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Summary

The Demon’s in the Detail

Can a sexy demon really spin straw into gold?

Poe Dupin, raven shifter and thief extraordinaire, is in trouble with a capital ‘T.’ Not only did he get his wing caught in the cookie jar during his latest heist, but his loser stepdad, the alpha, seems determined to run their roost into the ground. And Baltimore is many things, but forgiving is not on the list.

When his stepdad puts the roost in peril, Poe sees no choice but to bargain with Charm City’s only demon, Tommy Tittoti. Rumors are that Tommy eats the souls of those foolish enough to try. Three strikes and you’re out. But really, Poe wasn’t using his soul anyway. And if it saves his roost? Worth it.

Tommy isn’t what Poe expects. Demon - huge, horned, hairy, and scary, right? Nope. Blond, gorgeous, with a bubble butt, and a lilting drawl that beckons Poe to come play. Total hookup-app fantasy material. Even if he is a murder twink.

Poe’s no angel, but Tommy...well he’s more devil than demon. Yet, Poe just can’t seem to keep his feathers out of the fire. As one bargain turns into two, and then a third tragedy strikes the ravens, Poe finds himself falling for a guy who may very literally be the death of him. Or maybe the flames will burn them both.

The Demon’s in the Details is a fast-paced roller coaster of a romance with a guaranteed HEA and lots of steam. Shenanigans include: a gold object that is definitely not a ring, a best friend who’s trigger-happy, and a demon who’s got a few surprises up his, uh, sleeve. 

Previously published in the Fables Retold Anthology. Around 60,000 words. No new content has been added.

©2021 Meghan Maslow (P)2021 Meghan Maslow

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Ten out of ten

Meghan Marlow did it again, as good as the Starfig investigations series and as for Greg Boudreaux perfect as always.

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Excellent

This was a really great book, full of really well drawn characters and an interesting storyline. It had a good balance of humour and drama and the narrator was excellent. His dramatisation and characterisations brought the story to life. I will definitely put it in my favourites and enjoy listening to it again.

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  • 20-06-22

Tommy was a unique demon

I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Tommy was a unique demon who had a rather soft spot for Poe. These two had explosive chemistry - talk about setting the sheets on fire!

Absolutely loved it. The narrator was fantastic - his voice for Tommy was sexy. I would happily listen to this narrator all day long.

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The Demon's in the Detail

Normally I'm not a huge fan of fantasy/shifter stories, but this one... OMG I loved it.

The background story and the main characters - just fit perfectly together.

Thumbs up from me!

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Got what I paid for!

Well thought out , and somewhat predictable, but not boring at all I love that it means something refreshing has been injected. I always get so annoyed with these characters that are too forgiving and kind hearted (like saint level) but that doesn't happen in this book. I love how it evoked emotion but I never wanted to stop listening out of frustration. The writing is funny with the right amount of mature content adding to the story not just a run of the mill fan service feel. Mr Boudreaux's excellence is what brought me here but I stayed because the writting, great combination!

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Fantastic!

The Demon's in the Details is a standalone paranormal romance (although I hope it becomes a series - fingerscrossed!) which is full of humor, action, and steamy romance. Loosely based on the Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale, Meghan Maslow has created an intricate and fascinating world that takes the well-known fairy tale and upgrades it into a well-crafted and enthralling book. Poe is a raven-shifter who's stuck in an impossible situation: sacrifice everything he holds dear or cave in to the pressure his evil stepfather places on him. When he's thrust between a rock and hard place, the only one Poe can go to help is the cute and adorable Tommy - a demon with deadly powers. From the start, their relationship is more than just a business transaction. The sparks of attraction are instant and strong, but it'll take more than attraction for both men to find their happy ever after.

I adore this book and devoured it in one day. I listened to the audiobook, which was narrated by the talented Greg Boudreaux, and loved it. Greg voiced each character perfectly and put on a masterful performance. This combined with a fantastic story and a well done audiobook production made for an instant five star read and listen.

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Great book

I really enjoyed this, and it was even better than I was expecting going in. This author has become an automatic purchase for new releases for me now.

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Exceptional!!!

5+++ Stars!!!

This book was just what I needed! So, I was a little hungover after my last read and I needed something different, so I decided to listen to this book even if it wasn't its turn yet in my reading schedule. Let me tell you... best decision ever!

I absolutely adored Tommy, he was so much fun, and even if we don't get his POV, he wore his heart on his sleeve for everyone but oblivious Poe to see. LOL. And Poe, well, he was definitely my favorite, but how could he not be with how responsible, supportive, sarcastic, self-deprecating, and downright amazing he was? Tommy and Poe were soooo great together, hot and sweet, and everything in between. 

