June 11th 2011 by Bad Dog Press
The road to Hell is paved with good intentions and bad tequila. Shannon McKee finds herself at the end of her rope, and she offers her soul to whoever can save her first.
Unfortunately, she sends that request to both agencies. Shannon's plea is answered immediately by two men who couldn't be more different from one another. Yet they share a bond and an affection for the stubborn Miss McKee that even they don't understand.
When Heaven and Hell demand their payment, Shannon has no choice but to submit. No matter who gets her soul, she's not getting out of this alive.
This is the first book of the Second Chances series. Forget everything you thought you knew about Heaven and Hell. You ain't seen nothin' yet.
Generally, I shy away from Heaven and Hell type scenarios but the premise to The Devil To Pay caught me. Plus, I've enjoyed Maria Zannini's previous work.
Shannon is a simple but intelligent woman who has been taken advantage of by her ex-lover. Left high and dry, Shannon drowns her sorrows in tequila and looks for redemption in an empty bottle. What she doesn't realize is that her plea for redemption has been answered and it just may wreak more havoc.
Two men appear in Shannon's life and you guessed it... both are drop dead gorgeous but after getting burned by her ex Shannon's not exactly in the right frame of mind. The most surprising twist is trying to figure each of the men out. Who is Heaven and who is Hell. Speaking of the two "H" words, Maria Zannini offers a refreshing take on Heaven and Hell. The two are not opposites of the other they are the same. Huh? Yes, they are the same. Both have the same end goal in mind but the process in which to get there differs. I've piqued your interest, right? Good.
The story's conflict didn't arc as drastically as I would have enjoyed. A little more opposition would make for a complete read and rival the electric passion perfectly. Thus, I would say that The Devil To Pay is more for the steamy passion readers verses the action gritty readers. I have rated this one a 5 because the passion level was up there, characters were written well, and emotion was felt.
This was an steamy story with a Heavenly Plot .
The book takes place with Shannon at her lowest point in life. Her ex-boyfriend took off with all her credit cards, leaving her a debt she just can’t pay. She’s behind on her rent, and her Antique shop is full of worthless junk.
So what’s a girl to do? What anyone would do – get drunk and drown in your own sorrows. Just before she passes out she reminisces about her pathetic life and murmurs a little prayer to either Heaven or Hell – whomever would listen to her, to help her out of this mess. She is even willing to give up her soul.
Next morning she wakes up a mess – decides it’s not worth it, and is getting ready to torch whatever she has left away.
That is until a strange dark mysterious man shows up at the shop asking her for her advice on a priceless piece of jewelry. A piece that with commission would defiantly help her out of debt if he decides to sell it.
That’s where we mean Liam. Liam is here to collect her soul – but there is something about this girl that is innocent. He doesn’t believe she meant to sell her soul . it was the Tequila talking. She didn’t ask for fame, or fortune, or even revenge on the guy that did this to her – he wasn’t ready to take her soul in yet.
So he asks her for information on the jewelry, and he will come back tomorrow night for dinner to discuss it with her.
Next day – Shannon wakes up feeling a lot better after a great night of hot dreams of this stranger.
She starts making calls to find out more information on the jewelry, but isn’t finding out anything useful.
That’s where Michael comes in. Michael is from the other place – and is here to collect Shannon’s soul , too.
In order to keep her away from Liam, and have a better chance at getting her soul first, he takes her to a friend’s house to learn more about the ancient artifact.
Shannon is more than excited by what she learns and is ever so grateful to Michael for helping her. Only – she missed her date with Liam.
The story continues with Liam and Michael competing with Shannon’s soul. Shannon doesn’t know what to do with the attention from these two mysterious, but really HOT guys.
She experiences things she’s never experienced before. She has strong feelings for them both, but only one of them wins her heart, while the other get’s her soul.
Which one wins the heart of Shannon McKee??
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