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Spells gone wrong, hunters becoming the prey, anything can happen when demons leave Hell and come to play on earth. Humans and demons team up together and bring the heat in this anthology about unlikely lovers. The Care and Feeding of Demons gives you nine urban fantasy stories that look at the explosive relationships between humans and demons. From demon hunters who hook u Spells gone wrong, hunters becoming the prey, anything can happen when demons leave Hell and come to play on earth. Humans and demons team up together and bring the heat in this anthology about unlikely lovers. The Care and Feeding of Demons gives you nine urban fantasy stories that look at the explosive relationships between humans and demons. From demon hunters who hook up with the very creatures they stalk to hunters and demons pairing up to take on a bigger threat, or from a long time couple who has to deal with interspecies love to a pair of human lovers who make a deal with a very shady character, this anthology is sure to delight the little devil in all of us. Stories include: Absolutely Magic by Julia Talbot Reasonable Force by Meredith Shayne Hungry by Glyn Soitiño Cool Heat by Taylor Lochland A Calling for Pleasure by JL Merrow Screamin' Demon by Kiernan Kelly A Perfect Target by Winnie Jerome The One Who Comes in the Night by Kate Roman Payday by Sean Michael


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Spells gone wrong, hunters becoming the prey, anything can happen when demons leave Hell and come to play on earth. Humans and demons team up together and bring the heat in this anthology about unlikely lovers. The Care and Feeding of Demons gives you nine urban fantasy stories that look at the explosive relationships between humans and demons. From demon hunters who hook u Spells gone wrong, hunters becoming the prey, anything can happen when demons leave Hell and come to play on earth. Humans and demons team up together and bring the heat in this anthology about unlikely lovers. The Care and Feeding of Demons gives you nine urban fantasy stories that look at the explosive relationships between humans and demons. From demon hunters who hook up with the very creatures they stalk to hunters and demons pairing up to take on a bigger threat, or from a long time couple who has to deal with interspecies love to a pair of human lovers who make a deal with a very shady character, this anthology is sure to delight the little devil in all of us. Stories include: Absolutely Magic by Julia Talbot Reasonable Force by Meredith Shayne Hungry by Glyn Soitiño Cool Heat by Taylor Lochland A Calling for Pleasure by JL Merrow Screamin' Demon by Kiernan Kelly A Perfect Target by Winnie Jerome The One Who Comes in the Night by Kate Roman Payday by Sean Michael

30 review for The Care and Feeding of Demons

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carole

    I knew I was going to love this anthology when the first line of the first story (Absolutely Magic by Julia Talbot) made me laugh so hard I had to quickly make something up to explain the hilarity to my seatmate on the plane: ' "Demon hunter, not demon fucker. Hunter. Not fucker. Got it?" Damon's boss slammed a huge case file down on his desk, glaring at him, looking like nothing so much as Wilford Brimley on crack. "This makes what, six--" "Eight." "Eight! Eight that you've had to have sex with in I knew I was going to love this anthology when the first line of the first story (Absolutely Magic by Julia Talbot) made me laugh so hard I had to quickly make something up to explain the hilarity to my seatmate on the plane: ' "Demon hunter, not demon fucker. Hunter. Not fucker. Got it?" Damon's boss slammed a huge case file down on his desk, glaring at him, looking like nothing so much as Wilford Brimley on crack. "This makes what, six--" "Eight." "Eight! Eight that you've had to have sex with in the line of duty? In the line of duty! Who in hell has sex with a demon to bring them down?" "Hey, this job has very few perks." Damon started counting the detriments of the job down on his fingers. "No hazard pay. Singed clothing. Lots of slime. I figure if there's an attractive demon I might as well enjoy him before I send him back to Hell." ' Clearly M. Rode knows how to pick her stories! The book starts with a bang. So to speak. Reviewing an anthology is risky business -- you can love one story and hate the next -- the very good news is that this is a five-star effort. Torquere Press gets a gold star for The Care and Feeding of Demons -- well-edited (someone actually must have checked for spelling errors for once!), nice cover (I've criticized enough of their covers in reviews that I want to make a point of saying something positive!), stories even in quality, variety of authorial styles... what's not to like? And the stories are uniformly great. You don't need to know any more than that: go buy the book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    3.5 stars. I actually just read "A Calling for Pleasure", since it's the first story in an m/m paranormal romance series by J.L. Merrow about two detectives for the Paranormal Enforcement Agency. In this short, the detectives are after a succubus who's leaving a trail of dead guys behind her. The male detective (non-romantic detective pairing, not to worry) becomes fascinated by a male succubus (why didn't they just call him an incubus?!) who's picked up during the investigation... 3.5 stars. I actually just read "A Calling for Pleasure", since it's the first story in an m/m paranormal romance series by J.L. Merrow about two detectives for the Paranormal Enforcement Agency. In this short, the detectives are after a succubus who's leaving a trail of dead guys behind her. The male detective (non-romantic detective pairing, not to worry) becomes fascinated by a male succubus (why didn't they just call him an incubus?!) who's picked up during the investigation...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tailtiu

