Title: Hell To Pay & 21st Century Demon
Author: Asta Idonea
Series: Souls For Sale
Genre: Gay Romance, Paranormal
Length: Long Novella/Short Story
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing
21st Century Demon Synopsis
It should have been an easy job: a contract signed and a new soul earmarked for Hell. But when suave demon deal-maker Saul chooses nerdy Thomas Ives as his next target, events take an unexpected turn. The lines between business transaction and pleasure blur, and Saul must decide whether he cares more for his professional reputation or the soul he just condemned to eternal damnation.
I don’t want to repeat myself. If you wish to read the review, please go back to the main page, scroll down to Wayward Ink Anthology Of Heaven and Hell and read the review there.
Hell to Pay Synopsis
The contract was destroyed and Tom’s soul saved from Hell.
Or so they thought.
Demon deal-maker, Saul, and his mortal lover, Thomas Ives, find themselves on the run when the other demons take none too kindly to Saul’s bending of the rules. With the denizens of Hell on their heels, Saul and Tom must fight to stay one step ahead, knowing that if they’re caught there’s only one direction they’re headed: down.
When Heaven decides to get involved, Saul’s actions are no longer a mere bureaucratic misdemeanour but the basis of a factional confrontation. And now only one question remains: to whom does Tom’s soul truly belong?
I glance over at the bed where Tom lies in peaceful slumber. His face, framed by a halo of blond curls, is angled towards me. The gentle exhale makes several of those golden strands flutter. His full, oh-so-tempting lips are slightly parted, and for a brief moment I do want to wake him, so I can claim them in a kiss. He’s only wearing boxers. We don’t have an extensive wardrobe with us, and sleepwear was the last thing on our minds when we made our initial getaway, I can tell you! Actually, it’s the last thing on our minds even now. Anyhow, where was I? Oh, yes. I permit myself a moment to appreciate the hypnotic rise and fall of that smooth, pale chest before allowing my gaze to wander lower, over the ever-enticing bulge at his groin and down his long, lithe legs. Mmm. I remember how it felt to have those luscious legs wrapped around me a few hours ago, his heels pressing glorious bruises into my buttocks as I thrust up into that perfect, tight….
My cock twitches and I fight to regain my focus. Do you see now why waking Tom is such a problem? For one, he looks so angelic when he sleeps, it always seems a pity to disturb him. But at the same time, I only have to look at him to want him, and we really don’t have time for that sort of thing when we’re meant to be making a swift and silent exit from the scene.
I’ve been looking forward to Hell to Pay since I first learned it was coming. I hoped it would be as good as its prequel 21st Century Demon. I wasn’t disappointed. Hell to Pay shares a lot of the things I liked about its predecessor with certain things that made it different, but just as good.
Firstly, as with 21st Century Demon, Hell to Pay is written is first person in Saul’s point-of-view. The added bonus is that it also has a first person perceptive in Tom’s point-of-view and a third person account in the point of view of the angel Baruchiel.
Saul POV is just as witty, confident, sarcastic and cocky. What makes this story interesting is the author’s ability to differentiate and contrast her writing styles depending on the point of view. As much as Saul’s POV is cocky, Tom’s is sweet and observant. Being a diplomat, Baruchiel’s POV is more detached.
All this made for an enjoyable read.
What I enjoyed most about the story is the underlying theme. It’s a study of the meaning of love and it’s repercussions in a world full of systemic hate.
The intimate scenes were as skillfully done as the first story.
Kudos to Asta.
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About the author
NICKI J. MARKUS was born in England in 1982, but now lives in Adelaide, South Australia with her husband. She has loved both reading and writing from a young age and is also a keen linguist, having studied several foreign languages.
Nicki launched her writing career in 2011. She published works through Wicked Nights Publishing and Silver Publishing before both companies closed their doors. She is now self-publishing some of her works, including the novella Time Keepers and the fantasy novel The Ragnarök Chronicles.
Nicki also writes M/M fiction under the alternate pen name of ASTA IDONEA and has had several short stories published by Wayward Ink Publishing. She is currently working on her first M/M novella.
Nicki works as a freelance editor and proofreader, and in her spare time she enjoys: music, theatre, cinema, photography, sketching, and cross stitch. She also loves history, folklore and mythology, pen-palling, and travel.