Friday, January 11, 2013

Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers

Personal Demons:
Frannie Cavanaugh is a good Catholic girl with a bit of a wicked streak. She has spent years keeping everyone at a distance---even her closest friends---and it seems as if her senior year is going to be more of the same . . . until Luc Cain enrolls in her class. No one knows where he came from, but Frannie can’t seem to stay away from him.

What she doesn’t know is that Luc is on a mission. He’s been sent from Hell itself to claim Frannie’s soul. It should be easy---all he has to do is get her to sin, and Luc is as tempting as they come. Frannie doesn’t stand a chance. But he has to work fast, because if the infernals are after her, the celestials can’t be far behind. And sure enough, it’s not long before the angel Gabriel shows up, willing to do anything to keep Luc from getting what he came for. It isn’t long before they find themselves fighting for more than just Frannie’s soul.

But if Luc fails, there will be Hell to pay . . . for all of them.

I’m at a complete loss as to where to begin this; in fact I’m still bouncing back-and-forth between absolutely loving this book and feeling that it was just a good read. And any book that makes me work this hard for a review is definitely worth it. The characters: I loved the characters, from beginning to end Lisa Desrochers captured me with their honest, true-to-life behavior and the dynamic relationship between Frannie, Luc and Gabe. The writing: Exquisite, the words almost flow right off the tension filled pages and I was drawn directly into Lisa’s world. The intensity: The emotions I felt throughout this book covered every end of the spectrum, and yet, they were completely satisfying. The romance: HOT. The love triangle: Lisa completely re-wrote all the rules when it comes to love triangles. The bonds that kept Frannie, Luc and Gabe coming back to each other were original and heart-stopping. The not-so-good: Frannie’s constant use of the word “whatever,” I know she is seventeen, and Lisa wrote her character honestly, but it simply drove me batty (but maybe that’s just me). I was also so torn between loving the love triangle and despising it. I thought it was unfair and selfish of Frannie to constantly seesaw between two guys, messing with their emotions. Even if one of those guys was a demon.

Frannie believes she is like any other seventeen year old girl, except she carries a heavy guilt in her heart that she’s unwilling to share with anyone. When Luc enters her life, things change drastically and then Gabe shows up, all of a sudden there are two guys fighting for her attention. Little does Frannie know that Luc is a demon, attempting to “tag” her soul for Hell, while Gabe is an angel sent to protect her and “tag” her for Heaven. Confusion and turmoil fill Frannie as her feelings for both Gabe and Luc grow. