Demon of Envy (Gods of Love)
by Jennifer Lynne
Phthonos, god of envy and jealousy, has been given a second chance at life and love in the mortal realm. He is desperate to make up for the mistakes of his past. But is Thon more demon than god? And if the demon Envy wins out, how will this lonely god ever find room in his heart for love?
Olivia is an ordinary woman living an ordered life, but at thirty-two true romance appears to have eluded her. Everywhere she looks people are in relationships or falling in love, but her career as an administrator and her charity work are enough to keep the demon of envy at bay.
Or so she thinks…until the moment he turns up on her doorstep with a demand that rips her life and her heart wide open and leaves her at risk of eternal torment.
DEMON OF ENVY is the fifth novella in the GODS OF LOVE series, but each story is designed as a stand-alone with the Greek gods of desire as a common theme. The series can be read in any order.
“You want me to walk through the fires of Hell to save you? Phthonos, you ask too much.”
“Not to save me, Olivia. To save yourself.” The dark tone of his correction shivered down her spine in a sensation that was equal parts fear and desire. She knew this was a dream; had relived the sleep-induced fiction every night this week. She needed to wake up before the bit where he started to burn, where she reached toward him and…oh God, the flames were consuming him already. It was too fast, too powerful…his beautiful face twisted in pain, the clear green eyes flashing desperation as he stretched out a clutching hand…she leaned in, connected with his fingers, and the greedy flames engulfed her too…
For the sixth time that week Liv sat bolt upright in bed, the scream still lodged in her throat and the bedcovers in a twisted mess around her legs. Sweat coated her body. Not the heady exotic scent of post-coital perspiration, either. No. This was the sharp acrid scent of sheer terror, of illness. Of something wrong at her core.
She reached for the brown hair tie on her wrist and snapped it. Once. Twice. A third time. Count to three, then snap again, over and over, the rhythm so familiar by now she didn’t need to think. Gradually her heart stopped its uncomfortable thumping and her breathing began to even out. The anxiety attack was receding.
One last snap of the wrist band, the one for luck that she always had to finish with, and she was back in control once again. A swift kick with her left foot removed the sheet and she climbed wearily out of bed before turning back to straighten the tangled covers. Phthonos. Whoever the heck you are, whichever little piece of my imagination that you sprang from, you need to let me get some sleep, hon.
Copyright 2014 Jennifer Lynne
If you have never read any of these books by Ms. Lynne…shame on you. They are sexy, emotional and will tug at heart. While they are short in length, Ms. Lynne does an excellent job of pulling right into the story and doesn’t let you go.
Thon and Olivia are two characters that I cheered for from the start. It’s not every day or night, that a girl has a demon lover that visits and makes love to her. Olivia had a rough relationship that unleashed a side of her that she was ashamed of. Leaving her in the hospital, the anxiety attacks can be debilitating but with Thon’s help, she realizes that her “issue” is normal and that she relishes it. OMG…the scene with the flogger…in the beginning… Don’t worry, it’s not BDSM heavy…just the right amount for Thon and Olivia.
Thon is the demon lover that we all want. He knows how to please a woman and he’s seductive, too. The flowers are the party…but what gave Thon heart is how he knew that the demon would come out and felt remorse in the end. The scene with his mother and Olivia was touching and deftly written. Plus, they both had to realize that the demon would always be there and it would take trust and their love for one another to tame it.
I must say that while this book is part of series, it can be read as a stand alone. I’ve read all of them and I swear I swoon every.single.time. Ms. Lynne can weave a story around the Gods better than anyone. They are all too human like us with wants and needs. Unfortunately, their god-like situation makes them that much more fallible.
Keep writing them Ms. Lynne. I will gobble them up every single time. 🙂
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Jennifer Lynne lives in Melbourne, Australia, and writes short contemporary erotic romance, mostly with paranormal/fantasy elements. When she’s not writing what her family and friends call “porn for chicks” and what she prefers to call “super-hot romance for intelligent readers”, she is working in the admin day job, running around after two teenage daughters and trying to find time for her lovely new husband.
Jennifer is published with Red Sage and Breathless Press. Over the past two years she has also embarked on an indie journey with the publication of her GODS OF LOVE romance series featuring erotic Greek gods and modern-day mortals in need of sexual healing.
Find her on the web at:
Website & blog: http://www.jenniferlynne.com.au
Jennifer will be awarding a $25 Amazon Gift Card, plus a signed print copy of GODS OF LOVE (1-3) and a set of the GODS OF LOVE cover postcards to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour (International Giveaway).