Originally published in 1987 by Bantam as LOVESWEPT #197, DEMON
RUMM centers on the efforts of Hollywood heartthrob Rylan North to
study and become the character he plays in his latest movie script.
To fully understand Demon Rumm, deceased aeronautical daredevil,
North moves into the dead man's house. Kirsten Rumm, Demon's widow,
lives there and is writing a book about her husband. She is wary of
North, his notoriety and good looks. Kirsten welcomes him to the
house but maintains a chilly distance from the actor.
Brown's descriptions are vivid, with emotion described in virile
detail. North has set out to win Kirsten's heart, but he discovers
a shell against his advances that he cannot crack. The widow
perplexes yet fascinates him beyond his mortal self-control. Her
indifference to his charisma is the wall he passionately wishes
would crumble. It is a seemingly overwhelming obstacle.
When North reaches deep into the dead man's persona, rooting out
details of Demon's last day alive, before his final flight and
subsequent accident, Kirsten's secrets are unveiled.
DEMON RUMM is filled with innuendo, simile and overworked word
plays. Lively conversations keep the story flowing toward its
predictable conclusion. Romantic novels follow a static plotline,
and this one does not disappoint. Brown wrote North with a
believable personality and traits. Kirsten, however, is more
plastic. Her mood swings, especially in the scenes where sexual
encounter dominates, dive and soar beyond reasonable
Although character depth is lacking, Brown writes lust with an
artful pen, and DEMON RUMM will appeal to the romanticist who reads
for the love story.
Reviewed by Judy Gigstad on December 29, 2010