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Where There's Smoke

(Good Girl #1)

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  178 ratings  ·  41 reviews
The Devil Went Down to Texas...
It turns out there is a worse place for a wannabe demon to be than hell...Fort Worth, Texas. Sure, it might be fine for all the humans walking around, but for me, it's the one thing getting in the way of me achieving full demon status. I need to corrupt a soul ASAP. Or else.

Lookin' For Just One Soul to Steal...
I figured the best place to find
Paperback, 297 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Lady Raven RAVE!
Apr 01, 2012 rated it really liked it

Destiny is at a bar looking for her next soul because she needs to meet her quota. When she spots the lone cowboy sitting in the bar she figures it's a done deal but later wonder who's seducing who. But what she doesn't know is that that lone cowboy has his own agenda.


This was a enjoyable read from the start, middle and end. As this is a paranormal erotica, I have to commend the author on a mouth watering and thrilling first chapter and sto
May 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: angels-demons
I am a lover of stories about angels and demons so when I read the synopsis on this book I thought it sounded right up my alley! Boy, was I right! This was fun, hot, sexy story!

Destiny Carter is a demon in training, she has one week on Earth to corrupt a soul and bring it back to hell to become a full fledged demon. She ends up in a bar in Fort Worth, Texas with her eye on the sex on a stick cowboy bellied up to the bar. Little does she know that Chance Bellew is not your ordinary cowboy, he is
Sep 06, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Emily Elizabeth
As seen on Ed and Em's Reviews!

This book… Dear God, this book. I honestly don't know how I finished it.

Here's the plot: Destiny is dead. She went to hell, but she's not a demon yet because she didn't bring enough souls with her to hell (or something like that). So they send her back to Earth to convince someone to go to hell, and she'll get to be a demon. She's got a week to do so. Chance (aren't you loving these names?) is a nephilim, half-angel, half-human. It's his job to convince people, es
Sarah (needs a break from reviewing)
Aug 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: romance readers

After spending her 26 years of life being "bad," as Destiny Carter puts it, she died in 1959. As she lay dying a demon offered to take away all her pain and give her everything she never had while she was alive. Of course she agreed. That's what leads us to the beginning of Where There's Smoke.

Seeing as Destiny went to hell back in 1959 her definition of "bad" is a lot tamer than today's definition is. But she believed she deserved to go to hell for the things she did leading up to
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
Review also posted on my blog: http://chattygirlbookreviews.wordpres...

*The publisher provided me with this book for review, via Netgalley.*

Where there’s smoke by Karen Kelley is one of those weird ones to review. I really, really struggled with it; I lost interest I found myself skimming a lot but not because the book was bad.

This book had everything that a book like this should have. It had an ok story line, a female lead character that you could relate to and a male character that makes you
I tried to get into this book...I really did, but the plot just felt weak...

Destiny died in 1957 and has been serving in Hell ever since collecting souls. But her time is running out and she still has one soul left to meet her quota if she is ever going to become a a full fledged demon. So she has been sent back to earth and has one week to get a mortal to sign over their soul or else...To bad she has her sights set on one man in particular, Chance. Little does she know that Chance is part angel
Mrs. Missive
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
There is just something about this author's writing voice that keeps me reading. There are some authors that just have "it". This author does. I wish the editor would do a better job. I ended up reading book 2 first, but I am glad I was gifted book 1. We tackle some pretty deep topics. Heaven vs. Hell and Demons vs. Angels, but with a light hearted feel that made me not want to put down my e-reader.

LOTS of sexy scenes. This is an author who enjoys some public fornication and dirty talk from her
R Y A N  ⚡️
DNF @ 30% — what is this even supposed to be? I’m not sure this book knows what it’s supposed to be... PNR or erotic romance? Whatever, it’s not executed well enough for me to finish.

