Author: Rayna Vause
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 3 stars
Received from Publisher
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.
Review: Zavier made a deal with the devil years ago to save his dying lover. The price of the deal was that he’d spend the rest of his life in service to the demons making deals to take other people’s souls. Years later he’s called to make the deal for the soul of a man trying to save his dying sister. And he recognizes him.
I liked this book enough. I won’t say it was all that intriguing or anything I went raving to my friends for. Ryan is a very likable guy dealing with the worst thing he can imagine. His sister dying within the year. His friend, who I found pretty damn interesting but he played a small role in this book, tells Ryan that he can summon a demon and make a deal. With his back against the wall he does it. But the demon is hesitant to make the deal and claims to be his lover from another life. I’ll admit reincarnation isn’t really my thing but this had the demon twist so I’d say I liked it more than I normally might. I did think Ryan and Zavier had an insta attraction with some understandable insta love on Zavier’s side given he remembers his former life. Insta love isn’t really my thing either! It worked the more you got to know about their history together. I liked that Ryan demanded Zavier accept he’s not his former lover. He’s his own man.
The best part of this book for me was the demon politics. Demons are bad guys. In this story the demons are run like a cooperation. Everyone has their job and there’s checks and balances. Paperwork. Quotas to be met and people looking over your shoulder. The thing with this cooperation is that you don’t get fired. You get sent to hell for torture.
If you like demons you might want to check this one out. Be prepared for the insta love and lust. Professions of love and devotion pretty early in the book. The baddies are bad in that they imply evil doings we don’t ever see on page. So it’s a pretty tame paranormal romance where things go pretty much how you think they will. Not bad but not great either.