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Tabloid reporter Hope Adams appears to live the life of an ordinary working girl. But in addition to possessing the beauty of a Bollywood princess, Hope has other unique traits. For she is a half demon—a human fathered by a demon. And she’s inherited not only a gift for seeing the past but a hunger for chaos—along with a talent for finding it wherever she can. Naturally, w Tabloid reporter Hope Adams appears to live the life of an ordinary working girl. But in addition to possessing the beauty of a Bollywood princess, Hope has other unique traits. For she is a half demon—a human fathered by a demon. And she’s inherited not only a gift for seeing the past but a hunger for chaos—along with a talent for finding it wherever she can. Naturally, when she’s chosen by a very dangerous group for a very dangerous mission, she jumps at the chance…. The head of the powerful Cortez Cabal—a family that makes the mob look like amateurs—has a little problem in Miami: a gang of wealthy, bored offspring of supernaturals is getting out of hand, and Hope is needed to infiltrate. As spells, astral projections, and pheromones soar across South Beach, Hope weaves her way through its elite hot spots, posing as upscale eye candy and reading the auras of the clientele—and potential marks. As it turns out, Hope is a little too good at this job. And soon she’s in a little too deep, needing to be bailed out by her jewel-thief werewolf ex-boyfriend and by the Cortez heir himself. And when a killer goes to work, Hope is among many targets at the pinnacle of Cabal rule. For a woman who didn’t know what she was getting into, there’s only one way out: it’s time for Hope to unleash her most potent primal instincts—and open herself, mind and body, to everything she most fears . . . and desires.


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Tabloid reporter Hope Adams appears to live the life of an ordinary working girl. But in addition to possessing the beauty of a Bollywood princess, Hope has other unique traits. For she is a half demon—a human fathered by a demon. And she’s inherited not only a gift for seeing the past but a hunger for chaos—along with a talent for finding it wherever she can. Naturally, w Tabloid reporter Hope Adams appears to live the life of an ordinary working girl. But in addition to possessing the beauty of a Bollywood princess, Hope has other unique traits. For she is a half demon—a human fathered by a demon. And she’s inherited not only a gift for seeing the past but a hunger for chaos—along with a talent for finding it wherever she can. Naturally, when she’s chosen by a very dangerous group for a very dangerous mission, she jumps at the chance…. The head of the powerful Cortez Cabal—a family that makes the mob look like amateurs—has a little problem in Miami: a gang of wealthy, bored offspring of supernaturals is getting out of hand, and Hope is needed to infiltrate. As spells, astral projections, and pheromones soar across South Beach, Hope weaves her way through its elite hot spots, posing as upscale eye candy and reading the auras of the clientele—and potential marks. As it turns out, Hope is a little too good at this job. And soon she’s in a little too deep, needing to be bailed out by her jewel-thief werewolf ex-boyfriend and by the Cortez heir himself. And when a killer goes to work, Hope is among many targets at the pinnacle of Cabal rule. For a woman who didn’t know what she was getting into, there’s only one way out: it’s time for Hope to unleash her most potent primal instincts—and open herself, mind and body, to everything she most fears . . . and desires.

30 review for Personal Demon

  1. 4 out of 5

    Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller

    The last 25% pulled up my rating. RTC :)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Wren (fablesandwren)

    I just want to stop and take a moment to love everything that Kelley Armstrong has written that I have read so far. She is the goddess of writing. So Hope was introduced in the previous book. She is a half demon (father being Lucifer) who takes pleasure in chaotic thoughts and acts. She knows when you are about to pull the trigger, and she probably won't stop you because it is just such a high for her. Anyway, she has a fling with Karl, who was actually introduced in the very first book. He is now I just want to stop and take a moment to love everything that Kelley Armstrong has written that I have read so far. She is the goddess of writing. So Hope was introduced in the previous book. She is a half demon (father being Lucifer) who takes pleasure in chaotic thoughts and acts. She knows when you are about to pull the trigger, and she probably won't stop you because it is just such a high for her. Anyway, she has a fling with Karl, who was actually introduced in the very first book. He is now apart of the American Pack, even though he won't be coming to the cook outs like the rest of them. He basically joined so he could have legitimate territory. Oh, and he's a jewel thief. What's different about this book is that it isn't just told in Hope's perspective like the earlier books, but also in Lucas Cortez's (who was introduced in book three). The main reason here is because his relationship with his father Benicio Cortez changes a lot in this book. I actually think this book is more Lucas' than Hope's. The major plot is this: Benicio employs Hope to settle a debt she and Karl have with him. He wants her to go undercover with a gang made up of Cabal kids rebelling against their parents basically. He wants to make sure they aren't actually going to do anything stupid or hurt anyone or themselves, so he wants her to go undercover. Obviously things go absolutely nuts. A guy Hope has a fling with goes missing, people in the gang start being murdered, Lucas' half brothers get really aggressive really quickly.. it goes bonkers. I will say that this is not one of my favorite Armstrong books. I liked getting to know Karl more and I like his relationship with Hope. I think really I just miss some of the old characters. It is written just as well and you can tell she put just as much work into it. I tip my hat to you Kelley Armstrong, and the fact you always leave me wanting to read more. I'll be so sad when I read the last book in this series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    ~Sofia~