    3,5* upgrade for Rael. 3,5* upgrade for Rael.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ami

    This anthology has story from two of my favorite authors: JL Merrow and Kiernan Kelly. I figure I will just read their stories first and get back to the rest of them later. JL Merrow's A Calling for Pleasure : 4 stars A Calling for Pleasure features Detective Lars Thornsson of the Paranormal Enforcement Agency, who with his partner, Detective Chelle Rochelle, hunt demons who disturb the human life. This time, their case is to catch a succubus, who killed several guys. But the last man who sur This anthology has story from two of my favorite authors: JL Merrow and Kiernan Kelly. I figure I will just read their stories first and get back to the rest of them later. JL Merrow's A Calling for Pleasure : 4 stars A Calling for Pleasure features Detective Lars Thornsson of the Paranormal Enforcement Agency, who with his partner, Detective Chelle Rochelle, hunt demons who disturb the human life. This time, their case is to catch a succubus, who killed several guys. But the last man who survives, apparently says that the demon he calls is not a succubus, but an incubus, named Rael. When Lars and Chelle get to Rael, there is instant attraction between Lars and Rael ..... I must say that this short story is HILARIOUS. Rael is probably the cutest little demon (with tails) and I love his attitude (yep, he calls everybody with "honey" and he purrs!). It's so darn funny to read Lars's reaction to him, considering that Lars is a six-foot blond, with Viking blood, who looks like a 23 year old when he is in fact 57 years old *lol*. Chelle, his partner, might be a crude woman (she can bitch like a truck driver) but she adds another flair into the story. The sex is pretty kinky (if you like anything with tails *lol*). All in all, it's a fun story and I can't wait to read their next adventure. Kiernan Kelly's Screamin' Demon: 4 stars The story is about a demon hunter named Mick, who hunts all kind of demons, no question asked. For him, all demons are evil. Until he captured a demon named Azarian. The problem is, Azarian is only half demon. His mother is a human. He doesn't have evil power like other demons, in fact, he is an outcast among demon. Azarian pleads Mick not to kill him. Mick is not convinced but at the same time, he feels a strange attraction towards the demon. At the same time, Mick thinks that Azarian can help him to find out about the meaning of a mysterious stone Mick found after killing a demon. I always enjoy Kiernan Kelly's stories and this one is no exception. Again, the story is funny, especially when Mick is trying to kill Azarian, and the half-demon pleads his case. You will feel your heart out for Azarian, because he is definitely NOT like other demons, and you want to slap Mick for being quickly judging that all demons are the same. There's a scene that I think is kinda witty and quirky, the fact that demons use board and websites *grin*. Definitely an entertaining story.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Josephine Myles

    I found this anthology really hard to rate, because there were a few great stories in there, many good ones and a couple I wasn't inspired by, but there was an underlying sameness to the plot of many of them that meant there were few surprises. I'm guessing that the original call for submissions mentioned demon hunters, as many of the stories feature these tough guys sleeping with then falling for the demons they hunt. Still, there are interesting things that can be done with this topic - just n I found this anthology really hard to rate, because there were a few great stories in there, many good ones and a couple I wasn't inspired by, but there was an underlying sameness to the plot of many of them that meant there were few surprises. I'm guessing that the original call for submissions mentioned demon hunters, as many of the stories feature these tough guys sleeping with then falling for the demons they hunt. Still, there are interesting things that can be done with this topic - just not sure if I want to read quite so many of them in one go... Those that succeeded the best for me, were the more humorous, tongue-in-cheek treatments of the human/demon relationship, although there were some very sensual stories too. I recommend it if you enjoy paranormal m/m, but it's probably best to space out your reading rather than consuming it too quickly.

