It’ll be a cold day in Hell before artist Keeffe Blackmon gives up the statue created by her late mother, a world-famous inspirational sculptor. Keeffe's not selling—not even to a man as rich as devil's food cake and handsome as sin—the gorgeous but morally repulsive billionaire Seth McCall. That is, until Keeffe decodes a fiendish contract and discovers she has just one month to prove she's earning a living with her art or lose her sculpture forever.
Demons will ice skate on the Lake of Fire before Satan puts Abaddon, aka Bad, the demon of sloth and Hell’s brainiest minion, back in charge of Hell's technology hub. But when Satan’s stooge McCall fails to acquire the powerful statue, Bad seizes his chance. To win his job back, Bad offers to possess McCall and, with the unbeatable combination of McCall's good looks and his own smarts, melt Keeffe into selling him the sculpture.
As Keeffe races to complete a mural in McCall’s McMansion and earn the cash she needs to keep her statue, the billionaire blows hot one minute and cold the next. It's almost as if he's two different men: one a jerk, the other sweet and nerdy and hot as Hell.
Aboveworld for the first time, Bad finds out his heart is even bigger than his brain. He is entranced by Sedona’s stunning landscape and seduced by Keeffe’s passion for art, life and the man she thinks she sees in McCall.
Bad may be the smartest demon in Hell—but is he smart enough to win Keeffe’s trust and ice Satan’s devilish plan to destroy Sedona?
Jeanne Oates Estridge: • Has a Master's Certificate in Writing the Romance Novel from McDaniel College in Baltimorem where she studied with Jenny Crusie. • Has her fingerprints on file at the FBI. • Used her electives in her Bachelor's program in MIS to study Children's Fantasy Literature, Wildflowers and Anthropology of Religion. • Is phobic about purchasing underwear. • Won the 2015 RWA® Golden Heart® for what went on to become The Demon Always Wins. • Photographs wildflowers as a hobby. • Once spent an evening trying to meet up with family at the Cincinnati Zoo, only to discover they were at the Columbus Zoo. • Is a two-time cancer survivor. • Hates pink but loves Pink. • Thinks most things are funny if you look at them the right way.
For the most part I really enjoyed this! The writing captured me, the romance was sweet, and I enjoy the unique lore of the Hade "demons" vs fallen angel demons. The main thing that kind of threw me was the statue thing.
Overall, I'm glad I got my hands on this and plan to go back and read the first in the series soon.
Estridge did a great job crafting complex characters who have intense internal and external problems to solve, while making me fall in love with them. The compounding factor of a demon possessing a human's body, and Estridge's wonderful ability to use that complexity to enhance the tension added underlying drama. Her ability to wind the subplots around each other provide a rich story that left me rooting for the hero and heroine to get together despite the illogical possibility of it. Bring on book 3!
Jeanne Oates Estridge continues her series about demons and their exploits in the human world with this second novel featuring the demon Abbadon, a tech wizard, and a feisty artist, Keefe Blackmon, as they combine their skills to outwit Satan. It doesn't hurt that they also fall in love. Estridge writes with wit and attention to detail (no pun intended!). A reader can't help but be enchanted by these two likeable characters who persevere despite their difficulties in their quest defeat the hellish forces arrayed against them.
In order to claim the statue her deceased mother left her, Keefe must prove her success as an artist before her twenty-fifth birthday. Bad must convince Keefe to give up the statue and thus regain his position as head of Hell's tech department. Bad connives his way into possessing the body of Seth McCall, a handsome millionaire jerk, but the demon's innate sense of fairness interferes with the mission. Entertaining and thoughtful, this tale presents moral dilemmas and resolutions with style.
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I got this story because the ideas of a deal with the devil and an artist trying to save her moms legacy were intriguing. I enjoyed the story a lot. The visual descriptions of the underworld were vivid and interesting. Keefe was a great main character. She was strong, independent and loving. She didn’t allow her past struggles or her awful step mother to turn her into an awful person. Human McCall was the worst. His character was very hard to read because he was so awful but that was the point so the author did a great job portraying that. Bad was also amazing. His character surprised me the most and his growth was great to read.
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Spoiler-free review + Disclosure: I was an eARC (advanced reader copy) reader of this book, and I’m in the same RWA chapter as the author. I purchased the paperback as soon as it became available.
The second book in Jeanne Oates Estridge’s “Touched by a Demon” trilogy brings DemSec’s whiz-Hade Abaddon, Demon of Sloth, to the surface. If Bad wants to regain his primo position in Hell as king of technology, he’ll need all his smarts to convince artist Georgia O’Keeffe Blackmon to give him the last piece of art she has from her mother. Except, as a Hade, he looks more like Satan than a human. That’s where Seth McCall, a fiendishly rich creep, comes in, and Estridge gets to building in the conflict, awkward mistakes, and delightful fun. She enjoys architecting perfect details, like the name of the book Bad finds to guide him through the demon possession that will allow him to pair up Seth’s good looks with his brains. That’ll give him the perfect scenario to trick Keeffe into giving him that statue, and scoring even more points with Satan.