    Here we have the eighth novel in the Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong. This time the main character being Hope and set in Miami. Lucas and Paige feature huge amounts in this one too. Hope is a half demon that feeds off chaos and I am pleased that we get a new type of supernatural to learn and divulge in. For me this is the second time I have met Hope, the first being in the previous novel where she dips in and out. Early on I got the sense that I was missing something, that bei Here we have the eighth novel in the Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong. This time the main character being Hope and set in Miami. Lucas and Paige feature huge amounts in this one too. Hope is a half demon that feeds off chaos and I am pleased that we get a new type of supernatural to learn and divulge in. For me this is the second time I have met Hope, the first being in the previous novel where she dips in and out. Early on I got the sense that I was missing something, that being a back story that was being referenced to frequently. I am guessing there is a novella on Hope? I have not read it but I would recommend to read this first. It did not effect my enjoyment of the story but sometimes it is satisfying to truly capture the character as they are first introduced. I really liked this one. The story flowed in extraordinary ways. There are lots more characters and a lot of chaos (obviously) but I lapped it up. There was so much action and adventure, double crossings, killings, manipulating, you name it, it was in here. Can I also mention there is not one love interest but two! Two handsome men to fill your minds with. But of course my love for Paige and Lucas did also help my enjoyment of this, I just adore there relationship! The growth of Hope throughout the novel was marvellous, Kelley really captured that teen trying to find their way through life feeling but translated it into a supernatural trying to learn to cope and deal with who they were. Us not being supernaturals it is hard to relate to some fantasy characters but Kelley does a remarkable job of this. I really did connect with Hope and felt her emotions which to me is a good story. I highly recommend this book, there is a lot that may shock you. I literally could not predict the outcome and usually I am pretty good at seeing what lies ahead. If you are making your way through the series you shouldn’t need much persuading to read this one. I cannot wait to see who and what we get next!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mel

    I love Karl Marsten! Who would have thought? Personal Demon was another decent Kelley Armstrong read. This book is about Hope Adams, a chaos demon, who we've met in a short story in Dates from Hell. Besides Hope, we also get to read Lucas Cortez' POV. In the beginning I felt Hope was interesting enough to have her own book, instead of sharing a narrative voice with Lucas. But along the way Lucas really added something extra to the story and reading about his struggle with his family turned out t I love Karl Marsten! Who would have thought? Personal Demon was another decent Kelley Armstrong read. This book is about Hope Adams, a chaos demon, who we've met in a short story in Dates from Hell. Besides Hope, we also get to read Lucas Cortez' POV. In the beginning I felt Hope was interesting enough to have her own book, instead of sharing a narrative voice with Lucas. But along the way Lucas really added something extra to the story and reading about his struggle with his family turned out to be really interesting, eventhough I hadn't read the books centered about him and Paige. The book can be read as a stand alone but reading the other books of the series and the short story in Dates from Hell (about Hope and Karl) really adds more to the excitement. The plot was really good, there were a few surprises I hadn't seen coming. I loved the romance part although I think it could have dragged on a little bit more. But that's just me: I'm a sucker for uncomfortable situations, awkwardness and angst between the lovely couple. I loved the interaction between Hope and Karl. It's nice to see Karl from a different perspective. He's always been the cool, suave, distant loner, not to be trusted and always thinking of himself. Armstrong was good not to totally change him: he still has that selfishness (engraved in him for survival) but he loves Hope so much that we see cracks in that egocentric shell of his. I liked reading Lucas' POV, especially around the ending. I'm really curious as to how things will work out in the Cortez Cabal. A good read, 4 stars.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Another gripping book in the wonderful Women of the Underworld Series. In this book I felt like the demon actively mopping up all of the chaos! It was fantastically surprising! I love reading books like this one that are full of powerful and assertive women! I also liked the twist where Karl is humanized and I really enjoyed his dynamic with Hope. Looking forward to continuing to get lost in this world!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tatiana

    Book #8 in the Women of the Otherworld series and definitely one of the weakest. Hope Adams (originally introduced in the novella Chaotic in Dates From Hell), a tabloid reporter and a half-demon who feeds on chaos, is called upon by Benicio Cortez to infiltrate a gang of supernaturals who have been creating some trouble for Cabal in Miami. Hope fits in very quickly and soon starts enjoying not only the chaos created by the gang's criminal activities but the company of one gang member. The fun sto Book #8 in the Women of the Otherworld series and definitely one of the weakest. Hope Adams (originally introduced in the novella Chaotic in Dates From Hell), a tabloid reporter and a half-demon who feeds on chaos, is called upon by Benicio Cortez to infiltrate a gang of supernaturals who have been creating some trouble for Cabal in Miami. Hope fits in very quickly and soon starts enjoying not only the chaos created by the gang's criminal activities but the company of one gang member. The fun stops when Hope's new flame and his friend disappear and all trails lead to the Cortez Cabal. What is happening, who are the bad guys, and what do they want? Hope will find out with the help of her werewolf ex Karl, sorcerer Lucas and his witch wife Paige. Like all Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld books, Personal Demon is entertaining and well-paced and yet it just doesn't hit the mark. More than any other book in the series this story reads like an average mystery and not urban fantasy. My favorite books in the series are those that have a lot of supernatural mythology explored (Armstrong is great at creating convincing lore) - Bitten, Haunted, No Humans Involved. Personal Demon is pretty thin on the lore. Take out Hope and her ability to sense chaos (totally useless in the context of the novel), and you have a mediocre whodunit set in a corporate world. Hope's character is underutilized. She has an interesting background of being a journalist and a socialite, but it is barely explored in the story. Pretty much any woman of the Otherworld could have been placed into this novel - it would have made no difference. The romance angle is also underwhelming. I remember loving Hope/Karl dynamic in Chaotic. In this book it just falls flat. The nature of Hope's "powers" makes her faint at any overload of chaos, thus turning her into a damsel-in-distress and Karl into an overbearing, protective, and possessive grandpa. Not sexy. Even a few smut scenes didn't change my opinion about this couple. More humor and playfulness would have made this book better. Almost half of the book is narrated from Lucas's POV, not sure why. I guess the thinness of Hope's character and her abilities called for some filler. Lucas's chapters are OK, although he appears to be a tad more depressing upclose. Personal Demon is a pretty mediocre addition to the series which I will probably never have a desire to re-read, but not so bad as for me to say I didn't enjoy it at all.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Natasha

