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September 16, 2013

Review: Original Sin (Personal Demons #2) by Lisa Desrochers

Luc Cain was born and raised in Hell, but he isn’t feeling as demonic as usual lately—thanks to Frannie Cavanaugh and the unique power she never realized she had. But you can’t desert Hell without consequences, and suddenly Frannie and Luc find themselves targeted by the same demons who used to be Luc’s allies.

Left with few options, Frannie and Luc accept the protection of Heaven and one of its most powerful angels, Gabe. Unfortunately, Luc isn’t the only one affected by Frannie, and it isn’t long before Gabe realizes that being around her is too…tempting. Rather than risk losing his wings, he leaves Frannie and Luc under the protection of her recently-acquired guardian angel.

Which would be fine, but Gabe is barely out the door before an assortment of demons appears—and they’re not leaving without dragging Luc back to Hell with them. Hell won’t give up and Heaven won’t give in. Frannie’s guardian exercises all the power he has to keep them away, but the demons are willing to hurt anyone close to Frannie in order to get what they want. It will take everything she has and then some to stay out of Hell’s grasp.

And not everyone will get out of it alive.
Immediately after finishing Personal Demons, I picked up Original Sin in the hopes of getting some answers to all of my burning questions. Once again, Lisa Desrochers did not disappoint with this steamy, enticing sequel.

Original Sin picks up where Personal Demons left off. Thanks to protagonist Mary Francis "Frannie" Cavanaugh, the demon who was originally sent to tag her soul for Hell, Luc, has found himself changing, and it may not be for the better. With Luc no longer in possession of his demonic abilities, Frannie is in more danger than ever, and the angel Gabe is left to protect her along with a guardian angel of her own, Matt. But when both Gabe and Matt begin to lose focus, the situation really starts to spiral out of control...

The addition of two characters, Matt and Lili, really served to intensify the plot of Original Sin. Along with the switch in perspectives between Frannie and Luc, Matt's point of view was also presented. As much as Matt frustrated me, his character did well to highlight the power of choice and consequence. Lili's character, on the other hand, was a bit predictable for me, but I definitely understood the purpose behind her for story purposes. I loved that Lisa Desrochers wasn't afraid to shock her readers with the premise of death--after all, in a battle between Heaven and Hell, it's only logical to expect casualties.

As the middle book in a trilogy, I was glad to see that Original Sin held its own. Often times the second novel can fall flat by serving mainly as a tether between the first and the third, but this one was every bit as exciting as the first. It kept the story moving along nicely without decreasing the amount the action or drama. My only qualm would be slight difficulties in understanding how some of the paranormal elements functioned, but other than that, I most definitely enjoyed Original Sin and can't wait to share my thoughts on book three, Last Rite, with you all soon!

Rating: 4/5 stars

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