Pure & Sinful Killian McRae

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Statistician Riona Dade knows all about probabilities. Still, even she'd tell you the chances of discovering you’re a witch, being appointed to the demon-slaying trio known as the Pure Souls, and finding yourself sinfully attracted to a catholic priest who uses amen and other four-lettered words with equal enthusiasm are pretty slim. Also learning your ex was once Hell’s first-round draft pick, and realizing you're a prize catch for Satan’s soul-damning quota leaves a girl feeling like she just won the lottery while being struck by lightning while riding a unicorn across Atlantis.

Trying to keep her mind off role playing the Thornbirds with Father Angeletti, Riona leads the Pure Souls against a maniacal menagerie of Mephistopheles’s minions plaguing greater Boston. Giving in to lust is a direct flight to damnation for both her and the priest, leading Riona to distract herself by striking up a romance with her new, foxy neighbor, Lucy. But she can't shake her attraction to Marcello, and as the tension between them grows thicker than a lumberjack’s beard, temptation may become too difficult to resist.

How long can they deny the pull growing between them, knowing there will be Hell to pay?

First installment in the Pure Souls Trilogy.
Kim's Rating:
3 out of 5 Stars

Kim's Review:
So I was not sure about this choice. Tammy made me do it...lol...she was telling me how funny it was so I thought I would give it a chance despite it not being my usual reading subject matter. 

Pure Souls: 
A Priest, A witch and a Demi God....A Demon hunting trio...

She was a Pure Soul, and cosmically powerful, ass-kicking Keystone witch, at that."

Riona is attractive to everyone that seems to come in contact with her...She has Demons and Priests in love with her, Women after her, a Demi God is a little sweet on her, and even an Arch Angel would do her. Lucifer himself wants her the worst. Despite all of this, the girl cannot get much satisfaction. It stinks to be in love with a priest and fellow demon hunter when acting on it will damn you to Hell and wreak havoc on the world. 

As a Pure Soul, it was her duty to defend humanity against the temptations wrought by evil intentions. As a woman, she didn't care if she or Marc or both of them would be damned, she wanted him. The questions was, why?

During the whole book if they are not fighting feelings and lust for eachother, then they are busy fighting Lucifer and Demons. One Demon is particular that happens to be her ex. 

"Despite what you've seen on every Joss Whedon fantasy, we're not exactly the speechifying type..."

"You know you're good. You're a demon. Sexual gratification is part of your damned repertoire. Next to the deflowering of virgins and stealing socks out of dryers, it's just the thing you do."

The book is sharp, witty, and fast paced. The references to pop culture are fun and creative. I did get a little bogged down in the Religious aspect of the battle of Good and Evil. And at times I just felt bombarded with information. But it might have just been my mood or that it was hard to wrap my head around the demon world after reading other types of books lately. But it was definitely a unique and creative book with some comedic flair. 

Thank you to Tuilp Noire Press and netgalley.com  for the opportunity to read this selection for an honest review.
Tammy's Rating:
4 out of 5 Stars

Tammy's Review:
“A priest, a witch and a demigod walk in to a bar.”
“No joke.”

Witches, Satan, Priest, Demigods, and Archangels…..OH MY!!

Welcome to the world of paranormal where pretty much anything goes! I forgot how much I really enjoy this genre. Pure & Sinful is my first book by Killian McRae and I will definitely be picking up the next book in the series. Her writing style is witty and definitely keeps you hook. I found myself chuckling and highlighting through most of this book.  No one lacks for sarcastic comebacks and great sense of humor.

“What can I say?” “Once you go demon, it’s them that you’re needin’.”

It was a quick fun read. The characters were well developed and they had some yummy chemistry. Sometimes it got a little heavy in the religious talk, leaving me to skim those parts a little. Even though I am not a very religious person, I still found it to be a very enjoyable read. 

In the opening of the book, we meet Riona, our heroine, Pure Soul and witch to boot. I liked her. She was sassy, she kick butt and asked questions later. Riona is bisexual and involved in a love triangle. Jerry the demon wants Riona and while she finds him hot and the sex even hotter, she is in love with the one man she cannot have. That man would be our very own sexy as sin priest, Marc who also happens to be a Pure Soul.  Unfortunately, for Riona she cannot have him, as it would throw the whole balance off and send Marc’s soul to Lucifer. All the men in Riona’s life have felt like this at one point or other…..

“Oh, you are the single most frustrating, fucking witch I ever….”

Our unusual hero as mentioned above is sexy as sin priest Marc, who by the way is also very sarcastic and does not treat Riona with anything other than sarcasm through most of the book. He has to stay away from the love of his life without her catching on lest he lose his soul to the devil. In addition, if the devil has control over a Pure Soul he will wreak havoc to the like that has never been seen before.  Marc is not just a priest however he is also a witch and demon slayer. 

Lucifer wants Riona; he wants her soul and is willing to do stop at nothing to get it. With her, he would have absolute control. 

“Yeah, Lucifer wants that hella lot, and who could blame him?”

One of the other things I loved about this book was that it held its own without an overabundance of detailed sexual scenes. Now, do not get me wrong there is sexual tension and sexual chemistry and you will feel it. I just love when the books plot is front and center and sex is not used to tell it but as an added enticement.

The last chapter was hard for me as someone makes that all-important sacrifice. When you grow to connect with your characters, it is sad when it does not end the way you hope it will, BUT I am holding out for hope in book 2. 

“If she thought her heart was broken before, she was utterly and entirely wrong.”

I was provided with this book from the publisher for free via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review, thank you!


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