    Personal Demon is the 8th installment in the amazing Woman of the Otherworld series by Kelly Armstrong. Like every other book in this series it kept me entertained and addicited to the very last page. Personal Demon is narrated in first person by both Hope and Lucas. I find with both characters narrating it gives you a better understanding of both worlds in the book and make the twists come together perfect. Hope is a half demon with a craving for chaos. And Lucas is the youngest and distant son Personal Demon is the 8th installment in the amazing Woman of the Otherworld series by Kelly Armstrong. Like every other book in this series it kept me entertained and addicited to the very last page. Personal Demon is narrated in first person by both Hope and Lucas. I find with both characters narrating it gives you a better understanding of both worlds in the book and make the twists come together perfect. Hope is a half demon with a craving for chaos. And Lucas is the youngest and distant son of the leader of the Cortez Cabal narrating. I've read Bitten(book 1 in the Woman of the otherworld series) a while back and I've been hooked ever since. Not every book follows the same characters but every few books the main characters reoccur so it should be read in order so you can understand the extra characters and relationships. The depth of character development throughout this story is absolutely amazing and knowing your favorite characters will reappear again in future books makes it even better. I really like Hopes character and find her werewolf ex-boyfriend James well written and refreshing (not to mention, funny and cute). Each book is amazing and I now find it hard to choose who I like more, Hope or Elena. Both are amazing, strong female characters who kick ass and take names. Personal Demon was an amazing installment in the Woman of the Otherworld series that is a awesome edition to the supernatural gendre that has plenty of action and romance with amazing twists and surprises!If you haven't read this series yet, get started! Summary (from the book jacket) Hope Adams, tabloid journalist and half-demon, inherited her Bollywood-princess looks from her mother. From her demon father, she inherited a hunger for chaos, and a talent for finding it. Like full demons, she gets an almost sexual rush from danger - in fact, she thrives on it. But she is determined to use her gifts for good. When the head of the powerful Cortez Cabal asks her to infiltrate a gang of bored, rich, troublemaking supernaturals in Miami, Hope can't resist the excitement. But trouble for Hope is intoxicating, and soon she's in way too deep. With a killer stalking the mystical hot spots of Miami, Hope finds herself dangerously entangled, and has no choice but to turn to her crooked werewolf ex-boyfriend for help. What started as a simple investigation has spiralled into chaos. And Hope finds chaos irresistible... For a woman who didn’t know what she was getting into, there’s only one way out: it’s time for Hope to unleash her most potent primal instincts and open herself, mind and body, to everything she most fears and desires.

  8. 5 out of 5

    alicat ♡➹♡

    This is a hard book to review... at times it was great but the story felt disjointed. I think having Lucas as a POV threw it off, I get he played a large part of the story and maybe that was the problem. It felt like two stories smooshed into one with Hope’s part actually less than I expected it to be. Hope’s need for chaos is a bit creepy, I don’t envy her that. However she is impulsive and pretty uninhibited but not stupid so her story was fun to read. I thought Karl and Hope were a interesting This is a hard book to review... at times it was great but the story felt disjointed. I think having Lucas as a POV threw it off, I get he played a large part of the story and maybe that was the problem. It felt like two stories smooshed into one with Hope’s part actually less than I expected it to be. Hope’s need for chaos is a bit creepy, I don’t envy her that. However she is impulsive and pretty uninhibited but not stupid so her story was fun to read. I thought Karl and Hope were a interesting and sexy couple but like I said they are sharing the story with Lucas and his family drama. The mystery was good and I honesty did not solve it until close to the end. I also missed the other characters... like Jaime, Jeremy, Savannah, and Elena. On top of that the ending felt really abrupt. (view spoiler)[I’m left feeling stressed about Lucas and Paige’s future too! (hide spoiler)]

  9. 4 out of 5

    Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)