Angels x Demons have so much opportunity for world-building and mythology but it’s squandered here. The focus is on random sexual acts (that aren’t sexy or worthy of being read one handed) and a Nephilium not wanting to break celibacy that doesn’t last for long. It’s boring and exhausting.
Sandy M
May 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
This is actually my first Karen Kelley book. I like the premise of the story, so thought it would be a good book to review. While I like the handsome and immortal cowboy hero – who wouldn’t want a cowboy for forever? – and the sex is hot and steamin’, there’s a couple of pet peeves that kept me on edge in between the sexy voice and grins that cowboy tosses around and the play of heaven against hell, stealing souls, and trying to do the right thing.

Destiny is a demon in training. She kinda messes
Apr 19, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very boring. Poorly written. Lame characters. DNF 10%.
Janet Robel
May 13, 2019 rated it liked it
What happens when an angel and a wannabe demon get together? You'll have to find out for yourself in this cute, sexy story. ...more
Jan 12, 2013 rated it liked it
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Apr 09, 2012 rated it liked it

By Karen Kelley
May 12, 2012
Disclosure: E-Galley from publisher via NetGalley.
No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions, unless otherwise stated, are my own.

When sexy wannabe-demon, Destiny Carter, is kicked out of Hell, she lands in Ft. Worth, Texas with one week to corrupt a soul. Or else. She slips into a slinky red dress, and heads straight for the delicious,
***original review posted at Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance***

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 start
Neyra ♦
May 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-pnr
Actual Rating: 3.5

I feel cheated... and even though I did like reading the book, I feel as though it could have been better. The story has merit, and it definitely gets steamy in the bedroom, but it failed to wow me.

Destiny Carter is a demon in training, and in order for her to finally get what she's always wanted, she has to corrupt one final soul. But when she saunters over to the lone cowboy sitting at the end of the bar, she gets more than what she bargained for. Chance is no mere mortal
Redheads Review it Better
First off, can I say how much I drooled over the cover??? Like, damn. The tattoo on his pec is so yummy looking I just want to lick it up. *wipes drool off chin* Of course you don't want to hear my ramblings of the half naked (One day someone will make a cover with a completely naked guy. I vote David Gandy. I would be first in line to buy it. *waggles eyebrows* I really need to stay on topic. Lol.)

We find Destiny kicked out of Hell because she is one soul short of getting all expenses paid vac
May 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
When sexy wannabe-demon, Destiny Carter, is kicked out of Hell, she lands in Ft. Worth, Texas with one week to corrupt a soul. Or else. She slips into a slinky red dress, and heads straight for the delicious, corruptible looking cowboy at the bar.

But Chance Bellew has his own agenda-saving souls. He's not your typical angel. He’s a nephilim, to be exact. Centuries ago, angels came down from Heaven and mated with mortal women. When the women bore children, a new race was created. Immortals with p
Romancing the Book
May 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Posted on Romancing the Book blog
Reviewed by ~ Marissa
Review Copy Provided by ~ the Publisher

I was drawn to Where There’s Smoke after reading the blurb. I liked the idea of a demon (wannabe, not actual) falling in love an angel very enticing. That, and the fact that it was a new novel by Karen Kelley, author of the Planet Nerak series which features aliens and male robots who satisfy a woman’s every whim, I mean, honestly, who can you resist?

To begin with, you have Destiny, a demon-in-waiting (s
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
Rhys' review posted on Guilty Pleasures

Destiny Carter was a bad girl, so bad that even hell didn’t want to deal with her yet. When she was sent back to earth to collect more souls before she can become a true demon, while this sounds like an easy task Destiny is in for a rude awakening. While Destiny had the worst life before her transformation into a demon-in-training, the golden life of demonhood loses its luster quickly the longer Destiny is back on earth. Not only does she meet wonderful peo
Lisa Anne

Destiny Carter works at the sorting station between Heaven and Hell. She wants to become a full-fledged demon because she's been promised she'll have everything she's ever dreamed of. She's been sent back to earth and has one week to collect a soul so she can become a demon, or she'll be damned to the fires of Hell for eternity.

Chance Bellew, a half-angel, half-mortal nephilim, has one week and one day to convince Destiny to give up her soul for his side. His plan is to make Destiny want hi
Viari Rose
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As reviewed on The eBook Reviewers
This is one of the books that I received from Sourcebooks through NetGalley. It was released last week. And I simply loved it, I plowed through it in one sitting.