  6. 5 out of 5

    OkayKim

    Absolutely Magic Reasonable Force Hungry Cool Heat A Calling for Pleasure Screamin’ Demon A Perfect Target The One Who Comes in the Night Payday

  7. 4 out of 5

    Remy

    I haven't read much of this steamy romance type stuff, but this collection is definitely my favorite. Granted, the stories are somewhat hit or miss, but I think on average the book still warrants 5 stars. After all, if all of the stories strongly appealed to me, then odds are none of them would have appealed to someone with different preferences. The way it stands now, I think the book has something for everyone; provided, of course, that you're already in the niche of people reading saucy m/m d I haven't read much of this steamy romance type stuff, but this collection is definitely my favorite. Granted, the stories are somewhat hit or miss, but I think on average the book still warrants 5 stars. After all, if all of the stories strongly appealed to me, then odds are none of them would have appealed to someone with different preferences. The way it stands now, I think the book has something for everyone; provided, of course, that you're already in the niche of people reading saucy m/m demon fiction. Absolutely Magic might be my favorite. I don't know how you go from gay demon smut to loose cannon cop comedy, but it was a brilliant move. Somehow having the (demon) tail chasing romantic lead also be a plays-by-his-own-rules, smart-aleck lawman works really well. I liked Reasonable Force as well. I wasn't completely enthralled by the whole modern order of demon hunting monks thing, though. I love the urban fantasy of all the stories in general, but it doesn't play out as well in this one. However, I think it's more than made up for by the bawdy scenes. Daniel and Korim have this extremely competitive relationship in the bedroom (alley, restroom, abandoned warehouse...) that really works. The mechanics of the demon from Hungry were not my cup of tea. What I mean to say is, Rafael is too far from an archetypal demon for my tastes. He's like the Twilight-style vampire of demons. I understand it's completely acceptable to deviate from the standard representations of things, but it really didn't seem warranted here. On the plus side, the story itself was great. I loved the naive and adorable cops, and all the raunchy bits, for instance. It just would have been that much better without all the extraneous background information. Cool Heat was OK. The concept is decent, as are the characters, etc. It's just the actual writing that's lacking. Everything is too direct, there isn't enough finesse. Sometimes when you read one of these things, you get a very clear impression of what sort of story the authors themselves must enjoy. I tend to see that as a problem. A Calling for Pleasure is the main story that vies for the top spot, in my opinion of course. It stands to reason; I liked Absolutely Magic, and in this similar story the comedy has been upgraded to buddy cop. The plot is great, to the point where I'd read it without the titillating parts. Rael might be a little over the top, but that tail! Yes, please! What good is being a demon without an extra appendage or two? I don't know how some of these other authors don't get that. It's like they're thinking "You know what would be sexy? If my demon character had absolutely no demonic physical features!" Beefcake Lars is super cute too, and really well written. Screamin' Demon is the third contender for my favorite story. Exactly the right amount of background info to make the characters work, with no unnecessary details. Sexy as hell, literally in this case. The icing on the cake is that on the surface, Mick and Azarian hate each other. They, of course, wind up in bed anyway. That is a trope I truly enjoy. Probably my least favorite story was A Perfect Target. You really cannot help but imagine the whole thing belongs in the middle of a bigger story that you haven't read. Too many characters are mentioned in passing who could have been elided. Even some of the characters we are introduced to are of no consequence to the story. Finally, this yarn, like Hungry, makes much too liberal use of the concept demon. Not too much to say about The One Who Comes in the Night. It's the exact sort of thing someone in the protagonist's actual position might wish would happen to them. I'm not the biggest fan of this sort of wish-fulfillment fiction, even if my life is equally as pathetic as Drew's. I have no idea how to rate Payday. I know I liked it better than some, worse than some others. There were some implacable things about this story that kind of threw me off. It was otherwise not bad.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ana

