Monday, April 30, 2012

Erotic Paranormal ARC Review: Where There's Smoke by Karen Kelley

Series: Good Girl #1
Format: ARC
Genre: Erotic Paranormal
Length: 304 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (May 1,2012)

The Devil went down to Texas...
Sexy wannabe demon Destiny Carter has pissed off the people downstairs and has been kicked out of hell. Now she's in Ft.Worth, Texas, with one week to corrupt a soul. Or else.

Lookin' for just one soul to steal...
When smokin' hot Destiny strolls into The Stompin' Ground Bar in a slinky red dress, she has a feeling her assignment might not be so bad. The cowboy at the bar look pretty darn delicious and oh-so-corruptible.

But Chance Bellew is no ordinary cowboy, and Destiny gets way more than she bargained for when she rubs up against that sexy dark angel perched on a barstool like sin just waiting to happen...
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I loved it!
They say Texas is hotter than hell and well, I've never been to hell but this Texas girl can attest to the fact that it's almost hot all year round.

For demon in training Destiny Carter, she's been kicked out of hell and has one week to corrupt a soul. The soul ends up being one, Chance Bellew: sexy cowboy. Things heat up fast as in some inappropriate touching in a bar the first time they meet each other. This definitely starts off with a bang! *wink wink*

Chance has other things in mind. He knows what Destiny is or what she plans on becoming. He in turn has one week to show her that hell and becoming a demon isn't what it's cut out to be. The only problem is, he can't get caught up in the attraction. One wrong move and he could end up giving up his soul to her, leaving his fellow nephilim (Hunter, Dillon and Ryder) to their own devices.

One week. That's all it takes to tip the scales between good and evil. One week to flirt, seduce and play dirty to get the other person to cave in. One week to make the other person want to exchange their soul for everything. Easy peasy right? WRONG.

Destiny struggles with her past and getting to know her neighbors as well as getting an unwanted BFF. At first she's reluctant to let anyone in. After all, wouldn't you if your mother left you at the store when you were six promising to come back?

Chance has never let himself get near any of the souls he's trying to save, much less get intimate with them. Not Destiny. There's something sexy about this broken woman that draws him in. The more they fool around, the harder it is for him to not drive himself into her.

Between keeping their real identities from each other, finding a way to take each other's soul and giving into the physical attraction but not into the emotional, Destiny and Chance must find a way to tip the scales in their respective favor.

Every part of her became a part of him. He wanted her totally and completely etched in his mind forever. He didn't ask himself how he could feel so strongly about Destiny. He didn't ask because he was afraid of the answer, and to admit what he felt could destroy them both. 
OVERALL: I've never read Karen Kelley before but this won't be my last. Where have you been hiding Ms. Kelley? Or better yet, where have I been hiding? This is a sexy, steamy and 'oh my god I've got to put it down before I combust' kind of read. Confession: I put this book down 8 times because my face was getting a little warm. Between the dirty talk (oh my stars! there's a lot of dirty talk), the totally inappropriate touching and the actual deed itself, this girl was hot and bothered. (TMI) Throw in four sexy nephilim (the offspring of human women with angel baby daddy's) who walk a fine line while saving souls, answering prayers and saving animals, a rowdy, smoky bar and a demon in training and you've got one hell of an unputdownable putdownable read. Yes, I just contradicted myself. I wanted to keep reading but it was just too sexy to do it in one sitting. I'm looking forward to Chance's fellow nephilim: Hunter, Ryder and Dillon getting their own stories.

***review copy provided by Kim (SOS Aloha) and Netgalley***

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