Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Damned If You Do by Marie Sexton

The path to temptation is paved with a hellish amount of paperwork.

Soul acquisition is a drag, but if Abaddon doesn’t catch up on his quota, he could be demoted to scooping poop for the Hounds of Hell. With a deadline hanging over him, he heads for the Bible Belt, looking for the perfect combination of sweetness and challenge.

Seth is a blind musician, part of a traveling tent revival. He’s cute, mystically talented, and quotes the Bible at every turn. His soul is pure enough to fill Abaddon’s quota for months to come, and Abaddon is determined to claim it.

The problem? There’s the revival foreman who watches Abaddon’s every move. Then there’s the mystery of Seth’s many unusual talents. Lastly, there’s Abaddon himself. He’s beginning to like Seth a bit too much. Maybe Seth deserves something better than damnation.

But Hell’s agenda isn’t negotiable, and time is running out. If Abaddon doesn’t play his cards right, he could condemn both of them to the worst fate of all—an eternity apart.

Warning: Contains a Bible-quoting twink and an irreverent devil who’ll do anything to avoid going “back to the office”. Also, snakes. Lots and lots of snakes.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

4 Devilish Stars.

As a Marie Sexton fan, I know to expect the unexpected, so I had no idea what I'd bargained for when I began Damned If You Do. Swift pacing and fluid storytelling, a devil who is too good to be bad, falling in love with the soul he wanted to collect.

Abaddon is facing a demotion for failing to collect his soul quota. As a way to dig himself out of such a position, he finds the brightest soul to collect, but he found the unexpected instead.

Seth is a blind young man in a religious revival – the purest of the pure – finding light in the darkest of the dark.

For the sake of not giving out the plot, I won't comment on it any further, as everything beyond what I posted above was the entirety of the storyline.

What I expected to have a light and airy, humorous flavor was actually very deep and emotional instead. Just a warning, don't expect to get something corny, cheesy, and quick to read. Damned If You Do is a novella, but it packs an emotional punch with a few unexpected laughs.

Recommended to MM Romance fans. Beware: this book is obviously fantasy in nature, dealing with devils and angels. Also, this is a religion-based plot, which also removes the steamy factor. All in all, it was a good book, but I wanted to make sure no one was buying a book expecting one thing but getting another, for I know how that upsets readers.

Marie Sexton’s first novel, Promises, was published in January 2010. Since then, she’s published nearly thirty novels, novellas, and short stories, all featuring men who fall in love with other men. Her works include contemporary romance, science fiction, fantasy, historicals, and a few odd genre mash-ups. Marie is the recipient of multiple Rainbow Awards, as well as the CRW Award of Excellence in 2012. Her books have been translated into six languages.

Marie lives in Colorado. She’s a fan of just about anything that involves muscular young men piling on top of each other. In particular, she loves the Denver Broncos and enjoys going to the games with her husband. Her imaginary friends often tag along. Marie has one daughter, two cats, and one dog, all of whom seem bent on destroying what remains of her sanity. She loves them anyway.

Marie also writes dark dystopian fantasy under the name A.M. Sexton.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Damned If You Do by Marie Sexton to read and review.

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