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Review: Damned and Defiant (Demons in Exile #3) by Kathy Kulig

Review: Damned and Defiant (Demons in Exile #3) by Kathy Kulig

by IMPJanuary 22, 2013

TLDR Recap:

He is a demon drone on a mission to collect as much chi from human woman as possible. She is a Sha Warrior, the rare human with excess lifeforce, the perfect Kithra. What should have been a routine collection turns very personal when feelings get involved. Their attraction to one another is not meant to be. Can they fight it? Or will the attraction be too much to resist? With non-stop action and scorching scenes, Damned and Defiant is a GraveTells Recommended Read!

  • Title: Damned and Defiant
  • Series: Demons in Exile, #3
  • Author: Kathy Kulig
  • Prominent Characters: Haley, Dante
  • Recommended Reader Age: 18+
  • Genre: Paranormal, erotic romance
  • Sexual Content Level: High

*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***


Damned and Defiant is the third installment of the Demons in Exile series. Many times you will hear that although a book is not the first in a series it reads well as a standalone. Well, in this case, after a rough start, with a storyline that seems to have started somewhere in the middle, it does pick up. Characters that seem to have a history that we, as the readers, are not aware of do become familiar and their stories to finally click after the first couple of chapters. At this point it does not matter if you have read the previous books in the series or not. You get so embroiled in the story that all else falls to the wayside.

This novel is far from perfect. For those unfamiliar with the series, such as myself, being able to distinguish friends from enemies tends to get confusing at times. There is a tension between certain characters that we do not know the basis of. Reference is made to things that happened in the previous books and unless you’ve read the other books, you will be completely lost. However, eventually the plot does take over and it starts to make sense. Damned and Defiant at times comes across more like an epilogue book, something written to tie up loose ends in the overall story. The romance between Dante and Haley is almost non-existent. Dante and Haley have an explosive chemistry between them, but there is no build up to their relationship. You don’t actually see them fall in love. One minute she’s pushing for more and he’s denying her, the next they’re in bed together talking of love.

When taken apart, the plot was not necessarily the strongest, but it was well thought out. The characters were strong and well defined. There was enough action and conflict to keep you distracted from the lack of real romance. Overall it’s an enjoyable book with a lot of potential and well worth the time to read. I would however suggest reading the previous books in the series if you want to avoid getting lost every now and then.

Memorable Quotes:

There’s just something about her that made her different from all the rest…

He couldn’t leave her. He didn’t know why but he couldn’t do it.

The moment when everything he’s ever been taught goes out the window…

A Drone is created to seduce and collect chi, not resist advances. Did he even have the power to resist?

Being a mortal isn’t for everyone…

Everything he ever loved as a mortal had been taken from him. The horror of near death was an experience he didn’t want to repeat. he couldn’t stay, and he couldn’t take Haley with him.

If you liked Damned and Defiant…

Like shape-shifting demons? Why not give Succubus Blues, book 1 of the Georgia Kincaid series a try.

Final Thoughts:

Although Damned and Defiant is the third installment in the Demons in Exile series, it made for a great standalone novel. After a bit of a rough start, the storyline does pick up. With The constant danger facing the main couple adds a much needed element of conflict to the storyline. Although it makes an adequate standalone book, I would recommend reading the previous books in the series first. Damned and Defiant is a recommended read and I would definitely would read it again, but only after reading the first two books in the series!

Rating: Damned and Defiant


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