Lucinda, Darkly (Demon Princess Chronicles, #1)
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Lucinda, Darkly (Demon Princess Chronicles #1)

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Lucinda has dwelt in eternal darkness. As a demon princess, she exists in an endless, joyless realm. But she is about to discover a need she never knew existed?not for power, not for blood?but for a more dangerous passion with a lone warrior.



Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Berkley (first published August 7th 2007)
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Jane Stewart
Waste of time. Don't read it.

I very much enjoyed this author's book "Mona Lisa Awakening," so I tried this book. It was a let down. CAUTION SPOILERS: A former Monere Queen died and has been living as a demon for hundreds of years. All of a sudden she falls in love with Stefan, a Monere rogue. They had one short interaction and fall in love. She had never fallen for anyone for hundreds of years. There was no logic for it to happen now. Shortly after that, she forms bonds with two others, Nico and...more
Nonny
This book was disappointing. Sunny's world is derivative to begin with, reading like cross-over fanfiction between Laurell K. Hamilton's Merry Gentry and Anne Bishop's Black Jewels, with some original concepts and quasi-original characters. The Mona Lisa books were at least an entertaining read, if I didn't think too much about the ethical quandry behind lifting so much of other authors' work (which she all but admits to in one of her acknowledgments) ... this one, frankly, bored me. I couldn't...more
Felicia
I'm not a fan of Laurel Hamilton's "Merry Gentry" series, but if you are, this is for you. Blood + Naughty stuff doesn't do much for me, and I'm not crazy about men just falling over a lady for no reason. If you like Anne Rice and Laurel Hamilton, this is well enough written and and interesting enough world. Just a bit dark for my tastes. I heard the earlier books are much better, this is a "spin off" of sorts. I may go back and try the first one later, but after a long wait.
Anita
Oct 28, 2008 Anita rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: LKH fans
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Jennifer (a.k.a The Book Nympho)
like to refer to Sunny's writing as Laurell K. Hamilton Lite. You know with an actual plot and with a side of smut that factors into the plot. As opposed to a book full of just orgies (coughs - Anita).

If you enjoyed Sunny's Monére, Children of the Moon Series (aka Mona Lisa Series), you will enjoy Lucinda, Darkly. It follows in much the same style as the Mona Lisa series and in the same world. For those of you that has read the Mona Lisa books you've meet Halcyon, Lucinda's demon brother. (Yumm...more
Amanda
I decided to read this book because a friend of mine recomended it to me. I also decided to read this book because it was about demons and other mythical creatures, I like reading fantasy books. One thing I like about this book was how detailed the history of the characters were, I also liked how the writer made Lucinda (the main character) seem very human even though she was a demon. Some thing I did not like was how the bond that Niko, Lucinda and Talon was not broken. If I can change somethin...more
Jen
Liked it. It is pretty much a cross between Merry gentry and black jewel's series, but I liked it more than the laurell k hamilton but less than the Anne Bishop books. Still good to get out dust off and read again now and then as I'm waiting off something new to come along. Is the author ever going to write some more?? been over 18 months >.>

the things you find when you are reorganising/downsizing the book shelves now that you have a kindle!!
Erica
This book moved along quite quickly, which is the only reason I kept reading it. It wasn't the worst book ever, but it was very anticlimactic. Sure, things happened, but the book didn't bring me to care about the story. I think the story could have been good, done differently. As it was, I just could not connect or get interested.
N.L. Riviezzo
This book left me torn. Part of me really enjoyed it and the other part left me wondering why I was reading it. In the end, I did like the twist on demons, "vampires" and the like so I will probably continue with the series.
Ashley
Ugh. Now I understand why I found this at a thrift store...
I felt as if I had come into the story midway. (Understandable now that I know this to be a "spin-off"). There was no plot, no sense of anything actually happening and what did happen made no sense.
The writing was that of fragments, incomplete thoughts and ramblings, nothing of value revealed.
And... all that bonding! Jeez. And the creepy two-way with the little guy watching?? Why was Stefan even in this book? Could his story not be save...more
Amelia
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Nora Ellen (The Bookery)
Lucinda, the Princess of Hell, is a demon bounty hunter. With nothing to rule in Hell, she prefers to spend her time alone, hunting down rogue Monére warriors and returning them to their queens with a smile on her face. Until she is sent to retrieve Stefan, the first Monére rogue who reminds Lucinda of her role as a Queen until she turned demon, over six hundred years ago. In exchange for saving Stefan's half-blood ward, Lucinda takes some of his blood, but the connection between warrior and que...more
Jess
For the most part I enjoyed this book, I thought the story was interesting, and I liked that the book was short. Sometimes I think authors feel the need to write over a certain amount of pages, and the story is dragged out. I liked the fact that this said what it needed to say and seemed to pay no attention to "word count". I also just wanted to mention that it does end on a cliffhanger. Not mid scene like some other authors (cough, moning, cough) but the story remains unfinished with the promis...more
Thenia
I read this thinking it would fill in blanks in the other series set in this world, Monère: Children of the Moon, but it doesn't. This is purely Lucinda's story.

Lucinda is weary and detached at the beginning of the story and finds it very hard to believe that she's found someone she feels a connection with, let alone multiple someones. As the story progresses, though, her entourage is formed and despite her efforts to push them away, stay with her through some pretty hard times. She comes pretty...more
Akaria
A huge honking pile of meh. Lucinda kinda bored me. With Mona Lisa the heroine became such an over the top Mary Sue it was fun to go along for the ride. Lucinda, the demon princess was a more rounded out character but she didn't really move me in any way. Stefan is supposed to be her great love but much of the book is spent on the other rogue Monere Nico and the Flouradeur Talon. I kept wanting the story to go back to him and Lucinda but it went everywhere but. Characters kept telling me Lucinda...more
Sheena
Jul 26, 2014 Sheena is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
"My men. My dark and beautiful Stefan, so lovely that even now, racked by shudders, it moved something in me just to gaze upon him. And rugged, fair Nico whose careless facade hid a shrewd intelligence, a kind heart, and a stubbornness that put a donkey to shame."
Brandy *Ahviel*
I am not sure what to say about this book. I liked it, but that was not the issue that I had. I guess my issue is the ending. The ending was a 'matter of fact'. Yes I know there is another book that comes out in Oct. However. Most of Sunny's books at the end let you know where the next is going. This I felt stuck.

