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A Job From Hell (Ancient Legends #1)

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  7,409 Ratings  ·  641 Reviews
The moment Amber starts her new summer job in Scotland and sets eyes upon Aidan, her fate is sealed. Summoned by an ancient bond, she can never love another.
Lost in the woods one night, Amber enters Aidan's deadly world by chance when she unknowingly participates in a paranormal race, and promptly wins the first prize - a prize worth killing for.
In a world of forbidden lov
Published April 30th 2011 by Jayde Scott, via Smashwords
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Omg, no. I'm not sure why I even bothered to start this, except for it was $.99 and has like 8,000 five-star reviews. I can understand the $.99 part, but the five-star reviews? Nope. Must be from all those folks who love the Casts' House of Night series. Amber and Dallas are the absolute stupidest characters I've come across in a very long while, and the whole set-up is badly done. It reads very much like a first draft to me, like Scott was just sort of coming up with things as she wen ...more
Having just completed an epic fantasy series I have spent the past 3 hours trolling Goodreads to find a new series to sink my teeth into. That's right - 3 hours of going though the lists, reading the reviews and deciding if I felt like sticking with the historical/magical fantasy adventures or dipping back into the vampire genre of which there is a disgustingly high amount of seriously crappy reads that upset my inner hippy when I think about all the poor trees who gave their lives in the proces ...more
Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈

Read a book written by an author who shares your initials.

After a little bit of thinking and pondering, I actually decided to give this book 3 stars instead of 2. Which rarely happens. But it just did.

So basic plot in a nutshell, Amber comes to remote Scotland to be the maid of enigmatic and wealthy Aidan McCallister. Though cooking and cleaning is not Amber's forte, she was selected from some pretty stiff competition, and she really needs money for college, so instead of having fun in London, s
Miss Reviewer
May 31, 2011 Miss Reviewer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I was torn between 4 and 5 stars. Everyone who knows me knows I don't give 5 stars easily. In the end, I decided it deserved five stars rather than four because it truly stands out from the crowd and was one of the most entertaining, action packed and funny books I've read in a long time. I'm not going to sum up the plot because others have done it before me. Here's what I liked and what I didn't like so much.
To begin with, the punctuation i
Dani G
May 29, 2011 Dani G rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in less than 2 days after I stumbled across the free sample chapters. I highly recommend it to everyone. Once you start reading & laughing, you will love it as much as me! The book was full of twists & turns I didn't expect and kept me hooked from the first pages... I thought Twilight was good, but this book nearly threw me. For one, all the characters were so diverse and likeable. There is Amber, a normal teenage girl with wit and humor, her overconfident brother Dallas ...more
Mercy Dragonslayer
This is one of those books--one of the LEADING of those books--where I just really can't say what I hated the most! Was it the moronic Amber who can't make up her mind about anything and whines like a neglected teakettle stuck in a time-loop? Was it the dumb, dumb, DUMB Aidan who, throughout the entire book, is sticking his face in beehives, tripping over his own feet, or serenading a girl he shared all of three words with? Was it the cardboard secondary characters, who sit around and twiddle th ...more
Shannon  D Duprey
Absolutely INCREDIBLE.
I mean: WOW. This book was amazing. I’m lost for words....

I wish I could write this review in red or gold because that’s how much I loved it. Seriously, when I started I didn’t expect much. Now I have an addiction. It’s called “I lost my heart to A job from hell” – This book has hit home with me.

To start…
When I got the book, I wanted to save it for a quiet weekend as I was supposed to learn for my exam, but lazy me, I had to start rather than learn and couldn’t put it dow
Aug 05, 2011 Laila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I saw this book I instantly wanted to read it, I love all of J. Scott's work because she fills each book with lots of plot and action, I'm a big fan and I think this book is great. It's funny, and if you can't laugh at it then maybe you're a little too uptight. It was made to be funny and I think any paranormal fan would like it.
May 10, 2011 Bex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bex by: Misha
Shelves: e-books
A word of warning before you read this book, this book is difficult to put down. Just thought I should warn all potential readers and trust me you DO want to read this book.

A job from Hell by Jayde Scott is an astounding book, it’s not very often that a book grabs me from the first page and holds my attention till the very end; but Jayde Scott did absolutely that. The characters are well written, I especially like Amber’s sarcastic personality, it made for some very enjoyable reading.

