(The Devil’s Assistant #1)
by H.D. Smith
Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Published: July 23, 2014
Loving a demon isn’t the end of the world—losing him is.
Claire, the Devil’s assistant, knows very little about the world she was dropped into five years ago, when she inherited her mother’s unpaid debt to the Demon King. She certainly didn’t expect to be a contender for the Fallen Queen’s throne, a target for the Druid King’s mafia, or a suspect in the murder of Junior, the Devil’s oldest hell spawn.
In a last ditch effort to save her life and get out of her deal with the Devil, she sets out to solve Junior’s murder only to be taken prisoner by the four most dangerous immortal hell spawn alive.
Not to be out done, the Pagan Queen Mab, claims Claire for entering her realm uninvited. She has an old debt to settle with her brother the Devil. Taking Claire from him after losing her years ago is just icing on the cake.
Will Claire win her freedom, and save herself from the Devil? Or be trapped by Mab forever?
Dark Hope was a crazy book. Crazy in a good way though. It was definitely an adventure.
Claire is the Devil’s assistant, though not by choice. She was forced into it thanks to her mom who made a deal with the Devil. Nice huh? When Claire finds the Devil’s oldest Hellspawn, Junior, dead, and a mysterious video on his computer pointing at her as the killer, she’s got to find out just what the Hell happened. She starts to notice that things are just a bit off and she is stuck in the middle of some absolute craziness.
Yeah, so Claire is pretty bad ass. She’s been putting up with the Devil’s crap for a while now, and she’s pretty much over it. Now that she’s got to prove her innocence before the Devil realizes that Junior is dead, she’s up to her eyeballs in some mysterious goings on. How is she supposed to be in 2 places at once? She knows where she has and hasn’t been, right? Or maybe not.
Dark Hope is a serious thrill ride type of story that reminds me of something along the same lines as a Bourne Identity type of book. There is crazy amounts of action and adventure that will keep you on your toes the whole time! This book was exciting and interesting all at once. At the heart of everything is Claire’s love for her boyfriend and what will become of their relationship when all is said and done.
One of the things I enjoyed about Dark Hope is that it was more of an action/adventure paranormal than I have read in a while. It was a nice change to have come across.
I would recommend Dark Hope to anyone who is into action/adventure books. It’s not filled with vampires or werewolves, so those who don’t enjoy those sort of things would be happy with the content of this book.