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Absolutely magic by Julia Talbot Important content? Zero. Heat level? 100%. Fun and hot. Interesting characters. Super short though. Rating: 3.8 Reasonable Force by Meredith Shayne Oh,this one was really fun. I absolutely loved Korim and Daniel. They were great together. Nice HEA. Rating: 4 Hungry by Glyn Soitino Okay...That one sure was creative. Wouldn't have hurt to know some more details about Rafael and Dominic but it was still enjoyable. rating: 3.5 Cool Heat by Taylor Lochland Not to be pessimisti Absolutely magic by Julia Talbot Important content? Zero. Heat level? 100%. Fun and hot. Interesting characters. Super short though. Rating: 3.8 Reasonable Force by Meredith Shayne Oh,this one was really fun. I absolutely loved Korim and Daniel. They were great together. Nice HEA. Rating: 4 Hungry by Glyn Soitino Okay...That one sure was creative. Wouldn't have hurt to know some more details about Rafael and Dominic but it was still enjoyable. rating: 3.5 Cool Heat by Taylor Lochland Not to be pessimistic but calling demons is always bad. They may not even be as bad as everyone always supposes they are but there's always something that can go wrong and you can get yourself killed. Don't try it. That said...Way too fast for them to be trading "I love you"s but I liked it. Rating: 3.5 A Calling for Pleasure by JL Merrow I kinda had trouble with all the whimpering going on but apart from that...it was enjoyable enough I guess. I'd already read it once so it wasn't exactly new either. Of course I read the whole story, not just this little short. PS: The whole "honey" and "baby" was way excessive too. Rating: 2.5 Screamin' Demon by Kiernan Kelly Okay...That was a weird one. Not really sure what to think about it. Way too complicated and violent for such a short story tho. Rating 2.5 A Perfect Target by Winnie Jerome Again, weird one. Same reason than the previous one, too complicated for a short. It raises some questions about the character's pasts and future which, of course, aren't addressed properly and therefore give the idea of an unfinished story. Rating: 2.4 The One Who Comes In The Night by Kate Roman Slightly less weird I guess, more creative and imaginative. Enjoyable. Slightly unrealistic HEA. Rating: 3.8 Payday by Sean Michael Sexy little snippet. No background or world-building. Uncertain HEA but very enjoyable. Rating 3.6 Overall: Very enjoyable. Some more than others but ultimately worth reading.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jimmy Hanson

    Absolutely Magic, by Julia Talbot [3] With this one ... I don't know. For the purposes of the story itself, I just didn't feel it. The plot line was borderline weak to just barely existent, and I STILL don't understand what Alisdair's goal was and why he needed Damon for a sex-magic spell in order to do it. However, the few glimpses we get into the Damon/Alisdair pairing are cute - especially the tail bit - and for that reason alone I wish there was a follow-up novel or novella. I'd love to read Absolutely Magic, by Julia Talbot [3] With this one ... I don't know. For the purposes of the story itself, I just didn't feel it. The plot line was borderline weak to just barely existent, and I STILL don't understand what Alisdair's goal was and why he needed Damon for a sex-magic spell in order to do it. However, the few glimpses we get into the Damon/Alisdair pairing are cute - especially the tail bit - and for that reason alone I wish there was a follow-up novel or novella. I'd love to read more schmex scenes between them, maybe read about a job or two they work together to see what sort of troubles they could get themselves in. ^_~;; Reasonable Force, by Meredith Shayne [4] Games of cat and mouse, only with a little more violence, a little more viciousness, and a hell of a lot more charisma. Daniel, being a bit of a fallen priest with wicked cool powers, and Korim, a demon of indeterminate strength and purpose, are a match made in the darkest of fantasies. They're not afraid to bust each other to hell and back, but there's always that lust beneath, that almost-turning-into-fondness that just circles around and around with each new run in. I'd have LOVED for a follow-up novel to this, or a rewrite that actually has an ongoing plot [about the demons Daniel is hired to go after, and the hunting/destruction of the nests]. Hungry, by Glyn Soitino [5] Oh, Rafael is a wicked, wicked demon!! ^__^ A cute/devious little short by Glyn Soitino with just enough heat, just enough tenderness, just enough ridiculous romanticism and devious planning to work, and work well at that. Cool Heat, by Taylor Lochland []

