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Review: Original Sin

Original Sin by Lisa Desrochers is the second book in the Personal Demons series. It was released in the U.S. on July 5, 2011 in paperback, eBook and audio formats.

It is currently available to order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in all formats.

Published by Tor Teen, the print edition is 400 pages.

Goodreads description:

Luc Cain was born and raised in Hell, but he isn’t feeling as demonic as usual lately—thanks to Frannie Cavanaugh and the unique power she never realized she had. But you can’t desert Hell without consequences, and suddenly Frannie and Luc find themselves targeted by the same demons who used to be Luc’s allies.

Left with few options, Frannie and Luc accept the protection of Heaven and one of its most powerful angels, Gabe. Unfortunately, Luc isn’t the only one affected by Frannie, and it isn’t long before Gabe realizes that being around her is too…tempting. Rather than risk losing his wings, he leaves Frannie and Luc under the protection of her recently-acquired guardian angel.

Which would be fine, but Gabe is barely out the door before an assortment of demons appears—and they’re not leaving without dragging Luc back to Hell with them. Hell won’t give up and Heaven won’t give in. Frannie’s guardian exercises all the power he has to keep them away, but the demons are willing to hurt anyone close to Frannie in order to get what they want. It will take everything she has and then some to stay out of Hell’s grasp.

And not everyone will get out of it alive.

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Just because Luc got away once doesn’t mean that King Lucifer is ready to give up. Hell wants Luc back and they’re prepared to do whatever they can to bring him back and make an example of him.

But with Heaven standing in their way, they will have to pull out all the stops to tag his soul once again. And that means going after the only person that Luc cares about. Frannie Cavanaugh.

And if Frannie is too strong and too protected then they’ll just have find someone close to her who isn’t – one of her friends or maybe her new Guardian. Whatever it takes. Because not everyone can resist a demon’s lure, not even an angel.

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Original Sin is the absolutely riveting, seductive and irresistible sequel to Personal Demons. In this second book in the series the story is even more gripping, with a new character that will keep readers on edge, the intensity is elevated to a whole new level, and the ending is an exquisite torture.

Even though Frannie loves Luc, enough to have saved him from Hell to keep him with her, she is still torn. She still loves Gabe. She still needs the peace he offers, his comfort and his protection.

But even Gabe knows that she should be with Luc. As much as that thought tears him up inside, he knows that as a Dominion he and Frannie can never be. And so he chooses someone to be her Guardian. Someone he knows cares about Frannie and will make sure to protect her just as he would.

Just because her Guardian is new doesn’t mean he can’t protect Frannie, even with Hell’s demons coming after her to get to Luc. But Gabe never expected King Lucifer to send the most prized weapon in his arsenal.

And he never knew just how wrong things would go or he would have stayed, no matter the risk to himself. Because being claimed by Hell would have been far less great a price to pay than the one that was exacted.

Lisa Desrochers has absolutely done it again. Original Sin is even more intense, more provocative and more electrifying than Personal Demons. The story is a nail-biter and will keep readers tied in knots, long after they’ve reached the final page.

The story switches between each of the main character’s perspectives, giving readers the greatest insight about what’s going on. The author drops enough hints to make readers aware of all that is happening while the characters remain in the dark, building tension and making this an even more torturous and anxiety-filled read.

The story ends in a major cliffhanger that will keep fans of this series in torment until the final book in the series is released.

Original Sin is an absolute must read for fans of stories about dreamy angels, delicious demons, steamy love triangles, and ones that will keep them on edge from beginning to end.

Reviewer gives this book [rating=5]

On a personal note:

“Oh, for the Sin of Satan.” Lisa Desrochers is trying to kill me. Absolutely kill me. I would have thought that reading this book twice would take away some of the tension and make me just a little less tortured at the end. Yeah, that didn’t happen.

This book was fan-freaking-tastic. The first time I read it I devoured the book in one night. It was so worth the sleep sacrifice. And with this second read, which I savored over the course of a couple days, I loved it even more.

I don’t know how I’m supposed to wait another year for the next book in the series. Talk about leaving me hanging. That ending is so totally demonic.

Through both reads I was in complete agony. Because the story is told from the different character’s viewpoints, it made it even more torturous. I had all this information and there was nothing I could do about it. I don’t know how many times I screamed for certain characters to just reveal what they knew so that they could figure out what I already had.

It was easy to put the puzzle pieces together to figure out something it took the characters a while to do, but the author dropped a major hint fairly early on, which I caught both times I read it.

I cannot believe how cruel the author was with that ending. If it was just the one part that was left hanging that would be bad enough, but in the last chapter she added in a completely new surprise element.

I could go on and on and on about the ending, but I’ll stop now. And I don’t want to talk about the story itself as anything I mention will be spoiler-y, but I have to talk about a few of my favorite characters. But before I go into a full on ramble, I have to warn you that I am a Luc Cain fan all the way.

I was really nervous before I started this story that Luc would be missing some of the charisma he had in the first book. Even lacking some of his demonic powers, he was just as delectable as ever. And every single moment reading from his viewpoint was a total thrill. He may have been a tormented soul, but he was sexy, brave and still so totally hot.

Frannie was still frustrating, but I love her. But by the end of the book I really felt like I understood her a lot better. What I love about her is that she really tries to do the right thing, usually fails along the way, but comes out on top in the end. She’s not perfect, but she is both strong and fragile and she loves her family and friends.

She got herself into some pretty “interesting” – and by interesting I mean eyebrow raising – situations in this book. And I’m dying to find out about this one thing the author hinted about her, which is yet another total teaser for the next book in the series.

Though Luc is my first love, I do also love Gabe in all his angelic glory. He is not immune to Frannie and is always at risk of a big fall, which makes him much more swoon-worthy. Who wants total perfection? Not me. But as much as I like Gabe, I still really want her to ditch the angel and pick Luc. Sorry Gabe.

Then there was the new Guardian. Can’t say too much about him without being revealing, but I am not a fan. He’s supposed to be a protector. Well, hello epic fail.

I will definitely have to re-read this as I don’t think I can wait a whole year before diving back into Luc, Frannie and Gabe’s world. But I think I’ll start from the first book so I can experience it from the very beginning.

This story is definitely not all full of sweetness and innocence. But, as long as you are prepared to fall in love with a demon and don’t mind a little heat and a little violence in your stories, then this is an amazing book and a definite must read.

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This review is based on an ARC I received through a contest on the author’s website.

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