Hell hath no fury…
Isabella (Bell) LaCoste is hell bent on revenge. Her ex is engaged—and to a human no less. Bell makes a deal with Lucifer to exact her revenge, promising to deliver her ex, Jacque, and his new fiancée (who happens to be a Voodoo princess) to him. For this particular mission, Lucifer (Luc) sends Jacque’s brother, Xavier Toussant, with her.
Xavier’s life is on the line. As a hired killer, Xavier failed to complete his last assignment—to kill his own brother. Lucifer gives him another chance when he assigns him to accompany Bell on the mission to secure the two lovebirds and bring them to Lucifer.
The only problem? Bell and Xavier can’t stand each other. As the story progresses, though, the mutual hate turns into a You-make-me-sick-but-you’re-sexy kind of thing. The good news? This makes for a very HOT romance.
Sweet Revenge is the second book in the Dueling with the Devil series and the first novel I’ve read by Ms. Dumas. In the beginning, I didn’t know what to expect. The premise immediately caught my eye. I love the idea of a woman scorned, set out on revenge, but finding another love in the process. What I didn’t expect was the brilliant world Ms. Dumas created and the underlying message in the novel.
Bell wasn’t the only one who was out for revenge. It seemed to be a recurrent theme throughout the novel, with various characters. Which leads me to my next point… There are so many different supernatural beings, or Supes, that I had to make sure I got all of them straight. Vampires, wolves, witches, demons, goddesses… you name it, they’re there. None of them are “good” people, but many of them have good motives, which made me root for them.
Without giving too much away, I was glad to see that Bell and Xavier, along with their families are able to put aside their differences and work together to defeat the true enemy—or at least try.
The romance between Bell and Xavier is an added bonus in a bigger story. In the end they found out that true love is possible in spite of their lives and circumstances and that is always good.
Ms. Dumas did an amazing job of world building, from the seedy parts of New Orleans to the desolate areas of the underworld, or Hades. I was on the edge of my seat, wondering what could happen next. The ending was satisfying and frustrating, because I wasn’t ready for it to end. The author definitely ended it in a way that made me want to continue with the next book. There were some formatting issues that were sometimes distracting. Overall, though, I enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to her next book.
-Reviewed by Leslie
Laurel Cremant is an opinionated author and reader of romance with a wicked sense of humor. RNIC was smart (or crazy) to bring her on as a blogger. In 2016 she took over the management of this site and relishes her new title of “Overlord of Awesome”