Review: Personal Demons

Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers was released in paperback, audio and eBook formats on September 14, 2010.

Description from the author’s website:

Frannie Cavanaugh has always been a bit of a loner. She’s spent years keeping everyone at a distance, even her closest friends. That is, until Luc Cain enrolls in her school. He’s hot, sarcastic, and dangerous—and Frannie can’t seem to stay away.

What she doesn’t know is that Luc is on a mission. Because Frannie isn’t exactly ordinary. She possesses a skill so unique that the king of Hell himself has taken notice, and he’s sent Luc to claim Frannie’s soul. It should be easy: All he has to do is get her to sin, and Luc is as tempting as they come.

Unfortunately for Luc, Heaven has other plans, and he’s just started making progress when the angel Gabriel shows up. Gabe will do anything to keep Luc from getting what he came for, and his angelic charm might just be enough to keep Frannie on the right path.

It isn’t long before Luc and Gabe find themselves fighting for more than just Frannie’s soul. But if Luc fails to win her over, there will be Hell to pay . . . for all of them.

Even Hell has a hierarchy. And being First Level has its advantages. Luc Cain has an assignment – to tag the soul of one mortal. The task seems simple enough for a 7,000-year-old demon working in Acquisitions. Should he complete the undertaking he’ll be up for a promotion. Failure would mean dismemberment and being thrown in the Fiery Pit. Unfortunately his predecessors were unsuccessful in even locating the target. But Luc Cain won’t fail. He is a demon of pride after all.

For Mary Francis Cavanuagh, a.k.a. “Frannie,” her only goal is to get as far away from her family and her past as possible. A past that has her so bogged down with guilt that she cannot breathe. Graduating high school and going to UCLA is all she wants. That is until she meets Luc. Frannie can take or leave most guys. But Luc isn’t most guys and Frannie is drawn to the darkness she senses within him. It would be so easy for her to be sinful with Luc, and what could possibly be so bad about succumbing to a little temptation?

But Heaven won’t give up so easily. Gabriel is sent down to make sure that Frannie’s soul is marked for Heaven, except Frannie isn’t making it easy. Although she comes from a good Catholic family, Frannie is the black sheep. Will her guilt over her past prevent Heaven from claiming her soul? Or will Luc entice Frannie to sin and end up marking her soul for an eternity in Hell? With Heaven and Hell battling for control of her soul, which side will Frannie choose?

Personal Demons is Lisa Desrochers debut novel and is the first in a planned trilogy with the second book Original Sin coming out in 2011 and Hellbent slated for 2012. Written in the first person, Personal Demons alternates between Frannie and Luc’s point of view. Seeing the story from both characters perspective makes this story, although at times it is easy to get so caught up in the book that when the viewpoint switches it takes awhile to realize it.

This is not just a typical tale of angels and demons or a story about a love triangle between the characters, but is more importantly a story of redemption, salvation, love and forgiveness.

Ms. Desrochers has succeeded in creating a story that is at once engaging, humorous and impassioned. Her two main characters have an instant and electrifying connection which will ensnare readers from the start. Luc has a seductive charm and Frannie is temperamental and impulsive, which makes for quite the dynamic between them. Both characters possess strength and vulnerability that make them appealing and frustrating, but will keep readers riveted.

While there are many books about angels and demons, the author adds her own spin to the genre by giving her female character a power that is very distinctive. And although the idea of a girl torn between two boys is also the norm in the YA paranormal genre, this story is just as much one of good versus evil and the realm of possibility between those choices. It is not the typical anguish-laden love triangle that will leave the reader heartbroken.

Personal Demons is an easy to get into, fast-paced and tantalizing novel. Well worth the purchase, it is a definite “must read” for readers who enjoy good banter between the characters, delectable demons and stories that leave them hanging until the next book in the series.

Reviewer gives this book [rating=5]

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