The Demon You Know

Author: Barbara Elsborg

Publisher: Loose Id

Rating: 3 stars

Buy Links: LId and Amazon

Type: Novel

Received from Publisher


Blurb: A good demon?

Ezra is a timekeeper in Hell, responsible for building and maintaining the clocks that tick away eternal torment. He’s never believed he deserves to be in Hell, and when the reason he’s there is revealed, he’s horrified…yet filled with hope. But is this just another form of torture? When Ezra’s given a chance to go to the surface, he’s determined to uncover the truth, but his fellow demons seem just as determined he won’t survive the journey.

A bad angel?

Roman doesn’t understand why an angel who failed his training the first time round has been given the job of policing paranormals in the UK’s capital city. He’s consumed by unhappiness. He might not be in Hell, but sometimes it damn well feels like it.

When Roman meets Ezra his failings come back to haunt him. Ezra makes him want to break the rules, but an angel protecting a demon? Discovery would bring an eternity of suffering, and with a boss none other than the archangel Michael, it’ll take more than a miracle for the lovers to stand together.


Review: I usually enjoy this author. The angels and demons thing is something I love to read about. So I expected to enjoy this one more. This book definitely had an insta love feel to it. Which starts off as insta lust. I never really connected with the MCs. Ezra is a demon with a heart of gold. Roman is the angel struggling with who he is and his past mistakes. Neither quite what you expect. The book starts off with Ezra in hell being bullied by the bigger meaner demons. Yes they’re demons but this part of the book was a downer and I’d have liked him to spend a little less time down there being miserable. And frankly the on page dub con BJ with a demon was icky. All the demon sex in this book was. The demons are not nice. Once in a while a group of demons are chosen to go to the human realm and collect souls. It’s the demons chance to experience human pleasures and get out of hell for a while. Ezra has no intention of collecting souls but he dreams of a chance to escape hell. He knows the sentence for not returning at his designated time is to get the pit but for him a few days of happiness is worth it. After some sabotage and more beatings by his travel companions Ezra makes it to London. With no money for food or shelter his chances of survival and escape look bleak. Then he meets Roman.

Roman is an angel and in charge of the paranormal police in London. It’s a big job that Arch Angel Michael appointed to him. He’s been warned that there is a group of demons in town and tasked to bring them all in to face justice. Roman once failed a test by giving into his lust for another angel being summoned to London to help with the demons. Ramon’s ashamed and needs physical punishment to cope with it. He vowed to never fall again. Then he meets Ezra and has a strong attraction to the guy but who he really?

So much of the book was spent with everyone using and abusing Ezra I couldn’t help but feel sorry for him. Which may explain why I found Roman’s hardening cock response to the poor dirty starving young man he finds a turn off. I just don’t get how that’s your first response over wanting to help or get to know him. It just felt like Roman wanted to use him too. After everything Ezra had been through I just couldn’t get into that type of relationship.

Ezra is the most likable guy who has been through some awful things and yet I didn’t love him either. He’d be a doormat and then stubborn. At once point he wouldn’t take a coffee from Roman but he was fine with sucking his dick just to be showed a little kindness. I’m not I did like him more than Roman who I found kind of crude and whiny. Frankly I didn’t get why he was so ashamed that he felt the need to be beaten bloody. But I doubt I ever would understand needing something like that.

I will say I hated the demons in this book. However I didn’t really like the good guys either. Indigo and the rest of Roman’s crew had their moments. The way their lives intermingled was interesting. Daniel was a psycho and I couldn’t understand why Roman gets in trouble for minor things while Daniel is allowed to act like a brute. For me there were a few continuity problems like that one in this book. The ending had a good twist. Can’t say I recommend this one.

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