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Monday, April 6, 2009

Soul Stealer by Kimberley Troutte

Soul Stealer by Kimberley Troutte
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary; Paranormal
Length: Full (156 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Amaranth

When Death falls in love with a saint, there’s holy hell to pay.

Sara Lane expects to die young, but when the time comes, she’s not ready. She needs two more weeks to finish a homeless shelter before winter sets in and people die on the streets. Who does a girl have to sleep with to live a few extra days?

How about the sexiest, most dangerous of all bad boys—Death himself?

Cain’s job as a designated death dealer is clear. Kill and move on. Don’t get attached. Don’t feel. But when Sara pleads to cut a deal for more time, Cain is tempted by an unexpected craving for this beautiful, courageous woman. As their lips meet, her life force shakes him to his bones, seals the bargain—and breaks all the rules.

Keeping Sara alive is a dangerous proposition. The Powers That Be are furious and unleash bloodthirsty demons to steal Sara’s soul from Death—the one man who’s hell-bent on saving her life.

Warning: This book contains the sexiest of all bad boys, a woman desperate to get what she wants, deadly soul-sucking demons, surprise visits by Biblical characters, frog grenades, very bad dogs, sacrifice, redemption and eternal love.

Soul Stealer is a book unlike others I have read, using biblical characters in real life situations, including unexpected humor from those characters.

Sara Lane is the last in her family. She has lost her mother and two brothers to their genetic heart defect and her father to a broken heart. Sara also has that bad heart and has known for a long time that her time is coming, although she has lived longer than others in her family. When she comes face to face with death, she remembers him at her dying brother’s bed side, and then she feels the attraction. When she feels the first grip of death, she begs him to wait, to let her say one last thing. She wants to make a deal, her body for two extra weeks, so she can finish the homeless shelter she has fought so hard to open. Death, or Cain, gives in, because he can’t refuse this beautiful woman and her pure soul.

What ensues is a battle for Sara’s soul, against demons and hell hounds. Sprinkled in with these are several biblical characters, such as Eve, Joseph and Peter. Each character brought their own version of their story in the bible and a lot of humor, making them seem real and human. Sara is one of those purely good people and she wants nothing more to help people. Her attraction and subsequent feelings for Cain are sweet, yet a bit unrealistic in certain situations. I guess we can’t help who we are attracted to or who we fall in love with.

Cain is gorgeous and severely wounded. He has lived his life punishing himself, experiencing death over and over again, but never experiencing life and love, until he meets Sara.

Overall, Soul Stealer was a fun read, showing off Kimberley Troutte’s talent and imagination. After reading this book, I do plan on looking for more work from this author.