Book Reviews

Demon of Mine (Hell Inc. 1) by Rayna Vause at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Demons / Interspecies / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 01-September-2015

Book Blurb

Climbing the corporate ladder can be hell….

As a collections demon, Zavier grants his “clients” one wish in exchange for their souls. His job sucks, but once you make a deal with Corporate South, they own you. The trouble is, Zavier’s not a very good collections demon, with his tendencies to spurn authority and find loopholes to help deserving clients out of their contracts. He’s under scrutiny from the head of his department, who would quite literally like to see him burn. He just needs to close a simple deal to get upper management off his back. Instead, he meets Ryan.

Ryan is desperately searching for a way to save his dying sister. He doesn’t believe in magic and demons, but he’s out of options. Zavier’s not what he expects in a demon, and even more unexpected is the strong sense of familiarity—very intimate familiarity.

While trying to free Ryan from his contract, Zavier discovers secrets unscrupulous even by South standards. Exposing them could cost Zavier everything, but it might be Ryan’s only hope.

 

Book Review

Okay, I’ll admit it. Imagining Heaven and Hell as modern-day corporations, with bureaucracy and policies and contracts, had me laughing about ten seconds into reading the blurb. I mean, how creative is that? It somehow updates the whole concept of good and evil and makes it very relatable. Yes, there are stories were people sign a contract with the devil, or a demon, only to regret it later, but this story takes the concept a whole lot further than that and builds an entire world around those ideas. To then add demons trying to make quotas, a whole bunch of secrets, and enough twists and turns to make my head spin is pure genius as far as I am concerned.

Zavier is a Collections Demon, and I guess he could be an awful character. Instead, he’s a poor guy trying to make a living and to keep his boss off his back. Even better, despite his despicable job of collecting souls, he is utterly redeemable because he tries his best to help his more deserving clients out of their contracts. He catches a lot of heat for that (literally!) and I really felt for him. When he runs into Ryan, who is trying to save his dying sister, events begin to unfold that have the potential to unravel the fabric of Hell. I can’t say much more without giving everything away, but the intricacy of the plot and the cleverness of it all blew me away.

If you’re looking for a novel about sin and redemption, one that maybe you can read with your Bible study group, this is NOT it. But if you want an amusing, sometimes even hilarious, story with a tremendous depth of emotion as two men discover a truth neither of them is ready for, give this book a try. I can recommend it for its combination of creativity, humor, and deeply touching love story.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 200 pages/61891 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 28-August-2015
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
Buy Link https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/demon-of-mine-by-rayna-vause-404-b