Key of Solomon

March 1, 2011
Romance, Paranormal & Alternate Worlds, Paranormal
Relic Defender
Trust no one…except the one who walks in the dark.

Relic Defender, Book 1

Anthropology PhD candidate Lexi Harrison never bares it all when she belly dances for a strip club crowd. She doesn’t have to—she’s that good. Every performance earns money toward her degree, and restores the sense of power that her painful childhood ripped away.

Something is different about tonight. A man whose silver gaze seems to touch her skin beneath her veils. When a rowdy customer crosses the line, he comes to her rescue with the speed of a falcon—complete with wings.

Mikos Tyomni has never seen anyone dance the raqs sharqi like Lexi. Trust his tormentor, Archangel Michael, to put him in close contact with the cause of his downfall: a mortal woman. Particularly this mortal woman. The Defender. He has only thirty days to win her trust before Hell’s deadliest demons attempt the mother of all prison breaks.

No matter how sexy the messenger is, Lexi’s career plans don’t include some crazy idea that she’s the last line of defense against the forces of evil. Until her university mentor’s murder leaves her holding the key to Hell. And fighting a losing battle against a passion with the unholy power to bring down Heaven…  
Product Warnings
This title contains a dark and sexy fallen angel, bad-ass demons, a heroine with kick-assitude tossed together with mythology, archeology and a shape-shifting rock with a fondness for the gangsters of the 1920s. 
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Relic Defender by Cassiel Knight is a paranormal romance of the Angels and Demons genre. Yes, the characters are paranormal, as is the Chicago strip club-that-allows-belly dancing where we first meet Lexi and Mikos, there are angels and demons but this story is so much more. It’s a kick-assitude story of choices with mystical and historical elements. Once Lexi (and readers) meet Rocky-the-changeling-imp the subtle shifts from dark and dangerous to surreal entertainment begin. The angel-demon politics are a bit bent, the angel wings are awesome and the vampy-demon wears some great costumes that could horribly clash with her hair and eyes, if she was human. It’s a quest story with surprising twists and Lexi is a sensual and reluctant heroine who can curl up in a chair and pout a bit that she really just wants to finish the quest and return to her life. If she really has to save humanity in the process, oh well, there are one or two humans worth saving. This reader would have liked a little more belly dancing. The suspense is not where it was expected and the world building was fascinating. The novel has some great quotes and is lightly peppered with clichés delivered with precise timing. It was an interesting and entertaining read and bodes well for future books in the series.
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