Erryn reviews Demon on the Down-Low (Supernatural Selection Book 3) by E.J. Russell. The ebook was released February 23, 2019 and is 284 pages. The audiobook was narrated by Greg Boudreaux. It was released April 1, 2022, is 8hrs and 43min. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I’m loving this series.
After decades of unrequited love, this kangaroo will jump at the chance for a date. Any date.
Lovelorn kangaroo shifter Hamish Mulherne, drummer for the mega-hit rock band Hunter’s Moon, waited years for the band’s jaguar shifter bassist to notice him. Instead, she’s just gotten married and is in a thriving poly relationship. How is Hamish supposed to compete with that? But with everyone else in the band mated and revoltingly happy, he needs somebody. Since he can’t expect true love to strike twice, he signs up with Supernatural Selection. Because what the hell?
When Zeke Oz was placed at Supernatural Selection through the Sheol work-release program, he thought he was the luckiest demon alive. But when he seems responsible for several massive matchmaking errors, he’s put on notice: Find the perfect match for Hamish, or get booted back to Sheol for good. The only catch? He has to do it without the agency’s matchmaking spells, and Hamish simply will not engage.
But Zeke starts to believe that the reason all of Hamish’s dates fizzle is because nobody in the database is good enough for him. And Hamish realizes that his perfect match might be the cute demon who’s trying so hard to make him happy.
I’m always blown away by E.J.’s creativity. Her supernatural world is ever-expanding, and I’m loving it. I knew about Hamish the kangaroo shifter. Bandmate. Friend. Lonely guy. And I knew about Zeke as well. Poor demon who works for the Supernatural Selection Agency – the place where Supes can meet their mates. Of course Zeke messed up the last two (or did he? Those men seem pretty darn happy.) The system is down for maintenance, yet somehow Hamish’s profile appears. Zeke is obliged to find him a partner – even though he doesn’t have the first clue who might be appropriate.
Zeke is on a work release program from Sheol. He lives in the upper world, but his privileges may be revoked at any moment and he’ll be headed back to Hell. And living is a relative word – he can’t actually go out and interact with people. He’s not allowed to eat their delicious food. But if he can find Hamish a mate then he can keep his job. Right?
Hamish is a pretty easy-going guy. Except he’s in love with a fellow bandmate who is absolutely not in love with him. To put her out of his mind, he’s willing to try this dating thing. The problem? Zeke’s suggestions are unsuitable, and the more time Hamish spends around Zeke, the more he wants the demon for himself.
Now, plenty of hilarity in the book. Bachelor party, concerts…and the two men falling deeper in love. Zeke is clueless, but Hamish is patient. Then Zeke is forced away and it’s up to Hamish and his Supe crew to find him.
Of course my happy ending was never in doubt, and I loved seeing all the characters from the previous books. Tickled pink. And finally I’ll mention Greg Boudreaux. A fantastic performance pulling in all the different characters and all their myriad accents – Hamish is a kangaroo shifter, so naturally Aussie. I don’t know if there are more books to come, but I do know I’ll seize any E.J. Russell audiobook that falls my way.
10/10 Pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
E.J. Russell–grace, mother of three, recovering actor–writes romance in a rainbow of flavors. Count on high snark, low angst and happy endings.
Eh, not so much.
She’s married to Curmudgeonly Husband, a man who cares even less about sports than she does. Luckily, C.H. also loves to cook, or all three of their children (Lovely Daughter and Darling Sons A and B ) would have survived on nothing but Cheerios, beef jerky, and Satsuma mandarins (the extent of E.J.’s culinary skill set).
E.J. lives in rural Oregon, enjoys visits from her wonderful adult children, and indulges in good books, red wine, and the occasional hyperbole.