Demon Crossings by Eleri Stone
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Carina Press provided me a free copy of this book for review purposes.
Grace has a psychic ability to track missing children, and when she tracks a girl to Ragnarok, Iowa, she learns that her ability is evidence of her heritage--she's related to the Aesir, who escaped the destruction of Asgard and now live in small pockets around America. Aiden's daughter is missing, taken by a demon into Asgard, and Grace is determined to help him find her. She didn't plan on falling for Aiden's charms, however.
I'm not usually one for romance novels; I find them formulaic, repetitive, and flat. Demon Crossings, however, is none of those things. I was drawn in by the reference to Norse mythology in the blurb, then fascinated by Stone's take on the mythology to create a settlement of demi-god-like people who closely resemble the gods and creatures of Norse myth without being overwhelming in their deificness.
The relationship between Grace and Aiden is rocky, as is usual for a romance novel, but not in the we-hate-each-other-and-that-makes-the-sex-better way I've seen in so many romances. Rather, their personalities keep them from fully opening up and clarifying what they think and feel, so they frequently miscommunicate. It's utterly believable (if frustrating for an outside observer) and makes the ending that much more satisfying.
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