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ajumi

    Absolutely Magic by Julia Talbot: Absolutely Magic - 4.5 stars Reasonable Force by Meredith Shayne: Reasonable Force - 4.5 stars Hungry by Glyn Soitiño: Hungry - 4.5 stars Cool Heat by Taylor Lochland - 3.75 stars A Calling for Pleasure by JL Merrow: A Calling for Pleasure - 3 stars Screamin' Demon by Kiernan Kelly - 3 stars A Perfect Target by Winnie Jerome: A Perfect Target - 2.5 stars The One Who Comes in the Night by Kate Roman: The One Who Comes In The Night - 4.5 stars Payday by Sean Michael: Payday - Absolutely Magic by Julia Talbot: Absolutely Magic - 4.5 stars Reasonable Force by Meredith Shayne: Reasonable Force - 4.5 stars Hungry by Glyn Soitiño: Hungry - 4.5 stars Cool Heat by Taylor Lochland - 3.75 stars A Calling for Pleasure by JL Merrow: A Calling for Pleasure - 3 stars Screamin' Demon by Kiernan Kelly - 3 stars A Perfect Target by Winnie Jerome: A Perfect Target - 2.5 stars The One Who Comes in the Night by Kate Roman: The One Who Comes In The Night - 4.5 stars Payday by Sean Michael: Payday - 5 stars

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lady*M

    I will come back to this and then I'll rate the entire anthology. J.L. Merrow - A Calling for Pleasure - 4 stars Rael and Lars burn the pages! Rael is so funny and Lars - all 6-foot-four of him - was incredibly cute. Imagine a huge Viking - his mother was a Valkyrie - completely flustered by a playful, sexy little demon. Rochelle, Lars's partner, can bitch with the best of them. Very entertaining. ^^ Julia Talbot - Absolutely Magic - 4 stars Kiernan Kelly - Screamin' Demon - 3 stars One of the MCs - I will come back to this and then I'll rate the entire anthology. J.L. Merrow - A Calling for Pleasure - 4 stars Rael and Lars burn the pages! Rael is so funny and Lars - all 6-foot-four of him - was incredibly cute. Imagine a huge Viking - his mother was a Valkyrie - completely flustered by a playful, sexy little demon. Rochelle, Lars's partner, can bitch with the best of them. Very entertaining. ^^ Julia Talbot - Absolutely Magic - 4 stars Kiernan Kelly - Screamin' Demon - 3 stars One of the MCs - the demon hunter - was a jackass. Kate Roman - The One Who Comes in the Night - 3.5 stars Sean Michael - Payday - 3.75 - 4 stars Pure erotica at its best and that is what I rated.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tara

    7/3/10- Cool Heat by Taylor Lochland Jason is a demon hunter. One day in his hunter he comes across a lust demon and his human lover and just can't kill the demon and further becomes intrigued by the idea of having sex with a lust demon of his own. Enter lust demon Kirhal. He comes when summoned by a hunter on the good word of the demon Jason spared. They however find this might not be just a one night thing. This is a sweet little story about 2 unlikely characters coming together and deciding if 7/3/10- Cool Heat by Taylor Lochland Jason is a demon hunter. One day in his hunter he comes across a lust demon and his human lover and just can't kill the demon and further becomes intrigued by the idea of having sex with a lust demon of his own. Enter lust demon Kirhal. He comes when summoned by a hunter on the good word of the demon Jason spared. They however find this might not be just a one night thing. This is a sweet little story about 2 unlikely characters coming together and deciding if they can make it work.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Neyjour

    [modern/urban fantasy / paranormal] -------------------- Absolutely Magic by Julia Talbot: ★★★ Reasonable Force by Meredith Shayne: ★★ Hungry by Glyn Soitiño: ★★★ Cool Heat by Taylor Lochland: ★★ Average Rating = 2.5 (rounded up to 3-stars)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Linasjuodas

  15. 5 out of 5

    Liam

  16. 4 out of 5

    Robert

  17. 4 out of 5

    Luka Lu

  18. 4 out of 5

    Julian Cheek

  19. 4 out of 5

    J.L. Merrow

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mandi

  21. 5 out of 5

    Luisa Prieto

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kirsty

  23. 4 out of 5

    Phantom

  24. 5 out of 5

    adrienne

  25. 4 out of 5

    Eden Winters

    A highly entertaining anthology centered around the subject of demon lovers.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Maria

  27. 5 out of 5

    Seeilin

  28. 5 out of 5

    Gwen

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tabbie

  30. 5 out of 5

    Elf

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