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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Fresh New Voice of YA- Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers

Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers
"If you had to choose between Heaven and Hell, which would it be?

Are you sure about that...?

Frannie Cavanaugh is a good Catholic girl with a wicked streak. She's spent years keeping everyone at a distance--even her closest friends--and it seems her senior year will be more of the same...until Luc Cain enrolls in her class. No one knows where he came from, but Frannie can't seem to stay away from him. What she doesn't know is that Luc works in Acquisitions--for Hell--and she possesses a unique skill set that has the king of Hell tingling with anticipation. All Luc has to do is get her to sin, and he's as tempting as they come. Frannie doesn't stand a chance.

Unfortunately for Luc, Heaven has other plans, and the angel, Gabe, is going to do whatever it takes to make sure that Luc doesn't get what he came for. And it isn't long before they find themselves fighting for more than just her soul.

But if Luc fails, there will be Hell to pay...for all of them."- summary from Amazon

First off, isn't the cover just amazing? All covers should have hot guys on them. WE NEED MORE HOT GUYS! PREFERABLY SHIRTLESS!

Ahem. Anyway, moving on, I really liked this book. It stumbled a bit for me in the beginning and I actually wasn't sure if I would even continue it. This rarely happens to me (in fact, I've only done it with one other book this year), but I soldiered on and it got much better.

I'm always a fan of multiple perspectives and this one is no exception. I was a bit surprised to see no POV from Gabe, the angel, but if you read my interview with Lisa Desrochers from Monday, you'll see why that is. I did enjoy seeing the story from both Frannie and Luc's perspectives and the story definitely warranted it. It was executed very well and switched at just the right moments.

The romance is of course very steamy but was also pretty sweet too. I would love to have two hot guys fight over me, but I wouldn't want to be in Frannie's EXACT position because it was very dangerous. I'll just take the two guys, thanks. But it was fun seeing the different interactions between Frannie and the two guys. Desrochers did a really great job with that.

I went through the book pretty quickly once I got past that beginning; it was hard to put the book down. The ending for me was very unexpected and took some twists that I didn't see coming. I was wondering all throughout the book how the story would keep going. This book is by no means short, clocking in at 350 pages, so how could the story continue past this? Well, she made it work and I'm excited to read the next book.

FTC: Received from Around the World tours. Link above is an Amazon link; any profit goes toward funding contests.


  1. Great review :) I cannot wait to read this book! (I also like you opinion on the guys on the cover )

  2. Thanks for the review! I will definitely be on the lookout for this book - sounds interesting, and who doesn't love a good love triangle!

  3. New follower here... very interested in more paranormal reads, and seeing as how you're willing to shapeshift for reads... I think this might be a good place to come :)

  4. I fully agree with your cover request for more hot guys (preferably shirtless). :) Glad to hear that you liked Personal Demons and that it has some great twists and an ending that you didn't see coming. Sounds like a fun book!