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Monday, May 21, 2012

Where There's Smoke by Karen Kelley

Where There's Smoke by Karen Kelley
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal Length: Full Length (297 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

When sexy wannabe-demon, Destiny Carter, is kicked out of Hell, she lands in Ft. Worth, Texas with one week to corrupt a soul. Or else. She slips into a slinky red dress, and heads straight for the delicious, corruptible looking cowboy at the bar.

But Chance Bellew has his own agenda-saving souls. He's not your typical angel. He’s a nephilim, to be exact. Centuries ago, angels came down from Heaven and mated with mortal women. When the women bore children, a new race was created. Immortals with powers—demigods, nephilim.

But the children don’t live by the same rules as mortals, or that of the typical, robe-wearing, bright light-surrounding-them angels. Hell, most of the time the nephilim are breaking the rules, and making up new ones as they go. As long as they don’t cross over to the dark side, everyone pretty much stays out of their way.

But sometimes a demon-in-training, who looks like Destiny, comes along and all Hell breaks loose.

Breaking loose has never been this hot.

I love the work of Karen Kelley. When I saw this book was up for review, I jumped on it. I'm glad I did. This book was HOT. That pretty well sums it up. HOT. Ms Kelley's story flowed well. I didn't feel jarred even when there was a lot of sex. I know, this is an erotic work, but there is a lot of sex. Since Destiny is a demon, I expected nothing less.

This book is a story of second chances and redemption. I identified with Destiny. She's had it rough and is doing the best with what she's got. Although her story is heartbreaking, part of it was lost in the amounts of sex. I like sex in a book, but sometimes I wanted to skip ahead. Don't get me wrong. The sex is hot, but I wanted more plot.

Then there's Chance. I really liked him, but I wanted more of him. I wanted to see what went on in his head. He's smoldering hot and consumed by his passion for Destiny, even though she's forbidden fruit and yet...I didn't feel as much as I'd have liked. He is drool-worthy, though and I could've read the descriptions of him over and over. Yum. Where can I find a nephilim of my own?

If you want a story with a demon trying to become a better person, then this might be the book for you. If you want lots of sex and a hero to drool over, then it really might be for you. Pick up a copy.

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