Devil to Pay (Night Huntress - Complete World #3.5)
Blake Turner had it all until a demon decided to take residence in his soul. Plagued with constant black outs and a trail of dead bodies in his wake, Blake thinks vampire Elise is his best chance at ending the nightmare. It's just too bad he's fallen in love with the gorgeous vamp right before he has to die.
Bones & Cat made a very short appearance - but this novella is focused on Elise & the demon-possessed Blake - with Mancheres playing a bigger role than Cats & Bones.
Blake's dilemma is that he's possessed by demon Xaphan. Elise is determined to save Blake - and needed Mancheres' help in the process . . .
This is a good short read. But I somehow hoped to read more . . .
Overall: 3.5 stars
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi
*Beware of Spoilers*
Devil to Pay is another short story in Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series. It originally appeared in the anthology, Four Dukes and a Devil. Cat and Bones are in the story briefly, but they are not the main focus. There is quite a bit of Bones’s Grandsire, Mencheres, though as the story is about a vampire he sired, Elise.
Blake is hunting death. He’s been possessed by a demon for months and fears fo...more
I liked the hero. He was resolute that if he couldn't get rid of the demon riding him then he wanted to make sure he couldn't hurt anyone. He was believably scared when vampires caught up with him, which I liked because alpha heroes who show stupid bravado in the face of something that NEEDS to be feared turn me off. Bla...more
I delayed reading Four Dukes and a Devil because the only short story I was interested in was Cat and Bones. I'm so glad this novella has been separated from the other stories in that anthology. Cat and Bones are not the focus of this novella, however brief the encounter, it was fantastic to get a touch of them, and it was also a fantastic treat to have Mencheres as well.
It is not necessary to be familiar with the Night Huntress series in order to follow along with this nove...more
Blake use to be an average guy. He is a divorced man who was a broker leading a normal life, until a demon possessed him. After several times of the demon taking over his body and spilling innocent blood Blake is at the end of his rope…he has decided...more
Again, is the Novella truly necessary to read to keep up with the Night Huntress series? Nope, but who doesn't like a little heartfelt story :).
Here's what the stor...more
A fun, quick, read for Frost fans. Cat, Bones, and Mencheres all make appearances in this novella. I'm used to strong, kick-ass heroines from Jeaniene Frost, but Elise isn't. She's suffered a lot in both life and her afterlife,...more
I enjoyed reading about Elise, one of Mencheres's "children".
For those who expect to read about Cat & Bones, I'll have to dissapoint you cause they only appear very briefly in this story.
But even without Cat & Bones as main charachters this was a very nice story and shows once again that Jeaniene Frost is a talented writer.
Always love more about Mencheres, even though he's not the main character in this book. But he's Elise's sire, and she's the Heroine. Not sure if I've read her name or she was mentioned in another book or short, but I loved Elise. Her story is bittersweet and poignant. Makes me glad she's got this short to round that out.
Blake is a unique new character. I didn't understand how much so until I realized m...more
I liked both characters and felt for both. Everything happened very quickly in feelings but that happens with short stories and this one had a life or death push, which can bring out strong feelings. The story and ending, of getting rid of the demon, was well told and thought out.
Overall, cute short story.
Might be a problem for some-
She does have Cat and Bones show up and talks about things that happened in Book 3 of the Night Huntress series. I haven't read book 3 yet, only book 1 and 2, so di...more
Very short story... but very good. Blake is processed by a demon and wants to die. The demon takes over his body and kills people to gain strength. When Blake trys to step in front of a train he meets a vampire who needs to connect with the world more.
Elise saves him then she decides to help him.
Bones and Cat and Mercheres all make appearances.
The demon, Xaphan, wants to live and kill more so he tries to run away.
The vampires decide take him out to the salt flats in Uta...more
Elise was a vampire sired by Mencheres, an ancient vampire and co-ruler of Bones' line from the main series. She had been living in isolation for many years before she met Blake, a human possessed and tormented by an evil demon. Despite their short acquaintance, they had an instant connection and Elise was determined to help Blake.
In this story, Cat and Bones made cameo appearances...more
She lives a hermit's life in a tunnel with only the necessary outings. Elise meets a human possessed by a demon and begins to care for him.
The only way to rid a human of a demon is to kill him. She asks her sire for help but the demon is ancient and powerfu...more
The romance between the two lead characters is more of exactly what I’ve come to love about Jeanine Frost’s writ...more
I think this could have been stretched into a full length book and I would have been very happy. The hero & heroine's romance didn't have the slow build-up I would have liked. But all in all, another great sto...more
A female vampire who is content merely to exist because of tragic past circumstances comes across a human controlled by a demon who seeks to end his life to end the destruction and evil the demon is capable of. The vampire takes an interest that even has her surpri...more
While this was a good addition to the Night Huntress series...it wasn't my favorite. I will admit however that this story had me stumped as Elise tries to figure out a way to save Blake, a human who is possessed. Having read most of Frost's Night Huntress books thus far, I kept guessing things wrong as the story progressed. While it is a bit predictable as far as what is going on between Blake and Elise, it is hard to see where things will go in the end.
Very glad of Cat, Bones,...more
Ms. Frost always writes so well, and this was no different! Elise is a 99 year old vampire, who lives secluded at an abandoned metro station. One day, Blake shows up. He's possessed by a demon, and tries to kill himself in order to be free of the demon. Elise finally starts to feel something again, and decides she wants to try to save him :)