Thursday, July 31, 2014

Working for the Devil (Dante Valentine #1) by Lilith Saintcrow

When the Devil needs a rogue demon killed, who does he call? 

The Player: Necromance-for-hire Dante Valentine is choosy about her jobs. Hot tempered and with nerves of steel, she can raise the dead like nobody's business. But one rainy Monday morning, everything goes straight to hell. 

The Score: The Devil hires Dante to eliminate a rogue demon: Vardimal Santino. In return, he will let her live. It's an offer she can't refuse. 

The Catch: How do you kill something that can't die?

Dante Valentine – sexy name right??? Yeah it’s a chick…kind of badass, if you ask me.
Saintcrow’s “Working for the Devil” is a much more dark and gritty paranormal romance than many of the more popular books out there.  That being said, it is a great read if you don’t mind your heroine being less feminine and more independent. WHICH I DON’T.

This book also gives us a ton of action and suspense.  This is more of a plot than your typical “I am a wounded bird and this big strong man who is mind-blowingly hot and great in bed has decided I am his” …although it is that, too…

Dante is a strong character and well developed. A lot of reviews seem to label her a bitch…but, it doesn’t bother me, and you certainly aren't bored. She kind of lives by the motto “Wake up every morning and tell yourself that you’re a badass bitch and that nobody can fuck with you.  Then, don’t let anybody fuck with you.”

I like her.

While he is no Barrons, fans of Moning’s JZB might appreciate the antihero in Japhrimel.
The story itself is a new one, and paints an intense world….Full of fantasy and futuristic grit, blended with Eqyptian gods, afterlife, shamans, bounty hunters (like the MC herself) necromancers, demon, and even the androgynous Lucifer.  It is sort of an amalgamation of Urban/sci-fi/paranormal romance….The author makes the bold decision to refrain from explaining every, and even, many aspects of this new world, but I find this full emersion reading refreshing.

There is no shortage of action….The title?  It’s literal.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just want to get lost in a book that’s a little bit twisted.
If you are down to get a little dirty and can appreciate a darker heroine, a little less romance, and a lot more attitude, then check it out.

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