Devil To Pay
by Renee Bernard
Workplace comedy is always fun but when the company in question in H.E.LLc (Hades Enterprises LLc) and your job is being Lucifer, let's just say, there are some unique challenges beyond Casual Fridays and who keeps taking your lunch out of the break room. Even if Hell really is just a place where evil is tracked and analyzed in endless cubicles-no brimstone and not a human soul in sight-there's no room for error. This Lucifer (who is the seventh unlucky archangel to get the position behind the black onyx desk) is about to have his entire world rattled when a very sweet and likable mortal woman crosses his path.
After all, angels can't lie. And when Jayne Hamilton wants to know what he does for a living, all bets are off. Because "dating" isn't exactly in the cosmic scheme of the Eternity Gambit, but Love... Well, Love is never really off the table.
Now, if Lucifer can just figure out how to win the girl and get himself fired, he'll be one very very happy angel.
"Filled with sparkling wit and devilish charm, DEVIL TO PAY is a delightful visit to the Shangri-La of Hell!" -- Erin Quinn, The Three Fates of Ryan Love, NYT Bestselling Author
"Only Renee Bernard could make dating Satan sexy as sin! Funny, fresh, irreverent and utterly adorable!" - Dakota Cassidy, National Bestselling Author
First book in the new Eternity Gambit series from USA Today bestselling author Renee Bernard. This is a romantic comedy series with an original paranormal twist that defies categorization and turns every notion of Heaven and Hell on its ear.
“Smitten without a prayer,” Lucifer regained his focus on the present moment. “There’s no Sanction for me.”
“Wrong,” Uriel said softly. “How many people have walked into your building’s lobby in the last seventy-five years?”
Lucifer calculated his answer trying to remember. “Two. Besides her, I think it’s two.”
“Invited?” Uriel asked.
“Of course! Mortals can’t even see the structure unless—“ Lucifer stopped himself. “Oh, my God!”
Uriel smiled in triumph. “See? Sanctioned.”
“What did I just miss?” Raphael put the cards in the box.
“She found him without an invitation. She walked in of her own free will and unless it was Sanctioned, Management would have never allowed it.” Uriel smugly folded his hands like a magician revealing his best trick. “I’d say Michael’s going to eat his own hat when he finds out.”
Lucifer was speechless as he absorbed the implications.
Sanctioned. Was it really true that she’d been allowed to come to me? That there’s a chance? It’s all still human free will and the long shot of the millennia, but oh, God…thank you. I’ll have to get Malcolm to send you a gift in the morning for this one!
Luke shoved the chips at Azrael and excused himself with a bow. “I hate to win and run, but I have to see a Demon about a fruit basket.”
He instantly vanished and Raphael’s laughter filled the room. “You gotta love his exit lines!”
OH!! no blurby bit, I'm a-jumping!
This book, these 500odd pages, was such a refreshing change! Its hilarous, its amusing, it makes you think. It has love and passion (but is fairly clean!) It has angels and demons, but they are all flipped on the head and changed around. It has invisible buildings and weekly poker nights between the Archangels. IT HAS IT ALL! And it made me laugh (thats a rather difficult thing at the moment) and I loved it.
Jayne is awesome, she has faults but doesn't care. Luke is..well.. LUKE! He can't lie, since all angels can't, and his job is Lucifer and H.E.LLc and all its holdings. The weekly paparwork is a small forest by all accounts!
I cant say all I need to say, cos I will be here all day, so, listen up, cos this is gonna be short and sweet.
If you love angels and demons, one for you. If you are a sucker for a good love story, one for you. If you like funny books, check. If you like your books relatively clean, again, one for you. First in series, check. Awesome heroine, check. Sexy hero, check. Shall I go on?? No, I'm not gonna. But I will say this:
This is the first I've read oh this author, but it won't be the last. I would like to see who comes next, because I didn't see that in this story, and there are so many to choose from!
5 stars, all shiny and black like the marble in Luke's building :-P
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AUTHOR Bio and Links:
What in the world is a retired Navy chaplain’s daughter doing writing scorching hot historical romances and paranormal romantic comedies and even comic books? Renee Bernard is applying a great education from traveling all over the world to story telling and doing her best to keep her father proud. Truthfully, her father is her number one fan, even though he has sworn never to read a single word of her books (a vow he has kept to this day!) Nothing stops him from telling everyone he knows that his daughter is now a USA Today Bestselling author or from handing out bookmarks on the golf course. Love can make even a minister do strange things!
Renee Bernard is a freelance writer and host of “The Romance Bookmark” on Readers Entertainment, as well as a contributor to Romantic Times BookReviews magazine. Renee currently lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Northern California. (Note an interesting proximity to great wineries!)
DEVIL TO PAY is available now online wherever books are sold and is coming soon to Audio! The Eternity Gambit series is a fun departure from her well-known Victorian set historical romances and creates a new world for readers unlike any other. DEVIL TO PAY is the first book in this new series and is gathering up 5-Star reviews and momentum as more readers discover that office politics can hit a whole new level of crazy when you work at Hades Enterprises, LLc (or H.E.LLc).
For more information, please visit her website at http://www.reneebernardauthor.com or http://www.eternitygambit.com .
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