Friday, January 20, 2012

Review: Michelle Scott's "Straight To Hell" (Lilith Straight series, Book #1)

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 394 KB
Print Length: 188 pages
Language: English
ASIN: B005M3MQ84
Review Copy Courtesy Of:  See First Sentence Under "Saph's Review"

Synopsis Courtesy Of Goodreads:

The moment Lilith Straight dies, the Devil appears to claim her soul and cash in on a family curse. Now, Lilith has no choice but to work for him. The job is bad, the boss is worse and she can’t imagine how she’ll explain her new reincarnation to her eight-year-old daughter. But then an arrogant, yet oh so yummy, incubus shows up…and hell heats up just a little more.

Saph's Review:

I originally received a copy of this from Michelle herself, and then I signed up for R2R – Read to Review – through “Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Fanatics!” on Goodreads.

Lilith Straights starts right at the being telling her readers she's better off than any of us; better paychecks, house, and lifestyle...Until one day it all changes and she finds out her husband was cheating on her.  Now instead of a nice house, designer clothes, and country club friends she finds herself living in a less-than-desirable part of town because her niece burned down the nice one she got after the divorce, bare cupboards, no job, and providing for her daughter Grace, niece Ariel, step-sister Jasmine, and Tommy, Jasmine's "spiritual advisor."  And just when she thought her situation couldn't get any worse....she gets hit by a car and dies.  Only she doesn't die...she finds herself presented to Miss Spry - in hell.  It seems that Lilith comes from a long line of succubi and it's her turn to fill the role.  Lilith finds that being a succubus, a mother, an aunt, and a step-sister isn't all that easy.

"Straight To Hell" is a nice novel that doesn't have the sexual overtones that you would expect with a story about a succubus.  The book was fantastic from the first page to the last page.  Each character had such different qualities that it keep the story from getting dull.  The plot was solid and consistent.  It's a paranormal story with a mix of humor, realism, and brings home the choices parents have to make in order to protect their families.  Because of her familial lineage, Lilith is put into situations that her now half-human heart has trouble dealing with and ultimately fails the tests that Miss Spry throws at her.  But when Miss Spry kidnaps and threatens one of Lilith's family members, she's forced to do the unthinkable in order to appease Miss Spry and regain possession of what's been taken from her. 

I didn't particularly enjoy the redemption part of the story.  Not because it was written poorly; it wasn't.  It was perfect for the story line and was exactly what was required due to the situation Lilith was in.  Miss Spry pretty much had Lilith between a rock and a hard place and Lilith had to make a pretty hard choice or two.  If you've read any of my previous reviews you know that if the book is good enough, I get completely involved with the characters; I feel what they feel and see what they see.  So, on that note, when Lilith was going through the motions to regain the support of Miss Spry, I  felt bad for the people involved.  My heart broke at the betrayal....Okay, if I continue to type, I'll end up giving things away....

This is a really good book and I look forward to Book 2 in the Lilith Straight series.


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