    This was really good. Though I saw the twist. I’m not sure it was a secret. I loved Hope. I fell for Jazz. I wasn’t sure how things would work out with Karl. That’s the fear with a love triangle but ultimately how I predicted twist. For that reason, because the twist felt like a plot device to solve a problem I can’t give this 5 stars. But I thought this was was far better than the Jamie book that proceeded it. I love to know more what happens with Lucas and Paige and even Jazz. Not happy next b This was really good. Though I saw the twist. I’m not sure it was a secret. I loved Hope. I fell for Jazz. I wasn’t sure how things would work out with Karl. That’s the fear with a love triangle but ultimately how I predicted twist. For that reason, because the twist felt like a plot device to solve a problem I can’t give this 5 stars. But I thought this was was far better than the Jamie book that proceeded it. I love to know more what happens with Lucas and Paige and even Jazz. Not happy next book is about Robyn supposed best friend to Hope though she was not mentioned in this book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Beth The Vampire

    The Women of the Otherworld series started with a werewolf named Elena, and soon this world expanded to a whole cast of characters including white witch Paige, orphan Savannah, sorcerer and successor to the Cortez Cabal Lucas, psychic Jamie, alpha werewolf Jeremy, and of course Elena’s on again off again love and resident werewolf psychopath, Clayton. Personal Demon introduced the reader to Hope Adams, half demon and chaos reader. Hope has appeared briefly in previous books (although I couldn’t The Women of the Otherworld series started with a werewolf named Elena, and soon this world expanded to a whole cast of characters including white witch Paige, orphan Savannah, sorcerer and successor to the Cortez Cabal Lucas, psychic Jamie, alpha werewolf Jeremy, and of course Elena’s on again off again love and resident werewolf psychopath, Clayton. Personal Demon introduced the reader to Hope Adams, half demon and chaos reader. Hope has appeared briefly in previous books (although I couldn’t remember exactly where), and she had her own novella Chaotic, which I read in the Dates From Hell anthology. I like Hope, she feeds off chaos and sees flashes of incidents form the past when exposed to the area where they happened. It is a pretty cool ability, even though Hope tries to fight it in fear of being more demon that human, but I get that. Hope owes a favour to the Cortez Cabal, still run by Lucas’ father, and wanting to pay off the debt she agrees to go undercover in a gang in Miami who are apparently planning something big against the Cabal, and they need to be stopped. So Hope passes the initiation, is admitted into the fold, and tries to find out what the gang is planning so she can finish this job and return to her ‘normal’ life. But of course, things are not that simple, and soon Hope finds herself captivated by one of the other gang members, the death of another member in quite chaotic circumstances, and members of Lucas’ family being in the firing line. Then you add Karl Marsden to the list of things to worry about. Karl has been in a few of the previous additions to the series, and has only recently been admitted into the pack, which is kind of a big deal for him. And of course Karl and Hope had a fling a while back, and it didn’t work out, and now he has to save her from her current predicament because…… I don’t know. He didn’t like that Hope was paying off the debt for both of them, he thought what she was doing was stupid, he didn’t want her to be hurt, and he generally hates the Cabal. Something like that. Why did I insist on trusting a man everyone warned couldn’t be trusted? Maybe I did enjoy the chaos of my own suffering, and I was just too deluded to see it. I kind of hated Karl…especially when Hope was talking about the fact that she always had to make breakfast/lunch/dinner for him, and he gave her small hints that basically said ‘get in the kitchen.’ And I know he may look in his 30’s, but that’s doesn’t make the fact that he is actually 50 something to be ignored. It means he has had 50 years on the earth. So it just makes me think why he is chasing a girl in her mid 20’s and just expecting her to follow his every command. Despite Hope trying to stand up for herself, in the end it came down to him rescuing her, and Hope kind of just accepting it. They frustrated me as a couple and given some of the other relationships in this series (Paige and Lucas & Elena and Clayton), this seemed forced and like neither of them are really happy with it in the end. Personal Demon actually cycled between Hope’s point of view and Lucas’. While Hope’s story dominates the first half, Lucas definitely control the second part, which is miles more interesting. The series is called WOMEN of the Otherworld, so I guess you can’t have a book fully from Lucas’ point of view, but the story as a whole meant so much more for him than it did for Hope. In the end she ended up being a secondary player in all this. Hope became more of a passenger, and when everything wrapped up, she got to wash her hands of everything, but Lucas and Paige cannot say the same. His parts were a lot more captivating, and while Hope was cooling off in a hotel room, drinking coffee and reading the paper, Lucas was trying to manage his father’s business, his family’s dwindling numbers, and what his future might look like. I must say I picked out a lot of the ‘twists’ (and I use that term lightly), but they were still enjoyable to read. More for the reaction of the characters if anything else. I still love how interconnected the world is, and how everyone knows each other and interacts. Instead of isolated stories, they are all entwined. The first half of the book really seemed to drag, and funny that this centred more on Hope, but when Lucas and Paige come into the picture the pace picked up quite a lot. The second half saved this book, and while not the strongest in the series, there seem to be some real consequences for the characters and the world in general and it shall be interesting to see what happens from here.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Angela H.

