Personal Demoms by James Buchanan

Hunting a notorious hit man, FBI Agent Chase Nozick and LAPD Det. Enrique Rios Ocha delve into the inner worlds of Santeria, Voodoo and Palo Mayumbe. A missing informant, her murdered brother and a ghost from Chase’s past send them on a hunt through mystics and psychic surgeons to find their witness before it’s too late. Can he rely on leads from a child possessed by Orishas? Do cards hold stronger clues than blood? Chase must conquer his own personal demons to bring the killer of his partner to justice and find the strength to take a chance on Enrique.
From MLR Press

James Buchanan’s vivid picture of LA has heat and dust seeping through the pages. The knowledge of police procedure and law is incredibly apparent and gives Personal Demons a rich and complex setting. Paranormal elements and voodoo, Santeria and Palo Mayumbe provided an added hook and made for kinda spooky reading.

Aside from solid world building what made this such a great read were the characters. Enrique was just so beautiful, inside and out. Charming, clever and his core of strength became more apparent the more I read. But, I was totally wrapped up in Chase’s journey and growth as he navigated his way through the thorny issues of being out as a gay man in his workplace and falling in love with his partner. His struggle with alcohol and maintaining an intimate relationship made for gripping reading.

Sex between the two protagonists was incredibly hot and luscious. James Buchanan writes sex that is realistic, erotic and definitely not cookie cutter romance novel fare.  It is something I particularly like about James’ style of writing and keeps me coming back for more.

This was such a beautiful read, definitely harder on the emotions than perhaps Inland Empire or Cheating Chance, but a great book to get totally wrapped up in and enjoy. Check it out here at ARe and Fictionwise.


12 thoughts on “Personal Demoms by James Buchanan

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    1. Wren, I really like a book that has a good solid story that you believe in. I think the author does that really well, it doesn’t seem forced of OTT. 🙂

  1. You really nailed the essence of the book so succinctly. I totally agree about James’ writing. I tried to explain it and I’m not sure what it is but I’m always totally engaged in the books.

    1. Hey Kassa, glad it made sense to you. I am always worried what I say might not come out quite right. I mean *I* know what I’m on about, just hope others do too 🙂

      I think what James writes is really good. I like crime fiction too, so having a good solid story to support the characters just makes the reading that much more entertaining.

    1. Hope you enjoy it. 🙂 I’ve brought a bit from Fictionwise recently, pays to shop around as they’re often cheaper if the books been out for a while. Makes the cc a little happier!

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