Damned If You Do, by Marie Sexton
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: June 14, 2016
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
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.
Character with Disability (Blind)
This was a short and sweet romance between a devil and his prey: Seth. But is Seth more than he appears to be? Is Abaddon really evil or can he change despite the odds against him? *gasp*
I really liked Abaddon and his avoidance of all things work: paperwork, soul gathering, being evil. It was very relatable to me. He is basically the worst demon ever because he is just too good to be properly evil. He’s trying to get Seth’s super-pure soul, but naturally ends up in love with him despite their differences.
Seth was a bit meh but I am not really into goody two shoes, bible dudes so that isn’t much of a surprise. He was a virgin, faith-filled, blind orphan who just wants to get out and see the world. If you like the whole naive/sweet/good guy thing then you’ll like Seth.
The differences between the two made the romance more interesting even if it was a bit predictable. Sometimes that’s just what you need. However, I wish that instead of having a lot of scenes where Abaddon was running around hell or Earth, Sexton would have used those scenes to build more on the growing relationship between the two. Also the religious aspect was overdone a bit; but in all fairness Sexton did warn us before the book started. If that bothers you though you might want to pass on this book.
All in all this was a bit of a ridiculous fluff piece but very satisfying in terms of tropey romance goodness.
Marie Sexton’s first novel, Promises, was published in January 2010. Since then, she’s published nearly thirty novels, novellas, and short stories, all featuring men who fall in love with other men. Her works include contemporary romance, science fiction, fantasy, historicals, and a few odd genre mash-ups. Marie is the recipient of multiple Rainbow Awards, as well as the CRW Award of Excellence in 2012.
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.