Loki and His Master, Demon Gods #1 by Rhys Lawless

Demon Gods is a spin off series from the Cursed Hearts series, so Loki and His Master has some great cameos.

From the blurb:

The trickster god is free and he's under my command.
When I asked the old witch under Camden Lock for help with avenging my family's murder I didn't expect her solution would be to invoke a powerful god.

Loki is big, strong and pissed!
Thankfully he's bound to me so he can't hurt me.
But the only way he'll ever help me get my revenge is if I help him find someone really important first.
The problem is the more time I spend with him, the less I'm able to resist him.

But I can't let my guard down.
He might say all he wants from me is to punch my V-card and end the people that killed my family, but I know he wants something more.
And I'm scared it has the potential to destroy everything.

How can a young, meek little witch like me tame a god like him?

Loki and his Master is the first book in the Demon Gods series, a spin-off series set in the Cursed Hearts universe.
Demon Gods is a contemporary fantasy MM romance/urban fantasy MM romance series where mythical gods are re-incarnated into the 21st century and let loose to destroy, avenge and fall in love with young little witches. Written in British English with US spelling and grammar.

mythical gods modernized, witches, demons, master/servant, Ds, age gap, punching his v-card, hurt/comfort, forced co-operation, beauty and the beast vibes, alpha protector, tragic past, big/small pairing, lover in peril, trouble magnet, I don't know if I can trust you, urban fantasy world, morally gray main characters, Polish folklore, Norse mythology

Nicole's Review:

I want to preface my review with the fact that I had a difficult time reading this as a standalone/first in a series. It's very closely tied to Rhys' Cursed Heart series, so without reading those I felt like I was missing a lot of the world building and relationships between established characters. Aside from that, I powered through because the book was so interesting!  

Tomasz has always been different, and unwilling to live freely to be himself. When his family is killed, he has to reach out for help to get his vengeance.  Loki has been cursed to obey his masters, and is willing to do anything to earn his freedom. As their relationship develops, there's power struggles and deception.  

Rhys did such an amazing job building their bond through everything they put each other through. Each MC had their own demons to face, and helped each other, and the way they chose each other in the end was epic.  

I'm very much looking forward to the rest of this series, and will be going back to read the Cursed Heart series as well so I can pick up on everything I was missing.

Rating: 4 Stars

Jacquie's Review:

Since I've read all the Cursed Hearts books and stories, I can't properly comment on if Loki and his Master reads as a standalone rather than a spin-off.

I can say I had a great time reading it. It was easy to like both main characters and appreciate their growth throughout the book.

Loki... he was everything that I wanted him to be. Duplicitous, teasing, with a sense of honor. He and Tomasz together were just sooo good.

Also, where can I get a talking cat?

Engaging and entertaining. I'm so looking forward to the next book

Rating: 5 Stars

SNik's Review:

First in series (Demon Gods), this is a spin-off from the author’s Cursed Hearts series. Paranormal fantasy. Slow burn. Dual POV. 

Tomasz is seeking revenge for the murder of his family, but he didn’t realize that when he asked for help that invoking the demon god Loki would make him Loki’s master. Loki hates being enslaved to do another’s bidding, his trickster nature insists he try to escape, he has fallen for his master’s in the past and they have all left him behind, and he can’t trust that Tomasz will be any different. Both Loki and Tomasz have an agenda, and as they set off to fulfill their goals they slowly begin to understand each other and start to care for each other. 

There is some action, a cat protector that is sassy,  along with a little pining between the two who have a hard time trusting the other, and eventually a bit of steamy interactions between Loki and Tomasz. Loki becomes protective and Tomasz gains confidence in his worth and magical powers which made this a really entertaining read. 

Interested to see where this series goes as there were introductions to a fun cast of secondary characters that could turn into main characters for future installments.

Rating: 4.25 Stars

Jacqueleen the Reading Queen's Review:

As I truly enjoyed the Cursed Hearts series, when this spin off was offered I knew I needed to get my hands on it. A chance to see Caleb and Wade again?  Check. Super cool mythological gods?  Check. Some slightly kinky sexy times that may or may not involve some Master/slave roleplay? Check, Checkity, and Check!

A lot goes on in this book. There's more than one plot line and a plethora of wavering in emotions with both men. Loki has learned long ago not to trust his masters. Tomasz may be sweet and kind, but he isn't dumb. He too knows not to blindly trust, especially someone known as the Trickster god. I did enjoy seeing Loki slowly soften towards Tomasz. He really was a sweet soul, it was just Loki's past that kept him from believing it.

We see some old friends but meet lots of new faces, a few of which I'm hoping get their own book. I'm looking at you Drew and Finn hehe. There's a sneak peek of the next book and I'm already excited to read it. From what I can guess it looks like we are taking a trip to the Underworld!

Rating: 4.25 Stars

Lori C's Review:

As a youngest in his family, Tomasz didn’t feel as capable as his parents or his older sister. He went to work in the coffee shop with Caleb against their advice to learn from another witch and broaden his horizons. When it was time for his weekly family dinner Tomasz rushed into his family home only to be greeted by the most gruesome sight, his entire family murdered. For what? Their most closely guarded secret, something they thought no one outside the family knew about. He went to the only friends he had, Caleb and Lorelei at the coffee shop and Caleb led him to Mother Red Cap and that is where all the mischief and madness begins. 

Loki was dragged into his new body when summoned by Mother Red Cap and he wasn’t happy about it. He was willing to help Tomasz, but he wanted something in return. He hated being tied to the Hofund, the sword that Heimdall bound him to. Would Loki help Tomasz with his revenge or would he double cross him? 

Amazing!! This book is a killer start to the Demon Gods series. I started and before I even knew it, I was done. I was completely bewitched by the storyline only putting it down when absolutely necessary. Can it be read as a stand alone? Yes, but you would truly miss out on the great world that Rhys Lawless has built in the Cursed Heart series. You might also be a bit confused by the back story that comes in. I’m so glad that I read the Cursed Hearts series first. Having that knowledge really adds to the world that is already present in Loki and His Master. I’m so excited to see what other demon/gods the author brings to this series. The bonus chapter was so enticing!! I’m so excited and looking forward to what comes next. 

Rating: 5 Stars

Molly Otto's review:

Having previously read the cursed hearts trilogy went in thinking this would be another good but not great urban fantasy and glad to say was proven wrong. If this Demon God's series stays this strong, we are in for a treat.
The emotions were just that much more powerful. You could feel the turmoil of the decisions and the fear for the consequences.
Loki shows a master is a necessary evil but a chosen not forced master. Sometimes, free will is not the best choice, but the will controlled by a pure soul can be an irreplaceable bond. Tomasz shows anyone in the worst situations can choose revenge, but it is how you handle that power shows the strength of your true character.
I'm so glad to have picked up this series even when Cursed Hearts was more average to me than anything. Hades is up next! And yeah, not gonna lie, my favorite God/Demon, so I can't wait to see what Rhys comes up with.

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