Title: Million Dollar Demon
Author: Kim Harrison
Publisher: ACE Publishing
Release Date: June 15, 2021
Pages: 464
Book Source: Netgalley

“The new master vampire of Cincinnati has arrived … and she wants Rachel Morgan out. No matter where Rachel goes, Constance is there–threatening Rachel’s allies, causing city-wide chaos, and, to add insult to injury, even forcing Rachel out of her current quarters. Ever since Rachel found a way to save the souls of vampires, the old undead’s longtime ascendancy has been broken. Now Constance sees eliminating Rachel as the key to consolidating her own power.

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Rachel has no desire to be enthralled or killed–and she’s terrified of what may become of the city if Constance forces a return to the ancient ways. But even a witch-born demon can’t stand against the old undead–at least, not alone. And if Rachel refuses to claim the role of Cincinnati’s master demon, the city will tear itself apart, taking her and all those who stand beside her with it.” – Amazon

Kim’s Review

I’ve been along for the ride with Kim Harrison and The Hollows since the beginning… over 13 years now, so I could talk your ear off about the series. But you’re here to read about the latest, Million Dollar Demon, so here we go.

My husband who has read the series from the beginning couldn’t finish the previous book, American Demon, saying he just couldn’t get into it. Well, I did and enjoyed the starting up of the series after years away. I was excited to read Million Dollar Demon, hoping to see Bis back in action and to finish up some story lines from the previous book. And while book 15 was good, I was a bit disappointed.

First for the great… I’m liking the direction Harrison is going with Rachel’s housing situation and am interested to see how it progresses. And Harrison really is an excellent writer with great character development and wonderful descriptions of the Hollows. Some main characters were lacking in this book, but I am willing to wait another book or two… as long as they come back! And I do enjoy one of the newer characters that seems to be getting a stronger role in the books.

Now for the big thing that was disappointing and the main reason I stopped reading the Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton, the main character’s attraction to a vampire. It felt like a fourth of the book was Rachel trying to resist Pike’s vampire incense… and I don’t know why but incense just bothered me (totally a weird thing on my part and really won’t matter to most people…). Everytime I read it, and there were a lot of instances, I would change it to vampire pheromones in my mind and it would take me out of the story.
And I understand why their attraction was part of the story and it made sense, it was just mentioned sooo many times.

I will keep reading and recommending the series, but am really hoping Rachel can control her desire for Pike’s incense in future books. And I’m mainly doing so to see what happens with one of the main characters that wasn’t in the book much.

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