Original Sin (Personal Demons, #2)by Lisa Desrochers Published 05 Jul 2011
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Luc Cain was born and raised in Hell, but he isn’t feeling as demonic as usual lately—thanks to Frannie Cavanaugh and the unique power she never realized she had. But you can’t desert Hell without consequences, and suddenly Frannie and Luc find themselves targeted by the same demons who used to be Luc’s allies.
Left with few options, Frannie and Luc accept the protection of Heaven and one of its most powerful angels, Gabe. Unfortunately, Luc isn’t the only one affected by Frannie, and it isn’t long before Gabe realizes that being around her is too…tempting. Rather than risk losing his wings, he leaves Frannie and Luc under the protection of her recently-acquired guardian angel.
Which would be fine, but Gabe is barely out the door before an assortment of demons appears—and they’re not leaving without dragging Luc back to Hell with them. Hell won’t give up and Heaven won’t give in. Frannie’s guardian exercises all the power he has to keep them away, but the demons are willing to hurt anyone close to Frannie in order to get what they want. It will take everything she has and then some to stay out of Hell’s grasp.
And not everyone will get out of it alive.
"Original Sin (Personal Demons, #2)" Reviews
I had to stay up until 2am in the morning to finish reading this.The book manages to make you smile, make you want to cry, make you say WTF and make you want to drop kick several of the characters in the face (repeatedly) over the span of a few pages.
Now I need Book 3 now
Rougher. Naughtier. Less Hellhoundey.
In the beginning, it was just nice to see Frannie and Luc and Gabe again. All seemed well, sort of sweet and hopeful. The horizon was rosy. But of course it can't stay that way. Oh no. They all have to get dragged through a maelstrom of insane crazy twists, so that by the second half of the book you're all, "Wait, what?" and "Oh no. She did NOT just do that." And, "He'd better just straighten up, or I'm gonna burn this mother down."
Needless to say, Original Sin is addictive. It is not short on surprises, and it lays on the intrigue pretty thick, to rev you up for book three.
I'm looking forward to the epic conclusion. It will no doubt lay the smack down. And hopefully have more hellhounds. Because they're adorable.
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy
I want to preface this review by saying that I loved PERSONAL DEMONS, the first book in this series. I thought it was deeply romantic and I loved the dichotomy between angel Gabe and demon Luc and how their love for Frannie manifested itself so differently depending on their nature. I even loved how torn Frannie was between them. But ORIGINAL SIN is like a completely different animal, one that I think may need to be put down.
The first half of ORIGINAL SIN is a good, if not great, follow up to PERSONAL DEMONS. Frannie, Luc, and Gabe are still trapped in a rather unconventional love triangle. Frannie has chosen Luc, but part of her still longs for Gabe. Both guys love Frannie, but think—for different reasons—that she’s better off with the other guy. Added into the mix this time is Frannie’s twin brother turned guardian angel Matt. He’s been assigned to protect her from the demons who still want to tag her soul for Hell.
The POVs shift from Luc to Frannie to Matt and in the beginning this works. Matt even gets his own potential romance and has to struggle with what he may loose—his wings—if he pursues it. The same highs and lows from the first book carry over at first. The romantic elements are still strong as is the writing, but the other female characters are likewise still embarrassingly catty and in full blown slut mode 24/7.
But in the second half of the book, the tone, the plot, and the characters all shift into something unsettling and ugly. There are a number of ‘ick’ moments one in particular involving a girl having sex with a father, son, and nearly with a daughter from the same family. A number of situations that could be construed as rape. And several other ugly sexual situations involving teenagers. The sexual content in ORIGINAL SIN is never graphic but it is pervasive both in description and dialogue with several crude innuendos. It’s a far cry from the very sexy, but still romantic vibe from PERSONAL DEMONS.
I also lost my patience with Frannie. She waffles from Luc to Gabe and back again one too many times for my taste. Her behavior with Gabe is especially rankling as he tells her constantly that if she pursues him sexually, he’ll loose his wings but she is literally on him every second they are alone reaching for the button on his jeans until he has to plead with her to stop. And then just pages later it’s almost the exact situation with Luc. How am I supposed to respect a character like that?
I’m so disappointed by how much of a departure ORIGINAL SIN is from PERSONAL DEMONS. I still enjoyed Lisa’s expressive writing and the first half of this book is good with the same passionate romance that made the debut a favorite from last year, it’s the second half that I wish I could unread. The third book in the Personal Demons series is called HELLBENT and will be published in May 2012. I hope it’s more like this first book than this follow-up.
Kissing. Scenes of heterosexual and homosexual sensuality. Non graphic sex scene. Pervasive sexual dialog and references. References to rape.
Review from Teens Read and Write
ORIGINAL SIN is sinfully delicious! A sexy, adventure jam-packed with tons of fun and excitement starring some of my favorite YA characters!
The demons are back in spades and using every sneaky trick in the book to isolate Frannie and Luc, exploiting human emotions and bringing about the worst. They're so good at their jobs!
Frannie returns as her spunky, strong self. Luc - still sooo super sexy. Okay, I did have an issue about him missing some glaring clues about a particular someone, but he pulls through in the end. Or does he? There's that blasted cliff hanger ending...Argh, I hate those, making me wait!
And Gabe? Gabe is gone forever. Well, for most of the book. I missed him.
Instead we've got Frannie's new guardian angel, her brother Matt, who despises Luc and turns out to be rather unangelic in his attempts to protect Frannie from Luc. But Luc is AWESOME so I'm thinking, What is wrong with you, dude?
With three points of view - Frannie, Luc and Matt - I enjoyed getting into everyone's head. Lisa Desrochers does a wonderful job seamlessly integrating the alternating POV's to keep it interesting without any confusion.
Be aware that ORIGINAL SIN punches up the sex factor. There isn't explicit detail but it's happening and demons use it as a way to tag human souls.
ORIGINAL SIN hurtles you through a crazy batch of surprises and plot twists that had me raising my eyebrows and flipping pages. I can't wait to see how Frannie is going to get through all of it. I mean, I really want to know!
Mind. BLOWN. Review to come.
I didn't enjoy the first book from this series - Personal Demons - but for some reason I was still interested to see where the author took the characters so I decided to give this book a shot.
A lot of the cheese factor and "smells" are gone from this book which helped. I could never tell if I was supposed to be taking what the characters said seriously in PD or if it was "wink...wink" Maybe both I guess.
My problem is with Frannie. She loves Luc. Luc loves her. Their relationship really progresses in this book but only because Gabe isn't around most of the time. Once he shows up on any number of occasions she's all over him. I get the attraction to him. He's beautiful, he calms her but I just can't wrap my brain around Frannie declaring her undying love for Luc in one paragraph then practically crawling all over Gabe in the next. Maybe if she hadn't decided on Luc I would be able to go along with this better. Or if there was a clearer explanation for her draw to Gabe.
There are a few twists but few revelations when it comes to the BIG things so for me this book felt pretty much the same as the first.
Looking through the reviews I can see I'm totally alone on this so if you enjoy love triangles and angel/demon type of stories then you'll probably enjoy this series and book.
I think it's time for me to admit that it's just not right for me and move on.