Title: My Soul to Give
Author: Magali A. Frechette
Series: A Demon’s Love
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Release Date: 6/29/2017
Genre(s): Dark Erotic Romance, Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 355
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 2 stars out of 5
When Celina Leviet escapes the brutal home invasion that kills her husband, she’s left with a bullet in her gut and vengeance in her heart. An alluring demon, Mekaisto, offers an irresistible deal—in exchange for her soul, he’ll let her live long enough to get her revenge, but she must hunt and kill the murderers herself.
After sealing the contract, Celina digs into her husband’s past for clues about his murder, and what she uncovers makes her question everything she thought she knew about him.
His company never existed.
His family history was a lie.
And he was involved with The Lumen, a shadowy religious order whose members know too much about demons. As the life she thought she knew crumbles around her, Mekaisto’s charms become harder to resist. Forced to face a horrible truth, Celina struggles against her late husband’s betrayal and the dark seduction of the devil she knows.
This was almost a DNF for me.
I picked up Magali A. Frechette’s My Soul to Give because I’m a glutton for dark paranormal romances, and the mystery subplot piqued my interest. And while the book has this Alfred Hithcock, underworld vibe, the plot became much too complicated and unbelievable.
Celina’s life changes the night her husband is murdered, and she makes a deal with a demon. She’ll get to live to see through her revenge, and he’ll get her soul in return. Only the mystery surrounding her husband’s murder unlocks secrets she might wish she had kept buried.
I loved the premise, but the execution didn’t live up to my expectations. Celina agreeing to the revenge plot in the first place didn’t vibe with me. And when she does agree, Celina leans heavily on a demon with no true reason or motivation to help Celina enact her revenge.
It didn’t add up.
Then there were other little inconsistencies that started cropping up. Celina would have an overreaction to one thing, but the complete lack of a reaction to something equally horrific left me baffled. Why did she feel strongly then but not now? I did like how her character opens up later on, though. She’s fearless in certain parts, and I admired her, even though opening Pandora’s box isn’t something to take lightly. Definitely a call for the saying: Be careful what you wish for.
And if the plot had stayed relatively simple, maybe my engagement wouldn’t have nosedived. The plot, however, felt heavy and became unnecessarily convoluted. Between the random plot threads, numerous side characters, odd decisions, and the constant shifting back-and-forth of both Kai and Celina, I got tired of asking myself, why.
I will say the ending picked up for me. There is a twist that is unexpected and original and I loved it… yet, it still left me wondering “Why?” Why was it necessary to do things as they were done in the first place? The payout didn’t seem worth all the trouble.
Because I was left with more questions than answers, I just didn’t enjoy this book.