Book Review – Demons Do It Better by Louisa Masters

A Hidden Species Novel
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 207
Characters: Sam/Gideon
POV: 1st
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Series

I work for Lucifer. Only, it’s not as cool and satanic as it sounds.

The truth is, I’m an admin assistant who applied for a job that sounded kind of interesting and ended up working for the Community of Species Government. I’m the only human in the office, and basically I ride herd on a team of rambunctious shifters and demons.

I also spend a lot of time avoiding Gideon Bailey, the demon I had a one-night stand with right before I took this job. He hates me, and I really want to avoid being murdered. But I’ve been offered a promotion that will mean working with him, so we’re both going to have to get over it.

Plus, people are going missing. Pregnant people. And the word is that someone is dabbling in genetic experimentation. Putting a stop to that is more important than the sexual tension Gideon and I have been ignoring… isn’t it?

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The world building in this story is seriously cool. I loved how it took a lot of everything and turned it on its head. The characters are interesting and layered, and I liked how very different people/species work together as part of the Community of Species Government. This world has a wonderfully rich history, and I loved learning about it alongside Sam.

I also liked how Sam’s story and history connected into the storyline. Poor guy is in way over his head very quickly, but I also loved how his co-workers and superiors recognised how good he is at his job and do something about it. But in saying that he also has plenty of faults and makes mistakes which makes him feel very real. His behaviour when drunk is hilarious. I like his narrative too. It feels very informal, chatty and very Sam. Gideon is an interesting guy, and I loved the way he has to organise everything. I like how his and Sam’s relationship grows in this story.

Percy is the complete opposite of someone you’d expect in the role of the Lucifer. I hope he gets his own book. I’m very happy that Andrew and Noah are next. I liked Andrew. And Alistair is fun. I loved how the team has its own fans, complete with fanfic. Brilliant.

For all its fun tone, a lot of which is Sam’s personality coming through in the narrative, there’s a definite serious side to the story. The bad guys feel like a real threat, and they’re happy to kill anyone who stands in their way or is no longer useful. One part of the story in that regard was very nasty and tragic.

The plot is very clever, and well thought out. I liked the way it tied up this story, yet left strands for the ongoing series. I’m already hanging out for more in the series.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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