When he was young, Dante Zertlav was raised by demons. There was a ritual for him to enter into full partnership with the demon clan. He and two other young teens were to kill a mother and her two young daughters. Dante failed - he couldn't kill the youngest. Instead he rescued Marlena Bender and took her to a nearby church. As a half demon, 13-year-old Dante knows he shouldn't live among humans. But he doesn't want to live with the demons any more, either. He heads off on his own.
Twenty years later Dante has returned to Mysteria, Tennessee to be their sheriff. He knows the demons are still in the area. He wants to protect the people there. What he doesn't expect is that Dr. Marlena Bender has also returned. She now studies genetics trying to discover genetic defects that may be related to evil, such as she saw when her mother and sister were murdered.
A new serial killer appears to have come to Mysteria. First a young woman is discovered hanging on a tree, hung after she'd been murdered. Then another. More people die. Dante knows the local demons are involved, but there is more. Some one or thing is also targeting Marlena. Each time a person dies, the murderer leaves a small "gift" for her. Although knows he can't ever have a normal life, Dante feels an attraction for the woman he had rescued all those years before. So when she's in trouble, he's there to protect her.
I've already said that this series of demon romances is not to my taste. But Rita Herron did a good writing job in the first one, pulling me along despite my distaste. So of course I had to read the the other two. This last one, Forbidden Passion, is a disappointment. I still have my distaste of the subject matter (I often skip romances with demons even they are sent to me). But this time the writing has fallen off, too. It's not tightly written like the others and was too easy for me to put it down and not pick up again. I couldn't care much for the characters except as a conclusion to the series.
If you'd like to read these, don't start with this one, but like me, read it to finish off the series.
Notice: Graphic violence, Strong indecent language, Strong sexual content
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