    This book is about Hope Adams (half chaos demon) and partially about Luca's involvement in Cabel politics. She can see the past, sense spells, and find chaos. Her powers may not involve physical strength or magic, but it comes in handy in her mission. She undertakes a mission that involves infiltrating a gang and unintentionally placing herself in Cabel politics. She puts herself in danger to the point where her werewolf lover (Karl) and Lucas Cortez are making rescue plans. Read the book for de This book is about Hope Adams (half chaos demon) and partially about Luca's involvement in Cabel politics. She can see the past, sense spells, and find chaos. Her powers may not involve physical strength or magic, but it comes in handy in her mission. She undertakes a mission that involves infiltrating a gang and unintentionally placing herself in Cabel politics. She puts herself in danger to the point where her werewolf lover (Karl) and Lucas Cortez are making rescue plans. Read the book for details. I enjoyed following Hope's adventures as it was balanced with action, romance, deep emotions, and internal dialogue. Did I mention she has a lover? Its Karl who recently joined Jeremy's pack. I'm loving the romantic aspects in the series! So far, Elena/Clayton, Paige/ Lucas, Jeremy/Jaime, and now Hope/Karl are rocking it! 😁

  12. 4 out of 5

    Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

    “Remember when we met? Before you left, you said you were going to make a fool of yourself over me. That's still what you're worried about. That you'll find yourself doing things you never dreamed of doing, things you laughed at in others, and you'll make a fool of yourself.” I'm iffy on character head jumping within a series in the first place, but it's been working well so far. Hope was introduced in Broken, but takes the center stage in Personal Demon. Unusually, Armstrong divides a little of “Remember when we met? Before you left, you said you were going to make a fool of yourself over me. That's still what you're worried about. That you'll find yourself doing things you never dreamed of doing, things you laughed at in others, and you'll make a fool of yourself.” I'm iffy on character head jumping within a series in the first place, but it's been working well so far. Hope was introduced in Broken, but takes the center stage in Personal Demon. Unusually, Armstrong divides a little of the book into another POV (Lucas). It all ties into the same storyline and wouldn't have worked as well otherwise. The book is better off for it, and Luca's chapters primarily take place in the second half. Hope just isn't as sympathetic and likeable a character. She wants to do well and be better, and I don't dislike her, but she's not someone I want to sit in the head of or warm up to much. Not her fault, but she basically gets off on chaos, whatever that's supposed to mean. What it shows if when her friends are about to be killed, she can't help but get excited in a good/bad way. She craves something bad happening to people, even those close to her. Chaos strums from stealing from people, killing them, attempted violence, fighting, anything extreme. She gets these weird visions I can't fully understand when something is about to happen. Karl is...I know a lot of fans seem to dig Karl. I don't much. It rubs me the wrong way how he kills lone werewolves when he goes to a new town. They were there first? It doesn't matter to Karl. He acts like a douche like that. I enjoy Armstrong's pack building in the series but I never got the eltist attitude of the pack, which he's new to, even in the derogatory way non-pack members are called 'mutts.' Some are violent, some not, and even though his father was a mutt who was killed, Karl doesn't seem to care when he randomly kills other mutts he runs into. Romantic wise I like the protective vibe and the age difference doesn't bother me, but there relationship just doesn't hold the same oomph and chemistry. I don't see the strong bond that's hard to break and genuine mating of Elena and Clay, the sweet personality matching of Lucas and Paige, or the understandable and fun bond between Jaime and Jeremy. I skimmed through any bedroom play since I don't care much about them in general. Again not hating, but indifferent. Plot-wise, there's nifty structure. Hope is put into an undercover situation that makes good scenes of over the top characters, and the mystery involved in finding out who is killing who and why was a puzzler. The ending was cleverly done, bringing up a creative new villain.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Suzan

    I do love this book but it isn't my favourite in the series, mostly cause while I do like Hope a lot she isn't my favourite! I do love Karl though, plus Lucas gets some chapters to narrate and I loved getting in his head a little when he was dealing with his father, brothers and the cabal. Poor Hope did go through hell in this though most of it was because of her own naiviety, stubborness and refusal to see the truth. She latched onto Jaz to get over Karl and when Karl came back and they got tog I do love this book but it isn't my favourite in the series, mostly cause while I do like Hope a lot she isn't my favourite! I do love Karl though, plus Lucas gets some chapters to narrate and I loved getting in his head a little when he was dealing with his father, brothers and the cabal. Poor Hope did go through hell in this though most of it was because of her own naiviety, stubborness and refusal to see the truth. She latched onto Jaz to get over Karl and when Karl came back and they got together she still pined over Jaz and refused to accept that he and Sonny could be bad. She was blind pretty much up to the end. Not entirely her fault of course, Jaz was pure chaos, which attracted her demon as he was a veritable chaos feast which left his thoughts impossible to pick up. Whereas she could read the negative thoughts of other characters in the book she never picked up Jaz's thoughts even once cause his mind was too high speed and chaotic to read anything.Jaz was a sociopath, he couldn't see that what he was doing was wrong and even at the end he's still convinced Hope loves him and they'll be together one day! Totally dillusional as well as sociopathic! I loved how she and Karl worked through things and Karl admitting he ran cause he was afraid of the attachment he had to her. How he's fought all his life against his wolf instincts and she's triggered one of the biggest, one he didn't believe exsisted, the instinct to be with his mate, that mate being Hope. I love how she gave him no sympathy over it, instead responding with sarcasm and put-downs to keep him on his toes! She really does know how to ground him and bring his ego down when needed! I wasn't personally upset to see Lucas's oldest brothers killed but I was upset for Lucas and Benecio having to deal with their deaths and their aftermath. I kinda wished that Carlos was killed instead of William! Of all the brothers William seems to be the least threatening as he doesn't have Hector's level of intelligence or Carlos' level of viciousness! I liked that Kelley had two narrators in this book, so you got a more rounded insight to the plot and what was going on. Lucas could fill in plot points that Hope couldn't and give insight she couldn't. Hope is still quite new to investigating and under-cover work, as a result she misses lots of things that the others wouldn't, which is why she needed Karl there to point out the possibilities she didn't want to see due to being too close to the gang. Agreat book overall, not my favourite but not my least favourite either!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Collins

