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Personal Demon

Women of the Otherworld, Book 8
Series: Otherworld, Book 8
Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (661 ratings)
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This Story Is Seductive

Publisher's Summary

In her acclaimed Women of the Otherworld series, Kelley Armstrong has created a scintillating realm where the supernatural and the human coexist on the edge of darkness, romance, and eternity. Personal Demon, the eighth Otherworld book, is another wickedly entertaining tale of a young woman with an insatiable lust for danger. She can't help it; it's in her blood.

Tabloid reporter Hope Adams appears to live the life of an ordinary working girl. But, in addition to possessing the beauty of a Bollywood princess, Hope has other unique traits. For she is a half-demon - a human fathered by a demon. And she has inherited not only a gift for seeing the past but a hunger for chaos - along with a talent for finding it wherever she can. Naturally, when she's chosen by a very dangerous group for a very dangerous mission, she jumps at the chance.

The head of the powerful Cortez Cabal - a family that makes the mob look like amateurs - has a little problem in Miami: a gang of wealthy, bored offspring of supernaturals is getting out of hand, and Hope is needed to infiltrate. As spells, astral projections, and pheromones soar across South Beach, Hope weaves her way through its elite hot spots, posing as upscale eye candy and reading the auras of the clientele - and potential marks.

As it turns out, Hope is a little too good at this job, and soon she's in a little too deep, needing to be bailed out by her jewel-thief werewolf ex-boyfriend and by the Cortez heir himself. And when a killer goes to work, Hope is among many targets at the pinnacle of Cabal rule.

For a woman who didn't know what she was getting into, there's only one way out: it's time for Hope to unleash her most potent primal instincts - and open herself, mind and body, to everything she most fears...and desires.

Sexy and suspenseful, Personal Demon is a thrill ride through a world on the wild side of our own.

©2008 KLA Fricke, Inc. (P)2008 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Armstrong excels in depicting Hope's transformations." ( Publishers Weekly)

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I love Hope, she brings a new spin to this series and seeing Carl from a different angle is great too. This is probably my 3rd listen of this series and I love it every time.

The narration for this one is a little different because it was a dual narrated book. He does a good job but like i've already said before, Laurel Merlington doesn't sound like a 20 something female character to me, she sounds more like Jessica Fletcher from Murder She Wrote.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Good Series

The best stories of the Otherworld series are the first three with Elena and the werewolves, but all the others are worth reading. I listened to the Jamie Vegas story, also on Audio and liked it very much, but I was immediately disappointed that the same narrator was used for Hope Adams' voice in this story. The narrator does not have a young person's voice and I had already associated her with Jamie Vegas. Since the author switches the heroines in each story, someone should consider switching the voices. It is a very important aspect to the performances.

This story is good, but it isn't the best. Hope is a weak character. She's young and mostly helpless. Sometimes, internal conflict can begin to sound tedious.

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  • Sherborn, MA, United States
  • 09-22-14

A Woven thriller -- the series continues to rock

In Personal Demon we finally see the see a lot more of Carl Marsden. Till this novel, he has been a rather minor character even in the novel he was introduced. We are also introduced to a new type of supernatural -- Hope Adam, again i minor character from an earlier series. Paige and Lucas are back and we see some kicking of butt in the Cabals. One of the things I like about Armstrong is she doesn't recycle plots. She always has some original, something thrilling. Romance is a background for her story, binding the plot points together instead of being the itself.

In this novel, there were two narrators which worked okay. I think is prefer one and Merlington gets my vote. If you read the series, this is a definite good read, it may stand on its own but you are missing a great deal. Give it a read.

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Personal Demons

This was a better book than I thought. I was worried since Hope was a new character to the series that the book would not be as good. But I was presently surprised! I enjoyed everything about this book too.

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  • Sharon
  • Portland, OR, United States
  • 05-14-15

Enjoyed again

Enjoyed as always. The whole orgasmic delight secondary to chaos got very tiresome at the end and over shadowed the story. Certainly very worth a worth a read. This is my second time. Performance is excellent.

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Just a little disappointed

I enjoyed all of Kelley Armstrong's previous Women of the Otherworld series. This was the first time offered through audio. I am really not a fan of Hope Adams. Hope just seemed confused and with her flash backs and chaos addiction became one of my least favorite characters. Paige a normally strong character added very little this story. I will buy the next in the series, but I just hope the females will stop needing to be rescued and start saving the day.

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  • 09-13-18

Laural Merlington is the best!

I see the next book has a new narrator. Why switch from Ms Merlington? She’s the best one I’ve ever experienced. Thank You Ms Merlington!!

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Really Enjoyed Hope and Karl's Story!

I think this is one of my favorites of the series, on par with the first few Elena books. Hope was originally a side character, one I didn't give much thought to. However, she had a bigger role to play in the last book, No Humans Involved (also really good) where her character was fleshed out and I really started to sympathize with her problems with her power. I thought Karl was a good match for her and it was nice to see him get some air time as well. I always liked Karl (bad boy with a heart of gold or at least silver!) and seeing him and Elena work their partnership and relationship problems was very satisfying.

This book also had a side story for Lucas and his relationship with his father, the CEO of the Cortez Cabal, which advanced nicely and even made me cry a little. The male narrator is used for Lucas and his chapters. I also enjoyed the banter between Lucas's father and his bodyguard Troy and his worry and grief when he gets injured. It was nice to see the human side of Lucus's father and see him as a man not just a "human chess master."

I loved the undercover story arc. Hope's need for chaos and connection with the "supernatural gang" who were very likable people was very well done. As was the mystery behind the set-up and killings.

As always, I really enjoyed Laural Merlington's narration. The addition of Todd McLaren for Lucas did not interfere with the story and I think actually added to it.

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Great!

I started the series because of Elaina & Clay. I wasn't sure about the other characters but this one was just as good. Looking forward to the rest of the series.

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Good

Very good book . The series so far has been very good . Ready to start the next book . You will enjoy if like paranormal romance .