Samantha Martin is an imp, enjoying an extended vacation from Hel. All she wants to do is drink beer by the pool, play mischievous pranks on the humans, and get her hot neighbor in the sack. It's a relaxing break from her infernal home as long as she manages to avoid the angels, who won't hesitate to execute her on sight.
But when her naughty hellhound lands her in trouble with the local werewolf pack, Sam is blackmailed into helping track and catch a killer. The steps she must take to appease the werewolves will put her right in the crosshairs of the angels. And with angels, there is no second chance.
©2012 Debra Dunbar (P)2014 Debra Dunbar
Love Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Romance books.
I was really impressed with this debut novel. It's a really great paranormal/urban fantasy story and I can't wait for the next one to be released on audible. In this series, the main protagonist is a demon, but she's not as evil as most literary demons are. She's struggling to live a normal human life, while causing just enough mischief to keep her the boredom at bay and staying under the radar of the angels that police the human world.
This book had some pretty funny moments and I found myself laughing out loud. It reminded me of the Charlie Daniels series, and if you like those books I think you'll really enjoy this one. I highly recommend it.
I got the book based on an audible customer service recommendation and I'm glad I took the chance. I love the irreverence of the heroine and the twist on preconceived good vs. Bad.
Performance was a bit frustrating at first, but soon got used to it.
The blurb already gives you an idea of the content (which I don't think did the book much justice!) But I would add: prepare for an amazingly good journey. Already looking to get the next book (TGIF!)
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Good bones but I couldn't get past the pacing. The narrator was just too slow and it kept me from being able to invest in the story.
Just as a warning as of right now (6/15/2014) audible only has the first two books. It is really frustrating when they do this because I do not have time to actually read a book. So I start to like a series, and then can't finish it because the rest of the series is never made into an audio book (that may have been a run on sentence but grrrr)
I liked the idea and execution of this book a lot. So lets be straight here she is a demon. She is a slum lord. She has killed humans before. She probably would never have gotten involved in the whole ware wolf thing if she did not have to. She is not meant to be your good at heart girl who is just miss understood. She is who she is and is not sorry for it.. I thought the whole idea of Sam being a demon would bother me I normally do not like my main characters bad. Surprisingly though I thought there was just enough humanity" in her character to keep me satisfied. I like the relationship she, and Wyatt have. This is really the only part of her life that you see any of what we would call human feelings. I love how she pulls on Candy's tail with her sexuality. It is quite entertaining.
I thought that there was going to be a lot of sex scenes and there were not any. There were a couple of frustratingly close calls.
The one thing I am worried about is that I fear this may go into another love triangle. What can I say I am just kind of over the whole triangle thing. Fingers crossed though, maybe Sam and Wyatt will end up dating, and Gregory becomes a teacher/friend of some sort.
The angel, even though my heart ached over his choices and the consequences.
This book turned out to be much better than I expected. At first I felt that the narrators voice was too young for the character. As the story went on I didn't even notice it any longer. Angela Rysk does a great job with the various voices. The men sound like men. I highly recommend this book to any reader who enjoys PRN, or angel/demon books.You will not be disappointed. I am looking forward to Debra Dunbar's next book.
Books are better than TV -- Except for Outlander. That rocks!
Wow. This one is bad. The narrator sounds like she's reading a bedtime story to toddlers.
I would definitely recommend this audiobook despite the reader. The author has a great story and the characters to carry it off.
This is difficult. Perhaps it's Sam's realization that angels are not the goodly force they are supposed to be. Further, she finds little difference between demons and angels.
Angela can easily allow readers to tune out. She is monotone and her characters seem to sound the same. Great readers vary pitch, volume and inflection; further, character voices need differentiation. The reader needs more work in these areas. Angela's reading puts me too sleep!
I did not have an extreme reaction to this book. I found it built well, told the story, built to a interesting crescendo, and ended wanting series continuation.
This author has a great future in writing. Her story telling is wonderful and knowledge superb. Glad she was not totally sidetracked by the business world.
I have something like 216 books in my library at this time, I always mean to be more active but I go nowhere without a book in my earphones
I liked the way the author made you believe that this woman could be a demon without making her to violent or blood thirsty and at the same time made her more bloody thoughts seem innocent as if it was natural to kill a human for no good reason a difficult balance for sure yet well maintained
possibly Rosemary and Rue. the story lines are different but it has that same magic feel and forbidden attraction to another without being a full blown romance novel or having the heroin seem super human, easy to relate to.
I enjoyed the narrators voice it has that quite smoky edge that adds to the she demon idea of the book however I don't think her voice was suited to playing the male characters in the beginning. as the story progressed she grew on me but its still od to hear her say "fuck" or some other swear word she just sounds to nice.
I am half way through book 2 as I write this so its hard to remember any one part but when ever she made a rash decision that should have ended with her death and somehow she managed to pull through (usually because some guy liked her and saved her) she never seemed to learn from it, it was entertaining
a good read not overly deep or serious yet fun and enjoyable I will be getting the rest as they come out.
I was a 'readaholic' for most of my life. I started crochet and other hobbies. That took away from my reading time. I discovered audio books at the library. That set me off. now, that I am older my eyes make it too difficult to read. So I now am a very diligent audio book listener!
I will definitely try another book by reader Angela Rysk. She did an excellent job. I'm not certain if I will try another book by the author. The story wasn't clear in the world she made. A bit more time should have been spent with this aspect. This is what spoiled the book for me.
The ending was as expected.
I enjoyed all the scenes when the leading 'lady' would start baiting, teasing or other things to the other characters. These scenes held my attention and made the book enjoyable.
I have trouble seeing how this particular book could be a movie. The story doesn't lend itself well for a movie. There are subplots along with the main one.
I wish the author could have spent a little more time with the main aspect of her world. Not understanding this made the book less enjoyable for me. That is why I rated the story so low. The reader did an excellent job giving 'life' to the main character. This is the saving of this novel.
"Amorality writ large, well and entertainingly"
Bad question, both have their advantages.
The lead, Sam, a completely amoral demon, on a hedonistic holiday ends up having to help people for all the wrong reasons. Snarky, horny, mischievous and greedy she shows that you don't have to be a good guy to be good.
Lots of the asides, a couple of lines here and there during the main plot describing her 'practical jokes' like sending float balloons bouncing down main street while she enjoys watching the car crashes.
Who needs to be good to be good.
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