Souls for Sale Series (Books 1 & 2) by Asta Idonea ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

souldforsaleTitle: Souls for Sale Series (Books 1 & 2)

Author: Asta Idonea

Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing

Cover Artist: 8th floor studio

Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 02/05/2016

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal

Blurb:

SOULS FOR SALE SERIES

BOOK ONE: 21st CENTURY DEMON

It should have been an easy job: a contract signed and a new soul earmarked for Hell. But when suave demon deal-maker Saul chooses nerdy Thomas Ives as his next target, events take an unexpected turn. The lines between business transaction and pleasure blur, and Saul must decide whether he cares more for his professional reputation or the soul he just condemned to eternal damnation.

BOOK TWO: HELL TO PAY

The contract was destroyed and Tom’s soul saved from Hell.

Or so they thought.

Demon deal-maker, Saul, and his mortal lover, Thomas Ives, find themselves on the run when the other demons take none too kindly to Saul’s bending of the rules. With the denizens of Hell on their heels, Saul and Tom must fight to stay one step ahead, knowing that if they’re caught there’s only one direction they’re headed: down.

When Heaven decides to get involved, Saul’s actions are no longer a mere bureaucratic misdemeanour but the basis of a factional confrontation. And now only one question remains: to whom does Tom’s soul truly belong?

My View:

21st Century Demon

I loved this short start to this series. The way it was written was perfect for the tons and characterization. The snark was done well and only helped emphasize the humor and fast pace of the story.

I like that while their instant connection was brought up more than once, the author didn’t try to make this more that the word count could support. This story was truly just the set up for something larger. It introduced the world, the characters, and the plot movement. I finished reading this one with a smile and am glad book 2 is included in this same edition.

 

Hell to Pay

This novella picked up a little while after the first and was all about Saul and Tom dealing with the aftermath of their choice to remain together. I was very intrigued over why both Heaven and Hell were so interested in Thomas’s soul. The suspense was well done and the storyline was interesting. I enjoyed slowing learning more about Heaven and Hell and when Tom’s heritage was revealed, everything made sense. I finished this book with a smile on my face and would love to see Tom and Saul again as Saul learns to live in the human world.

My only complaint was that other than that instant attraction, I was never sure what was keeping these men together in the face of such dire consequences. I never understood when attraction and lust became love. I suppose it happened in the time between the first story and this one. There was a time I thought the author was going to make their love something big, like soul mates or some sort of foretold fated pairing that was coming to pass for some prophecy or something. But this never went anywhere. The author seemed to start on this path but then got caught up in the plot and the love was left a mystery to me. I don’t know, maybe I missed something, but for me, the romance felt instant without a good reason.

Overall, I loved these stories. They were unique and fun takes on the Heaven vs. Hell concept. Saul and Tom were great characters and I would not say no to revisiting this world in the future.

Links

Souls for Sale Series (Books 1 & 2) on Goodreads
Wayward Ink Publishing
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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