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This started out dull, got fairly interesting in the middle, then had an irritating ending. I really dislike the inclusion of a surprise "chameleon" character who can assume the countenance of other people. Ditto for glamor spells that achieve the same purpose. These things are acceptable if they are known quantities throughout the book, but sneaking them in at the end is a lame plot device. It's trite and annoying to trick the reader into thinking that a beloved character has been killed and the This started out dull, got fairly interesting in the middle, then had an irritating ending. I really dislike the inclusion of a surprise "chameleon" character who can assume the countenance of other people. Ditto for glamor spells that achieve the same purpose. These things are acceptable if they are known quantities throughout the book, but sneaking them in at the end is a lame plot device. It's trite and annoying to trick the reader into thinking that a beloved character has been killed and then reveal that it was really someone else disguised by one of the above bits of magic. The trick doesn't even work here because Armstrong isn't the kind of writer to kill off her main characters. Not for one second was I really worried that the death was real. Also, it's not okay to include such incredibly cliched elements as clues left behind on half-burned paper in a fireplace, even if you have your characters recognize the cliche. I don't like Hope very much, so I was glad that Paige and Lucas were in this book. They're my favorite characters from this series. I especially enjoy the relationship between Lucas and his father. Although that brings me to another complaint about Armstrong: I think she gives us too many different points of view. I like Lucas better when seen through the eyes of other characters. His first-person accounts don't ring true for me. The same goes for Clayton; I think he is a better character when you don't know exactly what is going on in his head.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Personal Demon is book 8 in the Women of the Otherworld Series by Kelley Armstrong. This story is about Hope and Karl. (view spoiler)[Hope is a young, vibrant, sexy woman who's trying her hardest to get over her past relationship with Karl. Karl is an older, sexy werewolf who loves hope but is fighting his feelings for her. He told her to date other people, other paranormals, to be with someone who's more appropriate for her. Hope is trying to move on and to forget about him. When she's called u Personal Demon is book 8 in the Women of the Otherworld Series by Kelley Armstrong. This story is about Hope and Karl. (view spoiler)[Hope is a young, vibrant, sexy woman who's trying her hardest to get over her past relationship with Karl. Karl is an older, sexy werewolf who loves hope but is fighting his feelings for her. He told her to date other people, other paranormals, to be with someone who's more appropriate for her. Hope is trying to move on and to forget about him. When she's called upon from Benicio Cortez to repay a favour she accrued with Karl, she agrees in order to help her move on. She's going undercover with a gang. She starts dating Jaz (Jasper) and before things go too far, Karl shows up. He's furious that she's taken on the job without him and agrees to help behind the scenes. Jaz and Sonny go missing, gang members are being killed, Lucas' brothers and father have been attacked and he steps in to help lead the investigation. Hope and Karl work out their differences. Karl grew up with his father who taught him to be a loner, not to join the pack, that wanting to be with a family was his wolf instinct and he should fight it. Hope is abducted by Jaz and Sonny (Jason) and they take Paige as a hostage for the plan to take over the cabal. (hide spoiler)] I loved this story and can't get enough of the wolves.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cam

    I wasn't expecting much from this addition to Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series from the mild reviews it's gotten since it's release but I decided to pick it up anyway and, surprisingly enough Hope holds her own against previous heroines such as Elena, Paige and more recently Jamie. Though I didn't mind the dual perspectives given (the other being Lucas Cortez) and even understood that it added to a more rounded telling of the story-I felt like the novel wasn't only Hope's novel but a co I wasn't expecting much from this addition to Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series from the mild reviews it's gotten since it's release but I decided to pick it up anyway and, surprisingly enough Hope holds her own against previous heroines such as Elena, Paige and more recently Jamie. Though I didn't mind the dual perspectives given (the other being Lucas Cortez) and even understood that it added to a more rounded telling of the story-I felt like the novel wasn't only Hope's novel but a continuation of Lucas and Paige's so I felt somewhat cheated on Hope's behalf, seeing as all the previous novels had been dedicated solely to the heroine the plot is focused on. Not that I don't love Lucas and Paige, far from it seeing as they are my favorites in the series but a cameo would have sufficed. I was interested more in Karl and Hope's relationship, a point of view from Karl would have been better. All in all it was a compelling and enjoying read, the villain was surprising and the romance was hot and sigh worthy at times.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Marker

