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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Hell and Hellion by Olivia Waite

Hell and Hellion by Olivia Waite
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Twilight
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (91 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Verbena

Last year Virginia Greening made a perilous journey into Hell to rescue the man she hoped to marry. Instead he wed someone else—and Virginia’s only reward is an uncomfortable ability to see the demons who haunt the upper ranks of society. How do you make polite conversation when something green and evil is leering at you over another person’s shoulder?

Incubus James Grieve is intrigued to realize one evening that a brown-haired mortal woman is staring right at him. Her unique ability to see him is soon eclipsed by the power of their mutual attraction. James has no soul to save, and Virginia’s soul is off-limits by infernal decree, so it isn’t long before they’re indulging in any number of passionate sins and pleasurable vices.

Until, that is, James acquires a soul of his own.

To Hell and back, only to be rejected by the man she saved…

Talk about a wasted trip! I don’t think Satan is in to refunds. Poor Virginia had risked her life, accomplished the impossible, even tormented the devil with her sad violin skills, only to discover that the man she’d walked through Hell for had fallen in love. Too bad it wasn’t with her. Now she’s left with a life devoid of the future she’d so envisioned, empty of emotional contact with her peers, and full of unwanted visitors.

If she’d seen one demon, she’d seen them all. Envy, lust, greed…they followed her unknowing cohorts around like little puppies, eagerly snatching up scraps of souls as they fell in the wake of sin. Unable to share this secret with anyone of the mortal realm, Virginia became lonely and withdrawn, a shadow of her previous self. Having had her fill of the afterlife, she wanted nothing to do with Hell or demons. That is, until James Grieve.

Naked as a jaybird and lovely as sin, Virginia has no doubts about his true identity. He walks across the dance floor toward her, his gorgeous body full of promised desire and undoubted sin. While her first instinct is to ignore his charm, something about him causes her to take a second look—and not just at his unclothed bod.

Being used to parading about in the buff, James has no qualms about walking through the unsuspecting crowd in nothing but his own skin. Of course, mortals couldn’t see him so it really didn’t matter. Yet, when his gaze met that of Virginia Greening, he knew she saw every bit of him. An incubus by nature, it was nothing for him to seduce women. Only this time, he couldn’t use his old tricks. No, seducing Virginia would require finesse quite new to him. Suddenly, James was privy to a world of emotions, thoughts, and possibilities he’d never experienced. If he’s not careful, Ms. Virginia Greening might just be the death of him.

Hell and Hellion is one of the most enjoyable reads I’ve picked up in a long time. Ms. Waite completely turns the story around. Generally, girl meets boy, they feel attraction, then fight through whatever difficulties present as they fall in love. In Hell and Hellion, Virginia and James know right from the start that they want each other—though it's only physical at first. The issues surrounding their involvement only stem after they’ve developed an attachment to one another. It was a refreshing change of pace. Secondary characters were appropriately introduced to enrich the plot, but James and Virginia remained solely in the spot light.

Ms. Waite offers an interesting twist on demon love and I must confess my curiosity has been piqued. I’ll certainly be checking in to some of her previous titles as this author has been placed on my to watch list. Kudos to Ms. Waite for catching my attention.

Be sure to check out Hell and Hellion by Olivia Waite. She’s written a lovely story that’s certain to prove entertaining, at the very least, to even the most finicky of readers.

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