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Try as I Smite Paperback – Oct. 20 2020
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Alasdair Blakesley is the head of the Covens Syndicate. He shouldn't need to look beyond the witches and warlocks he governs, or his own abilities, to solve any problem. But a demon infestation means he can’t trust anyone who may be possessed. The last person he wants to ask for help is also the only person who can fix this, so he sucks up his pride and storms into her office.
And she turns him down cold.
As the owner of Brimstone Inc., Delilah’s passion is helping others with their supernatural problems. But Alasdair is the last man Delilah wants to tangle with. The infuriating man sees too much and demands even more. And did she mention the way he sets her body on fire?
Not that it matters—demons are the only things with which she cannot interfere. Too bad a higher power steps in and sends them both on a crash course of each others' pasts, presents, and futures.
How is a Christmas Carol nightmare supposed to solve his demon problem without breaking the rules she’s bound by?
- ASIN : B08LJWVR5Z
- Publisher : Independently published (Oct. 20 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 150 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8550189061
- Item weight : 168 g
- Dimensions : 12.7 x 0.97 x 20.32 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #879,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sparks flew the minute Delilah, the mysterious owner of Brimstone Inc., met warlock Alasdair Blakesley, the head of the Covens Syndicate. The two powerful beings clash from the start, but when widespread demonic possessions start occurring to witches and warlocks, Alasdair sucks it up and goes to Delilah for help… Only to be turned down. When it comes to demons, Delilah can’t get involved. Then someone even more powerful than the two of them sends Delilah and Alasdair on a joint Christmas Carol-type adventure. And the more the Alasdair and Delilah learn about each other, the harder it is for them to deny their mutual attraction. I loved the clashing and the simmering sexual tension in this story. Alasdair and Delilah are two strong, confident people and neither can cow the other. I also thoroughly enjoyed peeling back the layers of their characters and learning their pasts. Alasdair carries deep scars from childhood and they broke my heart. And Delilah… let’s just say learning about her mysterious abilities was worth the wait. Delilah’s past, present, and future are complicated and to say much more about this story would spoil it.
There is a lot going on in Try As I Smite, which is great, but also the story’s biggest weakness. Everything felt rushed, from the romance to Delilah’s history to other elements it would be major spoilers to discuss. If this had been a full-length novel, it would no doubt have been fantastic. But zipping through everything didn’t do the characters or the story any favors. Don’t get me wrong – I still liked Try As I Smite quite a bit. But when you go big in a story, it’s more engrossing if you also go deep, and that’s what this story was missing. But even falling short of its potential, Alasdair and Delilah’s story was interesting and entertaining. And as I am a really big fan of the Brimstone Inc. series, I’m looking forward to seeing who Delilah helps next.
Alasdair and Delilah are on opposite spectrums. They are so extremely different on so many levels that they will surely never cross. When a devastating truth is revealed, they finally find a game changer that upends everything they held as an illusion. The truth is much more tantalizing then secrets which comes as a shock to them both.Further keeping them on their toes, they find a shocking connection that is enough to shatter and remake their world. If they have any hope of saving their world, they must accept the impossible, embrace the forbidden, and hold nothing back. Will this task prove to be more then either can handle, or will their hearts surprise them and prove just how easy that is?
What a beautiful revelation to get to know these two powerful and provocative characters! I was in heaven as I watched their secrets revealed one by one and watched their hearts set free to explore and claim what they have so greatly longed for. What a true masterpiece to behold!! It can't get much better then that.
Abigail Owens truly owns my heart and soul. This series has taken my captive, and I don't care to escape. The beauty, the intrigue, and the danger has left me in awe and estascy as I savor the stunning and passionate characters that speak to every part of my heart, mind, and soul. I beg you not miss out on this fabulous wonder and incredible delight that is this phenomenal series!!
Finally! I was so excited to finally get Delilah's story! Our fearsome (and fearless!) matchmaking queen meets her match, despite her kicking and screaming against it. I love the irony in that. Alasdair was a perfect counterbalance to her. They're both serious about their work and keeping the world at large safe, so getting to watch them find something for themselves was really good for my squishy heart.
This might well be the most action packed of the whole series. Lots of magic within! All the books are fairly short, but Mrs. Owen manages to make their stories full and rich, despite that. The way these two worked each other was a perfect portrayal of awesome storytelling being possible without an excess of fluff. Don't get me wrong, this is a romance, so 'fluff' is there, just not the over-wordy type.
If you like your romance with fantasy, wizards, demons, a bite of steam, some meant to be loves that win against odds, and a good dose of action, this is a fantastic read to pick up!
My first read by the author was the previous book in this series. This one plays with Dickens’ Christmas Carol, a retelling I just loved.
With the end of the year approaching, this story is even more relevant.
Delilah knows the price of her birth, she repays but helping others, she is the one people calls in the last ressort.
Alasdair has risen from the ashes of his childhood, and never would he let demons take over mages again.
Together they are like oil and water, yet something they refused to acknowledge bond them to one another.
This story is an entertaining rewriting of the most famous Christmas tale with sexy time, magic and hell and heaven conspiring to break havoc on earth.
POV: Delilah and Alasdair
Pacing: Very fast
Steam: Instant chemistry, open door scenes
Tropes: Retellings, paranormal Christmas
I really enjoyed this new addition to the Brimstone series and finally getting to read Delilah's romance! This story was a super fast read with instant chemistry between Delilah and Alasdair. I loved that it was a paranormal holiday retelling of the Christmas Carol. The way that the story showed their past, present and a glimpse of the future really helped speed the romance along. Overall, it's definitely a story worth reading if you're craving a fast paced romance with steamy scenes, magic, paranormal action and Christmas feels.
*Thank you so much to Entangled Publishing and NetGalley for allowing me the opportunity to read this digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.