Seduced by a Demon, 2
For the past four hundred years, Jahi Wickes has made forged documents and credit cards for the female demons who seduce men into signing away their souls. While enjoying the parades at Mardi Gras, she's ambushed by two angels. One is her former guardian angel, and the other is the Nephilim who’s tracking him.
Dagon has been chasing Vassago for three years. His first big break comes in the form of a cute, sexy demon. When he learns the real reason Vassago is hunting her, Dagon has more trouble than he bargained for. Not only was Vassago sent to guard souls in Purgatory after screwing up his assignment with Jahi, but the person who paid him to destroy her is one of her fellow demons
Be Warned: light bondage.
Jahi had only seen angels once before, the night before they walked her to the gallows in sixteen ninety-two. Scared the shit out of her when the pair appeared in her jail cell and asked if she was ready to face her maker. After she told them exactly how she suspected she’d be judged in Heaven, she sent them away. Jahi knew what she’d been in life, and she knew what she’d be in death.
Why were angels here now, in Louisiana, and why was this creature called Vassago after her?
The second angel clicked his fingers and a pair of dark metal cuffs appeared. Jahi flashed back to three years ago when similar cuffs, courtesy of the demon Mastema, had bound Faina’s wrists. A moan escaped her throat. The sudden thought they might not be angels after all turned her stomach hot with fear.
Once again she tried to move or evaporate, but their magic held her fast. All she could do was watch both creatures struggle over the cuffs, still bellowing words she couldn’t comprehend. Vassago was stronger, and for a few seconds it looked like he’d be the one doing the cuffing. When the second creature had the upper hand once again, Vassago turned to look at her. If she still had blood that ran it would have gone stone cold. Jahi had never seen such hatred on any face, be it human, angel or demon.
The creature holding the cuffs took advantage of the momentary distraction to lunge again. He raised the cuffs and Jahi tensed. Vassago opened his mouth and howled, just before disappearing in a blinding flash of purple.
The one left holding the empty cuffs let out a roar, and fresh fear shot through her. Was he also after her? Her body trembled as he ranted and swung the cuffs around, the metal making hollow, clanking sounds. She dug her nails into her palms, determined not to moan again. She would not show this creature fear.
When he finally stopped she tried again to evaporate but nothing happened.
“Just stay right there. Don’t come any closer.” Her voice shook, betraying the brave words.
The creature shook his head and the handcuffs faded, along with his wings. She watched in disbelief and fascination as his face lost its glow and took on the human form of a yummy male. Chiseled features, gorgeous full mouth, and warm hazel eyes. His hair lost its tight curl and unwound to wavy locks in a style any other contemporary human male might wear. The only thing that gave him away was the color. Jahi had never come across a human with hair the color of an iridescent wheat field on a summer day.
She had a sudden urge to run her fingers through it. Her pussy grew moist and her nipples strained against the fabric of her crop top. An image of her limbs wrapped around this man’s torso filled her mind, and she bit back a sigh
“I almost had him this time,” he said, holding out a hand. “We’d better get out of here. He might come back.”
Jahi stared at his hand, picturing it stroking her breast as his captivating eyes bored into hers. She forced her gaze to those eyes. “What the hell is going on?”
He laughed, showing straight white teeth. The sound trickled over Jahi like warm water. Getting turned on by an angel wasn’t exactly status quo for a demon, but damn he was gorgeous. What would it be like to make love to him?
“That’s a good one,” he said, wiping tears from the corners of his eyes. “What the hell is going on?”
“Right. Look, thanks for chasing away the bad guy for me but I’m outta here.” She tried to move but her limbs were still frozen. Part of her was actually glad. He was so hot her brain cells were melting. Maybe he’d hold her in place with angel magic while he took her, right here on the floor?
A grin that made her clit throb spread over his face. “Sorry, but you’re not going anywhere without me.”
“Who are you?”
“Oh, sorry. Where are my manners?” He bowed, and the gesture was so over-the-top she almost laughed. “Dagon, fallen angel, at your service.”
“Fallen, eh? What did you do? Forget to replace the gold-leaf toilet paper in the bathrooms?”
