Mary is an Angel – of some sort

Marked by Hell Book Cover Marked by Hell
Mary Wiles Chronicles #1
Erin Bedford
paranormal, mythology, crime
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
(14 May 2017)

The road to heaven is paved with Mary Wiles' victims.

Los Angeles isn’t just a playground for those searching for a new start. It’s a darker and more dangerous place than they’ll ever know. But Mary’s not fooled.

With her hands full trying to play human while looking for a way back to heaven, Mary doesn’t have time to polish her halo let alone solve a murder case. But when she finds out demons are responsible, Mary just can’t help herself.

When Mary makes a mistake causing her best friend to be taken, she will have to make a choice: sacrifice an innocent for the chance to get her revenge or lose everything she has worked for. Mary starts to realize there is no clear path back to heaven without becoming tainted herself.

So Mary is really Muriel – an Angel – well actually an Archangel:

Muriel means “Perfume of God.” This is a female archangel who brings peace and harmony to one’s life. She is responsible for carrying around the message of peace and harmony to people on the Earth.

Her angelic responsibilities also include tending the plants and animals on this Earth.

Depicted with a crown made of flowers, it is known that when she is in your presence, you will smell the scent of your favorite flower. When this happens, it will confirm that Archangel Muriel is somewhere near you. [https://www.guardian-angel-reading.com/blog-of-the-angels/archangel-muriel/]

But now she is on Earth after her wings have been removed by demons, she is not quite as peaceful as before – at least when it comes to fighting demons.

She is also not quite au fait with human behaviour and norms and speech. Which gives a lighter touch to this novel which could otherwise be rather dark as is it mostly about the fights she gets into when dealing with possessed humans.

Erin writes a good story and this is a good series of novels about Muriel and how she adapts to her new life and new companions.

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When you are in charge

Fashionably Flawed Book Cover Fashionably Flawed
Hot Damned #9
Robyn Peterman
paranormal, demons, vampires
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
(18 Sept. 2017)

You think your job is tedious? Try being the Harbinger of Evil for a day. I dare you… What’s the Devil to do when his fire no longer burns away his sins and Fate is screwing with his… well, fate? Easy—lie, cheat, steal and dictate my questionably accurate autobiography slash romance novel to my unwilling and outstandingly rude Vampyre niece. Welcome to my Hell. A mysterious darkness is gunning for me and this time it might prevail, but I have little time to worry about that. Instead of seeking it out, I shall simply go about business as usual. If it’s fated, it will find me. My list is long. Traveling to Earth to promote my bestselling romance novel at an alarming book convention where I must protect my privates from the rabid lady readers is enough to frighten even the Devil. Not to mention, I have to avoid my insane mother like the plague and catch the smart-mouthed, gorgeous soul seller on Earth—who may or may not be someone I’d like to keep. So today is a day like any other. Punishments must be doled out and chaos must be encouraged. A vacation would be lovely, but there is no rest for the weary… or the evil. Luckily I know how to have an outstanding time doing outrageously bad things. Thank Hades, I’m a handsome bastard. There is no fated happily ever after for the Prince of Darkness, no matter what ridiculous ending my niece slaps onto my autobiography. Or is there? Fate is a bitch, but she usually gets it right.

The 9th in the Hot Damned series and Robyn is running out of ideas – in my opinion.

I found this book to be light and fluffy and only giggle-worthy. No laugh out loud as in her other books.

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Weddings and Hell

Hell’s Bells Book Cover Hell’s Bells
Eve Langlais
paranormal, humour, satire, romantic comedy
Kindle

Welcome to Hell where good intentions have paved the road in sin.

A catastrophe has befallen Hell. The great and mighty Lucifer has fallen prey to the most wicked of spells. He’s become…nice.

Just using that word makes Gaia want to gag. The demon she fell in love with is not some pushover, polite, candy-ass, nice guy. She wants her big, bad Lord of Sin back.

Can she, along with the minions of Hell, find a way to break the curse? And will they do it in time to celebrate the wedding from Hell?

Lucifer getting married ? well yes, especially to Gaia. But that said, I think Eve was getting tired when she wrote this one. Lots of mayhem but each book seemed to me to be getting shorter and the storylines less imaginative. After all, how many times can you have killing and wars and?

3 stars. Sorry Eve!

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Dead again?

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Fashionable Dead
Robyn Peterman
romantic comedy, romance, demons and devils, paranormal, vampires
21 April 2014

ampyres don’t exist. They absolutely do not exist. At least I didn’t think they did ‘til I tried to quit smoking and ended up Undead. Who in the hell did I screw over in a former life that my getting healthy equates with dead? Now I’m a Vampyre. Yes, we exist whether we want to or not. However, I have to admit, the perks aren’t bad. My girls no longer jiggle, my ass is higher than a kite and the latest Prada keeps finding its way to my wardrobe. On the downside, I’m stuck with an obscenely profane Guardian Angel who looks like Oprah and a Fairy Fighting Coach who’s teaching me to annihilate like the Terminator. To complicate matters, my libido has increased to Vampyric proportions and my attraction to a hotter than Satan’s underpants killer rogue Vampyre is not only dangerous . . . it’s possibly deadly. For real dead. Permanent death isn’t on my agenda. Avoiding him is my only option. Of course, since he thinks I’m his, it’s easier said than done. Like THAT’S not enough to deal with, all the other Vampyres think I’m some sort of Chosen One. Holy Hell, if I’m in charge of saving an entire race of blood suckers, the Undead are in for one hell of a ride.

So here we are down in Hell and our heroine begins to meet all her relatives.

And quite a collection she has. Starting with Gaia her grandmother – who is somewhat psychotic, to her sisters the 7 deadly sins and lots of other beings who she might have thought were mythical – until she meets them that is.

And she collects some babies from her ceiling. Well they are baby demons – demons take a long time to grow up it seems – and they have a wicked sense of humour and fun along the way. These are so small she can put them in her pocket, but they have an appetite like nothing that Astrid has ever seen before!

Astrid begins to come into her powers for real and sparkly black is not want you want to see her turn into – that is when her power is at its most strong and fearsome. Yes, she has dark magic – but she tries to do good – in a rather bad way – with it.

Once again Robyn Peterman astonishes us with her ability to create a world that you begin to invest in and that seems almost real, along with its crazy characters. You laugh out loud at some scenes and giggle at others and amaze yourself with the words that are created and said by the characters. This is an imagination that is sheer delight to tap into through her books.

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Not the Devil you know

 

 

And the Devil has a son and heir.
But there is a small problem – he is half human, and ex-cop, and now a witch running an occult shop.
Honestly, he is not at all sure that he likes his father! And the idea that he is his father’s heir...

A nice set of  circumstances which allow stories of extraordinary murders to be introduced that only someone like Nick, with his unique combination of attributes, can solve.
These are novellas and thus less compelling than they could be with a longer word length and thus more character and plot development. Nevertheless, promising.

 

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