Anthology: The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance
Story: 12 of 24
Romance Featured: Demon
Opening Line: Kyle tried to suppress a derisive simile at the monument that had been erected next to the one he was visiting.
Once a Demon brings us to the halfway mark in our review of The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance. I hope you have been enjoying the mini-reviews so far.
Kyle is an ancient and powerful vampire with a harsh reputation as the Betrayer. Katrina his former human companion and now the immortal queen to Nikolai of the Destrati vampire clan, uses her friendship to draw out the solitary Kyle. Seeking to uncover the source of his unhappiness and reclusive nature, she persuades him to recount the story of his lost love.
The story he weaves that evening is both captivating and heart-breaking, a centuries old tale of love lost by cruel murder at the hand of his father and his minions. Katrina learns of Kyle’s true nature – originally a Lord of Demons to Lucifer himself whom he betrayed for his human beloved and was cast from Hell. Katrina is appalled by Kyle’s loss but also fearful with her new knowledge of whom and what he is. Unable to throttle her curiosity, she asks Kyle to take her to the churchyard where his beloved is buried where in a final dramatic scene; he once again confronts an agent of his father and learns the horrifying fate of his lovers’ soul.
Once a Demon concludes with a nicely ambiguous ending, very suitable for the stories theme. A very dark romantic story.
Mini Profile of Dina James
Her first short story, "Play Dead" was published in The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance. "Once a Demon" is her second foray into the world of the Destrati.
More about the anthology and ‘reviewettes’ here.