    Kelley Armstrong is brilliant as always. Well written characters and good story lines make her books easy to see yourself in and impossible to put down. Personal Demon is no exception. This book is written from two points of view which is uncharacteristic of her and while it is a bit disorientating at first is quickly overcome and proves to make the book only that much harder to put down. As with her other books when you do finally reach the last few chapters the ending is bittersweet; you get t Kelley Armstrong is brilliant as always. Well written characters and good story lines make her books easy to see yourself in and impossible to put down. Personal Demon is no exception. This book is written from two points of view which is uncharacteristic of her and while it is a bit disorientating at first is quickly overcome and proves to make the book only that much harder to put down. As with her other books when you do finally reach the last few chapters the ending is bittersweet; you get to see everything that been building throughout the book unfold but it is sadly the end despite your longing for more. Thankfully the series still continuous and we have that to look forward too.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Of the "Women of the Otherworld" I prefer Elena, then Jamie, then Savannah and her mother, then Paige and Hope. Paige and Hope strike me as being kinda spoiled. 1st read-through 3/9/2009 re-read 1/15/2013

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ellis

    I can't believe that I held off on reading this for so long because I really wasn't feeling the prospect of Hope and Karl being coupled up and now they're a few steps away from OTP territory.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Shelleen Toland

    Book #8 in the Otherworld series. Has Werewolves, Witches and other demons in it. Hope is a reporter and is hired by a group to go undercover and find out what a gang is up to. She sees and hears a lot that puts her life in jeopardy. Was a fun read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    I didn't enjoy Personal Demon as much as the last few books in the series. That was kind of a surprise, because I liked Armstrong's short story featuring Hope. She has really cool powers, and they're limited enough to keep things interesting. But while I enjoyed her character in the past, I found her difficult to connect with in this one. Maybe it was the perspective changes, or it could have been that her relationship with Karl was too strained for there to be much of the witty banter that liven I didn't enjoy Personal Demon as much as the last few books in the series. That was kind of a surprise, because I liked Armstrong's short story featuring Hope. She has really cool powers, and they're limited enough to keep things interesting. But while I enjoyed her character in the past, I found her difficult to connect with in this one. Maybe it was the perspective changes, or it could have been that her relationship with Karl was too strained for there to be much of the witty banter that livened up the story written about their meeting. A lot of it seemed very rushed, especially Hope's interaction with a new guy. Her scenes with the gang were great, but those were over before I knew it. I felt like the leader of that group was built up well but barely used. A few interesting threads were dropped. I wasn't crazy about the Lucas chapters. They were necessary to the story, but they were uncomfortable somehow. Another reviewer mentioned disliking it when Armstrong wrote from a male's point of view, and I think I agree. I didn't much care for the story she did from Clay's perspective either.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Roberta

    Best book in the Women of the Otherworld series so far. One thing I like about Armstrong is that her writing gets stronger the more books she writes. This book was no exception. In this book, we get to learn more about Hope who was introduced in No Humans Involved (I don't think it was earlier, but it could have been). Hope owes a debt to the Cortez Cabal, so when Benicio asks her to do a job, she says yes. In this book, the point of view shifts between Hope, who is undercover examining a gang o Best book in the Women of the Otherworld series so far. One thing I like about Armstrong is that her writing gets stronger the more books she writes. This book was no exception. In this book, we get to learn more about Hope who was introduced in No Humans Involved (I don't think it was earlier, but it could have been). Hope owes a debt to the Cortez Cabal, so when Benicio asks her to do a job, she says yes. In this book, the point of view shifts between Hope, who is undercover examining a gang of supernaturals who have been causing trouble for the Cabal and Lucas, Cortez's son who married Paige Winterbourne, the witch and leader of the supernatural council. There are some surprises and twists in this book including one that I didn't expect. If you've liked her previous books, you definitely want to read this one. I'm definitely looking forward to her Men of the Otherworld book when it comes out.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Leanne

    I've had a lot of people who feel the same as I do about this book.. and while I love Kelley Armstrong and love the Women of the Otherworld series on a completely unhealthy level, this character pairing just... sucks. I find Hope Adams completely annoying, irritating, and just plain dull. Her werewolf lover, while he is slightly more interesting than Hope, is still boring as batshit. The one upside to this book was having Lucas in it, and therefore dealing with his dear old Daddy. And that is the I've had a lot of people who feel the same as I do about this book.. and while I love Kelley Armstrong and love the Women of the Otherworld series on a completely unhealthy level, this character pairing just... sucks. I find Hope Adams completely annoying, irritating, and just plain dull. Her werewolf lover, while he is slightly more interesting than Hope, is still boring as batshit. The one upside to this book was having Lucas in it, and therefore dealing with his dear old Daddy. And that is the only reason it got a 2 stars, seriously. Oh, the insight into the gang is really interesting as well - and I loved the characters they had in that. Basically, if they got rid of Hope completely and I never had to read about her again.. well, I would be perfectly fine with that.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Yum! I had intended to knit last night - but that somehow ended up with me lying in bed an hour later than I normally go to bed and finishing this book. This book threw me for a loop at first - The point of view shifts between Hope and Lucas through most of the book. I would normally find this annoying - but I think it was a good way to weave the subplot into the plot. It was all pretty much tied together anyway - so it was just a perspective switch that you had to get over. And I think the stuf Yum! I had intended to knit last night - but that somehow ended up with me lying in bed an hour later than I normally go to bed and finishing this book. This book threw me for a loop at first - The point of view shifts between Hope and Lucas through most of the book. I would normally find this annoying - but I think it was a good way to weave the subplot into the plot. It was all pretty much tied together anyway - so it was just a perspective switch that you had to get over. And I think the stuff that happens with Lucus will ultimatly be more important in the arc of the books than what happened with Hope. Anxious to dig into the next one to see where this leads.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    This is the 8th book in the Women of the Otherworld series and I think it's the only one I have given 3 stars to. For whatever reason, I just couldn't get into it as much as I wanted. I partly blame the book cover. I'm reading this on Kindle, but every time I get on goodreads I'm forced to look at this stupid ass cover. It shouldn't sway my opinion, but it did. Also, I really don't like books that have the word, "bro" in it. Unfortunately, this one did. Other than that I enjoyed it. I liked lear This is the 8th book in the Women of the Otherworld series and I think it's the only one I have given 3 stars to. For whatever reason, I just couldn't get into it as much as I wanted. I partly blame the book cover. I'm reading this on Kindle, but every time I get on goodreads I'm forced to look at this stupid ass cover. It shouldn't sway my opinion, but it did. Also, I really don't like books that have the word, "bro" in it. Unfortunately, this one did. Other than that I enjoyed it. I liked learning more about Hope and Karl and I will continue to read the series. Kelley Armstrong writes strong female characters and I have always appreciated that.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn F.