Jayde Scott
May 21, 2011 Jayde Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-m-the-writer
I'm the author so, naturally, I'm biased. After a year of writing and editing 94,000+ words, this is my baby. Never felt about any other book this way before.
May 16, 2011 Misha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every now and then comes a book I wish it would never end. This was one of them. It was very funny, I've no idea how many times I actually laughed, but it was a lot.
Seventeen-year-old Amber's forced to take a work placement in Scotland as a housekeeper during the summer holidays before she starts college. She needs the money and the job pays well.
The house is eerie, dead. Its inhabitants, sexy Aidan, his brother Kieran and beautiful Clare, are hardly ever there, always arriving at night, if ever
Aug 07, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Warning: This book is CONTAGIOUS! This is the best supernatural book I have read! OMG it kept me on the edge of my seat.

My Rating: 5 of 5!

My Cover Thoughts: I love the cover because it shows a girl dressed in a white dress running from the woods towards a house.

My Thoughts/Review: okay, okay so where to start! OMG I got this as a book recommendation and thought hey this sounds like an awesome read. This is the BEST read I have had in a long time. I was so entranced in this book I could not put i
Jul 17, 2011 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a must Summer read!!! A Job from Hell was a real page turner I could not put down. If you're new to Jayde Scott, then hang on for a heart pounding author who knows how to get the blood pumping. Jayde Scott has done a phenomenal job by taking us into the daily life of an intelligent woman stricken with a gift that she doesn't want to have but makes her the target of people who have real supernatural powers and want what she has.

I had so many questions with this book: Can Amber trust Aida
D.M. Dutcher
Jul 12, 2012 D.M. Dutcher rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
MY GOD, STOP WITH THE FRICKIN' BANTERING! *deep breath* Okay, with that out of the way, this is a book with some nice ideas that rubbed me entirely the wrong way.

Amber has just been dumped off at a castle in Scotland to work as a housekeeper. It's clear she is out of her league, but that's okay because they are there to steal some diamonds from a hut. I'm not sure how Amber's brother even found that they were there, but okay. Unfortunately those diamonds are part of a puzzle that confers the ab
Aug 08, 2011 Vicky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OK so here goes.I never write reviews for books- as I think books are like art, creatively written with everyone having their own interpretations so there is not really a " best" and " worst" out there. Right? I happened to find this book while searching for a good book to read and for 99 cent I don't think I had anything to lose. But Wow. A job from hell is amazing. I am complete awestruck. Everything fits perfectly. The whole book was intense, loved especially page 308 till 398 when Amber desc ...more
Jun 19, 2011 LouiseC. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A job from hell blew my mind. Non stop action from start to finish. Lots of twists and an end I didn't expect. Loved all of the characters especially Amber and Cass. This book is the first series since Twilight and the Vampire Diaries that I really like and that says a lot. There are many fiction books that show a weak protagonist, but this was the opposite.
Amber shows courage in the face of a deadly situation. She doesn't allow her strong feelings to intervene or cloud her mind. It's very well
Jul 18, 2011 Mandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A job from Hell is a breathtaking story where there are no coincidences, only destiny. All in all I can say that I have read A job from hell in threes sittings ( with over 400p it’s not a short read) and the chapters often end as cliffhanger prompting you to read more.
There were plenty of pages where I had to laugh and got back to work with a huge smile on my face. Her description of Amber, and her work situation is just a must read to get a good laugh during your breaks. And if humor isn ‘t en
Jun 25, 2011 Samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was sad to put this book down. It was that kind of book that wormed its way into my heart and when I was finished I just felt like I have lost some special friend! It tells the story of Amber who meets a vampire, both of which are kinda star-crossed lovers that want to be together but due to various circumstances they can’t. And Amber sacrifices, giving up what is important to her. And this way risks a lot. This book is funny but it is also sad and thought provoking. That she was dumped by her ...more
Dec 04, 2013 Melanie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle

There are so many things that annoy me about this book. So I'm not going to go into it too much, otherwise it'll just turn into a rant.

It has all the cliches of a paranormal romance, and all the characters are quite flat. The lead - Amber - is supposed to be all strong-willed and adjusts to the idea of vampires/demons etc. very quickly, yet gets talked into stealing some jewels in about 30 seconds flat. She can't make up her mind about Aiden (gorgeous vampire cliche - check!) and seems to go
May 09, 2011 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it. It's one of my favourite books of all times because it's funny, has a great, original plot and lots of hot guys. The writing's beautiful with lots of depth, witty dialogue and picturesque description. It reminded me a bit of Sophie Kinsella's style but with more action, better dialogue and lots of paranormal elements. The romance part was sizzling hot. And Lucifer's daughter Cassandra and Aidan's brother Kieran had me rolling on the floor with laughter.
The paranormal elements were ve
Natalie (Never trust a duck)
No, just no.