At the beginning we are introduced to Lucinda and Stefan who is guarding a mix blood. Lucinda feels something for the first time in years as dones Stefan. They build a relationship upon...more
Marissa
I love Sunny. She has built such a great parallel world for us with her Mona Lisa series. I was genuine;y intrigued by Lucinda and to find out she had her own spin off series, made my day. While Sunny's character set ups are pretty similar (lots of kidnapping, multiples and women who don't believe they deserve a better lot in life)she also throws in a heck of a lot of WTF? plot twists so predictability is never a concern. I will admit to getting a teensy bit weary of Mona Lisa's storyline (not n...more
Winnie Ulate
Me gusto al inicio, pero creo que cuando se fue desarrollando la historia no me gusto tanto, el final no me lo esperaba eso debo admitirlo , creo que tal vez lea el segundo libro por que quiero ver que pasa con Stefan,Nico y Garra
Charity
This book has been on the TBR pile for quite a while and i wish i had left it there! I hardly ever abandon a book but halfway through I didn't care about any of the characters and didn't see it ending any better than it started. Another one for the trade in pile.
Cindi
I don't believe Sunny wrote this book. I've read every Monier book and short story she's written and none of them were like this one, none were this bad. I mean, there was no tale here. Based on her previous world-building, I expected more emotions, more conflict, more action, more interesting characters. I expected a story!

Even her word choices did not sound like Sunny wrote them. I believe that she must have been so very behind on her deadline that she asked Laurell K. Hamilton to quickly writ...more
Nicole Bunge
I haven't read any of the "Mona Lisa" books (didn't know they existed till I picked this up) but the good news is you don't need to. (I've found a lot of 'secondary/spin-off' series are flat, or confusing, if you chance upon them without committing to read the others.
But it's a nice 'psuedo' vampire world. A lot more like Anne Bishop's "Black Jewels" books - that world - where darkness isn't evil, and a matriarchal society rules a world of magic.
Borders on 'erotica' at times, but the story is s...more
Bitten_by_Books
Lucinda is the daughter of the High Lord of Hell and rules over a small territory. She is also somewhat of a bounty hunter of wayward demons. Lucinda has spent literally centuries alone and is getting bored with her existence, and has even convinced herself that she likes it that way on some levels. That is, until she runs into an outcast Monére warrior or two...

For the entire review please go to the Best Paranormal Review site on the web, Bitten By Books for the review of Lucinda, Darkly in it'...more
Dhfan4life
In my opinion this spin-off tale from the Monere/children of the moon series is a really good one. This story follows the tale of the high prince of hell's sister, Lucinda. She was first introduced in the short story Mona Lisa. But in her own book she really carries her own story off very well even though it is mightily similar to that of Mona Lisa in the beginning. But by the end of the story she both surprises, endears, and makes the reader care for her and her men much more than you'd origina...more
Susan
First of all, not as good as the Mona Lisa books, which had a little more depth and intrigue to the plot. I love the Monére world, so this was a nice spin off to the books. Sunny took an interesting approach in her storytelling, each chapter was written in the narrative of a different character. This approach didn't break the flow of the story and there weren't any confusion in who was narrating. I think it helped add to the character build. A very entertaining read, if you like to read dark ero...more
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Amy Warren
I could not get through this book. I picked it up because on the cover it said that fans of Laurell K Hamilton would enjoy this. WRONG! I despised everything about this book and I couldn't even finish it. Usually, I give books the benefit of the doubt but I really struggled to get through this one and I only made it to page 98.
Sorry, fans of this book. But it just was not for me.
E.
A nicely erotic paranormal story with demons and Monere warriors. Lucinda is the sister of the Demon Prince Halcyon and seems to acquire "men" of her own even though she can no longer offer the ability to Bask in the moonlight. Unlike other Monere Queens she is not afraid to have powerful followers and inspires death-defying loyalty in the rogues that she chances to meet. Another well-written story in the series that will appeal to those who like the Anne Bishop and Laurell Hamilton tales.
Kimberly
This is actually a 3.5 almost a 4 for me!

This fun and fast-paced urban fantasy contains strong characterization that make the Monere universe seem genuine and real. Although this is a stand alone thriller, reading the previous Mona Lisa series (4 books) will make it easier to undersatnd Sunny's complex realm.

I especially love the way she has tied in the Mona Lisa series, but has given this book it's own creatures and characters- making this book it's own story.
Ana
I came to this book thinking it was a dark fantasy or something along those lines and it is but it's also erotic. I don't usually like this mixed genre. I prefer either a dark fantasy or an erotic novel. I like to know exactly what I'm about to read. But it was still an interesting read. It's fast-paced and somewhat light. There are fights and death but there is also romance. It's a nice read. Kept me happy and that's the whole point of a book right?
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A family practice physician and Vassar graduate, Sunny was finally pushed into picking up her pen by the success of the rest of her family. Much to her amazement, she found that, by golly, she actually could write a book, and that it was much more fun than being a doctor.

As an author, Sunny has been featured on Geraldo at Large and CNBC, and has won many awards including the prestigious PRISM Awar...more
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