I loved Kennedy, Poe's best friend, she was bada**, the twins and Ollie. And I hated Ethan and Brigs with the fire of a thousand suns and was more than happy with their comeuppance. Hahaha

The combination between Meghan Maslow's words and Greg Boudreaux was exceptional. I laughed out loud several times, I found myself crying at others, and I absolutely loved every single moment of this fabulous story. I wouldn't mind reading more in this 'verse, Garrett and Ollie also need a story. Hell, I'll even read Kennedy and Abel's even if I don't read all that much MF any longer. 

Definitely recommendable!

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exceptional performance of an excellent book

I liked the book, but Greg elevated it to whole new level. The characters were brought to life so vividly in this take on Rumplestiltskin. One of the best audible books I've listened to in a long time

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  • Deborah Weisner
  • 11-08-21

Best voice actor in the biz

Definitely listen to this book! This was a GREAT story, but we need to recognize Greg Boudreaux/Greg Tremblay as the magical touch for this audiobook. Any book that he narrates is made 90% better by his acting. If you haven't listened to other stories read by him, you need to do! There are some great narrators out there with sexy voices: Joe Arden, Sebastian York, Teddy Hamilton, Zachary Webber. But Greg's voice and acting is just peerless! He's the Michael Phelps of voice acting. (BTW, Andi Arndt is the female equivalent.) Check out Drawn Together by ZA Maxfield and The Quarterback by MacKenzie Blair, And Muscle and Bone by Mary Calmes. So good!

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  • Marie
  • 19-08-21

Good. The bad guys were so evil it was distressing

The Raven shifter, Poe, was stuck with an abusive stepfather/alpha. He was beyond horrible and well-matched with the evil crime boss, Briggs. Chapter after chapter of their cruelty weighed on me. Poe did the best he could for his fellow ravens but the bad guys kept upping the stakes. It does work out in the end but it was a difficult journey. Greg Boudreaux was exceptional and the only reason I didn't quit and return the book.

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  • RACHEL REED
  • 04-11-21

Loved this sweet opposites attract!🤗

I absolutely loved this sweet opposites attract romance.

A sexy demon and a raven shifter? This was the best combo ever!

I loved the dynamics of their relationship and the setting of the story was interesting and engaging.

The author did a commendable job on the world building and it was very compelling.

Greg Boudreaux performed an amazing audio delivery and narration.

Definitely recommend this gem.

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  • Sue 🎧
  • 25-08-21

enjoyed it - thoroughly entertained 😁

Would I listen to it again: yes ✔
Did the story keep me engaged: yes ✔
Was I invested in the characters: yes ✔

📖 Story comment: I was thoroughly entertained by The Demon's in the Details. It only took about an hour for me to be completely invested in the story. The world building is cleaver, the characters entertaining and it's been a while since the bad guys were REALLY bad guys. (... sorry - not sorry, they got what they deserved!).

🎧 Narrator comment: *** sighs **** I love Greg Boudreaux as a narrator. Every book he narrates is a master performance. He has a good range of characters so its easy to distinguish them from each other. Has good cadence, inflections and intonations, and he really knows how to bring characters and their story to life.

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  • Natalie Nicole
  • 14-08-21

Greg Boudreaux! Always a pleasure to hear him!

Raven shifter Poe Dupin's stepdad alpha Evan puts their entire roost in danger because of a huge gambling debt totaling $80,000. Even as a premier thief, Poe knows he is unable to raise that amount of money. When his friend suggests he approached the demon Tommy Tittoti with the problem, Poe feels he has no choice. His much younger half-siblings and the other members of the roost are depending on him. And it isn't the first time he's saved them from his stepfather's selfish choices, incompetence, and irresponsibility. Challenging him as the roost's alpha won't work either as the alpha's power is a synergistic combination of the power of ALL ravens in the roost.
Poe visits Tommy at his place of business, a barbershop where he is known to administer more than a shave and a haircut. Expect to encounter an enormous monstrosity, Poe finds a gorgeous, blonde, and small-statured twinky demon! Just the kind of man Poe may not find too hard to work with after all. But it is a demon's nature to bargain for any requests made of them and Tommy is no different. However, he never expects to do business with a person like Poe who is so giving, protective, selfless--and handsome!
Writer Meghan Maslow gives readers a special treat with her awesome retelling of the fairy tale Rumplestiltskin. Setting it in Baltimore, the home of Edgar Allan Poe who famous poem is titled "The Raven", the author builds an incredible world filled with shifters and other supernatural beings--each with their own particular gifts and abilities. The city forms the backdrop for turf wars and battles between paranormal factions that allow for extensive development of the main characters both in the relationship between themselves and amongst the other players in the story. The writer is especially imaginative in designing a demon who, in spite of his basic nature, was able to win the readers' hearts. The challenges and conflicts for the protagonists are also well imagined. The resolutions and conclusions are absolutely brilliant. This writer continues to amaze me with her stories and I am wanting for more of just anything she writes!
As a native of Baltimore City Maryland, this story is near and dear to my heart for so many reasons. The world Meghan Maslow creates from Baltimore is awesome, especially for those readers like me who are familiar (and in love) with its neighborhoods, landmarks, and history. The Bromoseltzer Tower! Yes, there's a fire department right there. And Fort McHenry? A school trip was scheduled there every year of elementary and middle school! Yes, Francis Scott Key penned the American national anthem "The Star-Spangled Banner" as he observed the British bombardment of Fort McHenry in 1814 during the War of 1812. He was inspired upon seeing the American flag still flying over the fort at dawn. And Key's Highway? It's named in honor of Francis Scott and passes the Domino Sugar plant where my father worked until he died in 1999. Here's hoping this tale becomes book one of a series or, at the very least, a trilogy.

