I've been told to go to Hell more times than I can count. But this time I'm actually going. My name's Bobby Dollar, sometimes known as Doloriel, and of course, Hell isn't a great place for someone like me - I'm an angel. They don't like my kind down there, not even the slightly fallen variety. But they have my girlfriend, who happens to be a beautiful demon named Casimira, Countess of Cold Hands. Why does an angel have a demon girlfriend? Well, certainly not because it helps my career.
She's being held hostage by one of the nastiest, most powerful demons in all of the netherworld - Eligor, Grand Duke of Hell. He already hates me, and he'd like nothing better than to get his hands on me and rip my immortal soul right out of my borrowed but oh-so-mortal body. But wait, it gets better! Not only do I have to sneak into Hell, make my way across thousands of miles of terror and suffering to reach Pan-demonium, capital of the fiery depths, but then I have to steal Caz right out from under Eligor's burning eyes and smuggle her out again, past demon soldiers, hellhounds, and all the murderous creatures imprisoned there for eternity.
And even if I somehow manage to escape Hell, I'm also being stalked by an undead psychopath named Smyler who's been following me for weeks. Oh, and did I mention that he can't be killed? So if I somehow survive Hell, elude the Grand Duke and all his hideous minions, and make it back to the real world, I'll still be the most hunted soul in Creation. But at least I'll have Caz. Gotta have something to look forward to, right? So just pour me that damn drink, will you? I've got somewhere to go.
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This book has an interesting and scary take on Hell. We got to see some of the love and purity of heaven last book, now you get the other side. Dollar learns a lot about true desperation.
There's a few things that really bothered me about the book. The biggest one is the "interludes" to his one night with Caz. The problem is, in the other book it was quite detailed, they did this, fell asleep, woke and did this... But in this book there's ALL these conversations and sexual experiences that don't feel genuine to the original story of the night. It feels like they are just in here to justify him being in Hell and being infatuated like a 14 yr old boy. I also don't see the connection between them. I see obsession and infatuation from him, and a careless attitude at the best of times from her. She's either being bitchy or WAY to vulnerable for a hundreds of years old demon. At one point she's telling him to shut up so she can tell a story, but then doesn't want to finish it once she gets his attention and is at the last part. I was getting so annoyed with her character.
He seems to truly be in love with her beauty, but nothing about her. Their whole thing just doesn't add up for me. It detracts from an interesting story.
Another thing is the amount of time spent in hell vs what was actually accomplished. I did a lot of fading in and out of interest, and when I realized I faded, I didn't need to go back, I knew it was just stuff. Not actual needed info to progress the story.
I will probably give another book in the series a chance. I think Williams is a creative writer, but his relationship and romance writing needs some work.
- A. Hogue