“Nah, that’s the Seraphim’s job. Mine is to track nasties like our friend Vassago.”
“What is he?”
Dagon frowned. “This is rather embarrassing, especially considering you’re a… at least I think you are.”
“A demon,” he whispered, glancing around with mock concern. “I’m not supposed to say it out loud.”
“Why is it embarrassing?”
“Vassago is a fallen angel, like me. It’s embarrassing to admit to a demon that we have to hunt one of our own.”
Her eyes roamed over his jeans and polo shirt. The clothes fit his muscled body as if they’d been made for him alone. Long legs, trim waist, broad shoulders. He looked like he’d stepped off the streets of any city in the USA. If she hadn’t seen the glow and the wings she’d swear he was merely a freaking hot human male. “You’re not what I expected from an angel. You seem more like a college coed trying to pick up a girl in a bar.”
“Is that an invitation?” His voice was low, sexy, inviting.
Jahi bit the inside of her lip. If she could move right now she’d drag him into the bedroom of this hotel room and fuck him silly. “You’re a Nephilim, aren’t you?” Of course he was. The Nephilim were known to take delight in seducing humans, but she didn’t realize they’d also seduce demons. Doing so was supposed to be forbidden. Had the rules changed and she missed the announcement?
Posted by Unknown on 31st Aug 2012
Sweetly sensual and explosively hot, Hunted is a short but powerful read that will hold the reader captive from beginning to end.
This is the second book in the ‘Seduced by a Demon’ series, following The Last Soul. I had previously read and loved The Last Soul. Given that fact, I do think that Hunted can easily be read as a stand-alone. A few of the characters are revisited and play an important role in this book, however there is enough background information given so that a new reader into the series would not be lost or confused.
In Hunted, we get to delve into Jahi’s life – learn about her early years, her execution and her trip into becoming a demon. We also meet Dagon (LOVE that name!!), who is a fallen angel as well as a bounty hunter who has been chasing after Vassago for three years. It is when he nearly has him captured that he meets Jahi, whose life (or undead life) is in extreme danger from Vassago. The two must work together to capture this former guardian angel who is a threat to many.
In the otherworldly realm there are rules and one of those rules is that it is forbidden for a Nephilim to have a relationship with a demon. The temptation between Dagon and Jahi, however, is too intense and heady to ignore. Together they make explosive sparks fly and their need for one another exceeds any and all realms. Can Vassago be captured before he causes irreversible harm to Jahi and even if he is, how can Dagon and Jahi carry on their affair if it is highly forbidden?
Hunted is an extremely enjoyable, fun and heat-filled story. I loved both the characters Dagon and Jahi and I was thrilled to revisit the characters from The Last Soul – Faina and Jace. Ms. Rosewood does such a wonderful job of spinning a tale that is erotic, yet sweet, as well as filled with marvelous paranormal. There is light bondage and very light spanking within the story, however the steaminess is done in a tasteful way that does not offend and instead makes the heart race. I truly love this authors work and this story is no exception. I cannot wait to read more by her – not only are the stories excellent, but the covers are yummitastic, lol!
For anyone looking for a hot, steamy, sensual and fun read of the paranormal, I definitely recommend Hunted by Carolyn Rosewood and also recommend that you check out the first book in the series as well, The Last Soul!
Posted by Unknown on 18th Apr 2012
Jahi is a girl after my own heart. We first met her in book one of Rosewood’s “Seduced by a Demon” series. You may remember her as Faina's quirky friend. The one that provides all the documentation for when a demon seduces their mark. As well as outing the evil Mastema and saving her friend. This time we get a bit more inside her world.
Jahi loves Mardi Gras and has attended it every year of her long life, but this year she has a surprise drop-in by someone named Vassago. On top of that is the Nephilim hunting him. Soon Jahi learns the reason why Vassago is after her. It is thanks to her prior life.
What she doesn't bargain for is her instant attraction to the Nephilim, Dagon, who is there to protect her. This attraction is forbidden to both of them. Though they both fight against it, sometimes taking a bite of a forbidden fruit is just too tempting to pass up.
