Thursday, June 24, 2010

Demon Princess: Reign Check by Michelle Rowen

Demon Princess: Reign Check:
Nikki Donovan has had a lot to deal with since learning she was half human, half demon. But things take a darker turn when Rhys, a gorgeous--but potentially dangerous--faery king enrolls at her high school to investigate Nikki's potential for fulfilling an apocalyptic prophecy. Nikki knows she'd never turn violent, and she certainly couldn't destroy the world...could she?
Of course, all Nikki really wants is to be reunited with Michael, a Shadow creature whose status as her personal servant is further complicated by their undeniable attraction to each other. Even though the rules of the Shadowlands strictly forbid their romance, Nikki is determined not to let Michael go. But when she is summoned to the Underworld to appear before a demon council, it will take all her courage--and perhaps a bit of demon-level strength--to get herself out again.

In the second book of the Demon Princess series by Michelle Rowen, I almost instantly fell in love with Rhys (the Faery king) and the vulnerabilities he tries to hide behind his arrogant, "tough guy" persona. We learn a lot about where his hatred for demons, and therefore Nikki, comes from when he confides in Nikki. And it seems that as hard as she tries to dislike Rhys, the more they get to know one another the more attraction between them builds. After a prophecy is revealed involving the both of them, Nikki is left more confused then ever and Rhys with strong feelings of denial. Nikki still has strong feelings for Michael, but when she learns her feelings have the potential harsh punishment of death for Michael, she pushes him away. Michael believes Nikki and stays away until he is sent to summon her to the council, where she learns the truth behind the death of Rhys' parents and the prophecy that has made everyone believe that she is a danger to everyone's survival. Conspiracy runs rampant and when Michael is arrested for using his powers to save Nikki from imminent death, she gains an unlikely ally, the daughter of the council leader, as she sets about rescuing him. Secrets about the little known powers of the Shadows are revealed as well as Nikki's true feelings for Michael. I can't wait to see what happens next with Nikki, Michael and Rhys!

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