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Straight to Hell by Michelle Scott REVIEW

Straight to Hell by Michelle Scott (Lilith Straight #1)

review requested by the author

Synopsis from Goodreads
The moment Lilith Straight dies, the Devil appears to claim her soul and cash in on a family curse. Now, Lilith has no choice but to work for him. The job is bad, the boss is worse and she can’t imagine how she’ll explain her new reincarnation to her eight-year-old daughter. But then an arrogant, yet oh so yummy, incubus shows up…and hell heats up just a little more.

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Don't pay attention to the unfortunate cover, this book is funny, smart and sad at the same time, and certainly worth your time.

It works, simply because each of us can relate to Lilith. She is thirty something, recently divorced, saddled with a daughter whom she loves dearly, a distantly related hellion niece who accidentally burned her house, and a beautiful step-sister, who can't grow up and get a job.

Lilith is a substitute teacher, out of work, with bills piling up and credit cards maxing out. She is on the verge of being broke. Until the day she dies. 

Transported to Hell, which is appropriately a big bureaucratic machine, Lilith finds out that one of her ancestors made a deal with the devil to escape death. One female of her line will always carry a succubus demon in her, and now Lilith's mom died and it's her turn.

Horrified, Lilith is sent back and has to struggle with her own morality and sense of right while Hell sends her on little tasks of seducing humans to the dark side. She might not need to have sex with them, but she tips the scales by her words or actions, so their souls will go to Hell.

Of course, Lilith is a disaster despite the help of a gorgeous William Darcy, an incubus and a friend of her mother. Allowing her demon a free reign will help her family survive and escape the bankruptcy and starvation, but her consciousness keeps messing up until enraged Hell gives her an ultimatum - do something BIG for them or they'll make her daughter a succubus instead...

A lovely and easy, bittersweet read.

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Милая, смешная и в то же время грустная книжка.

Лилит Стрэйт - обычная женщина за тридцать, недавно разведённая, живущая с дочкой-подростком, племянницей не по крови, а со стороны её мужа, которая сожгла случайно её дом, и младшей сводной сестрой-лентяйкой, которая никак не хочет найти работу.

Лилит подрабатывает учителем и еле-еле сводит концы с концами, а счета всё накапливаются и накапливаются, и она почти что на грани банкротства. Пока не умирает.

Лилит переносится в ад, где ей напоминают, что её предок заключил сделку с дьяволом, по которой каждое поколение одна из женщин семьи становится суккубом. Мама Лилит только что умерла, а её дочка ещё слишком юнна, поэтому суккубом станет Лилит.

В ужасе от задачи, морально правильная Лилит борется со своим демоном, и задачи на которые её посылает ад, насмотря на помощь сооблазнительного инкуба Вильяма Дарси, чуть ли не все с треком проваливаются. Конечно её демон не только делает жизнь легче, но и помогает со счетами и покупками, однако совесть Лилит не позволяет ей им часто пользоваться, пока разъярённый Ад не ставит ей ультиматум - она должна совершить полное сооблазнение чистой души, чтобы доказать себя, иначе она умрёт, а суккубом сделают её подростковую дочь....

Мило, смешно, грустно и как-то жизненно. Книгу можно почитать через Гудридс.

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