The chemistry and passion between the main characters, Jahi and Dagon, is so hot. It will light your pages or I should say Kindle on fire at times. Carolyn Rosewood pulls you in with intrigue from the beginning. The fact that she builds up the main characters, so you see beyond the passion and sex to the essence of them, is lovely.
You start rooting for them to be able to stay together and not get punished. Jahi tries to appear like the “nothing bothers her” heroine on the outside, but you learn she is, on the inside, just a girl who never thought she deserved much. She gives loyalty, love and her whole un-beating heart to those she cares about and, in Dagon’s case, a lot of hot lovin‘.
In contrast is Dagon, the leading guy that you can't help but like. A strong bounty hunter with deep morals and, obviously, sexy as Hell. A man prepared for anything who never sees what hit him coming when he met Jahi.
Carolyn Rosewood has done it again. Making me want to dive head first into the next book to see if what will happen with Theresa. I know if I was Jahi, I would have taken a bite of the forbidden fruit for Dagon without a backward glance. Vassago makes you mad and Theresa makes me want to shake her. For an author to bring out such strong emotions in her readers, I would say this book, actually the entire “Seduce the Demon” series is sinfully good.
Posted by Unknown on 18th Apr 2012
I’m not a huge fan of paranormal romance. I like to be able to relate to the characters in the story, so when said characters are bizarre, mythical creatures, I have a really hard time getting into the story. Because of this, I was little skeptical when I started Hunted, a story that centers on the romance between an angel and a demon. I was very pleasantly surprised to discover that in this particular novella, “angel” and “demon” were basically just terms to describe the characters. Substitute “stableboy” and “lady” and it would have had the same effect, because even though Dagon and Jahi had certain magical abilities, they behaved just like any other couple who has been forbidden from being together.
I can’t really say too much about the plot of this story because it’s under 100 pages and I don’t want to give anything away. Things you should know: 1. Jahi is a demon being hunted. 2. Dagon is a fallen angel (read: bounty hunter) assigned to capture the fallen angel who is hunting Jahi. 3. Demon/Angel relationships are a huge no-no. 4. Jahi and Dagon are so drawn to each other that they throw caution to the wind and have an absurd amount of incredible sex.
Wondering what Jahi’s fate was going to be really kept me in the story. I had a bit of a hard time believing that Jahi and Dagon would fall for each other so quickly, but by the end of the story I understood it a little better. I always like it when I end up enjoying a book that I was a little iffy on to begin with. I think it’s a great testament to the art of storytelling, and the talents of the author.
Posted by Adonis on 18th Apr 2012
What I Thought
The positive points:
I enjoyed the skill with which Carolyn Rosewood drew me into the story. From the first page, with its Mardi Gras parade and attempted capture of the heroine, I was interested. I wanted to know what happened next. I also appreciated that I did not have to have read the previous installment in her series to understand and enjoy this one. The sex scenes were steamy; each one was hot without being repetitive, which was quite a feat considering the proportion of the novella which was taken up with the sex. The plot had just enough twists to keep it interesting without overburdening the novella. Do not assume, however, this book, despite its angels-and-demons motif, to follow standard Christian mythology.
The negative points:
There were not many because Carolyn Rosewood writes in a smooth, readable style, well-suited to her subject matter. The biggest drawback for me was the rushing of the romance between Jahi and Dagon. It was not precisely a "love-at-first-sight" romance, despite the physical attraction so clearly present on both sides. Had it been a full love-at-first-sight, that would have been different. As it was, however, the love which grew up between Dagon and Jahi was not given, in my opinion, sufficient scope or time. This is a necessary constraint of the novella form, though, and not something I could legitimately hold against the otherwise extremely well-executed story.
Posted by Unknown on 18th Apr 2012
Jahi is being chased by Vassago, her former guardian angel. Dagon is a fallen angel hired by Tyre to go after him.
Hunted is the sequel to The Last Soul in the Seduced by a Demon series. The author picks up the story several years after the first book, but Jahi is now being hunted because she turned Mastema in to Appollyon and when she was living, got hung as a witch. The second fact was enough to get Vassago in trouble. The twists the author threw into this story had my head spinning at times. The world she created with the fallen angels, demons and humans is very interesting. This story is more intense than the first one, but you learn a lot about Jahi, and why some of the things happened.
The picture of the small revolt Dagon lead, showed a more human type heaven than the one that you tend to hear about. The fact that Tyre, leader of the fallen angels, and Apollyon can work together when necessary was intriguing. The rules that were established for interaction between the fallen angels and demons did not allow for sexual relationships. I liked the fact that Dagon and Jahi realized this, but still fell in love, and the ending was not really a surprise, just how it came about. I will be reading this series again, and, yes, you have to read them in order to get the full enjoyment of these stories.
Posted by Delane on 3rd Dec 2011
Jahi has accepted her demon life of forging paperwork to support the females of her species who lure men into giving up their very souls. Her new life has suited her for 400 years until the day a fallen angel crashes into her world.
Dagon is on a mission to capture Vassago who has crossed the line and needs to face punishment. Unfortunately, the pretty little demon he meets along the way gives him thoughts that could lead to him crossing a line and facing punishment himself.
Jahi has been betrayed by one of her own. Her former guardian angel, sent to work in purgatory after failing to guard Jahi while she was alive, has now been hired to destroy her. Her only hope is to stick by Dagon and keep her hands off the forbidden fallen angel.
Hunted is an excellent love story, like a Phoenix, built from the ashes of the fallen and redemption. I found the story intriguing and the characters were hot and interesting. The twists and turns of the story keep the reader on the edge, determined to read every word just to see who will be the victor in this story of the slightly tinged to the truly evil. I was happy to see it was unnecessary to read the previous book to completely understand the characters in this one, though I will go back and read it for the sheer joy of it.
Posted by thetbrpile.weebly.com on 27th Aug 2011
Hunted is the second installment in the Seduced by a Demon series. If you have not read the first book in the series, do not worry… the story of Jahi and Dagon is one in itself.
Jahi is a demon on the run from Vassago a fallen angel that is out to get her because he feels that she betrayed him in her human life. Dagon is also a fallen angel that is a bounty hunter assigned to capture Vassago. In this fast paced love story, Dagon does everything in his power to keep her safe and out of Vassago’s harmful grasp. She is very reluctant at first to accept Dagon’s help. Soon, she learns that Vassago will go to any and every length to get his hands on her.
These two characters were made for each other, their chemistry is incredible. The author does not go into great detail of the scenery. Instead, she concentrates on their love story and that far outweighs any missed landscape. The conflict these two characters have and their adventure at hand is intoxicating.
Ms. Rosewood definitely knows how to write a love/sex scene as well. She keeps the scenes real and not too graphic. In all honesty, I can't go into great detail of this book without giving too much of it away.
I will say, I highly recommend this author and all of her books to fellow readers!
Posted by Vicky on 22nd Aug 2011
Demons are still actively temping and seeking human souls. One would think that would keep them busy enough, but apparently they have power play/challenges as well. Lowly assistant Demon Jahi got caught up in the middle of the current challenge a couple of years ago. Now she is being Hunted by a fallen angle seeking revenge and another trying to catch him.
It seems the past has come back to haunt Jahi Wickes. She ended up a Demon because she didn’t feel worthy of Heaven after the life she lead. Raised by a weak (selfish?) woman during the Puritan times around the Salem Witch Trials left a lasting impression. Of course, her life leading up to her being hung as a witch didn’t help any. Her father died when she was very young and her mother remarried too soon for social acceptance. Then her step-father drank himself into an early grave, leaving them with no money or skills for support. Her mother took in sewing and did cleaning when she could find it, but they barely made it. Thus, Jahi is known to have stolen to help feed them. The real kicker is that she did dabble in “candle” magic, and the town gossip made sure everyone knew it. Her not feeling worthy led her to refuse redemption and that got her guardian angle, Vassago, assigned to Purgatory. After four hundred years, Vassago has escaped and is now after Jahi.