UGH, why did I read this. Moments of my life I will never get back :(

No I don't want to read the sequels and no this book shouldn't have been published.

No imagination went into this book. It was more like,"hmmm what are people into these days? The supernatural world! I KNOW! I'll write a completely generic book with a really annoying main character and a vampire who loves her." Sound like something you know? I'll give you a hint: Edward and Bella. Now I've never read Twilight, but I
Julie C
Jul 19, 2011 Julie C rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing Amazing! It's my all time favourite. The writing is so captivating and every chapter left me clinging for more. It's the humour that I love. The twists that took me by surprise. The plot line that is just perfect. The ending I didn't see coming. Some complain that it is too fast paced. For a book with almost 450 pages, I think this is the best part. ok, so it is filled with lots of action but I don't think one can complain. You feel like you take a world travel by reading it and Jayde sc ...more
Rachel S
Jul 18, 2011 Rachel S rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Holy hell. I was captured on the first page. I don't do spoilers in my reviews and, in fact, I don't generally do lengthy reviews either. Amber's humor and her way of dealing with a " boring" housekeeping job immediately pulled me in. I was there with her, readily willing to fight alongside the heroine. Her character is just refreshing. Forget typical love romances where the heroine gets all wobbly and weak. Forget long drawn out plots or uninteresting characters.
A job from hell was a mystery. E
Book Vixens Reviews
Got this for a Euro not expecting much and was really surprised how much I liked it. It was a bit slow to begin with all the characters being introduced but once I got past chapter 4 I couldn't put it down. There's something happening in every chapter!
I really liked how the Shadow world was created and the novelty of the characters with the vampires being able to teleport to places and the hint at all the things the Shadows do like shamanism and voodoo rituals. I felt a bit sorry for the Shadow
Jaime Lester
Sep 30, 2011 Jaime Lester rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Job From Hell is a quick, fun read. I really enjoyed all of the different immortals thrown into the book. The story is told from two seperate POVs. Amber, the first POV, is half good and half bad for me. Not my favorite but definitely not the worst. She has a tendancy toward bitching and whining and groaning and complaining that drives me up the wall, but she is also flippin funny and sarcastic and I love love that about her. The other POV is Aidan, Ambers "bond mate". I don't really know yet ...more
Vanessa Gerald

There is one thing I have to say about the ancient legends series:
you can't trust any of the characters. There are so many twists in the books that it's best to read all of them in order and keep an open mind. Really, don't judge too early. Don't rate this book until you have read at least the second one too.

A job from hell is sort of the beginning- the prelude. The REAL action starts with the next book and WOW it really picks up! You really get sucked in.
You think Kieran is hot? Wait till you m
Aug 07, 2011 Doreen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was really enthralled by this story and enjoyed it immensely. So would I recommend it: yes!!! Would I reread it: Yes, double yes!!!! The plot is fantastic, the writing beautiful, the characters very likable. I loved Cassandra more than Amber, but still i would not take stars off for that because i realize that that no two people are the same and what I find irresistible in one character, might not be someone's cup of tea. However I laughed a lot and I loved this series, and I will sure buy all ...more
Jul 23, 2011 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A Job From Hell was kindly provided to me by the author.

A Job From Hell by Jayde Scott is her debut novel in the Ancient Legends series and is an exciting and fresh read which had me captivated from the first to the very last page.

Amber is a 17 year old student who has accepted a house-keeping summer job in Scotland to earn some extra dollars for college. When her brother, Dallas finds what appear to be gemstones in the woods, they see it as a get rich quick
Patricia Puddle
May 04, 2011 Patricia Puddle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teens and adults.
Recommended to Patricia by: Saw it on Goodreads
Shelves: recomendations
What a great read. This is a story for teens as well as adults. A very well written vampire love story that's full of intrigue right to the end. Seventeen-year-old Amber starts a new job as a housekeeper in an old mansion in Scotland, but she knows nothing about housekeeping and hates cleaning. She thinks household chores are a waste of time, so she's quite happy that the house is sparkling clean. Instead of working, Amber spends most of her time drooling over her new boss and snooping around th ...more
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“Cass had a few points but, really, a vampire? Who believed in such a myth? What was Cass suggesting anyway? That I grab my rosary and head for the nearest church begging for holy water? Line my door and windows with salt? Sleep with a wooden stake under my pillow? Hang garlic bulbs from my bedroom door? Why was I even considering these options?” 48 likes
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