Damned If You Do by Marie Sexton was a funny and inspiring book that was a joy to read.
Honestly, the cover hooked me on this one. Back in January–before I knew anything else about it–I knew I wanted to read this book.
It did not disappoint.
I thought, at the very least, Seth’s faith would maybe get annoying. An MC who spouts a bunch of bible verses? That doesn’t sound sexy at all! However, the same spark that draws in Abaddon will snare you too.
Seth’s purity of spirit perfectly contrasts with Abaddon’s cynicism. They balance each other out.
A quick, fast-paced read, but I was thoroughly entertained from start to finish. Abaddon has a *ahem* wicked sense of humor that had me chuckling a few times.
The Hell that Sexton built for this book was brilliant. Not so much fire and brimstone, more of an eternity of things that are annoying in life. From the office where the paperwork is literally never done, to the subway commute filled with heinous smells and no seats, and a tiny apartment with a view of brick wall and constant noise pollution disrupting your sleep. I absolutely loved it and it was way more interesting than the regular torture routine.
In some ways, it was exactly what I expected and in others it was a pleasant surprise. I didn’t think I’d laugh as much as I did, but Abaddon and Seth were both humorous in their own ways.
Damned If You Do by Marie Sexton was a fun book with interesting characters and a unique twist. Damnation versus redemption are high stakes, but Abaddon and Seth have a few tricks up their sleeves.
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The path to temptation is paved with a hellish amount of paperwork.
Soul acquisition is a drag, but if Abaddon doesn’t catch up on his quota, he could be demoted to scooping poop for the Hounds of Hell. With a deadline hanging over him, he heads for the Bible Belt, looking for the perfect combination of sweetness and challenge.
Seth is a blind musician, part of a traveling tent revival. He’s cute, mystically talented, and quotes the Bible at every turn. His soul is pure enough to fill Abaddon’s quota for months to come, and Abaddon is determined to claim it.
The problem? There’s the revival foreman who watches Abaddon’s every move. Then there’s the mystery of Seth’s many unusual talents. Lastly, there’s Abaddon himself. He’s beginning to like Seth a bit too much. Maybe Seth deserves something better than damnation.
But Hell’s agenda isn’t negotiable, and time is running out. If Abaddon doesn’t play his cards right, he could condemn both of them to the worst fate of all—an eternity apart.
Warning: Contains a Bible-quoting twink and an irreverent devil who’ll do anything to avoid going “back to the office”. Also, snakes. Lots and lots of snakes.