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Where Demons Fear to Tread

(The Company of Angels #1)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  1,401 ratings  ·  231 reviews
Fledging guardian angel and yoga teacher Serena St. Clair dares to enter Devil's Paradise nightclub on a mission—to retrieve the wayward Hollywood "It Boy" she's assigned to protect. But she's ambushed by the club's owner, arch demon Julian Ascher. The most powerful demonic entity in Los Angeles, Julian is handsome as sin, a master of temptation who loves nothing more than ...more
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Published August 23rd 2011 by Mira (first published January 1st 2011)
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Sep 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Tired of the boring paranormal romance interplay and algorithm? Give WHERE DEMONS FEAR TO TREAD a try! It's a fresh take on paranormal romance, where both characters give equally and the plot is well flushed out and interesting. Top that off with some freaky and thrilling scenes, along with a underlying philosophy that will actually have you thinking, you've got yourself one interesting read!

In a world rife with angels and demons exists a fledgling guardian angel Serena St. Clair. Serena loves
Oct 31, 2011 rated it did not like it
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Where Demons Fear to Tread
(The Company of Angels)
by Stephanie Chong
Paranormal Romance

Julian Acsher is an Archdemon, the highest ranking demon next to the Dark Prince himself. Devil’s Paradise is his creation, a club made to tempt humans to sin. It is Julian’s job to lead people to damnation and corruption, using his good looks and charm. Julian is simply the best in what he does.

Serena St. Clair is a Guardian angel, a job she takes very seriously. She work
Jun 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Where Demons Fear to Tread by Stephanie Chong is a prime example of why I love Net Galley. They introduce me to new authors that instantly become favorites. Ms. Chong hits it on the mark with this first installment of The Company of Angels series. Serena St. Clair is a guardian angel and a yoga instructor who is sent to look after Hollywood’s hottest young star, Nick Ramirez. Serena follows Nick to the nightclub Devil’s Paradise run by Archdemon Julian Ascher. At once Julian senses Serena’s pres ...more
*Rating* 3.5 <--may come back to this at a later date.

*Genre* Paranormal Romance/Angels and Demons


Stephanie Chong’s Where Demons Fear to Tread, is the first book in the Company of Angels series. It falls clearly within in the paranormal romance genre. The story, at its essence, is about angels who try to protect mortals from their own stupidity and their bad choices, and the demons that lure them into making those bad choices.


Serena St. Clair is a new Guardian and as well a
Dahlia (yadkny)
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Paranormal Romance Lovers
Shelves: favorites
Only a demon can kill an angel, but can an angel save a demon?

He waits, searching for his next conquest to tempt into a drug, alcohol, or sexual haze of debauchery. This is how he has built his empire and risen through the demon ranks over the centuries, off the backs of evil choices humans make. On this night though Archdemon Julian is restless. Never one to lack female companionship to slake his lust, Julian is unusually discontent and finds nothing holds his interest. That is until he saw he
Where Demons Fear to Tread is the first book in Stephanie Chong's new The Company of Angels series. When I saw this book was about angels and demons I had to read it. I am loving all the angel v. demon novels coming out this year. It's always fun to read about the ultimate good v. evil battle, especially when the lines between the two blur a bit.

In this story, we meet Serena, an selfless angel who has never been jaded by love and an arch demon, Julian, who excels at his job of gathering souls of
Apr 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Paranormal Romance lovers
I saw this book and thought...yeh another one! But hell I'll read it anyway. Well how wrong was I !!

Fledgling guardian angel and yoga teacher Serena St. Clair dares to enter Devil’s Paradise nightclub on a mission—to retrieve the wayward Hollywood “It Boy” she’s assigned to protect. But she’s ambushed by the club’s owner, arch demon Julian Ascher. The most powerful demonic entity in Los Angeles, Julian is handsome as sin, a master of temptation who loves nothing more than corrupting pleasure-see
Aug 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Finally, an urban paranormal that is not afraid to genuinely embrace the power of good, and not afraid to sprinkle in some thoughtful philosophical elements into an otherwise tired and amoral sub-genre. Not perfect at all, but brilliant in places, enough to earn 5 stars. Also, some very fresh and original sexy scenes, and a very hot hero.

