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Straight to Hell (Lilith Straight series, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Michelle Scott
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Book Description

The Devil Never Forgets a Deal

I, Lilith Straight, was the woman you always wanted to be. I was married to someone better looking than your husband, we lived in that house you always wanted. Within a year, however, all of that changed. My marriage dissolved, my house burned down, and my job hardly paid the bills. So when I was hit by a car and died, I thought my life couldn’t get any worse. Boy, was I wrong.

Hell was not the place I imagined. It was worse. During my brief stay, I learned some disturbing truths about my family. Most worryingly my ancestor’s deal with the devil promising him every female descendent as a succubus.

So these were my options: Life on earth as a soul-sucking seductress. Or death and pass the succubus baton to my sweet little daughter. There was no choice. Welcome to hell on earth, Lilith. Mother, teacher, wanton she-demon.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3936 KB
  • Publisher: Carina; 1 edition (18 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F462CNS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #331,965 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Maybe it's because of my Halloween birthday, but I've always been attracted to scary stories. On the other hand, I love romances as well. Once I discovered that these two genres existed side-by-side in urban fantasy novels, I was in heaven! Urban fantasy is like chocolate and peanut butter: a perfect, to-die-for combination that I can never get enough of.

I've been writing since childhood, but earned my bachelor's degree in psychology and my master's in English literature. When I'm not writing, I'm a straight-laced English teacher at a two-year college in Detroit. I've been married to Mr. Right for over twenty-five years. I also have three teenaged children: a boy and two girls, all of whom have threatened to never speak to me again if I turn them into characters and put them into my books.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Light and Fun Read 19 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Imagine one day you have a normal hectic life of a thirty something, and then the next day you are involved in an accident and wake up in Hell. Well this is what happens to Lilith Straight. Upon her arrival in Hell Lilith finds out she is bound by a past generations bargain with the devil. This bargain is that it makes all female descendants a succubus. They have to use their charm and inner demon to do tasks. . There is only one descendant at a time who has to become a succubus, so when Lilith's mother Carrie passes away the role is then passed on to Lilith. Lilith is taken to the office of Miss Spry, who is the evil antagonist. Miss Spry is very much like the office boss with a demonic kick.

This is a fun and light read, I also really liked the feel and tempo of this book. It's very much tongue in cheek and at times can be quite humorous. There is a bit of romance in the book but not too much to make it all mushy and gooey. Some really good characters, I really liked Lilith, Miss Spry and Mr Clarke, they really were good. I hope I see more of them in book two.

The main character Lilith is very likeable. There are many things I could relate to her with. Her life is very complex and she is certainly a walking disaster. But nevertheless you can really sympathise with the poor lady, at times most normal people would have been ripping their hair out. You can see that she really adores her daughter Grace. It's not easy working on behalf of the devil and keeping a family going.

The main reason I didn't give this book a 5 star rating was the fact that I could put it down, I know when a book is 5 star as I can't eat or sleep for wanting to read it. This was missing for me. All the correct components were there, but it just missed out on a top rating.

Would I read more books by this author, yes I would! Her writing style is very relaxed and easy going.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Light, paranormal read 23 May 2012
By Curiosity Killed The Bookworm TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
When I started the book, I though uh-oh this is sounding like a Queen Betsy rip off - right from the first page Lilith mentions the day she died...and she was hit by a car. But Lilith doesn't rise from the dead, instead she must fulfil her family's destiny and become a succubus, in the employ of the devil... or Miss Spry as the case may be. Don't worry, it's not all about sex either, true to her name, Lilith is a temptress but must use her seductive skills to sway the decisions of humans and gain extra souls for the cause.

It's an easy read although I wouldn't put it in the paranormal romance sub-genre. It's not at all romantic or sexy if that's what you're after. Yes, there may be a hot demon in Lilith's life but it doesn't seem to go anywhere. Lilith is much more concerned about looking after her daughter and niece, paying the bills and not doing anything too evil.

And maybe that's my problem with Lilith as a character. All her guilt. She doesn't really fight against her job but she goes on a bit too much about how awful everything she has to do is. At times it's really quite funny but it is a little overdone for me and the plot loses its way.

I read a final copy of this book and there were a few sentences that didn't read quite right. These should be picked up by a good professional proofreader. However the ebook is certainly a bargain if you like light, paranormal reads.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Paranormal, Chick lit 10 Mar. 2012
By Sarah
Format:Kindle Edition
(I was given this book for free on a read-to-review basis)
Lilith Straight had it all, a husband with a massive salary, a beautiful daughter, and a big house, but now everything has just gone to pot.

Recently divorced from said highly paid, orthodontist husband (who was having an affair), living in a town house because the ex-husbands niece burned down the big house, and struggling for money, Lilith's life in no joke. So far she's got one young daughter, one step-niece (yes the same one that burned down the house), and one stepsister and her latest crush all living in her house, and now the washing machine is broken as well.

Lilith doesn't think that things can get much worse, when it turns out that they can, and she winds up dead. What's worse though is that it turns out that a distant ancestor signed a contract with the devil - she gets her life back, but only if she becomes a succubus. As it turns out this deal was for all of the woman's female ancestors too, and now, if Lilith wants to return to earth and continue to raise her daughter, she must now become the succubus in the family, as her mother has just died.

Struggling to adjust to her new demon, whilst in the midst of all the other craziness that is her life, Lilith must come to terms with what being a succubus means, and fast.

I really enjoyed this book. It was a light, fun read, and I'd probably describe it as chick-lit with a touch of the paranormal thrown in.

Lilith is just so normal! She really does come across as the sort of person you would be friends with in real life, and you can't help but feel for her when she's constantly being bombarded with such bad luck and problems. She also has amazing spirit to keep going when everything is going wrong!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bitttersweet fun! 25 Jan. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Don't pay attention to the unfortunate cover, this book is funny, smart and sad at the same time, and certainly worth your time.

It works, simply because each of us can relate to Lilith. She is thirty something, recently divorced, saddled with a daughter whom she loves dearly, a distantly related hellion niece who accidentally burned her house, and a beautiful step-sister, who can't grow up and get a job.

Lilith is a substitute teacher, out of work, with bills piling up and credit cards maxing out. She is on the verge of being broke. Until the day she dies.

Transported to Hell, which is appropriately a big bureaucratic machine, Lilith finds out that one of her ancestors made a deal with the devil to escape death. One female of her line will always carry a succubus demon in her, and now Lilith's mom died and it's her turn.

Horrified, Lilith is sent back and has to struggle with her own morality and sense of right while Hell sends her on little tasks of seducing humans to the dark side. She might not need to have sex with them, but she tips the scales by her words or actions, so their souls will go to Hell.

Of course, Lilith is a disaster despite the help of a gorgeous William Darcy, an incubus and a friend of her mother. Allowing her demon a free reign will help her family survive and escape the bankruptcy and starvation, but her consciousness keeps messing up until enraged Hell gives her an ultimatum - do something BIG for them or they'll make her daughter a succubus instead...

A lovely and easy, bittersweet read.
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