    Audiobook This story is technically about two couples - Hope & Karl and Paige & Lucas - but it's really about Hope & Karl mostly and how he screwed up their relationship, tried to fix it, but it might have been too late. There's a 3rd person that is piquing Hope's interest but she needs to figure out whether he's a good or bad guy. Paige & Lucas help her out. This story was pretty good. Hope forgave Karl pretty quickly but then Karl's reason for breaking up with her was just stupid male pride, so Audiobook This story is technically about two couples - Hope & Karl and Paige & Lucas - but it's really about Hope & Karl mostly and how he screwed up their relationship, tried to fix it, but it might have been too late. There's a 3rd person that is piquing Hope's interest but she needs to figure out whether he's a good or bad guy. Paige & Lucas help her out. This story was pretty good. Hope forgave Karl pretty quickly but then Karl's reason for breaking up with her was just stupid male pride, so I probably would have too. 3-1/2 out of 5 stars

  27. 5 out of 5

    jeliy

    Stars 3.5

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews

    3.5 this one was frustrating me. I liked all the the Paige and Lucus stuff more then I did Hope and Karl.

  29. 5 out of 5

    MommaBear

    3.75 stars, for the most original sex scene I've read, and not quite 4 stars due to a bit of a slow start (for me anyway, but I've been reading the shorter novellas lately so a "real" novel seems different, lol), a couple editing errors (a person going from the opposite end of an alley to right beside another character without ever actually moving on-page was a glaring one), and an utterly infuriating fade-to-black sex scene, one between the MC and her true love, their first time, and I felt it 3.75 stars, for the most original sex scene I've read, and not quite 4 stars due to a bit of a slow start (for me anyway, but I've been reading the shorter novellas lately so a "real" novel seems different, lol), a couple editing errors (a person going from the opposite end of an alley to right beside another character without ever actually moving on-page was a glaring one), and an utterly infuriating fade-to-black sex scene, one between the MC and her true love, their first time, and I felt it should've been shown for sure, to help tie in the 2+years since they met, in a short story, and this novel). Details to come, but the story itself was pretty good, had some twists and turns that were a welcome surprise compared to other books I've read where I can see everything coming and know the "surprise" in the first chapter. It was amusing and sad to see references for things now extinct, from a book only a decade old: 24-hour copy places (Kinko's, anyone?), PDAs, fax machines. I'm feeling quite old... This is a huge series that I've been reading off and on for ages it seems. Each book is a stand-alone I suppose, but it's such a big world with so many players that it's best to read everything in order. And I mean everything, not just the 13 novels; there are several novellas, short stories, a few for free on Kelley Armstrong's website, and several are now published in Otherworld anthologies so you don't have to hunt down obscure collections. I recommend downloading the complete reading order on her website; it's been my checklist for awhile.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It was a good story, and I really liked the mystery. I loved reading a little bit from Lucas's point of view. although his pov was a bit bland, it gave great insight into the cabals and how they work. One thing I didn't like however was Hope and Karl's relationship. I like them in the short story in Dates from Hell... but in an actual story line I couldn't stand them. He acts like he's her dad or something, constantly ordering her around "don't do this" "you can't do that." Please. Hope is a gro It was a good story, and I really liked the mystery. I loved reading a little bit from Lucas's point of view. although his pov was a bit bland, it gave great insight into the cabals and how they work. One thing I didn't like however was Hope and Karl's relationship. I like them in the short story in Dates from Hell... but in an actual story line I couldn't stand them. He acts like he's her dad or something, constantly ordering her around "don't do this" "you can't do that." Please. Hope is a grown adult, Karl. She can do whatever she damn well wants. I usually like the stronger male characters(like Clay), but Karl was just too overbearing. And I know werewolves look younger than they are... but 50? She's 27. There's more of an age difference between them than I have with my dad. So that kind of made it hard for me to root for them as well. I'm super bummed out about Jaz. I thought his character was fantastic, and I absolutely loved him and Hope together(although I couldn't believe she just instantly forgot about him the second Karl decided to step back into the picture- After ditching her for however long btw). I would've liked it better if it had been Carlos behind everything and not him. Yes, he was a bit obsessed with Hope.. But I liked it. It added to his charm. In Hope's position I totally would've gone to the dark side with him.

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