Review: Playing with Demons – Cally Edwards

Playing with Demons Book Cover Playing with Demons
Cally Edwards
Paranormal Romance
MoshPit Publishing
January 6, 2019

In a world where humans are unaware of the demons that roam amongst them, it’s left to the Nephilim to keep it that way—or at least that’s what Grace Campbell was brought up to believe. Grace might have been born half-Nephilim and half-demon, but her loyalty is wholly on the side of the good guys. She’s dedicated her life to protecting the innocent, and her mixed linage only makes her better at her job. Unfortunately, her blood also makes her the only one capable of entering Hell’s hidden wards.

Now her latest assignment will see Grace endure the trials of the seven deadly sins in order to win a barbaric tournament to secure an important prize for the Nephilim. To survive, Grace will be forced to embrace her dark side and accept the help of her greatest opponent yet, Lucifer’s son. The very sexy Prince of Hell, Zadeon, will have Grace questioning just how bad, the bad guys are.

Reviewed by: Linda Tonis

Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team

Grace Campbell is a Nephilim, part human and part demon. At the age of one her mother was killed and she was raised by the Organisation. When she was old enough she was told that her father was a demon who raped her mother and all she knew was what the Organisation taught her and that was how to kill demons. The Nephilim have better sight, hearing, strength and double the human life expectancy and it is their job to protect the human race.

When she is assigned to join in the Tournament, a sadistic competition demons held in Hell every fifty years she knows it is a suicide mission but she is the only one who has a chance of getting into Hell because of her demon half. The prize if she wins the Tournament is the Spear of Destiny which if she returns it to the Organisation could make a huge difference in the fight against evil.

Once Grace signed up for the Tournament there was no turning back because withdrawing would cost her her soul. Grace had no idea that her time in Hell would be a real eye-opener for her because everything she was every taught about demons seems to be a contradiction to what she sees around her. She is put into a classroom with eight year olds where she learns about the origin of demons and if what she learns is true then it would mean everything she ever believed was a lie.

While in Hell her demon powers begin to grow but why did that never happen when she was on Earth and at the Organisation? She was even given her first bible by a demon just adding another reason for her to question the people she called friend and who raised her. It is Zadeon, Lucifer’s son who begins to reveal the truth of what is going on and it is Zadeon who she begins to feel an attraction to. If she feels attraction to the Son of Satan can he really be that evil.

Grace finds out that the Tournament is dedicated to the Seven Deadly Sins and her biggest fear is Lust, she has no idea what she will have to do when that Sin comes up. One by one Grace begins to show her strength and the odds against her go up while at the same time she begins to question who is evil the demons or the Nephilim. Baby demons are dying because it is revealed to her that their mothers and other women were kidnapped by the Organisation and there is no doubt about what they are going through. She is determined to help bring the kidnapped babies and women back to save the babies who are dying without their mother’s milk.

This is a book that had it all, demons, nephilim, Lucifer, betrayal, lies, violence, secrets and good against evil. This was an entirely different take on what Hell is all about and I was captivated from the start. I especially loved Zac and little demon who took a liking to Grace and couldn’t resist coming into her room each morning. He also had no qualms against stealing papers from his mother that pertained to the Tournament and might help keep Grace alive, of course his thinking is if you aren’t caught it is okay to steal.


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