Hell Takes A Holiday (Steph’s Review)

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Title: Hell Takes A Holiday
Author: Kiernan Kelly
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 7, 2016
Genre(s): Paranormal
Page Count: 48
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5

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Despite a major setback, Lucifer has no time to feel sorry for himself. Running Hell is a monumental task, even though he’s taken steps to modernize it with technology like closed-circuit cameras and security systems.

As he struggles with his infernal issues, an unannounced visitor threatens to break his black heart. Lucifer hasn’t seen Uriel since his Fall, but he remembers how much he loved Uriel and how betrayed he felt when Uriel didn’t stand with him during the War.

Uriel has been sent to inspect the changes Lucifer has made and report back to Heaven. Lucifer has no choice but to give Uriel a guided tour of the Nine Circles, and all the feelings come rushing back.

Uriel hasn’t forgotten Lucifer either, and they pick up where they left off—with enough sizzle to rival the hottest of hell’s fires. But their reunion will be short-lived, unless Uriel relinquishes his halo—which Lucifer is unwilling to let him do.

First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2008.

Okay, so Hell doesn’t really take a holiday. In fact the title should read: Lucifer Takes a Sex Break lol.

I have to say I really did enjoy the author’s concept of including all religions and how their sins differ and how their choices in life had an effect on where they ended up. Not to mention, as the world changed, the sins changed, which affected the sinners and in-turn their destination. Unfortunately, it did not affect the already condemned; which supports Lucifer’s problem with overcrowding.

To be honest at first I thought this story was one big cheese fest, but then something happened. I grew a heart. Yes, you heard me. I actually started caring for the bad guy. Rooting for him to have a second chance. Yeah, Lucifer is still nowhere close to being a great guy, which in no way did he state that he is; however, he isn’t totally evil. For the souls that do end up in his realm, he does make sure that the punishment fits the sins that the condemned have committed.

In the end, I was really happy with the outcome for both Uriel and Lucifer. This was my first book by this author and I cannot wait to see what other interesting twists she has to offer, because this is truly a refreshing read.

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Galley copy of Hell Takes a Holiday provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


I love reading books about boys who love other boys <3. Sometimes there is a HEA or HFN, but sometimes it just is. Yes, I love all outcomes even it is not what I hoped for. We all need a good cry from time to time. As you can probably can tell, I love cliffhangers as well. Yeah, I am one of those people :) I read a variety of genres, whether it is dark/taboo, historical, shifters, GFY, SciFi, mysteries/thrillers; I love it all.

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