Dear Ms. Silver:
I just want to state from the outset that I read Driven a while back and thought how it was such a great departure from the ordinary paranormals that seem to dominate the market. I exclaimed about how fresh it was; how it did such an awesome job in showing us the world created instead of telling me; and how interactions between the hero and heroine didn’t consist of non stop mental lusting but still maintained a strong sensuality.
When I finished this book, I felt like Demon’s Kiss and Driven were written by two different authors. I think that the best thing was the conflict between Clea and Ciarran. They wanted each other and were drawn to each other but the magic that existed between them actually served to keep them apart. But for all the strength of the interesting conflict was the stereotypical dynamic. Ciarran is all angsty manhood clad in leather. Clea is all conflicted female drawn against her will to the angsty leather clad Ciarran.
But I am getting ahead of myself. The story is that when Clea was an infant, her parents were attacked by a demon. Ciarran D’ Arbois, a Sorcerer charged with the task of protecting the world from the demon realm, intervened but during an intense moment, infant Clea stole some of Ciarran’s magic. This weakened Ciarran and the demon realm grasped his hand and now part of the demon world is in Ciarran’s body. At least that is what I think happened.
The world building is complex and interesting but also confusing. I admittedly did not understand some of it. Like apparently there is a demon realm, a mortal realm, and then Ciarran’s realm with exists if you can “see between the molecules” to what is there versus what you think is there. But in the space between the molecules there are ordinary mortal things, like bathrooms.
Fast forward 20 years and Clea is mourning the recent loss of her grandmother, her one family member left. Clea is the key to the attempt by the demon world to infiltrate the human realm. A minor demon is after her and Ciarran is hot on the demon’s trail. In the present day, there are demons of “uncommon power” who are walking unfettered and it is believed that the demons are attempting to bring over the Solitary (a bid bad demon thingy).
Even though Clea just finishes seeing Ciarran vaporize a demon with Ciarran’s special light, she’s totally turned on by him. Ciarran reciprocates the immediate attraction. Her voice makes his body tighten and his lust settles in his groin. Ay yi yi. Alot of my disappointment stemmed from the immediate and seemingly constant mental lusting.
Clea Masters is a human with magic. She’s not aware of her magic but once in proximity with Ciarran she discovers that she borrows his magic. This leaves Ciarran weakened. He is constantly battling the dark demon within him that threatens to overcome his light and Clea’s proximity, the closer she is, the more that he lets her inside him, the greater the threat.
I am not sure if Demon’s Kiss suffered a case of heightened expectations after I had read the superb Driven or whether I am just burned out on the whole vampire, demon, soul mate concept. The ending was much stronger than the beginning but it took several efforts to make it past that first half. C