Where There’s Smoke-Karen Kelley

Where There’s Smoke

Karen Kelley

Sourcebooks, May 1 2012, $14.99

ISBN 9781402263866

 

In 1959 Destiny Carter died and went straight to hell.  Vetis the demon informs Destiny that she must destroy the soul of a mortal in one week before she can achieve demon status; she does not want to know what failure denotes.  Vetis sends her back to earth.

 

In Fort Worth, Texas near the stockyards, Destiny enters the Stompin’ Ground bar where she chooses lonesome cowboy Chance Bellow as she assumes he is an easy mark.  Chance the nephilim has waited in the dive for the demon apprentice to arrive so he can show her what she failed to read in the fine print of her deal with Vetis.  However, from the first smoldering touch, Chance and Destiny are so hot for each other; hell seems to have frozen over.  As they fight for control, they fall in love, but there is no room for such a wasteful mortal emotion in hell.

 

This is a fast-paced urban fantasy romance starring two enticing paranormal engaged in a holy gender war.  Although the ending seems too simplistic for the protagonists’ journey, this somewhat tongue in cheek lampooning of capitalist religious dogma will have fans cheering for the rookie demon and the heavenly hybrid to light their respective fire.

 

Harriet Klausner

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