Except Keeffe loves that statue as much as she loves her crazy family. Having waited for years to take passion of it from her controlling step-mother, she won’t lose it now. Her sister, her brothers, her Dad, Estridge brings them to life with problems of their own. Mix in nachos, drinks, and wait for the fireworks, painfully funny incidents, and plenty of bad decisions cleverly disguised with the trappings of allure, money, or love for others.
The tension grows as Bad wrestles to keep control of McCall’s body—turns out that book of his didn’t cover all the scenarios pertaining to demon possession; or is it that those flutters of feelings are taking his powers from him? For a smart demon, he can make some dangerous decisions of his own, and he’s not above (or below) cutting the legs out from under his competition. Take this early scene between Bad and Satan, when Bad’s scheming for a crack at Keeffe to get out of the menial labor Satan has him doing as punishment from book 1:
“ ‘True,’ Bad said. ‘But Lilith appeared confident that she had things under control.’ “ ‘Lilith would appear confident if armed guards were dragging her off to the Lake of Fire.’ “Also true.”
Estridge fleshes out Hell, showing us the Hade population, Bad’s family in particular, and more of the denizens with roles keeping Hell humming—or not so humming, if you look at the ineptitude of the demon who’s schmoozed his way to the top of DemSec. That brings in a set of wonderful irony for Hell, where even Satan may have to pay for his sins.
I enjoyed the way Estridge showed me the world through an artist’s eyes; and Keeffe’s Sedona has enough beauty to tempt even a slothful demon. Or maybe it’s the artist whose kind heart makes it so beautiful.
Keeffe sees in Bad the kindness so at odds with McCall’s original behavior towards her. Then that first shoulder rub, so nice to ease the tension in her muscles; and the cramps in her feet after balancing in a ladder, when Bad offers to massage that pain out? Then McCall turns around and goes back to being a creep. Keeffe knows she needs to stay focused on the prize, her beloved statue. But a statue can’t hold you, cheer you on, comfort you. And demons don’t fight fair. Heartache abounds, but nicely balanced with those tender tones, brightening the canvas of this novel.
As their attraction grows, so do the stolen moments. How convenient she’s in McCall’s house, painting that mural that should help her hold on to her statute. That leads nicely into their blossoming romance, and several pages covering more than kissing.
Overall, the Demon’s in the Details is a delightful book. I’m looking forward to what Estridge has in store for book 3.
There's a lot of fun stuff in this book! Bad was such a sweet guy. And it's a cool idea that he's a Hade, the people who have always lived in the underworld and continue living their normal lives even after Satan took over so much space. Bad has always tried to do best by his people, so while he's flawed, he has a good heart.
This book still has the same plot construction problems as the first book. The characters spend so much time spinning their wheels until events out of their control force them to kick into a higher gear. Those events come across as an author contrivance, not an organic progression of the characters' actions. And there was so much cool stuff that was left unexplored. I hope the third book picks up some of these threads.
#4) Check your triggers: mentions of miscarriage, abortion, stepmother issues, religion, exorcism.
#5) POV is 1st person; alternating chapters.
This is Book 2 of the "Touched by a Demon" series, and I'm so happy that Bad has his own story! He was my favorite supporting character from the first book. And honestly, this book just melted me. Keeffe is an artist with dyslexia who is being scammed and shamed by her stepmother, Lilith… yes, THAT Lilith.
I love the juxtaposition of Keeffe and Bad: technology vs artistry; hell vs church; demon vs human. They complement each other in such beautiful ways. Keeffe's disability makes her an entirely relatable character, probably one of the most I've read in awhile. I also thoroughly appreciate the efforts that went into all the artistic elements.
I wasn't even slightly disappointed in this book, and you won't be either. Bad is the best.
(I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.)
Before I tell you why I really enjoyed this book, I have two caveats: I have not (yet) read Book 1, and I have received an advance copy in exchange for an honest review. No spoilers... I must start by saying I love the lead character’s name, Georgia O’Keefe Blackmon. As the story begins, “Keefe” is being forced out of her inheritance by her stepmother. I believed this would be an easy conflict and Keefe just has to stay true to her principles and all will be well. Then I meet Abaddon and I realized I liked him AND I was ok if he was successful over Keefe! This story has great, believable dialog. The character interactions flow well and the steamy parts are such that I wouldn’t want a stranger reading over my shoulder! I enjoyed how the story is resolved. I will now be downloading book 1 and eagerly await the next in the series!
The setting definitely sets itself apart from other paranormal romances.
However, Keefe's unwillingness to break out of her dyslexia, her fears and how it's weighing her down throughout the book so far (30%) gets kinda grating.
Imagine living in a rural or suburban area where the town planning is poor and places like libraries are not close by?
It has an interesting premise and setting but I wonder if there are too many things going on to properly focus on the story. The pitting of analogue vs digital is really strong here and it doesn't sit well with me, even as a plot device to move the story forward.
DNF at 56%. I know I'm only halfway but I'm not sure how receptive I'll be how Bad would resolve things with Keeffe. There's so much to get to the conflict and then a resolution.
Note: I received a free copy via Romance Rehab and Romance Remedy.
