March 30, 2014

Loved It: Claimed By A Demon King by Felicity Heaton

Series: Eternal Mates 2
Format: Mobi
Release Date: February 22, 2014
Publisher: Self
Source: Author
Recommended By: Carmel of Rabid Reads
Genre: Paranormal Romance
The moment the demon King Thorne of the Third Realm set eyes on the mortal huntress Sable, he knew she was his fated one. The fiery, dangerous female awakened hungers he had never experienced before, a dark craving and passion that has consumed him in their time apart. As the lunar cycle wanes, she enters his world again and nothing will stand in the way of him claiming his forever with her—not the relentless assault from the Fifth Realm or the dark elf male determined to seduce her out of his grasp.

Intent on achieving the coveted position of commander at Archangel, Sable leads her small team into the dark underworld and the Third Realm, to a war where her allies are the very creatures she normally hunts—vampires, werewolves, and demons. Her eagerness to lead the deadly mission has everything to do with winning her promotion, and nothing to do with the kingdom’s brash, lethally seductive demon king—a king who stirred fierce desire and wildfire heat in her with just a look and an innocent touch when they first met, and has been in her wicked dreams ever since.

As the gathering storm between rivals unleashes irresistible passion that flares white-hot and the heat of the battle brings life-shattering realisations, can Sable place her duty before her heart? Or will she surrender to her deepest desires and be claimed by a demon king?

Felicity Heaton Cherry?


CLAIMED BY A DEMON KING is my first FHeaton read. I always see her Vampire Erotic Theatre Romance and how everyone is loving it. Unfortunately I've reached my fang-bang limit and can't read vamps with the same gusto. Thankfully, Carmel over at Rabid Reads reviewed Eternal Mates 2  recently and I finally found the perfect FHeaton cherry-popper! 

The way I'd describe CLAIMED BY A DEMON KING is medieval historical romance meets contemporary PNR. King Thorne of The Third Real (of Hell) is very reminiscent of warriors during the dark age. He's brawny, gruff and still believes and actually practiced courtship on top of his quite "old" verbiage (who uses the word yonder in casual conversations nowadays?). He's possessive of Sable like your typical PNR hero but unlike the demon archetype, King Thorne is tender, very loving and even kind. He's formidable in the field of battle and even more so in the bedroom. 

Now Sable's character is layered. She's human and has ambitions of becoming an Archangel commander. Later on in the story it's revealed that Sable has some "paranormal" powers herself which became very instrumental in King Thorne's battle against the contingent of The Fifth Realm. I like Sable as she fits the mold of a badasss PNR warrior chick. She's very independent, fierce, loyal and quite the seductress. Her relationship with King Thorne at first glance truly feels like a May-December affair not just because the latter is over two thousand years old, but because Thorne is so old fashioned. These two are obviously in love but the word adore is more fitting.

From the dialogue, it seems like Sable and King Thorne have met in book 1, Kissed By A Dark Prince, so I can't testify if theirs is an insta-love kind of thing as I've yet to read Eternal Mates 1. But I can tell you this much though, the romance in CLAIMED BY A DEMON KING is scalding hot! FHeaton added a sexy twist to her mating lore where the couple would have wet dreams about each other before the actual mating. I actually love this layered romance/sexy thing she did because all those awkward and tense moments between Sable and Thorne were very entertaining. 

And aside from the wonderful romance, the world building is rich and peppered with classic creatures like vampires, werewolves, shifters, witches, dragons, elves and of course, demons. I never thought I'd say it but FHeaton actually made me want to go on vacay to Hell. LOL I know it's crazy and I actually sent a prayer just to reiterate that I don't mean it like that... but FHeaton made Hell, or the Third Realm at least, magnificent and beautiful, similar to the landscape in LOTR with rolling hills and all that. Plus the battle in the end was frickin' EPIC! I have no words except for EPIC! FHeaton's otherworldly creatures also reminded me of that RPG game, Warcraft which fired up my imagination even more. 

