Series: Sign of Seven #2
Published by Jove on August 7, 2008
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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For Fox, Caleb, Gage, and the other residents of Hawkins Hollow, the number seven portends doom--ever since, as boys, they freed a demon trapped for centuries when their blood spilled upon the Pagan Stone ...
Their innocent bonding ritual led to seven days of madness, every seven years. And now, as the dreaded seventh month looms before them, the men can feel the storm brewing. Already they are plagued by visions of death and destruction. But this year they are better prepared, joined in their battle by three women who have come to the Hollow. Layla, Quinn, and Cybil are somehow connected to the demon, just as the men are connected to the force that trapped it.
Since that fateful day at the Pagan Stone, town lawyer Fox has been able to see into others' minds, a talent he shares with Layla. He must earn her trust, because their link will help fight the darkness that threatens to engulf the town. But Layla is having trouble coming to terms with her newfound ability--and with this intimate connection to Fox. She knows that once she opens her mind, she'll have no defense against the desire that threatens to consume them both . . .
The story continues, this time focusing on Fox O’Dell and Layla Darnell.
A bit of background
If you recall from Blood Brothers, Fox and his two friends, Cal and Gage, unwittingly unleashed a demon when they were 10-years old by sharing and spilling their blood near the Pagan Stone on their shared birthday. Every seven years the demon resurfaces, wreaking havoc in the town and causing death and destruction. They’ve determined that Fox, Cal and Gage are all descendants of a wizard who contained the demon decades ago. Layla, along with Quinn and Cybill, are descendants of the demon but have paranormal skills that connect with the guys.
Fox and Layla
Fox has the ability to read minds, has lived with and embraced it. Layla has a similar skill but has tried to deny it. Fox works with her to develop her talent as they’re paired to help defeat the demon. She’s the only one of the group that’s an outsider, having come to the town only because she was inexplicably drawn there. The romance that ensues is steamy but it was hard to form a connection with Layla because we never really learn much about her. It was okay, just not compelling. Fox, however, was a dream.
The demon is a real bad a$$ and causes some serious damage and hurt. He figured out how to get inside their heads and have them experience their worst fears or relive one from the past. There are several scenes that truly feel like chilling nightmares. Fox has to relive the worst experience of his life and for all it seems pretty real. This is no annoying apparition…he’s the real deal and has a lot of power.
The bottom line
This was interesting, at times very horrifying because Nora got very creative with the demon’s bad behavior. It dragged some as there would be a confrontation followed by a team confab just one too many times. Not as good as the first book but an enjoyable read. And, it sets up the final book in the trilogy nicely.