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  • Jovan
  • 30-06-22

fun

Story: 4.25⭐️
Audio: 4.5⭐️

As a very accomplished thief, raven shifter Poe is well-acquainted with living in the moral grays when it comes to protecting his roost from the consequences of their alpha’s selfishness. However, when the alpha (Poe’s stepfather) gets so far in debt there’s no way to keep the roost’s territory from the ruthless criminal, Briggs’s clutches, Poe visits the barbershop Rumpled Still: Skin, Hair, and Scalp to find the demon, Tommy. Tommy can make your dreams come true—for a price. Punishment for not paying is brutal, but Poe is desperate, and for all his scary reputation, Tommy isn’t what Poe expects. Even when Tommy’s power and pitilessness are on full display, Poe can’t fear him. However, Poe’s willingness to do anything for his roost is put to the ultimate test when he is asked to give up his most personal and precious possession to save them all.

Full disclosure, I’m a Maslow stan so I was primed to enjoy this story, and it doesn’t disappoint. To me, it’s also the best example of mirroring and honoring the fable’s core themes and archetypes, while creating a completely unique world, tone, and protagonist to the originals. I love raven shifters, and haven’t seen enough stories with them so that’s a plus as well. I also liked Maslow’s less traditional concept for alpha dynamics and powers in a roost compared to most shifters, specifically as it creates a validly insurmountable obstacle to the stepfather problem.

The chemistry between Tommy and Poe is scorching, and Maslow’s skill with creating funny, natural-sounding sarcastic dialogue and banter is a treat. Comedy is an art and not easy to create. With the increasing trend of comedy/snarkiness in paranormal and fantasy stories, I’m reading more and more forced banter and formulaic Lorne Michaels-esque humor, so I appreciate Maslow’s talent with a turn of phrase all the more. I enjoyed this alternate reality Baltimore where territories are called Neighborhoods and controlled by Rogers. At times, the scale of the world building overwhelms the story, so some elements aren’t as clearly defined as they need to be to avoid seeming like contradictions/holes, but overall a gem.

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  • christi l harris
  • 26-06-22

A demon and his raven

Poe is always bailing his step dad/alpha out of his poor decisions and that’s how he meets Tommy. Tommy asks for a price with every deal that is struck. Just when Poe thinks things have settled down he’s at Tommy’s asking for another deal. There’s 🔥, idiot basilisks and a host of other creatures. Poe has a roost he’ll do anything to protect and he’s a bird of his word.

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  • Alyssa P.
  • 26-06-22

Enjoyable Book!

#ARC received from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This book was so much fun! The main characters are Poe Dupin, a raven shifter and thief, and Charm City’s only demon, Tommy Tittoti. Poe is in trouble from his recent heist, and his stepfather is determined to ruin his roost or community. Long story short Poe goes to see Tommy, where he makes a deal with him to save his community. Poe continuously bargains with Tommy, and the more they interact, the attraction between them is palpable. I loved their interactions. This story is action-packed and fun, I would recommend it, and Greg Boudreaux's narration is always impeccable.

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  • Kim Licki
  • 21-06-22

my fave by this author

LOVE the audio! Excellent narration

Y'all...this is so good. It has all the hallmarks of a Meghan Maslow book: it's funny af, it's clever, it's twisted and turny...but it's darker! There's more of A. Mood. when those clever lines are delivered, more grit.

Poe is a joy of a raven who just wants to save everyone...and Tommy? Whew. Tommy might just want to save Poe.

You have to read this. And then report back. Because this might just be my favorite by this author.

All my recommendations. All of them!

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  • Shannon Gagnon
  • 08-06-22

wish there was more

I am hoping for a sequel. I liked the characters and the world created here.