The purple dudes

My only struggle with CLAIMED BY A DEMON KING is it's very plot driven. Which isn't generally a bad thing but I like my fantasy books more character driven. I find dialogue such a big driver for me in terms of pace. But as CLAIMED BY A DEMON KING is told in the 3rd person POV, I think it's expected that'll be the case. Another thing is FHeaton left a few threads hanging pertaining to Sable which I hoped was resolved in her book. Moving forward, it would be wise to read the series in order. Right now you can get away with reading each book as stand-alone or even do it out of order like I did but from the conversations and events, it looks like some threads are opened in preceding novels and gets picked up in the next one.

Overall, I love CLAIMED BY A DEMON KING. I loved everything from the romance, to the world building, down to FHeaton's otherworldly creatures. Unlike other PNR/fantasy series where the characters are humanoids, hers are beautiful and "monstrous", they're horned, have pointy ears, odd eyes, scary and downright fascinating. I recommend Eternal Mates to lovers of PNR who are looking for something fresh to read, you'll soon realize that the genre is far from being "tired" and that not everything has been told yet. 

“I’ll need my blades and bolts back now,” Sable muttered, not quite with the world or aware of what she was saying.

Thorne nodded. “Of course.”

He signalled his men and Sable realised just what she had asked, and felt dismal as the men immediately tore the barbed darts and throwing knives from their flesh without giving a single grunt or revealing a flicker of the pain they must have experienced.

They came forwards and placed the weapons into Thorne’s outstretched hand. He wiped the blood off them on his leather trousers and then held them out to her.

Sable swallowed her guilt and took them from him. She slipped the blades away beneath her arms and put the darts back in her quiver. The silence in the courtyard thickened again. She wasn’t sure what to do. She had made one hell of a first impression—on her team, on the elves, on the demons.

On Thorne.

She wanted to groan and bury her head in her heads.

She needed a do-over on everything after she had appeared in the Third Realm. It really hadn’t gone as planned.

Sable tossed Olivia a look and her friend wiped the smile off her face and nudged Loren. The tall, slender elf prince looked down at his mate, his black eyebrows pinned high on his forehead. Olivia gave a subtle jerk of her chin towards Sable. Loren looked her way and understanding dawned in his purple eyes.

“King Thorne.” Loren broke away from his legion and Olivia, and crossed the short distance to the demon male.

Thorne’s gaze finally left Sable. “Prince Loren.”

Sable seized her chance to slink back unnoticed to her team. Some of them gave her funny looks. She ignored them and Bleu’s inquisitive stare and checked her team over, making sure they had all arrived safely.

Thorne’s focus landed back on her. She could feel it whenever it happened. A shockwave of heat rippled through her, awareness so intense that she could almost pinpoint how far he was from her and could visualise the way he was looking at her. Whenever he looked away, returning his attention to Loren, cold stole through her, fierce and frigid.

She rubbed her wrist, her actions mimicking the light stroke of Thorne’s thumb over her tattoo. It ached and burned. Had she hurt it in training? Or was it a response to the way Thorne had caressed that patch of skin?

She gathered herself, squared her shoulders, turned on the spot and calmly strode back to Thorne and Loren.

The two tall men looked at her. Their height and fangs were the only things they had in common. Loren was unnaturally beautiful, lithe and held an air of darkness around him that stemmed from more than just his black hair and obsidian armour. Thorne was rugged, immense and had an aura of danger surrounding him that warned even her away.

His gaze held darkness as he finished discussing the war with Loren.

She had the answer to one of her questions at least. Thorne was troubled. The war was taking its toll on him, pushing him to his limit, wearing him down.

“King Thorne,” she said without a trace of tremble in her voice and bowed her head. “I would like to introduce my team.”

He ran an assessing gaze over them and then returned his attention to her. “Little Female. It is kind of Archangel to send a small contingent of your forces to assist in my demonomachy.”

Sable bit her tongue, stopping herself from pointing out that she had a name and that this was a large contingent of their forces and all they could spare. She supposed that in comparison to the thousand immortal warriors that Loren had brought with him, her fifty mortal hunters did look rather pathetic.

“Sable,” Loren started and frowned when Thorne bared his fangs on a growl. Thorne cast his gaze down at his boots and clenched his fists. Loren arched an eyebrow at him, sighed, and continued, “Your hunters must desire to settle themselves in their quarters.”

Thorne growled again and this time Sable had the impression it was because Loren was suggesting things that he should have thought of and suggested first.

