Damned if You Do (Vallie’s Review)

Damned if you do
Title: Damned if You Do
Author: Marie Sexton
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: June 14, 2016
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 123
Reviewed by: Vallie
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

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.

This is going to be short and sweet. The story was absolutely adorable –for all its devilishness, see what I did there?

I have never read anything of the sort before and I was pleasantly surprised at how light and funny this was. Abaddon is a horrible devil –slacks on paperwork, hates the hassle of acquiring souls, and gets infatuated with a blind musical prodigy at a Christian revival.

Yes, there are many bible quotes. All the scenes on Earth take place at the revival du jour or a nearby forest. There are always woods available to sneak off to for some reason. There is also a weird thing Seth does with snakes, really disgusting, creepy crawly stuff, but it’s all good fun.

The slow build up and pursuing the forbidden made for some delicious tension. Seth was such a pure soul and even though our narrator was Abaddon, it was obvious that even a devil could be blinded by Seth’s nature.

Don’t read this book for the sex cause there wasn’t much of it. But, the romance was really sweet and our devil’s redemption story was heart-warming with a solid HEA.

Marie Sexton writes beautiful stories and I appreciated the good writing here. I laughed with the way Hell was described and the drone-like little devils slaving away in their cubicles.

Recommend to all fans off mm who enjoy their romance sweet and light.

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