Fallen Angel Dagon is now a bounty hunter. He was kicked out of Heaven for rebelling against some rules he felt were too strict on humans (similar to what laded Jahi in Hell). After his fall, he became a bounty hunter, working to help keep things balanced. For the past three years he has been chasing the fallen angle Vassago who is supposed to be guarding the souls in Purgatory. Dagon finally tracks down Vassago as he finds and attacks Jahi. Which leads Dagon and Jahi to wonder just what is going on…
Of course, Dagon being a Nephilim makes him too sexy to resist. And Jahi is different from any woman Dagon has encounter before. But interaction (ok, sex) between Demons and Angels-fallen or not- is forbidden. And then there is the threat to Jahi, and Dagon’s assignment…which turns out to not only be combined, but more complicated than either could imagine. Turns out the Demon Jahi helped expose three years ago is seeking revenge and is using her past to get her, as well as the people in her life…
Hunted is a clever, sexy-hot paranormal. This sequel to The Last Soul is a good follow-up, but not quit as exceptional as the first story. That doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with Hunted or that you won’t enjoy it. I am glad that Carolyn Rosewood chose to include different types of supernatural beings in this play on Demons and their interaction with humans, making this more than just a retelling or continuation of the first story. And for all that The Last Soul plays such an important part in some of the set-up of background characters, Hunted still works great as a stand alone story.
I really enjoyed the inclusion of the fallen angels in Hunted, especially as they have some power over Demons. I mean, one would think Angels would have to have more/better powers than Demons if the planet isn’t going to be over-run with evil. So that was a great touch. There seems to be a continually evolving process in Heaven with the advancement of humans. The fact that these fallen angels seem more human than anything makes one wonder just how many angels are actually left in Heaven anymore, since Dagon ‘fell’ only five hundred years ago or so. Another theory that I admit I like as well. We know humans are making more of themselves all the time. We find out Demons can be made from bad humans. One wonders if more Angels are being made to help replace these ones who continue to fall?
I have to wonder about the harshness of Heaven in the world of the Seduced By A Demon series. In The Last Soul, the Demon in it was a young prostitute who had no choice about becoming one to survive and only worked in a house, so she didn’t go out a tempt men or anything. In Hunted, the Demon Jahi did steal but only to feed her mother and self, and she only dabbled in some magic on the side. This is a world where there is not gray area for sin, just as the Bible says but many of us forget. With the attitude the modern world pushes, many of us would not pass this harsh judging. Think about it, our current society pushes “white lies” to protect other’s feelings and even encourages over-eating (gluttony) and some laziness (sloth). Man, here my fantasy fiction is making me think again…
In Hunted, Dagon seems a little two dimensional before Jahi opens him to more. Since he made the stand that caused his fall, it seems he has been more of a functionary, more going through the motions, than anything else. But Jahi brings out the protective side in Dagon. And that leads him to seeing her as more than just the Demon exterior, but the girl/woman inside. Regardless (or because of) of being forbidden to be together, they quickly find they want more with the other than just the amazing sex they share. They have both been around for centuries in attractive bodies without social constraints, but neither has felt the connection to another being they have with each other. Of course, Jahi has issues from her human life about feeling worthy/loveable, that she never received then. And even if she doesn’t feel like she is, Jahi proves she IS worthy and loveable with how caring and giving she is with her friends (and Dagon even though they “can’t have anything more than the forbidden physical while hunting Vassago”). Umm, how does a Demon end up being sweet and kind, even after four hundred years? I’m not sure, but Jahi sure is!
Carolyn Rosewood has done a fantastic job with her Seduced By A Demon series. Hunted is a very sexy (paranormal) read. When dealing with Demons and Nephilim, angels known for seducing humans, one should expect things to get hot and heavy between them. That is probably why it is forbidden for Demons and Angels to have sex…but that doesn’t stop Jahi and Dagon for long, lol. The really surprising thing for me is that I had no problem keeping up with Carolyn’s theories and ideas in the “world” even with her Demons, and now fallen angels. It will be fascinating to see where she takes these concept and series in Redemption (book 3) when it comes out.