I will freely admit that I had a bit of a crush on Kellen from Kiss & Hell... in fact I was much more enamored of him than I was Clyde, the male lead from that book. So I was ready to go for Kellen’s story, Marcella’s story, not so much. Marcella was Delaney (the female lead from the first book, and also Kellen’s sister)’s obnoxious, standoffish, flashy (demon) best friend. So imagine my surprise when in the first chapter Dakota managed to endear even Marcella to me, and all through a marginally (or not so marginally) insulting conversation held in limbo with a dead dog. Oh yes, there is a talking dead dog as a supporting character in this book. A talking, often questionable hooker/druggie body-inhabiting talking dog who dishes out advice like the most wizened sage.
Marcella’s back-story is a doosey... I didn’t see it coming; it wouldn’t have been half as impactful if it had even been hinted at in the first book, but WOW, sucks to be Marcella. Except when she’s facing down the geeky iPhone toting Satan, then she’s probably the coolest ex-demon ghost on the block.
There were so many giggle out loud moments in this book that my sister surely questioned my sanity several times during our travels, and just enough tension between Kellen and Marcella to make it believable when two characters who both have had the hots for each other admit it (and one of them just happens to be visible only to the other). Oh yes. Hotness.
So now I’m left raring for Catalina (street kid saving demon) and Dameal (scary BA demon?)’s story... which will hopefully have its own book in the near future. My curiosity is most definitely peaked.