Trying to keep her mind off role playing the Thornbirds with Father Angeletti, Riona leads the Pure Souls against a maniacal menagerie of Mephistopheles’s minions plaguing greater Boston. Giving in to lust is a direct flight to damnation for both her and the priest, leading Riona to distract herself by striking up a romance with her new, foxy neighbor, Lucy. But she can’t shake her attraction to Marcello, and as the tension between them grows thicker than a lumberjack’s beard, temptation may become too difficult to resist.
How long can they deny the pull growing between them, knowing there will be Hell to pay?
First installment in the Pure Souls Trilogy.
This was my first experience with a paranormal novel. Or at least the first in a very long time. I have always loved paranormal existence (hello, big Buffy and even bigger Charmed fan) and the synopsis had me very intrigued. This book far surpassed my expectations and for that, I’m super grateful to have been given the opportunity to read an advanced copy!
I must first say that Ms. McRae knows how to write. So fantastically, at that. There’s the perfect mix of wit, humor, and STEAM! Hello, hot demons (loved Jerry right away!). Hello, hot priest? Wait, what?! Yep, you heard it – hot priest. And smoking chemistry between our main chick, Riona and hot priest, Marcello (Marc). Love the push and pull of their relationship and the evolution it takes. Gloriously well done…but with a twist. Shit, there were twists. I caught on to quite a few early on, but there were also a couple things that I anticipated happening that didn’t. So good work to Killian for keeping me on my toes! Back to the wit – there’s some freaking hilarious moments in here. I loved the mix of heavy and light. Case in point:
The characters are so well developed and I loved them all. You were able to connect with them individually but also connect with the relationships they had with one another. I loved that every relationship was unique. This was not a cookie cutter type of story at all. I will say, though, that it does suck you in, immediately, and then keeps your attention through all the fast paced action and drama and lust, and at the end, you’re left scratching your head and wishing you had the next book to see where the hell (for real), this was all going to go! I don’t want to go into the actual story too much, because it’s not my style. I think books should be experienced firsthand by the reader so you can form your own opinions. I just simply like to share my highlights and hope to encourage you to read books I’ve loved. This is definitely one of them. So much.
I give this book 4.5 stars and recommend to anyone looking for a fast-paced, well-developed paranormal story with all the great boxes checked: brilliant storyline, witty writing and enough passion and steam to choke a horse…er Lucifer. I am so grateful for the opportunity to read this in advance for Killian and have extremely high expectations for the other two books in this trilogy! I cannot wait to see what happens next because it really was just the perfect ending. You’re left satisfied…but still wanting more. That’s perfection right there.