Dances With Demons (A Phoenix Chronicle Novella) [NOOK Book]


Multiple RITA award winning author, Lori Handeland, brings you a novella set in her popular urban fantasy world, The Phoenix Chronicles . . .

When a demon comes calling Megan Murphy's bar blows sky-high, and she's suddenly on the run with her klutzy day shift bartender, the exceedingly gorgeous Quinn ...
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Dances With Demons (A Phoenix Chronicle Novella)

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Multiple RITA award winning author, Lori Handeland, brings you a novella set in her popular urban fantasy world, The Phoenix Chronicles . . .

When a demon comes calling Megan Murphy's bar blows sky-high, and she's suddenly on the run with her klutzy day shift bartender, the exceedingly gorgeous Quinn Fitzpatrick.

Quinn has been in love with Megan from the moment he saw her. Too bad he's living a lie. He isn't as klutzy as he makes out, nor as human as she believes. Quinn was sent to protect Megan from anything that slithers.

But there's danger afoot, and the best place for them both is one that’s far, far away. A place Quinn Fitzpatrick once called home. Ireland--land of fairies and gargoyles, shape-shifters, dragons and more.

There they will dance with demons, and Megan will uncover every secret Quinn has.

Dances With Demons is part of the Red Door Reads “Who’s Ben Skrewd?” Novella series.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940149546053
  • Publisher: Lori Handeland
  • Publication date: 4/12/2014
  • Series: Phoenix Chronicles Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 53,536
  • File size: 735 KB

Meet the Author

Lori Handeland sold her first novel in 1993. Since then she has written many novels, novellas and short stories in several genres--historical, contemporary, series, paranormal romance, urban fantasy and historical fantasy--for such publishers as Dorchester, Kensington, Harlequin, St. Martin’s, HarperCollins, Simon and Schuster and Penguin.

She has been nominated five times for the RITA Award from Romance Writers of America, winning twice, for Best Paranormal and Best Long Series Contemporary. She is a Waldenbooks, Bookscan, USA Today and New York Times best-selling author.

As well as writing The Nightcreature Novels, The Phoenix Chronicles, The Shakespeare Undead series, The Luchetti Brothers and several stand alone novels, Lori also writes the gritty, sensual western historical romance series Once Upon a Time in the West under the name Lori Austin.

Lori lives in Southern Wisconsin with her husband enjoying occasional visits from her grown sons.

She can be reached through her website at or
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  • Posted April 16, 2014

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    This series is about demon killers who pledge to save mankind fr

    This series is about demon killers who pledge to save mankind from the Apocalypse. This short novella is the story of widow, Megan Murphy, and Quinn, bartender at Murphy's. Her best friend, Liz Phoenix, is the leader of these demon killers and has ordered Quinn to protect Megan. When Megan is attacked, Quinn whisks her away to Ireland to better protect her. 

    Sexy, gorgeous, clumsy or not so clumsy, Quinn. He's amazing! The sacrifices he makes and the love he feels for Megan and her children is sigh worthy. She wants Quinn but hasn't quite let go of her deceased husband, Max. Megan is dealing as well as she can. Incidents happen in Ireland that force Megan to re-evaluate a few things in her life. Great story in a fantastic series!!! 

    I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted April 15, 2014

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    Life hasn¿t been easy for Megan Murphy lately. Not only did her

    Life hasn’t been easy for Megan Murphy lately. Not only did her husband die leaving her with three kids to raise by herself. Megan is still not over her husband’s death. She owns a bar named after him and she has a bumbling bartender named Quinn who is more than he appears. Left to deal with the memories of her husband and her mother in law’s statement that it’s time to move on, Megan’s problems get worse. A demon pays Megan’s bar a visit and with the help of Quinn she narrowly escapes with her life.

    Meagan knows that there are creatures out there that mean her harm, what she doesn’t know is that Quinn has been sent to protect her and he’s not human. Quinn takes her to the one place where he thinks he can keep her safe, Ireland. It won’t be easy keeping Megan safe from demons, dragons, gremlins and shape shifters and to top it all off, the whole world may be coming to an end.

    Dances With Demons by Lori Handeland is a stand alone novella in the Phoenix Chronicles series. The series has five books that center around psychic detective/demon-slayer Liz Phoenix and her battle to stop Armageddon, one demon at a time. I enjoyed how this book touches on the mythology of several different creatures, has a decent love story and has a picture perfect setting when the story moves to Ireland. I loved the way the cottage that they stay in is described along with the lake and the red-painted doors on the homes that keep evil away.

    The biggest part of this story though is the relationship between Quinn and Megan, I liked how the relationship built slowly, Quinn acts clumsy because he wants to appear human and it makes Megan think lowly of him but he will do anything for her. I loved the scene when Quinn realizes that Megan is battling a demon, he wonders why she didn’t call for his help and then realizes that it was because she thinks of him as incompetent. They eventually grow closer together and there is a steamy love scene in the cottage. I also liked the decision Quinn makes when he believes that Megan will never get over her husband.

    My favorite part of the novella is the dialogue between Megan and a man named Ben Skrewed. I liked how the two go back and forth about Ben’s name, musicals and the evil spirits of Ireland. I also liked how Ben avoids talking about a mysterious box that is in the back of his car. Ben may not be a main character but he was an entertaining part of the story. There was also some good dialogue between Megan and Quinn on what Quinn actually is.

    Dances With Demons is a short read with some great moments. The only bad part about the book was that some of the action scenes felt rushed. The main focus here was the love story, the mythology that is brought up and the setting. Ireland really came to life in this novella and it could be described as a character itself.  If your new to The Phoenix Chronicles this book would serve as a good introduction and will whet your appetite for more.

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