The blurb is so awesome-sauce (WOOHOO DANTE-SPEAK) that I just had to slot it into my Spring TBR List:
Dante Walker is flippin’ awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence have made him one of hell’s best—a soul collector. His job is simple: weed through humanity and label those round rears with a big red good or bad stamp. Old Saint Nick gets the good guys, and he gets the fun ones. Bag-and-tag.Sealing souls is nothing personal. Dante’s an equal-opportunity collector and doesn’t want it any other way. But he’ll have to adjust, because Boss Man has given him a new assignment: Collect Charlie Cooper’s soul within ten days. Dante doesn’t know why Boss Man wants Charlie, nor does he care. This assignment means only one thing to him, and that’s a permanent ticket out of hell. But after Dante meets the quirky Nerd Alert chick he’s come to collect, he realizes this assignment will test his abilities as a collector…and uncover emotions deeply buried.
Okay, I just want to point out that this guy calls his boss Boss Man, who, mind you, is the King of the Underworld.
Yeah. This dude.
You’re probably not going to like Dante at first. He’s a self-indulgent, sarcastic, selfish and a slight womanizer twerp, and he really doesn’t care about anything but getting his promotion to Soul Director. So if you’re expecting something like Existence by Abbi Glines, Dante is NO WHERE EVEN NEAR as cheesy as Dank- despite the name similarity (Dank WALKER ring a bell?). He talks like a teenage boy, acts like a teenage boy, and sometimes I wish he’d think with this brain instead of his junk for once. (Sound familiar?) Dante Walker is literally a bad boy- I mean, he does corrupts souls for a living doesn’t he?
Oh, and no insta-love.
I honestly wasn’t expecting Charlie and Dante to hook up, and in the beginning I kept waiting for some typical “hotness incarnate” (I forget in which book, but they actually say this) paranormal romance girl to pop up- I actually thought Dante was going to take a serious shot at Taylor!
Dante’s first meeting with Charlie is the epitome of anti-climax, like I could just hear the warning bells going off in my head. Dante approaches her room and as he ticks off all the girly things that scream PRINCESS, I know it’s going to be a rage:
“My target her back to me and is blabbering away on a retro corded phone. It is, of course, decorated in pink and white rhinestones.”
Please excuse me while I’m off on my Mean Girls flashback.
Anyways, she’s got his back to him so that he can’t see her face, and by now it’s clear he really doesn’t care about his assignment but it would be a bonus if she was some hot chick. But when he sees her…
“This is the girl Boss Man is after? She looks like a porcelain doll…beat three times with an ugly stick.”
Harsh right? Told d’ya you wouldn’t like Dante.
But he’s not like that all the way. The best part about this book is Dante/Victoria Scott’s voice, it’s so hilarious and fast paced it makes up for all the mean things he says (which actually builds up his character ALOT, and you see tons of character growth). Dante Walker is just about the most distinctive and entertaining male lead in any paranormal romance book I’ve read- he might even beat Daemon Black.
I know Lux girls, I don’t think I can ever forgive myself either.
Just to give you an idea what I’m committing treason for though:
‘”In this trunk,” she says with a serious face, “is God’s gift to women.”
“Stop guessing,” she says.”‘
However, sometimes I felt like although the plot was fast paced and twisty, it was a bit lacking- especially the part where Max doesn’t know that his boss fell from heaven, is a little unconvincing. Or when Blue suddenly knew to……y’know, do what he did. Aaargh! I hate writing anti-spoiler reviews. Plus, the ending was SO obvious and perfect that by around 90% that I was a little mad because it reminded me so much of the Boundless ending (Unearthly #3) and the Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush #1) ending.
I must say though, there are some crazy twists to the characters that would make Darth vader and Luke seem peachy in comparison, and Dante’s badassery is to-die-for.
I just love his voice.
“Girl, I got swag for days.”
Oh wow. As a matter of fact, he does remind me of Damon Salvatore…
The Permanent Monday