Demon’s Kiss & Demon’s Bride by Zoe Archer (The Hellraisers 1 & 2)

Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Historical Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Kensington

My Copy: Bought

A Handsome Devil 

James Sherbourne, Earl of Whitney, is a gambling man. Not for the money. But for the thrill, the danger—and the company: Whit has become one of the infamous Hellraisers, losing himself in the chase for adventure and pleasure with his four closest friends. 

Which was how Whit found himself in a gypsy encampment, betting against a lovely Romani girl. Zora Grey’s smoky voice and sharp tongue entrance Whit nearly as much as her clever hands—watching them handle cards inspires thoughts of another kind. 

Zora can’t explain her attraction to the careless blue-eyed Whit. She also can’t stop him and his Hellraisers from a fiendish curse: the power to grant their own hearts’ desires, to chase their pleasures from the merely debauched to the truly diabolical. And if Zora can’t save Whit, she still has to escape him.

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Available: May 1, 2012 Amazon/B&N

Type: Paranormal Historical Romance

Publisher: Kensington

My Copy: Sent

Hell to Pay 

Leo Bailey may have been born to poverty, but ruthless business sense and sparkling intelligence have made money worries a thing of his past. It doesn’t hurt that the Devil himself has granted Leo the ability to read the future. 

But even infallible predictions are a déclassé commoner’s trick to some members of the ton. They’ll never see Leo as their equal—one good reason to prove himself their better. And a noble marriage is an obvious start. 

Bookish Anne Hartfield, daughter of a baron, is hardly the flashiest miss on the marriage market. But her thoughtful reserve complements Leo’s brash boldness in an attraction neither can deny. A whirlwind courtship sweeps Anne and Leo into a smoldering marriage before either can believe their luck. But happiness built on Leo’s dark powers can’t last. Soon, Anne will have to save her husband…or lose her heart…

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I am doing a sort of combined reviews for these two books. Mostly because I don’t have much to say about them. I have come to find out since trying to read these that historical paranormal romance isn’t for me. I was so incredibly bored during Devil’s Kiss that I really didn’t want to pick up Demon’s Bride at all, but I felt I should at least give it a try. Unfortunately I had the same result with that one too.

The Hellraiser series is about a group of incredibly selfish and immature men who find the lure of the devil to simply be to much for them to say no to. They cave to get their wildest desires handed to them and shocked and appalled to find out that the devil doesn’t give things free and clear. They then embark on a journey to try and salvage their souls one book at a time.

I found the premise to be hard to get behind. A bunch of men thinking they can take gifts from the devil and not pay the consequences? Not even in a paranormal romance do I believe that a group of guys would think they were that untouchable. He’s the DEVIL. I also didn’t like what both heroines, Zora and Anne, had to put up with in the name of love. I kept wondering why they stuck around. Well, not that Zora had much choice being shackled to a playing card. But still. And Anne, who ends up married to a man she doesn’t know, all because Leo declared it so. It was just to much for me. I wanted them to be more from the beginning and while Zora was, at least in part, Anne….nada.

I am sure readers who enjoy paranormal romance will enjoy these. I just didn’t. I won’t continue on with this series but if Zoe Archer writes things that aren’t in this sub-genre, I would be willing to give it a try. I found since I didn’t like the genre or the characters it was next to impossible to connect with the story line after that..

I rated Devil’s Kiss a 2 because I did manage to make it mostly through that one but Demon’s Bride was a DNF. 

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