“That would be good.” Sable kept her focus on Thorne, pretending he had suggested it, hoping to calm him.

“You men,” Thorne barked and a group of demons near the large arched doorway of the impressive dark grey fortress saluted, pressing their hands to their bare chests. “Show the mortals and elves to their quarters.”

He signalled another set of males and gestured to the elves standing guard next to the black crates and bags.

“Take their belongings and follow their instruction to ensure they all end up with their owners.” Thorne glanced at her. “Come.”

He turned away and walked with Loren towards the arched doorway of the large three-storey stone building that formed a wide corner in the curved courtyard. Arched windows lined the first and second floors, smaller in the longest side of the building to her right but larger and more decorative in the main part ahead of her. A balcony extended to the left of the first upper floor, giving the building a staggered appearance.

Demons patrolled the battlements at the top of the building and the walls that connected to it.

It wasn’t a castle as Loren had, with towers and conical roofs, and a verdant courtyard filled with trees, grass and flowering shrubs. It was squat and heavily fortified, and bore the scars of war in many places, the stones cracked or long grooves cut into them. It had been built with defence in mind and reminded her of many of the castles in England or Wales. There was even a well in the courtyard. This place was a military stronghold.

The demons Thorne had ordered to take her team to their quarters reached her hunters and led them away, speaking in broken English to them. Loren had warned her that only the high-ranking demons could speak her language, and that many of the warriors only understood the demon tongue or could only speak a small amount of English.

The elves split into groups, some going with the mortals, some following Loren towards the doors, led by Bleu, and others going with Evan to deal with the crates.

Olivia came over and linked arms with her. “Well, that went well.”

Sable scowled at her friend. “Don’t start. I really hope I don’t make a fool of myself any more today.”

“You weren’t to know he was training,” Olivia whispered as they followed Thorne and Loren towards the main building of the large fortress.

The wall surrounding the courtyard was so high she couldn’t see anything but a strange dark orange sky. Was it day now, or night in this realm? Whenever she left Archangel to come to the elf realm, she ended up at the opposite time of day. She had left in the morning, so this was the evening?

The elves brought light into their realm via portals. Loren had explained the demon realms had a sort of day and night because the light of the elf kingdom reached far into many of their realms. The sheer number of torches and fires blazing around the courtyard illuminated it as if it was day.

She guessed there was no shortage of fire in Hell.

She glanced back at Evan to check on him. He was already glaring at the demons. He looked her way and pointed to a square three-storey building that intersected the wall behind her, opposite the main building. An armoury? There were several buildings like it along the curving wall. Huge demon males prowled the top of the wall between each building, or loitered near their entrances, talking and laughing. Laughing. It was a little weird seeing a demon laugh. She had imagined them all to be as serious as Thorne.

But even Thorne had smile-lines bracketing his mouth and at the corners of his eyes.

“Earth… I mean, Hell to Sable?” Olivia nudged her.

Sable shook herself back to her friend. “It’s a lot to take in.”

She nodded to Evan and he turned back to the demons and elves assisting him. Many of the demons stared at Evan’s tablet as if it were magical, their deep red eyes wide and expressions locked in lines of fascination.

A few males looked her way as they entered the main building. They grinned and bent their heads together. Whispering about her no doubt. The silly little mortal throwing herself into a battle between two dozen demons to protect their immortal king.

She groaned.

Olivia shifted her arm, wrapping it around Sable’s shoulders. “It’s really not that bad.”

But it was. She wanted to make Bleu take her back to Archangel and find a way to undo the past hour so she could do it all over again.

“If I look like I’m about to make another tit of myself, do feel free to hit me over the head with something blunt and heavy before it happens.” Sable leaned her head on Olivia’s shoulder and then straightened when Thorne spoke to Loren.

“I apologise for not being ready for you.” He rubbed a dark cloth over his torso, wiping the blood away. “I thought I had more time.”

“No need to apologise,” Loren said. “It was our fault. Archangel were eager to send their team in on the mission.”

Thorne glanced over his right shoulder at Sable, his eyebrows rising. She looked away, locking her gaze on Olivia and Bleu. When had he fallen into step with them?

