Ascension: Demon Hunters #1

by A.S. Fenichel
ISBN: 9781616505592
Publish Date: 10/6/2014
Format: ePub
Categories: Romance Paranormal, Lyrical Press



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The Demon Hunters, #1

When demons threaten London, Lady Belinda answers the call.

Lord Gabriel Thurston returns home from war to find his fiancée is not the sweet young girl he left behind. She’s grown into a mysterious woman who guards her dark secrets well. When he sees her sneaking away from a ball, he’s convinced it’s for a lover’s rendezvous. Following her to London’s slums, Gabriel watches in horror as his fiancée ruthlessly slay a man.

Lady Belinda Carlisle’s only concern was her dress for the next ball—until demons nearly killed her and changed everything. A lady by day, and a demon hunter by night, she knows where her duty lies. Ending her betrothal is the best way to protect Gabriel from death by a demon’s hand.

Gabriel soon realizes, like him, Belinda has been fighting for her country. He joins in the fight, determined to show her that their love can endure, stronger than ever.

About A.S. Fenichel:

A.S. Fenichel adores writing stories filled with love, passion, desire, magic and maybe a little mayhem tossed in for good measure. Books have always been her perfect escape and she still relishes diving into one and staying up all night to finish a good story. Originally from New York, she grew up in New Jersey. She now lives in the southwest with her real life hero, her wonderful husband. When she is not reading or writing she enjoys cooking, travel, history and puttering in her garden.

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Customer Review

Historical London Meets Steamy Romance and Paranormal Adventure (Sunday, February 15, 2015)

When Lord Gabriel Thurston, the Earl of Tullering—his formidable title is equaled by his handsome, powerful bearing—returns from a French battleground, he finds his fiancée, Lady Belinda Clayton, greatly changed. Gone is the sweet, innocent debutante he knew before leaving for war, replaced by a strong, secretive beauty with a bravery to match and a tendency to explore London’s seamier neighborhoods late at night.

So begins A.S. Fenichel’s adventurous novel—the first in the Demon Hunters series—and what follows is a page-turning blend of historical romance, fantasy, and mystery, mixed with steamy passion.

Soon Gabriel discovers that Belinda has joined forces with an army of demon hunters to battle the evil hordes overtaking Great Britain. He enlists on the effort, and together they confront a force that might tear them apart. The combat takes them to Scotland, where Belinda unearths a dark family secret, and risks her life to destroy a demon sect.

Hidden below the intrigue and bloodshed is a deeper message, connecting the shadowy demons lurking in Belinda’s England to the evil hidden in our own world. Its heart-pounding action, romantic hero, stereotype-breaking heroine--stronger and more adept at fighting than most men--will have you looking forward to the next installment in the series. Highly recommended!

Historical London Meets Steamy Romance and Paranormal Adventure (Sunday, February 15, 2015)

When Lord Gabriel Thurston, the Earl of Tullering—his formidable title is equaled by his handsome, powerful bearing—returns from a French battleground, he finds his fiancée, Lady Belinda Clayton, greatly changed. Gone is the sweet, innocent debutante he knew before leaving for war, replaced by a strong, secretive beauty with a bravery to match and a tendency to explore London’s seamier neighborhoods late at night.

So begins A.S. Fenichel’s adventurous novel—the first in the Demon Hunters series—and what follows is a page-turning blend of historical romance, fantasy, and mystery, mixed with steamy passion.

Soon Gabriel discovers that Belinda has joined forces with an army of demon hunters to battle the evil hordes overtaking Great Britain. He enlists on the effort, and together they confront a force that might tear them apart. The combat takes them to Scotland, where Belinda unearths a dark family secret, and risks her life to destroy a demon sect.

Hidden below the intrigue and bloodshed is a deeper message, connecting the shadowy demons lurking in Belinda’s England to the evil hidden in our own world. Its heart-pounding action, romantic hero, stereotype-breaking heroine--stronger and more adept at fighting than most men--will have you looking forward to the next installment in the series. Highly recommended!

Historical London Meets Steamy Romance and Paranormal Adventure (Sunday, February 15, 2015)

When Lord Gabriel Thurston, the Earl of Tullering—his formidable title is equaled by his handsome, powerful bearing—returns from a French battleground, he finds his fiancée, Lady Belinda Clayton, greatly changed. Gone is the sweet, innocent debutante he knew before leaving for war, replaced by a strong, secretive beauty with a bravery to match and a tendency to explore London’s seamier neighborhoods late at night.

So begins A.S. Fenichel’s adventurous novel—the first in the Demon Hunters series—and what follows is a page-turning blend of historical romance, fantasy, and mystery, mixed with steamy passion.

Soon Gabriel discovers that Belinda has joined forces with an army of demon hunters to battle the evil hordes overtaking Great Britain. He enlists on the effort, and together they confront a force that might tear them apart. The combat takes them to Scotland, where Belinda unearths a dark family secret, and risks her life to destroy a demon sect.

Hidden below the intrigue and bloodshed is a deeper message, connecting the shadowy demons lurking in Belinda’s England to the evil hidden in our own world. Its heart-pounding action, romantic hero, stereotype-breaking heroine--stronger and more adept at fighting than most men--will have you looking forward to the next installment in the series. Highly recommended!

