I’ve had a week of really heavier emotionally draining books this week, and I needed something to break it all up. This was the perfect bite of light and laughs, with sexual tension so thick you can cut it with a knife.
Remy is a half-demon, Lucifer’s guard actually, and is possessed of a wickedly dirty mind and mouth. Fortunately, what would be an eye roll inducing line coming from another character is laugh out loud funny. Despite it all, there is a puppy-like enthusiasm and friendliness that oozes from him, keeping him from the annoying/slimy hole that he could fall into. He is a player and a womanizer, and young for a demon, still really just a teen at 104.
Lucifer oh he reminds me of a cross between Gordon Gekko and George Clooney: suited up, stressing over his golf handicap, utterly and unabashedly nosy and meddlesome when it comes to his employees. He even manages to have a healthy respect for Ysabel, the heroine and the damned witch who bartered her personal assistance to him for 500 years. Yet, she is not entirely afraid of him: she has caught him practicing his evil smile in the mirror, and has a video of him dancing the Macarena that she isn’t afraid to barter with for her soon-to-be achieved freedom.
See, Ysabel was burned at the stake as a witch in the middle ages: her future mother in law was less than favorably inclined toward her. So, in return for the 500 years of service, Ysabel sold her soul to Lucifer: he agreed to capture the souls of those who betrayed her for a punishment to be determined.
Less than 5 days from the end of her contract, the souls escape – and she needs to find and recapture them, but she also needs to realize that until she catches them she will burn: go up like a candle dipped in gasoline at precisely 8:47 each day. Central European Time. Her aflame time will increase for one minute each day, and although her hair and body will remain untouched, she will emerge in pain and naked. But, he offers her a boon in the form of a tracker, named Remy, one of his guards. The assignment is presented to Remy with simple instructions: “wear a cup”.
These two hated each other at first sight. Well, Ysabel hated, she has, not without reason, issues with men. Remy was, as I mentioned before, his normal dirty talking self, full of his own sexuality and anxious to share with anyone who he encounters. It turns out, he needed the cup, and would need every ounce of his charm, good nature and skill to help Ysabel in her quest.
Banter is fast and furious: you can see the attraction right from the beginning, although Ysabel is fighting it, she knows that Lucifer has an ulterior motive. The tension, action and dialog between these two is just delicious: snarky Ysabel determined to discourage Remy, and his own version of Himbo, ignoring most of the slights but getting his kicks from goading her, much like a 12 year old boy. But, when they finally do surrender to the attraction between them: it is hot!
The start of the Welcome to Hell series, I’m hooked and can’t wait to grab the next book.
Title: A Demon and His Witch
Author: Eve Langlais
Published by: Self-Published
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Burning alive is nothing compared to the heat of his touch.
Roasted at the stake as a witch, while her lover watches, Ysabel sells her soul to the devil in return for revenge. A fair trade until her ex-boyfriend escapes the bowels of Hell and she’s forced to team up with a demon to fetch the jerk back.
Remy’s seen a lot of things during his long tenure in Lucifer’s guard, but nothing can prepare him for the witch with the acerbic tongue - and voluptuous figure. Her mouth says ‘Screw you’, but her body screams ‘Take me’. What’s a poor demon to do when his heart makes things even more complicated by goading him to make her his, forever?
Before he can decide if his demonizing days are done though, he needs to catch the bad guys, save the girl and then find a way to convince her to love him and not kill him.
Welcome to Hell where you’re screwed if you do and damned if don’t. And just so you know, Lucifer’s got a special spot reserved for you...
A copy of this title was provided via Author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.