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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Book Review: Charmed By Cambria Hebert

(Death Escorts #2) 
By Cambria Hebert

Expected Publication: July 22nd 2013

Life or Death? Not many people would choose death. But what if death chooses you? What if death doesn’t mean the end of your life, but the beginning?
For a Death Escort, death is life. Death is your paycheck. Death is your job.

And Charming is the best Escort the Grim Reaper has ever had.

But when you piss off the Reaper, being the best doesn’t matter. So Charming is assigned a Target who is practically impossible to kill. He knows the Reaper hopes he fails—that he’s counting on it. So Charming vows to prove him wrong. He vows to make the kill.

But someone else vows to get in his way. Someone with a big mouth, a sugar habit, and blond hair. Someone who makes his heart start beating again.

And so Charming is left holding more than one person’s fate in the palm of his hand. He thought the choice would be easy, that there really wasn’t a question at all.

He was wrong.

Life or Death
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My Review:

* eARC was provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.

I have a love/hate relationship with this book since day 1. The reasons as follow: a) I didn't read the synopsis of this book until after I requested it, so I was excepting a whole different story; b) I vehemently disliked Charming as a character; c) Frankie kind of annoyed me in the last novel, so I didn't really see her as a heroine.

In the first few chapters I felt like I was getting up close and personal with a meat grinder. I just couldn't see the logic in Frankie's schemes to derail Charming. After the end of Piper's story Frankie shouldn't even have had any contact with Charming, so I don't see why she makes it her life's goal to get all up in his business.

I also noticed that, in the beginning, Charming couldn't decide whether to fall for her or ruff handle her. It was like one moment he was kissing her and the next "Get the -beep- out of my business woman". I totally hated his ego/arrogance in the first few chapters. Just because he's hot doesn't mean every woman is going to throw herself at him. Please, dude.
If I were to compare this story to book 1, I would say it's a huge improvement. I liked how in this novel the reader actually got some action (and it wasn't the exploding kind *wink wink*) and that the anti-hero actually had a complex background story that sounded believable and not used in all novels ever published. 
From that point on, the story got better fairly quickly. Frankie and Charming got some relationship development and everything fell into place. The impossible became possible in the end, which is a turnaround, since book 1 didn't get a happy ending. I didn't predict the ending, which was a great surprise, since I thought they were all going the h*** in a hand basket.

P.S. I'll probably buy the whole series just for the covers. They are magnificent! 

Favorite Quotes:

"Man candy or not, this guy was not made of sugar".

"I left my white horse with the valet". 

"It was a 'you should have seen the other guy'".

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