Apr 27, 2011

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Review: Possession by A.D. Blackburn (Diabolus Venator #1)

Paranormal Romance
January 31 2011
107 pages
Evernight Publishing

Received from author

Yummy Man – James
Kick Ass Chick – Maddy

From Goodreads
In the epic battle between Heaven and Hell, there are angels and demons…and then there’s James.
Tall, dark and deadly, James Gunn is the President of the Diabolus Venator motorcycle club, a group of one time outlaws turned gun-toting, sword-wielding, ass-kicking demon hunters. His no-holds-barred style of dispatching hells darkest minions has earned him quite the reputation, but when he fights a low-level demon that warns him that his soul is in danger, he laughs it off…until he discovers that they mean to steal his heart to obtain it. When James realizes that a high-ranking demon has marked him for a prime spot in hell, he pulls out all the stops to protect the one thing he loves more than his own soul—his girlfriend, Maddy.

What James doesn’t count on is that this particular demon knows a little bit more about the art of possession than the average minion and he’s forced to make the ultimate choice between the love of his life or his own soul.


James and his biker gang, the Diabolus Venator, did some pretty bad stuff in their lifetimes.  They are all on the brink of eternal damnation until the Angel Thomas gives them a choice:  either boil in hell or atone your sins by fighting demons that come to the surface and possess humans.  And by possess humans, I don’t mean your fluffy, run of the mill possessions.  No, these are gruesome and bloody and yucky because these demons decompose these poor people from the inside out.  Yup.  It’s that pretty.

I quite enjoyed the premise behind Possession by AD Blackburn.  Biker dudes who fight evil demons to save the regular Joes, pretty cool.  Also pretty cool, in an insane creepy way, is the villain.  This guy is icky, in the very best of ways!

The book focuses mainly on the leader of the pack, James, and the love of his life, Maddy.  Even though she is the love of his life, he’s pushing her away.  In fact, at the beginning of this book, they are not even on speaking terms.  Why?  Well, because James is a man.  What, you want more of an explanation?  Do you really need more than “he’s a man”?  😉  Okay.  His job is very dangerous and he is worried that if Maddy is associated with him, she will be in danger.  (Don’t men know that they can’t protect us that way?  Why hurt everyone in your attempt at being a hero.  *sigh*) I enjoyed James’ character, even though he is a ‘man’.  He is faced with some pretty important decisions and I really liked how he handled them.  It made me forgive him for being an idiot.  And he’s yummy.  That helped too.  As for Maddy, she was a nice character.  She’s a good match for James and his crazy life.  They are a very emotional couple and their chemistry sizzles.

We meet the other members of the gang and some are quite interesting.  You know there are stories to be told there.  I especially want to know all about Caius.  The way the book ends, it lead me to believe the next book might be his.  *fingers crossed*

We have to wait until the third chapter before things are fully explained and I felt a tiny bit lost before things were given details.  Maybe lost is the wrong word – I just feel like I would have gotten more out of the first few chapters if I had all the info from the get go.  And I also got a little confused near the climax of the story about why James was chosen and such.  But neither of these severely got in the way of the story, they are just a couple of things that stood out for me.

Overall this was a quick read filled with bad-ass characters and a good story base.  Even though it was a short book, it was well developed.  It will be interesting to see where this series goes and what other characters will take center stage.

3 stars

Giggle worthy quote

Funny, he was strong enough to fight demons on a daily basis, and he stood up to the minions of hell with strength and courage, but it was a living breathing woman who threatened to bring him to his knees.

  1. Why? Well, because James is a man. What, you want more of an explanation? Do you really need more than “he’s a man”?

    That just made my day, Julie.

  2. Great review Julie! I’m glad you enjoyed the book and I’ll be interested to see what you feel about the other books as they unfold. 🙂 James does sound like the typical man! 😛

  3. Chelsea – I’m glad. 🙂

    Deanna – A man with a big motorcycle that he rides even in the cooler months. 😉

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