Book Review: The Demon You Know by Barbara Elsborg

Reviewed by JustJen

1Title: The Demon You Know
Author: Barbara Elsborg
Heroes: Roman/Ezra
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 233 Pages
Publisher: Loose Id
Release Date: April 28, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  A good demon?

Ezra is a timekeeper in Hell, responsible for building and maintaining the clocks that tick away eternal torment. He’s never believed he deserves to be in Hell, and when the reason he’s there is revealed, he’s horrified…yet filled with hope. But is this just another form of torture? When Ezra’s given a chance to go to the surface, he’s determined to uncover the truth, but his fellow demons seem just as determined he won’t survive the journey.

A bad angel?

Roman doesn’t understand why an angel who failed his training the first time round has been given the job of policing paranormals in the UK’s capital city. He’s consumed by unhappiness. He might not be in Hell, but sometimes it damn well feels like it.

When Roman meets Ezra his failings come back to haunt him. Ezra makes him want to break the rules, but an angel protecting a demon? Discovery would bring an eternity of suffering, and with a boss none other than the archangel Michael, it’ll take more than a miracle for the lovers to stand together.


Review: This is the follow up story to Bloodline, which I read just over a year ago. I think because it had been so long, I had a little bit of trouble getting going on this one at first. It starts out with Ezra in Hell, which is important to the story, but didn’t help with bringing me back into the folds of this world. It isn’t until Ezra makes it up to London that it really pulled me in.

Meanwhile, in London, Roman is busy policing the paranormals in order to keep them under the radar of the humans. It’s a tough job, but he does a good job. We see that Roman is having some issues with his Angel status and his wings that lead back to his fallen circumstances. But, he sets that aside to perform his duties and not let Archangel Michael down. Things go well until he meets Ezra, a being he should be capturing and bringing in to be sent back. Unfortunately, he doesn’t sense Ezra is a demon, and, in fact, Ezra does not look or act like any demon Roman knows. Based on Ezra’s actions to date, Roman puts all aside to help Ezra and dig into his past once he does find out. There is a lot to this part of the story, but to say anything more would give too much away.

I absolutely adored Ezra. He was dealt a bad hand from the very start and has had to endure horrible treatment at the hands of the other demons ever since. He is such a good-hearted creature, always wanting to help people and do the right thing. I easily felt his joy at the little things he never thought he’d get to see, and he made me smile more than once. I also liked that he wasn’t totally submissive to Roman. He made a good match, and they had great chemistry.

Ms. Elsborg does a wonderful job world building and creating characters to like and dislike (cough*David*cough) as well. It was fun to see the other characters who now work for Roman, and I would definitely love to see more story on Michael. If you enjoyed Bloodline, you should definitely continue with this one.

Overall Impression: I really liked it

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*

Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, JustJen's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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