimpse into his mind and how he thinks and schemes.

    The book as a whole was a fun read. Stephanie Chong did a good job sucking you into their world and taking you along for the ride.

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  • Posted October 3, 2011

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    Okay...

    Not a bad start for a new author/series. However, I felt the main characters were not developed fully. We get it... Julian is bad, Serena is good. Just didn't feel that they were given enough depth beyond the surface. Curious to see how the characters and stories develop from here.

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  • Posted September 29, 2011

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    A Fresh Concept With a Lacking World

    Where Demons Fear to Tread is a charming and sexy debut novel from Stephanie Chong and a nice introduction to her Company of Angels series. If you are tired of the same old shifters, and vampires are starting to bore you to death, then I highly recommend giving this book a try. Chong demonstrates a new take on the world of angels and demons that walk among us. The premise is fresh and exciting and promises that the story can only get better in the next few novels. The heroine in the novel may leave you wanting more, but the Alpha Male is where it's at. Serena St. Clair was a beautiful, cautions, and gentle young woman whose life was ended tragically while trying to save a trapped woman who had been in a car accident. She soon finds herself turned into a Guardian Angel and thrust into her first mission to save her famous actor assignee Nick. However, upon entering Devil's Paradise nightclub and meeting the sexy Archdemon who owns it, Julian Ascher, Serena unknowingly is now positioned between another Guardian Angels agenda and a man who is dead set on watching her fall from grace. Like any other Alpha Male, Julian becomes enamored with the idea of having Serena the moment he lays eyes on her. And as a result, he tries ever avenue possible to seduce the innocent angel. From the first page to the last, the book is a constant tug-of-war between fighting urges and satisfying ones role/destiny. As much as I loved the plot, the book did fall a bit flat for me in some areas. I was not all impressed with the heroine. I understand that Serena is an angel and therefore she is presumed to be pure and innocent; however, what I did not like was her questioning her abilities as an angel. She was very nervous and unsure of herself throughout the novel. Most of the time, she was unable to resist Julian's advances until the very last second. As an angel who went through training to become a Guardian, you would think she would have learned some discipline and self-control, or at least be able to withstand a little temptation for more than a few second. Maybe it's just me, but I find it very hard to believe that an angel can be so easily swayed. Another area where I would like to see some improvement is the world building. The book was in dire need of better imagery. Often times I felt I wasn't being sucked into the world the way I could have been because Chong did a lot more "telling" than "showing". I would also like to see the universe expanded upon, especially more information/background on angels and demons and their world as a whole. I feel that it can be a vastly beautiful universe when the author learns to show us why. Chong is very talented and full of potential and once she finds her footing, I'm sure the Company of Angels series will be a success. Overall, Where Demons Fear to Tread is a good book for anyone looking to venture outside of vampires. While it did have its faults such as a partially unlikable heroine, the story as a whole is an enjoyable quick read. As I previously stated, once Chong learns to build up her characters and dive deeper into her universe, the series will be outstanding. I am definitely going to continue to read the series because I am interested to see what adventure the author will take us on next.

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