Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Guest Review: Straight to Hell by Michelle Scott

Straight to Hell (Lilith Straight #1)Straight to Hell 
(Lilith Straight #1)
by Michelle Scott
Kindle Edition, 179 pages
Published September 8th 2011
The moment Lilith Straight dies, the Devil appears to claim her soul and cash in on a family curse. Now, Lilith has no choice but to work for him. The job is bad, the boss is worse and she can’t imagine how she’ll explain her new reincarnation to her eight-year-old daughter. But then an arrogant, yet oh so yummy, incubus shows up…and hell heats up just a little more.
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Jolene’s Thoughts:

Lilith Straight is a 35 year old Woman who is trying to pick up the pieces of her life.  A newly divorced, now single mom, who has also taken on the role of guardian to her feisty and independent 11 year old niece and her free loading stepsister.  This would be all well and good if she had her old life when she was married and living in her big house.  Now, all she has is a small crowded townhouse in a seedy part of town, out of work and struggling to make ends meet.  Could things be any worse?  She could get hit by a car and die.......and that's exactly what happens. 

I have to say, the way Lilith died was very amusing.  Warning to everyone out there, if you see an elderly lady walk out of a porn shop, carrying a brown paper bag which happens to have a rip down the side and sporting a dildo that's playing peek a boo.  Laugh quietly at the sight, but if you follow after her and try to take a picture with your phone to send to your stepsister.  Please, watch where you are walking and for goodness sake stay off the road.  You never know, you could get hit by a car!

Lilith's life ends, but thanks to a centuries old curse that has been passed down through the women in her family, Lilith now finds herself as a Succubus and must now answers to the whims of her her new boss Miss Spry and her assistant Mr. Clerk. 

When I first started this story, I felt it moved a little slow.  Part of me wanted to set it down and move onto something else, but I stuck with it.  I'm glad I did because the story picked up about midway and really took off.  Lilith's character was defiant and she was independent.  I wanted so much to see her come out on top and to stick it to Miss Spry.  She was dealing with so much and I feel like life just dumped on her, but she was doing the best she could.  All of a sudden she's something else entirely.  It was interesting watching her struggle to keep her humanity all the while reveling in the demon side of her and what it could provided for her family.  She was given tasks to tempt others souls and Miss Spry tested her cooperation on several occasions.  Lilith knew she needed to do what she was told, but she also wanted to do what was right and felt disgusted in what she was doing and it was wrong.  She was in an emotional roller coaster and I definitely felt her struggles

I really enjoyed Darcy's character and these two had some really good chemistry, but I wanted to see more of him and more of that chemistry.  The scene these two shared on her couch, even though things weren't as they seemed, it just felt like a tease.  So, hopefully there will be more to come of these two.  I feel like Darcy has his own struggles to overcome and though I don't know if his feelings for Lilith are strong or it's just in his demon nature, I'm hoping for more page time with him in the next book.

Overall, it was an OK read for me.  I struggled through the beginning but was really enjoying it towards the end.  Lilith had a really tough decision to make at the end and thought it was sad to see the collateral, even though she was in mom mode first and foremost.  I understood this, though I wished it would of played out differently.  It definitely sets the tone for book two and I'm intrigued how things will play out next 

Rating: 3 Wine Glasses


  1. This book was so funny. I really liked Lilith's character, though I was a bit saddened by what happened at the end. I can't wait to read the second book.

    Ning @ Reading by Kindle Fire

  2. Thank you for your review today. I really enjoy a little humor in a story to cut the tension and it shows promise that it picks up at the end :)


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