Damned If You Do by Marie Sexton #mm #review @MarieSexton

Damned If You Do

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The path to temptation is paved with a hellish amount of paperwork.

Soul acquisition is a drag, but if Abaddon doesn’t catch up on his quota, he could be demoted to scooping poop for the Hounds of Hell. With a deadline hanging over him, he heads for the Bible Belt, looking for the perfect combination of sweetness and challenge.

Seth is a blind musician, part of a traveling tent revival. He’s cute, mystically talented, and quotes the Bible at every turn. His soul is pure enough to fill Abaddon’s quota for months to come, and Abaddon is determined to claim it.

The problem? There’s the revival foreman who watches Abaddon’s every move. Then there’s the mystery of Seth’s many unusual talents. Lastly, there’s Abaddon himself. He’s beginning to like Seth a bit too much. Maybe Seth deserves something better than damnation.

But Hell’s agenda isn’t negotiable, and time is running out. If Abaddon doesn’t play his cards right, he could condemn both of them to the worst fate of all—an eternity apart.

Warning: Contains a Bible-quoting twink and an irreverent devil who’ll do anything to avoid going “back to the office”. Also, snakes. Lots and lots of snakes.

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What a fun tale, that has a truly amazing meaning behind it.

So as you start reading, you soon realize that Abaddon is not cut out for the life he is currently living. Bad choices that he made when he was younger led him to his newest situation, choices he doesn’t remember but does regret.

Seth is stuck in a life he is content with. Not happy, but knows he will never get out of it, it will never get better. So he makes the most of every day. Leaving it in God’s hands.

When Abaddon and Seth first meet and struck a bargain, unless you’ve lived under a rock, you are going to have the same thought I did, “hey, I know that song” as they play it out in a weird parody. But as the book progresses you soon lose focus of that and start to realize that this is becoming deeper. As Abaddon re-evaluates what he believes and wants. As Seth decides that maybe just maybe he can have one finally real life adventure.

You find yourself wanting to jump in and save Seth, well from himself and his resigned life. You want to cheer and cry for Abaddon when he realizes… well not giving that away.

We have a couple of secondary people that make the tale that more interesting and really help with HEA at the end.



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