Demons Do It Better
Author: Louisa Masters
Series: Hidden Species, book 1
Publisher: Independent (August 6, 2020)
Kindle edition, 296 pages
Romance, Paranormal romance
I work for Lucifer. Only, it’s not as cool and satanic as it sounds.
The truth is, I’m an admin assistant who applied for a job that sounded kind of interesting and ended up working for the Community of Species Government. I’m the only human in the office, and basically I ride herd on a team of rambunctious shifters and demons.
I also spend a lot of time avoiding Gideon Bailey, the demon I had a one-night stand with right before I took this job. He hates me, and I really want to avoid being murdered. But I’ve been offered a promotion that will mean working with him, so we’re both going to have to get over it.
Plus, people are going missing. Pregnant people. And the word is that someone is dabbling in genetic experimentation. Putting a stop to that is more important than the sexual tension Gideon and I have been ignoring… isn’t it?
What an awesome start to this series. SWOON. Going to write this review, I actually got this book mixed up with another first in series by Louisa Masters, Spirited Situation the first Ghostly Guardians book. Both Spirited Situation and Demons Do It Better start with an ill-advised one-night stand that comes back to bite the MC later in the workplace. I wonder if this is one of Louisa’s preferred tropes, haha.
Aside from the meet-cute, these are VERY different books, and both series are SO excellent!
I love the world-building in this series. There’s a secret underworld of shifters, demons, and vampires that the regular ol’ everyday humans know nothing about. Neither did Sam, until he interviews for an admin position that turns out to be supporting a team of Hellhounds.
I LOVED this book. It made me laugh out loud several times (World of Wangs, *snort*) and I really fell in love with the whole team and couldn’t wait to read their stories as well. (I ended up reading this entire four book series in the span of about five days, which considering I work full time and have two kids is impressive for me, haha!)
I will say this book had less overt romance novel vibes than the other in the series. This is the only book in the series told entirely from the POV of only one MC (the others are all dual POV), and Sam is pretty oblivious to Gideon’s strong-and-silent-type version of pining. As an outside viewer who can read between the lines, I was LIVING for that tension simmering just under the surface, but I know lots of folks didn’t think this was a romance so much as a paranormal mystery-type story. I have to say, stick with it because the romantic plotlines in the other three books in the series are much more overt, and you get to see Sam and Gideon being disgustingly coupley through the rest of the books as well. This first book does a lot of the heavy lifting for the world-building and over-arching plot set-up.
This is the first book in the Hidden Species series. While the romantic plotline wraps up within this book, making it technically a stand-alone, there is an overarching plotline that runs through the entire series which means this series is best read in order.