She couldn’t look at Thorne. If she did, he was bound to see straight through her and see that she was the reason they were early. Bleu talked to Olivia about Loren and Sable drifted along beside her, not taking in the impressive carved columns that supported the vaulted ceiling in the wide hallway. She was too busy doing her best to ignore Thorne. She could block him out, keeping her eyes off him, but she couldn’t ignore how she felt whenever his gaze landed on her.

Hot all over. Flushed from the intense feel of his eyes on her.

Bleu moved around Olivia and her, ending up walking beside her. “You fought well.”

She shrugged off the compliment, uncomfortable with his praise, and thought of something to say to keep him around. His presence lessened the fierce reaction she had to Thorne’s eyes on her and she needed that right now.

She had to find her balance again before she did something crazy.

Like kissing a demon king.

Felicity Heaton writes passionate paranormal romance books as Felicity Heaton and F E Heaton. In her books she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons!

If you're a fan of paranormal romance authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan then you will enjoy her books too.

If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, Felicity Heaton’s best selling Her Angel series is for you. If you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm series she writes as F E Heaton or any of her stand alone vampire romance books she writes as Felicity Heaton. Or if you’re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and erotic then try Felicity Heaton’s new Vampire Erotic Theatre series.

In 2011, five of her six paranormal romance books received Top Pick awards from Night Owl Reviews, Forbidden Blood was nominated as Best PNR Vampire Romance 2011 at The Romance Reviews, and many of her releases received five star reviews from numerous websites.

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  1. I loved the first book, it was so different. I'm looking forward to reading this one too. Great review Beautiful!

    1. I was reading it but then I have to pause because of The King.. but I'm with you, I am loving the first one too... maybe even better than this?

  2. I have read several Felicity Heaton books, and I should really get back into her again! I really enjoyed her writing. I'm glad you liked Claimed by a Demon King well enough to give it four stars, even if it was a little too much plot-driven for your taste, Braine :)

    Have a fantastic week.

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    1. It was the battle and Sable's storyline that redeemed it for me. When Sable's "ancestry" became apparent, it became exciting for me moving forward

  3. Amazing review !!
    TY for hosting !

  4. I love this series! I think FHeaton is amazing and I highly recommend this series if you are looking for a great ParaRom read. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I agree! I'm so happy I was introduced to her writing too :)

  5. Thanks for introducing a new author. Adding to my TBR.

  6. I'm a fan of her books for sure and I love that she tackles many types of paranormals in her books thought granted many are vamps. I haven't read this series yet, but it sounds fab.

    Interesting about the fated mate wet dreams....

  7. Yeah, I am down for more scolding hot romance. I think I am horny. HAHAHA.

    Gah, you make me want to pick up more PNR. I have been taking a little break from it.

    1. Bwahahaha! I have no words except for GET YOURSELF SERVICED GIRL!

  8. LOL I'm so glad you got your Felicity Heaton cherry popped, Braine! Claimed by the Demon King does sound pretty awesome. I've only read the first book in her Vampire Erotique series...but I think I'd definitely be into this series! Great review, girl! Happy Monday!!

    1. I have book 1 of that book, grabbed when it went free but as it's about vampires, it'll stay on my shelf for now.

  9. Thank you for the excerpt. Cant wait to read the second book. Thank you.

    1. This is the second book, sorry to confuse you! I'm reading this series out of order :/

  10. Her Angels series is been on my TBR forever! Waiting for the audio,...LOL Now I have to add this series to list. I know I'm going to enjoy it.
    Gret review girl :) Thanks for sharing.

    1. I have book 1 of Her Angels thanks to Amazon freebies!

  11. Sable's layered character sound great, as well as the scolding hot roamnce

  12. Loved the excerpt, thanks for hosting the reveal. Have to place it on my TBR list. Thank you.

  13. I popped my Felicity Heaton cherry on Eternal Mates. I didn't have time to read through her other series, but to start a new one with her was a great way to find out I love her stories.

    1. Hi5! I'm going to stick to this series for now. I so love the world building in this series a LOT

  14. This has been an awesome book tour~ I love Felicity's worldbuilding and the interview totally rocked.

    ilookfamous at yahoo dot com

  15. I enjoyed the review and the excerpt. I definitely need to read this!
    jmcgaugh (at) semo (dot) edu


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