Holidays in Hell

Erzabet Bishop
Holidays in Hell
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Etopia Press
Release Date
December 2015
Book 1 of Demons in Darkness
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Horror Romance, Paranormal Romance

This year Christmas just got a little hotter.

Deck the halls with all things kinky. Jonas is an incubus with an incurable lust for women, gingerbread, and holiday lights. He needs one more soul to meet his quota. Amid the baubles and frivolity of the Winter Carnival, he meets Holly Pendleton—a woman with emerald green eyes and a body built for sin—and marks her as the final soul to end his contract. But now Jonas faces a heart-wrenching decision: take what he needs to feed his hunger, or sacrifice himself for the woman who has lit his own demonic soul on fire. Tied up with red ribbons, Holly just might be Jonas's deepest Christmas wish and the one woman who could set him free.

Holly Pendleton is still recovering from the death of her husband and Dom. The holidays are especially lonely until a dark stranger walks in the door to Harlowe's Bookery and Christmas Shoppe. The man's enigmatic gaze holds her and ignites her body and her mind. When Holly accepts a job to decorate the sexy client's apartment, she unknowingly steps into an age-old battle between the forces of darkness. Jonas Corsair is a man who makes her blood run hot and her dreams even hotter. But will she survive his hold on her soul?

Reader note: contains light BDSM, wax play, and strong erotic romance elements

Book Review by LiaL (reviewer)
Jun 12, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
110 people found the following review helpful
He is a reluctant incubus. He is forced to take from others to meet his deal with the devil. He needs to deliver only one more soul to free his own. The woman he selects is someone he finds himself unable to condemn. He would rather lose his own soul then see her life cruelly ended. Can he find a way to save his soul or will this be his last Christmas?

Jonas uses sex to get the nourishment he needs and meet his agreement with the devil but he is not what you expect from an incubus. He is a demon that has a real love of Christmas and all that is merry. He also has a conscience. He knows he needs to get one more soul to free his own but he won't destroy an innocent. Jonas would rather starve and lose his soul permanently than make a woman like Holly suffer. She is so different from all the other women and he wants only joy for her. Even it it kills him, he will make sure she has a chance to live a full life.

Holly is a widow still recovering from losing her husband. She has really hidden from everyone but her good friend pushes her to get out of her house and come to work. When she is assigned to set up a holiday display at Jonas' home, she finds herself dealing with feelings she had forgotten. Holly didn't expect to want another man and Jonas tempts her like no other. When she finds out the truth, she has a difficult choice to make.

Jonas and Holly are two people that are both needing a connection with someone else to recharge their lives. Jonas really despises the fact that he has to use sex to save himself and he has been starving himself even though he needs only one more soul to fulfill the agreement he made centuries ago.. Holly has ignored her sexual desires since she lost her husband. Holly reveals that her husband was her Dom and that she craves that domination. When these two meet, they both feel the attraction and the temptation to explore their sexual desires is hard to resist. There is some BDSM but it is not the real focus of the story.

I think that the combination of Christmas and demons made for a good balance to the story. It lightened up the story which would have been much darker if it had focused just on a demon's struggle to regain his soul. The delight Jonas gets from Christmas reveals just how different he is from what you would expect an agent of the devil to be. He also has a best friend who is a succubus and shares his requirement to use sex to survive. Mallory is a fun character in the story and adds some humor. She gets her own book titled Mallory's Mark, which is a fun read too.

HOLIDAYS IN HELL is the first book in the Demons in Darkness series. It is a light-hearted romance and features a reluctant incubus. There is some consensual BDSM play but it is not a big part of the story. The series continues and features his best friend Mallory in the next book. I recommend you check out both of the books if you enjoy paranormal romances with a lot of humor too.
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