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.
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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.
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!)
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.
I had to keep checking to see if I had ended up with a YA selection. The narrator was very slow and precise, except during conversations among the characters. The steamy scenes frequently seemed contrived and disconnected; as if they were thrown in because an editor reminded the author "sex sells". The gratuitous vulgar language was off-putting to me. Yet the story had sufficient potential that I slogged my way through to the inevitable happy ending.
Won't read further entries in this series.
I don't want to live in a world without books!
Wow. This one is bad. The narrator sounds like she's reading a bedtime story to toddlers.
I have no comment on the story in this review. I'm not qualified to give one. I'd have to listen to the book to do so.
I have just turned off this audiobook in the second chapter. IT WAS EXCRUCIATING.
The narrator uses NO inflection what so ever in the reading. Even would-be exciting moments are dull. How do you do that? People in conversation have more inflection!
I may be spoiled by better narrators, or perhaps I expect a PROFESSIONAL!
I'd just finished with a Jim Butcher book, and James Marsters is hard to beat.
No, she's just Plodding, and Flat, and Trying, and Awful!
Spare yourself..... Credit and headache.
New, Innovative, Interesting,
Samantha's Moments of keeping to her nature as a demon. (causing mischief, exploiting the exploitable)
Samantha Martin happens to be my favorite.
I liked her moment alone playing with lightning and contemplating the power and her origins of demon hood.
It is good to have a main character who is not completely good. Not to bad and not too good. But wonderfully practical.
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
Hard to rate this book. At first I thought I was going to hate Sam, she was just not a likable character. I almost shut off the book, but I continued to listen and Sam started to grow on me and I then laughed at some of her antics. The story itself was mildly entertaining and I did finish the story. While there was no sex in the book it has lots of cussing and talk of dismemberment, so if that sort of thing bugs you stay away from this book. I had purchase the first three in this series for about 6 bucks total and I still don't really know if I will read the next two books or not. I really am having a hard time deciding if I like this book or not. Usually the narrator even if not great I can deal with. But the worst thing a narrator can do is read soooooo slow that it wants to put me to sleep and unfortunately this narrator did. While she has a pleasant voice, I still put my player on fast speed so as not to be bored to death.
"Great Read Great audio Book"
The audio is always better than the print version, in the narrator been able to put in tonal reflections and when the timing is delivered correctly, it becomes alive and is by far more enjoyable.
The imp ending in trouble so many times, especially with the dark angel
very much the tonal perspective, timing and pauses, and listening to her great delivery in narration.
A good few times I felt the character, although very unusual, interesting in the way her feelings were expressed
I have purchased the first 4 volumes and soon to get the 5th, I compare Debra to such writers as Diana Rowland, Chris Fieldwater, Kelly Meding and Kevin Hearn who all write up similar type characters, but have their own writing style, D Rowlings and Chris Fieldwater, are very good authors. Debra is in their class and highly recommended.
"Different and refreshing"
This book was such a fantastic breath of fresh air with distinctly unique characters and ideas. This book goes to show that demons aren't always bad and angels aren't always good. I really loved that Sam is not your typical heroine in the story. She isn't bound by social norms and morals the way the average human is. I thought Debra Dunbar did a fantastic job at writing Sam as neither good nor evil, but just someone who does what they like simply because it's fun. Debra clearly put a lot of consideration into the mindset of a demon to really allow for the reader to like Sam despite the fact she doesn't think or behave like a human.
I was a little torn on the narration though. Angela Rysk has a fantastic, expressive voice and I feel she portrays Sam and her quirkiness perfectly. She also does a great job at narrating the other characters too. My only issue was that sometimes there was no distinction between Sam's inner thoughts and when she was speaking to other characters. It was sometimes hard to tell right away when the dialogue stopped and the narration started and visa versa. There was also some unnecessarily long pauses between characters when they spoke to each other. I do however still look forward to hearing her narrate the rest of the series.
"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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