Review: Where There’s Smoke by Karen Kelley

Where There’s Smoke by Karen Kelley
Series: Good Girl (# 1)
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Pages: 304
Source: NetGalley

The Devil Went Down to Texas…

Sexy wannabe demon Destiny Carter has pissed off the people downstairs and has been kicked out of hell.

Now she’s in Ft. Worth, Texas with one week to corrupt a soul. Or else.

Lookin’ for Just One Soul to Steal…

When smokin’ hot Destiny strolls into the Stompin’ Ground bar in a slinky red dress, she has a feeling her assignment might not be so bad. The cowboy at the bar looks pretty darn delicious and oh-so-corruptible.

But Chance Bellew is no ordinary cowboy, and Destiny gets way more than she bargained for when she rubs up against the sexy dark angel perched on a barstool like sin just waiting to happen…


Review: I was drawn to Where There’s Smoke after reading the blurb. I liked the idea of a demon (wannabe, not actual) falling in love an angel very enticing. That, and the fact that it was a new novel by Karen Kelley, author of the Planet Nerak series which features aliens and male robots who satisfy a woman’s every whim, I mean, honestly, who can you resist?

To begin with, you have Destiny, a demon-in-waiting (so to speak), landing on Earth in order to earn her true demon-ness. But all she really wants is to relax a little and enjoy all the up-grades Planet Earth has made in the last 40 years. And sex. See, Destiny (appropriately named) died in 1959 and was thereby summoned to the Dark Side. Having seen nothing but the dark side all her life, she succumbed and has been biding her time in Hell’s sorting station. Now she’s offered the chance to prove herself. If she brings in just one soul – signed, sealed, delivered to the bosses that be – she will become the demon she’s been dreaming of being.

Then she sees Chance sitting in a bar. Mysterious, masculine, a black Stetson and tight jeans… What’s not to love there? Of course Destiny sees Chance and immediately succumbs to his good looks, great body, and amazing smile. And, oh! What he does to her in that bar! *blushing* But she has no idea that Chance is a nephilim (half angel, half human) sent to save her soul from the clutches of Satanism.

There is a great cast of background characters – a goody-two-shoes neighbor, the demon-like Beulah, plus a few souls who have great faith and belief in mankind. Then, because no good nephilim story would be without them, Chance’s friends, roommates, and fellow nephilim, Dillon, Hunter and Ryder (whose story is due out in September).

Where There’s Smoke is a breezy, light read – perfect for those lazy days when you get to lay around, be it on the beach or your sofa, and fall into another world. Let someone else worry about the laundry and the dishes. Read and enjoy!