The statue of the evangelist John is the one thing Satan needs to complete his destruction of the beautiful town of Sedona. He has the other three in the set, but the agents he's sent to acquire John seem to be failing at the job. Enter Abaddon, the demon of sloth, perhaps the only of Satan's minions smart enough to pull this off. So, what do you get when a struggling young artist trying to keep the one piece of art left to her by her deceased mother meets a minion of Hell who would do anything to get back into Satan's good graces? A book that's hard to put down! It's funny, clever, warm, and riveting by turns, as the stakes keep getting higher, with villains that it's easy to hate and protagonists you can really root for.
The second book in Jeanne Oates Estridge's Touched by a Demon series, THE DEMON'S IN THE DETAILS, doesn't disappoint. Much like the first book in that Estridge showcases a strong, resilient, independent woman, the second book is an entirely different story with another well-thought out and compelling story line. While we're assured a HEA--this is romance after all--Estridge takes the reader on a wild ride getting to it. Fast-paced, well-written, chock full of interesting details . . . you can't go wrong by choosing this book. I'm very much looking forward to the third installment in the series.
THE DEMON'S IN THE DETAILS and Estridge does a great job with her details. I want to visit Sedona for myself after reading this book! I couldn't help but root for a nerdy demon to get his happily-ever-after and cheer when Satan and his demon's are outwitted by a human overcoming her fears and no longer believing their lies to feel humiliated about her dyslexia. There are still bad demons in this book and bad humans -- but they're balanced out with good ones and love in different forms. This is not a dark book about demons, but a very enjoyable book with humor hits and romance.
3.5 stars for The Demon's in the Details. The underlying story is interesting. I loved the concept of the four religious sculptures and other artwork of the heroine's mother having mystical powers of good. But this book didn't pack the same punch as Book 1 in the series. The romance was off for me. Demons are supposed to be inherently selfish and single-minded in getting what they want. Abaddon was a bit too nice and sensitive for my liking. That being said, I look forward to Book 3.
A big thank you to NetGalley and Jeanne Oates Estridge for the ARC. I am voluntarily reviewing this book. This is the 2nd in a series, reads well as a stand alone. I enjoyed this book. It was completely different from anything I have read lately. I loved the geek Bad (demon) and Keeffe. Lilith was a horror of a stepmom! This may not be for everybody, but I say give it a chance and you will enjoy it. It's not a typical paranormal romance by any means. 4 stars
rescue from hell Who would have thought that a Bad creature from hell turns out to be the good guy, perfectly capable to distinguish between right and wrong and willing to sacrifice himself for the well being of his loved ones? I loved how Keeffe managed to see beyond what´s on the outside. Whom we can love and what should be feared doesn´t depend on what we are used to. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Who knew I’d fall so hard for the Demon of Sloth! This was a compelling saga with some terrific twists and heartbreaking conflict. I’m impressed with this author’s attention to detail in building her world of Hell. A ‘must read’ - couldn’t put it down. I intend to buy her third book as soon as it’s released.
I loved all the detail in this book - from the Sedona landscaping and vortexes to the rings of hell to family love and tragedy to each of the characters in the story. Satan has a diabolical plan and it's up to Keeffe and her demon to put a stop to it! Lots of intertwining plots and never a dull moment with Satan's minions. I received this ARC from Book Sirens and this is my honest review
This second installment of the Touched by a Demon series kept my attention from beginning to end thanks to the well written and entertaining characters along with an engaging story line that made this a quick, fun read.
I received an ARC of this book and I am voluntarily leaving my honest review.
I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Bad, the Demon of Sloth had it good in Hell, until he found himself banished to the maggot pits. As the former supervisor of DemSec—the satanic bureau in charge of outfitting demons for Aboveworld assignments—Bad excelled at creating new technology. Now, Bad pushes a broom around Satan’s throne, reduced to manual labor and an overabundance of ridicule. When Satan allows Bad to perform an Aboveworld assignment, Bad focuses on his mission’s success in order to earn his way back into DemSec where he belongs. He will have to possess the body of Seth McCall, billionaire and wannabe demon, in order to get near the object of his mission, Georgia O’Keefe Blackmon.
Keefe Blackmon counts the days until her 25th birthday when the sculpture her mother carved for her becomes Keefe’s property. Right now Keefe's stepmother and dad have custody of the eagle sculpture carved for Keefe before her mother's death. Each of Keefe’s siblings received their own statues, but Keefe’s stepmom has other plans. Who doesn’t occasionally believe their stepmom might be a demon? But in Keefe’s case, she’s right. Keefe has to prove she can support herself with her art before her birthday or lose her statue the remaining link she has to her deceased mother.
Satan has plans for all four statues, and Bad’s on Earth to speed up the process. Except, no one expected a demon to fall in love with a human or a human to fall for a demon.
I read this book quickly because I had to find out what happens next. Set in Sedona, the characters in this story visit many of the landmarks. The author weaves an exciting tale of good versus evil—an exorcism, and the rings of Hell are vividly described, yet not terrifying in the least. It’s a diabolically clever read.