Wild Woods by Kate Hill
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (88 pages)
Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Clematis
The pain will come later.
After a magical artist tattoos an intriguing demon on her skin, Madison meets a gorgeous stranger with an alarming reputation and a fiercely sexy winged creature with an attitude. She senses they are one and the same. Despite the danger surrounding them, she's drawn to them by an inexplicable force.
Half-human and half-demon, Brody has spent his life fighting against his evil birthright. Despite the hatred of the townsfolk, he uses his supernatural powers to defend them from his foul bloodline.
Neither Madison nor Brody can fight their lust or deny their love, but hell is out to get him. When everyone close to him, especially his destined mate, is targeted by eight generations of Blazewood demons, the only way to fight evil is with evil.
When Madison inadvertently walks straight into Brody Blazewood, she does a complete double take -- because he looks just like the demon's face recently tattooed to her thigh. Intrigued enough to find out more about the handsome stranger, she learns that he and his family founded the town she is visiting on holiday. Their reputation, sadly leaves little to be desired and Brody, as the last of his family line, is as much a bane to the town as his evil relatives were reputed to be.
And so begins a most delightful and sweet tale!
Though a little choppy in the middle, it recovered well in the build-up to the ending, and finished on a satisfying note. Ms Hill’s characters, while appealing, only really became interesting when truly conflicted and dealing with the harsh reality of the situation at the climax.
One character that did stand out throughout the story was the "busybody", affable Miss Jefferson who, try though she might, couldn’t convince her tenant to steer clear of Brody. She was a hoot! I couldn’t help but like her, especially when she finally comes around to Madison’s way of thinking and acts like a bulldog trying to protect them both!
Definitely worth reading, Wild Woods is a quick and entertaining read and, at eighty-eight pages, just right for light entertainment.