Joy, oh joy!

Demon Hunt, by Naomi ClarkDemon Hunt , book two of the Urban Wolf series by Naomi Clark (I read and loved the first book, Silver Kiss, last year), has now been released! for joy!

From the back cover:
“Ayla Hammond is taking on Paris.

Hoping for a romantic getaway in the City of Lights with her girlfriend, Shannon, she finds a city under the dark thrall of Le Monstre.

Getting caught up in mystery and murder was the last thing Ayla and Shannon expected in the City of Love, but as the body count grows and tension rises between Parisian werewolves and humans they find themselves stalked by an unknown terror.

What is Le Monstre and why does it make Ayla’s wolf want to turn tail and run? Can it be stopped before they become its next victims?”

I was quite lucky to have been a beta-reader on this one, while it was still in the draft stage and as such, I’m quite fond of it. (In the name of full disclosure, I should point out that I have been internet buddies with Naomi ([info]naomi_jay) for a while now. However, I am not the sort to joyfully rave about something unless I actually enjoy it.) I have no idea what edits Naomi made since then, but I have no doubt it only got better from there.

Reasons to read this book:
1. Ayla is rather awesome. She’s strong, independent, conflicted, and easy to care about. She’s a whole person, who has been beat up and bashed in, and yet, manages to hold it together without sacrificing the people she loves and who love her.

2. Ayla and Shannon’s relationship is of the healthy kind that happens between two (mostly) mature adults. As much as I enjoy books about two people falling in love for the first time, I love books about the messy aspects of being in a relationship and the kind of compromise, compassion, and forgiveness it takes to hold it all together. Naomi does this

3. Le Monstre is as threatening and frightening as a proper monster should be. Naomi gives just the right amount description to draw you in, while leaving enough to the imagination to unsettle you. I love a good monster and this is one.

4. It’s set in Paris, and everyone loves Paris in the Springtime or the Fall. Well, at least I love the idea of Paris, even though I’ve never been there.

5. I could probably pull out the old “because I said so,” but instead I’ll end with this is a fun book to read, and if you like your urban fantasy with werewolves, you”ll most likely enjoy it.

Learn more about the book at Qeered Fiction.

[Cross-posted to my livejournal.]