“O what a black, dark hill is yon,
”That looks so dark to me?“
”O it is the hill of hell,“ he said,
”Where you and I shall be.”
—From The Daemon Lover, a Scottish ballad.
Ballads, poetry and fiction are rich with demon lovers, and even Fox Television is getting in on the act with Lucifer, a series which Geek Speak Magazine delightfully describes as full of ‘implied orgies’. But the orgies are important, folks, because the thing about demons is that their grace, danger and beauty enthralls whether they’re good, bad or a bit of both. Yes, the truly compelling demon lover ensures that the biggest burning (yes, I went there) question on a reader’s mind is when the demon sexy times are going to show.
Luckily, readers are blessed when it comes to infernal dalliance as there are more demons in romance than you can poke a pitchfork at, and when not frolicking around Hell, they can generally be found booty grazing or roasting the broomstick.
So, what should you read to find these horny little devils?
In the spirit of chicks before dicks, I’ll introduce the demon heroines first.
Sherrilyn Kenyon’s two series Hellchaser and The Chronicles of Nick are thick with demons, but mostly ones that pee standing up. However, the novel One Silent Night (part of her Dark-Hunter series) is devoted to Stryker and his object of desire Zephyra, one of the fiercest demons ever created who “lives to torment humans and anyone who gets on her nerves”. Since that pretty much sums up my office personality, I guess I can call myself a fan.
And if you’re a fan of hate-banging between angels and demons (and who isn’t?) try Stephanie Chong’s The Demoness of Waking Dreams in which an ex-cop angel hero hunts a rogue demoness. It’s the second book in the Company of Angels series.
For more angel-demon hate-banging, scope out Meljean Brook’s Demon Angel, the first book in her Guardian series. Lilith is as wicked a she-demon as can be, manipulative, underhand and vengeful, and yet she still puts a breeze in the windsock of virtuous Guardian angel Hugh, and the two remain inexorably tied.
If you enjoy a good laugh with your demon sexy times, Eve Langlais’ Welcome to Hell series with a matchmaking Lucifer may be for you. In book three of the series, A Demon and her Scot, a lamia demon must track down a kilt-wearing Scotsman to help the Lord of the Underworld win a golf tournament against God. Highlander hero, demon heroine and golf, it doesn’t get any more high-concept than that.
And now for the demonic sausage party that’s the heroes.
The first book in the Company of Angels series, Where Demons Fear to Tread, is all about the demon sexy times, and is well worth a look as it features a fledging guardian angel heroine who enters an LA nightclub to save a soul and is instead ambushed by the club owner, an arch demon. And what does the most powerful demonic entity in Los Angeles want from his angelic hostage? Why, a slice of angel pie, of course.
In a very different setting, Larissa Ione’s Demonica series serves readers a trio of demon wang (schlong salad, anyone?) in the form of brothers Eidolon, Shade and Wraith. All three are incubus, members of the sexual demon family (translation: they’re quite the meat magicians) and between them they serve up more bro-angst than the average Supernatural episode. What’s not to love?
If the idea of head-banging demon heroes appeals, check out the Demon Rock series by Nico Rosso with its demonic heavy metal band who feed on the energy of audiences. More so than having all the brown M&Ms removed from their backstage candy, these demon heroes long for the one thing they can’t survive without—their muse, a woman destined to be a demon’s eternal companion. And what happens when two of the band find they have the same muse? Muse ménage!
Kresley Cole fans would send a vengeance demon after me if I omitted her Immortals After Dark series. Half-demon and half-vampire (but all wang) Malkom Slaine in Demon from the Dark is bound to please, as is the ruthless demon mercenary Cade in Dark Desires after Dusk. And don’t miss the demon king Rydstrom or his captivity games with Sabine, Queen of Illusions.
As for the cherry on the demon-wang pie, there’s the Fallen series written by Anne Stuart under the pseudonym Kristina Douglas. The heroes of the titles Raziel and Azazel are a couple of my favorite bad-ass biblical demons.
All of these books (not to mention the television series Hex which stars Michael Fassbender, shwing!) inspired me to write my own demonic sexy times in Hell on Wheels, which features an imperious demon princess, an infernally arrogant mercenary, a marriage of convenience, and one hell of a roller derby bout.
So, don’t dilly-dally and damn yourself to reading purgatory, there’s a hell of a lot of demon romance reading out there just waiting for you.
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Rhyll Biest is an Australian author writing romance hot enough to melt your e-reader. She's also one of the tarts on the Bookish Tarts podcast where she and fellow author Georgina Penney discuss romance novels in a high-brow yet potty-mouthed way.