I love paranormal stories, ghosts, vampires and zombies being my favorites. Though there's just something special about a book with angels. Now add a demon on top of that and I shiver with delight! Now Destiny and Chance are a level all their own. You have basically a demon in training and a half-breed
Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Where's There's Smoke by Karen Kelley

This is a new author for me and I really enjoyed this book.

The premise: Destiny is a "wanna be" demon but she has to capture one more soul in order to become a full fledged demon and reap all the rewards she's been "promised". She walks into a bar and sees Chance who is one sexy cowboy and the sparks ignite between them.

What she doesn't know is that Chance is "Niphilim", half angel/half human immortal who try to save the souls of people like Destiny by gettin
Alexia Chantel
Apr 03, 2012 rated it liked it
An angel just trying to save souls meets a demon wannabe trying to steal one. Just that is enough to cause some friction, but once these two meet the friction between them has nothing to do with their occupations and everything to do with physical attraction.

This cowboy angel is smokin hot. No wonder Destiny zeros in on him when she walks into the bar. From the start these two can’t keep their hands off each other, though Chance does his best to keep Destiny away from his heart. Difficult to do
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at:

Breaking loose has never been this hot.

I love the work of Karen Kelley. When I saw this book was up for review, I jumped on it. I'm glad I did. This book was HOT. That pretty well sums it up. HOT. Ms Kelley's story flowed well. I didn't feel jarred even when there was a lot of sex. I know, this is an erotic work, but there is a lot of sex. Since Destiny is a demon, I expected nothing less.

This book is a story of second chances and red
Destiny Carter is kicked out of Hell and told she needs to corrupt one person or she will not move up in the demon hierarchy. Destiny is sent to Ft. Worth, TX and given a week to meet her goal. One of the first places she sees is a bar, and what better place to meet easily corrupted souls than at a bar? She meets a cowboy named Chance that is hunky and just what she is looking for. Little does Destiny know that Chase is an nephilim (half angel, half human) and has a plan of his own.

Chase plans t
May 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012, reviewed
Originally posted at Find the Time to Read

Reading through the synopsis that GoodReads offered I thought that Where There’s Smoke would be more like Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead. Instead I got something that just fell slightly short. The characters were likable and funny, but a lot of the interaction between them seemed forced.

I would have really liked to see Destiny’s friendships grow, since yanno she wasn’t supposed to make friends with humans at all. She was supposed to get their soul and t
Talk Supe
May 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Full Review at Talk Supe

Overall, the story was light in plot but hot in heavy on sex. This story is not meant to be taken very seriously and I would discourage you from dissecting it with the hopes of finding something profound between the pages. But though the story is not cerebral it involves varying shades of rational romantic and erotic responses from both Chance and Destiny which made it easy for me to connect with the story. This is far from a mind-fuck erotica, this just has FUCK and a
Shan ~A~
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. I have read plenty of paranormals about angels and demons, but I don't remember reading one quite like this one. Destiny had it so hard in her life as a human that it's easy to understand why she chose the path that she did. This book is all about love and 2nd chances and it is hot, hot, hot.

The thing that i liked the most are the character names, Destiny and Chance. She was his destiny and he gave her a chance at a better existence.

All I can say is it is definitely w
Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)
I started reading Where There’s Smoke with the hope of a fun, paranormal romance. What I found was a story that had a lot of sex and not a strong plot.

What I don’t like is when there is sex acts and no romantic feeling behind it. It really bothers me. I didn’t feel any romance in this book. I didn’t like Chance and his ‘so called agenda’.

Where There’s Smoke is a book for those who are 21+.
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Karen Kelley always had a secret desire to live the life of a Gypsy. So she and her husband quit their jobs, sold their house, decluttered their lives and moved into their 5th wheel RV. Now they're traveling the United States. She works full time on her writing and spends her downtime walking on the beach or hiking in the mountains. Her motto has always been 'Who says you can't have it all.' ...more

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