Also, to readers who are turned off by so-called "religious dogma" -- seriously, why are you reading books about angels, fallen or otherwise? Merely to gloat an
Jul 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
Tread Too Lightly For Me

She hasn't been an angel for even a year, but self sacrificing yoga teacher Serena St. Clair is a guardian with a difficult first assignee, a Hollywood playboy with a face and body made for sin and the desire to sin as often as possible. Drugs and prostitutes are his weaknesses, and trying to save him from himself draws Serena into one of the hottest nightclubs in town, the ominously named Devil's Paradise. She should have known better.

Archdemon Julian Ascher loves nothin
I didn't expect so much from this book, but boy was I wrong!
This was sexy as fuck! God, the story developed so good that I wanted to not go to work, and stay to read all day.
Jan 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Serena and Julian couldn’t be more different. The saying that opposites attract is truly shown in this book. Serena is a Guardian (an Angel) who’s job is to try to help humans who are headed on a path of self destruction or a path that will lead them only to hell when they die. Serena became and Angel when she was 23 years old, when she stopped at a traffic accident to help the people in the cars to safety. She saved a mother and two young children, but when she went to the other car to try and ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

Angels and demons in paranormal romance bring a different kind of grace and power to the genre than the more traditional vampires and werewolves. That’s especially true in WHERE DEMONS FEAR TO TREAD, which takes the whole opposites attract idea to extremes when a demon who has long since shed his soul falls for a young angel who refuses to believe that love won’t win. It’s a fast, fun, and well written romance that could have been great except for a cou
usagi ☆ミ
I went into this with medium expectations, hoping that this book would break the traditional bodice ripper romance novel mold when reading the blurb. Sadly, I was disappointed when it almost -- ALMOST did. So close, ladies and gents! Still, it gets three stars for being a solid, well-written (even if a bit cliched) read.

I guess my disappointment lay with the construction of Serena; fledgling angel as a yoga instructor? Kind of predictable. Had she had some other job, maybe something as dangerous
Jun 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Note: I read the ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of this book.

"I'm just a yoga teacher." She remained still as he circled around her.

"You may be trying to pass yourself off as such. I think we both know better. Let's discuss that in a moment. But since you insist that you're just a yoga teacher..." She could feel his hot gaze running the length of her. He completed his turn in front of her. "Would you say your body is your temple?""

She nodded once, almost imperceptibly, afraid to move.

"Then let me c
Sep 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this novel and the world it created. What I really enjoyed was the main heroine, Serena. She was pure of heart in life that was cut short. She had not experienced much of life and died a hero so she became a Guardian in her afterlife. This type of character could be quite annoying but I enjoyed her because she was genuine and she was smart. She had wisdom and insight most people don't have. She was a natural at figuring out what was really going on despite all the lies and decep ...more
Μαρία Γεωργοπούλου
I’ve read a lot of paranormal romance series and I thought that “Where Demons Fear to Tread” by Stephanie Chong will be another book like so many others. But, I’m glad I was wrong! The book is different and it was a great read!

What I mean “different” when the main theme is angels VS demons? I mean that here we don’t have the “demons are nice guys who are just been misunderstood” usual theme. In this book, there are demons and angels exactly as we know them!

Serena is a new guardian angel and she
Jessica at Book Sake
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
Where do I start with this book? Ah yes, the predictable, boring Venn Diagram of romance novels – the dichotomy of good and evil with overlapping qualities, providing ample room for sexual tension. Nailed it! Unfortunately, Where Demons Fear to Tread wasn’t at all what I expected. I knew there would be some sort of romance between Serena and Julian, but I didn’t think the entire book would revolve solely around that. Adding to the tedium is the fact that their relationship and its future are com ...more
Jessica  `~Blahyze~`
Oct 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Serena is the guardian angel sent to be protector of Nick, or so she is lead to believe is her sole task, to save him from the path he is leading himself down. It isn’t an easy task for Serena, due to an Archdemon named Julian wanting his soul for himself. As soon as Julian lays eyes upon Serena he knows he wants her, to corrupt her. His usual tricks don’t work on her so he uses her brother as leverage to get Serena to go to Vegas with him, which is where his lust for her turns to love;


Jun 29, 2011 marked it as did-not-finish
Started to read WHERE DEMONS FEAR TO TREAD, but I think I'm going to pass on this one. There is far too much showing and info-dumping for my liking, and both happen way too soon in the story. For example, in the first chapter, readers learn how the hero became what he is now and his life leading up to that event. I don't know the characters well enough to care about their pasts yet, so why am I already being told about it? Where is the mystery? At the very least, I wished that scene--which had t ...more
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love, love, loved this! I was utterly captivated by this story from the very beginning. Where Demons Fear to Tread is the story of fledgling angel Serena, who is on a mission to protect Hollywood 'it boy' Nick. But in doing so, she puts herself right in the path of arch demon Julian. The characters in this book are very real, unique, and likeable. Julian has a certain amount of swagger befitting a demon, and sinfully sexy. I felt like a school girl with a crush whenever he was present in the sto ...more
Lucy Dosch
Sep 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
You will be tempted...