Fantasy and History Blaze with Steamy Romance (Wednesday, February 4, 2015)

When Lord Gabriel Thurston, the Earl of Tullering—his formidable title is equaled by his handsome, powerful bearing—returns from a French battleground, he finds his fiancée, Lady Belinda Clayton, greatly changed. Gone is the sweet, innocent debutante he knew before leaving for war, replaced by a strong, secretive beauty with a bravery to match and a tendency to explore London’s seamier neighborhoods late at night.

So begins A.S. Fenichel’s adventurous novel—the first in the Demon Hunters series—and what follows is a page-turning blend of historical romance, fantasy, and mystery, mixed with steamy passion.

Soon Gabriel discovers that Belinda has joined forces with an army of demon hunters to battle the evil hordes overtaking Great Britain. He enlists on the effort, and together they confront a force that might tear them apart. The combat takes them to Scotland, where Belinda unearths a dark family secret, and risks her life to destroy a demon sect.

I strongly recommend this novel. Hidden below the intrigue and bloodshed is a deeper message, connecting the shadowy demons lurking in Belinda’s England to the evil hidden in our own world. Its heart-pounding action, romantic hero, stereotype-breaking heroine--stronger and more adept at fighting than most men--will have you looking forward to the next installment in the series.

AN A$$ KICKING HEROINE, A HERO WHO CRAVES HER MOVES & DEMONS AFOOT ROMANCE (Monday, October 6, 2014)
Reviewer: Patty McKenna Van Hulle

Grab emergency lights, crawl up with a handy knife & open this tale of Supernatural mayhem starring a knife welding heroine & a hero who CRAVES her warrior moves!

Lady Belinda Carlisle is the a proper lady by day, but at night she has a unique pastime as an a$$ kicking & taken names demon hunter! It all started 3 1/2 years ago, when she was kidnapped & almost sacrificed by London's demon society. Lillian & Reece rescued her, help to heal her, explained about the demon world & planted a seed inside her to never be taken again, so the Company (demon a$$ kicking academy) had a trainer from Scotland to train her. Now she wears breeches, strapped on knives, a sword & covers it all with dresses that has a handy drawstring waist, for easy access because you never know when a demon needs his bootie kicked back to hell. Her fiancé is back from war & she has to find a way to protect him from her new life, so she MUST push him away forever!

Lord Gabriel Thurston, the Earl of Tullering, is so glad the war is over & he can finally marry Belinda, who he has known since their childhood. Before he left to fight, they both spoke of their love for one another, but she is so mysterious now & will not talk with him about it. He awaits her in her family's garden, she waltzes thru the back gate at 3 am, he demands to know where she was & she just pushes him away more.

Since she will not tell him what she is hiding, he follows her, with a little help from Thor (a handy hackney driver), to London's slums, sees her pull a knife from under her skirt & slice a small man's neck, ear to ear. When he confronts her in the light of day, she tries to deny it ever happened, but the next he knows Belinda attacks him, flies over furniture, he fights back & he lands on top, literally, & realizes that this new Belinda is totally a turn on! Gabriel goes demon hunting with her & her partners, Lillian & Reece, & goes toe to toe with demons, shoots on the run, swords are unsheathed & is in awe of his beautiful, amazing, Xenia Princess warrior Belinda! Later that night, it all about the tangles, with tongues, lips, legs & sheets, as they detonate like gasoline & an open flame!

He is submerged into the Company as he, Belinda & Reece hunt the demons, helps to find clues about the Master (the demon leader), encounter new demons, rescues human sacrifices & then Lillian brings an untold secrets back from Scotland. Soon everything evil converges in Scotland, untruths are revealed, new members of the Company are gathered, more kidnappings happen, daring rescues are planned & the Master will need a special sacrifice to come to England. Will Belinda sacrifice herself to keep Gabriel safe? Can Gabriel accept Belinda's decision to always be a hunter? Who runs he Company? When will Belinda patent her breeches & drawstring waist dresses? Will their kids be hunters too?

This is my 1st Ms. Fenichel read & she combined my 2 favorites romance genres, historical & paranormal! She spun her Demon World with life like, creepy, crawling, hideous, stinky & gruesome demons. They slithered out of my kindle, totally freaked me out, & had my furry reading buddy hissed, hunker down, sprung into attack mode & defended my honor (no me, no DinDin for him) & then licked his claws clean! I love a historical heroine who are strong, independent, ballsy & if she can hand a male his cojones on a platter, all the better. Belinda was that kind of heroine (like Lara Croft & Selena from Underworld all rolled into her character) & she was fearless & NEVER ask for what she wanted, she took it, whether it was fighting or making love! A hero of the 1800s that could embrace & accept females, including his wife, who could go toe to toe with any male was extraordinary. Gabriel mot only welcomed the changed Belinda, but she made him hotter, harder & made him CRAVE her more! Ms. Fenichel didn't forget about the steam & sparks of a romance, with scenes that should have a label WARNING: FIRE EXTINGUISHER REQUIRED or WEAR FLAME RESISTANT UNDIES! I also want to give Ms. Fenichel PROPS for all the action scenes that I had to dodge flying knives, demon guts, black oozy blood & learn to breath thru my mouth because those demon were RANK! I must give her my top score of 5 fingers up & 10 toes, plus furry hairballs galore, for this adrenaline filled paranormal ride that was suspense filled pages, many UNEXPECTED moments, NAUGHTINESS, a ballsy & gutsy heroine & a hero that loved her more that way!

NetGalley ARC given for my honest review.


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