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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tell us about yourself! I'm a teacher in Colorado for Special Education 4th- 8th grade. I'm 50 years old, and love to read.
I even woke my husband up at night while he was sleeping because I couldn't stop laughing at the author's dark humor. I will caution other readers that main character is a demon, and the writer doesn't hold back on descriptions. It is hilarious I can promise you that.
The narrator was so awful I had to stop the book and mark it finished. The story seemed to be promising and something I may have enjoyed if I could have been able to listen any longer
I listened for about 10 minutes and returned it. One cliché after another, and "suck" or some form of it, every other sentence. Stupidly written and so s l o w l y narrated... Dreadful
"Needs a re-write"
The premise for this story is great. It is a common theme of a demon/devil from hell in human disguise living in the world.
This story read like a first draft basic manuscript. As if the writer has just puked their basic story outline down and then published it with no editor etc going over it. Everything from the writing, the plot, logic of the events needs to revisited and re-written.
As the story proceeds, I got more and more annoyed with the plot-holes and the logical inconsistencies. Also just how powerful is the main character? First she's just an imp, a bit of a nobody then she's some lord and wielding huge amounts of power. How strong/weak are the angles? First they could destroy her with barely an effort next she's trading blows with the strongest of them. These things occur for no apparent reason. The writer simply changed the nature of the character part way though the story and didn't bother to go to the beginning and re-write.
The demon's age does not work for the story. First she's 1000 years old - which we are told is young for a demon but if you were a thousand year's old, you'd would behave like a creature 1000 years old not 14.
The prose is technically poor, partially as a result of the unfinished state of the book and partially because the writer has poor skill.
Too lurid, every male character either wants to kill or have sex with her or both.
Poor use of swear words. I'm not averse to swears in books but they need to be used well or realistically or they loose their point. The use of profanity here diminishes the quality of the story rather than elevating it.
Terrible from the outset. Not so bad if you speed it up but not good either. Sounds like this is the first time that this narrator has read anything out loud.
Someone needs to take this book idea, develop the mythos behind it, do some decent world, character, and plot building and write a decent story. The author has turned a potential master-piece idea into a terrible soap opera.
"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.
"Did not even get through chapter 1,"
Bad narration, very slow story and bored me to death, almost.
All in all I was disappointed with what could and should have been a really good book.
"Good start to the series"
What a great character! Our heroine is a smart mouthed imp who has set up a comfortable life, away from the unpleasantness of hell. All she really wants is to remain under the radar, play with her horses who hate her and lust after her neighbour. Unfortunately, fate has other ideas, and an obligation to a werewolf sees her comfortable life shot out from under her.
With her trademark sarcasm and penchant for trouble, she finds herself having to ally with an angel, whose job it is to send her back to the fiery pits, to track down a rogue angel who's gone batty. Another twist of fate ends up linking them, an unpleasant experience for both.
The narrator speaks so slowly that I had to increase the speed t listen to it. Very strange. Once I did this, the narration was bearable and the story was fantastic.
"Decent book dreadful narration"
I really liked the original storyline in particular the main character Sam
I really disliked the performance of the narrator who did her best to ruin the book with the worst narration I have ever heard.
It couldnt be any worse - - but reading without misplaced pauses, differentiating between different voices and putting some expression into the narration would be a good start
worth sticking with it - its really quite amusing and has a good original storyline and if you can stick it out the second book in the series is even better - even the narration though not great is much better
"Slow start gets better"
Firstly to start the story was slow and the narrator annoying but after several attempts at listening I decided to stick with it and it did pick up and I got used to the narrator speaking like an alien! So much so I actually have it 4 stars and will buy the next book Still rubbish narrator! Lol
I couldn't continue to listen to this after about 15 minutes, the narration was very poor, wooden with little intonation or inflection to draw you into the story so I'm afraid I had to abandon the whole thing, I have no idea whether the story itself was good or bad
Didn't hear enough to comment
"I really wanted to like this"
Better story, and most important, better narrator.
I have no idea, but nothing from this narrator, probably not this author
Her voice was just so anoying because of the weird way she spoke, the wooden performance, the weird pauses, the weird inflections. She made the whole character feel fake and just downright anoying, I couldn't really get into the story because I kept being distracted. When I read the blurb I thought I'd love the book and the character. And for all I know the character might be OK if I read the book, the story might be OK. I just couldn't make myself finish it. I tried, again and again but I just started hating the main character, and every other character in the book because of the way they spoke. I also didn't like the story much (I think) but I really can't say for sure because the performance was so bad.
"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.
"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.
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