Book Reviews

The Demon You Know (Norwood 3) by Barbara Elsborg

Genre Gay / Fantasy / Angels/Demons / Elves/Fairies/Sidhe / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 09-July-2018

Book 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 un-cover 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

First edition published by Loose Id, April 2015

Book Review

Barbara Elsborg has quite a talent with worldbuilding and since I greatly enjoyed book two in this series I was excited to get my hands on ‘The Demon You Know’. I was right about the worldbuilding as it’s phenomenal and her view of hell had me cringing and shuddering. Some of that could have been because Ezra so obviously doesn’t belong there and my heart hurt for what he has endured. Ezra is kind and gentle with no hate in his heart. He’s also the smallest demon in Hell and doesn’t look the same as the rest of them - I had a theory about that and was hoping it would be true. Much like book two, this read had me on an epic adventure full of angels, demons, morality, hope, anguish, and a love that set the pages on fire.

Ezra doesn’t plan on stealing energy from humans and returning to Hell with it which is the sole purpose of his (and eleven other demons’) ascent. In fact, he plans on enjoying all the things in the human realm that has fascinated him for years in the books he reads, and not returning to Hell until demons are sent to capture him and force him back and into the pit. He doesn’t care anymore whether he’ll spend eternity in the pit being tortured. He wants to know what cold feels like, what rain smells like, whether grass really is that green, and so much more.

Roman is the most tormented and depressed angel I believe I’ve ever run across. He was betrayed and humiliated once by another angel during the trials they compete in and Roman swore he’d never trust another. He is still amazed that he was given the powerful job of monitoring London for all paranormals even though he passed the trials with flying colors his second time around. When the archangel, Michael, summons several of his contemporaries to London to assist in tracking down the demons that have been reported, Roman can’t figure out why he’s paired with his despised nemesis. Perhaps it’s a way for Roman to forgive which is a good thing to do seeing as Roman’s behavior of cheating and lying isn’t very angelic.

Ezra and Roman meeting is combustible to say the least. Ezra gives off none of the signs of being a demon that Roman would be able to instantly identify but there’s something about him that’s unusual. It doesn’t stop their desire for each other even after Roman learns Ezra came up from hell and Ezra discovers that Roman is an angel sent to hunt him down and return him. The mystery intensifies, though, when Ezra discovers his birth certificate hiding among his things and when Roman sees it he only has more questions. Questions that Roman is determined to find the answers to.

I could not in a thousand years have guessed where the author was going to take me. Seriously. Every page I turned held more revelations and more mystery, and all the while I kept thinking “no, no, no, this can’t be how it works out”. I was on the edge of my seat and the reveals left me breathless. Ezra and Roman are smoking hot together but their love is truly beautiful to see. I have no idea whether another book might even be a thought in the author’s mind but if so, I will definitely want to read it. Thank you, Barbara, for rocking my world!!





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 286 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 08-April-2018
Price $2.99 ebook, $12.00 paperback
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