This was the debut book for Stephanie Chong and her Company of Angels series. The main character of this story is Serena St. Clair, who, when killed trying to save others in a car accident, was offered a position as a guardian angel. Her first assignment as a guardian angel is Nick Ramirez, a young rising Hollywood star, who is having trouble resisting temptation. Serena finds Nick hanging out at the nightclub Devil’s Paradise where temptation is everywhere, especially in t
Juana "Darkness" Duran
Serena St. Claire is a Yoga instructor/Fledgling Guardian Angel who is on a mission to save a very lost soul from going to hell. And on the other shoulder is Jullian Ascher Arch Demon trying to destroy this lost soul. But the only way he can do that is to take him of the path of good which Serena is on. But as they first meet at his club, Jullian starts to feel very strongly about Serena. So Jullian tries to break of the habit of being very good. But what he doesn't understand is that Serena is ...more
Mrs. Badass
Stephanie Chong is a good writer. I was sucked into her writing skills. I had issues with this book though. Mostly the characters, and how they did 180's at the drop of a hat. More in Depth review coming soon.

Julian reminded me of an Anne Stuart hero in the beginning. Maybe that's why I didn't like him, connect with him, or root for him. (view spoiler) ---that is not a knock against Ms. Chong. Jus
Michelle the Romance Witch
not a bad story over all. had it high points and low points. Kinda of hard to have loving feelings for a bad demon as the hero and some parts were just a bit cliched. All in all though very enjoyable and interesting. The ending was highly expected and ill look forward to seeing if the next in the series can surprise me in the end. 3.5 stars
Aug 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have read many books that have contained stories about good and evil, angels and demons but none like what I have read by this author.

It seems as though there have been many conflicting reviews about this book that I think my own "thumbs up" ought to be enough.
My Review:

The Plot:

Fledgling Guardian Angel, Serena St. Claire, is deep into her first mission when she finds herself ensnared within the inescapable and notoriously cunning grasp of an Archdemon. Tracking her Assignee - the human she's tasked with protecting - to Devil's Paradise, a night club in the heart of Los Angeles, Serena waltzes in with the naive intention of securing her charge and leaving just as quickly. However, Devil's Paradise isn't just your run-of-the-mill nightclub. Just as its
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
This ARC was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Publish date: August 30th, 2011
Fiction – Adult: Romance: Contemporary
Harlequin (MIRA Books)

Demons try to take a soul, while the guardian angels are hell bent on saving it (pun intended). Serena St. Clair finds herself in Archdemon territory and seems to have forgotten the rules. If you encounter a demon more powerful than yourself, get the hell out (pun intended - again).
Julian Ascher loves corrupting naïve humans. Then again,
Elisa Vangelisti
carino, ma niente di che. l'arcidemone è molto affascinante, lei (l'angelo) un po' meno. ma io ci ho provato. la cosa che mi ha lasciata interdetta è che per la maggior parte del tempo si svolge a las vegas e lui (julian) pilota l'elicottero portando serena (lei) a zonzo sul grand canyon. descrivendo esattamente le stesse scene che ho descritto io. il lago mead. il colore delle rocce... anche il suo libro è uscito nel 2012, in italia. meno male, altrimenti qualcuno avrebbe potuto pensare che ho ...more
This was a wonderful book. The romance was hate-to-love, high stakes, and magnificently paranormal to boot. I loved it! Serena and Julian were great main characters, and their love story was beautiful, funny, interesting, and sexy. The chemistry between them was very real, and I was rooting for them. This book completely brought me into its world, and I read it in one sitting. Check it out if you're a fan of angelic and demonic paranormal romances. I will be reading more from Stephanie Chong.
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Stephanie Chong worked as a lawyer at a top-tier Canadian firm and completed five university degrees before landing her dream job: romance novelist. Her degrees include a J.D. and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, and a Master’s in Creative Writing from Oxford University.

When she’s not writing, Stephanie enjoys yoga, traveling and outdoor adventures. She lives in Vancouver with her husband a

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