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Sunday, August 5, 2012

"Helena" by Brindle Chase

Title: Helena
Author: Brindle Chase
Publisher: Loose ID LLC
Sub-Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: 232 pages
Heat Rating: Erotic
Rating: 4 Cups

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Helena must have fallen into disfavor with Mother Superior. Her latest assignment to pose as a stripper and infiltrate the notorious underworld lair Gothic City Lights was outrageous! She -- an angel of charity -- was required to display her pure, perfect flesh to bait and eliminate a demon lord.

Demon-hunter Antonio Bendicini was bred for war. Sent to Portland to reduce the rampant population of demons there, he is quickly mired in an ancient war between angel and demon.

Both after the same mark, their paths collide. Helena could never have prepared herself for Antonio. Huge, hideously scarred from years of battle, and ugly, he was a true warrior, just like she, and he ignited something she’d never felt before: lust.

In "Beauty and the Beast" fashion, their desires entwine with molten ferocity and she falls to her want. Helena realizes she cannot complete her mission, because her heart belongs to the human. Determined to devise a new plan where she need not display her naked flesh for any man save Antonio, Helena is captured by the demon lord. Antonio must swallow his pride, stay his wrath, and join forces with the angels to rescue her before she is killed -- or worse -- defiled.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: violence.

Tsteinerid's Review:
Helena is being forced to do something she doesn’t understand and certainly won’t enjoy: Stripping!

Helena is an angel of charity. She lives to save souls and to help others in need. Her spare time is spent at the homeless shelters, feeding, clothing and giving herself over to others. Her next assignment is something she has never done. She is to strip nude in front of lustful humans. How does the Mother Superior expect an angel whom is still a virgin to be able to convincingly pull this off? Well, the Mother Superior has sent in a secret weapon: Lilith the half succubus, the heroine from book one.

Antonio is a lonely scarred man on a mission. His only reason for living is the eradication of demons. Night after night he goes out on the prowl to clean up the streets and protect humans from these vile evil creatures. One night in a dark alley and his life is changed forever.

Both Helena and Antonio are hunters. Both basically enjoy their jobs, but from the moment they meet they question everything. Their passion is scorching, their coupling sinful, and neither want to give each other up. They never expected to find each other, but now that they have, one of them will have to give up their calling to finally enjoy happiness.

This is the second book that I have read from Mr. Chase. I’m very pleasantly surprised at the depth of the plot and the world building. He has taken a normally religious subject, spiced it up, but didn’t take away the integrity of the institution, well at least in my opinion. I really enjoyed how he built the whole universe. The mechanics behind their hierarchy is comprehensive and very fascinating. I also love how he has taken the idea that everything deserves love, even angels. I couldn’t agree more.

Mr. Chase writes very hot scenes and storylines that are unique and detailed. I really enjoy his style and his imagination. He is a diamond in my reading world of mainly women authors. He sparkles and shines and I plan to read more books written by him. Mostly, I hope he visits Gothic City Lights again. I’ll be on the lookout for that one.


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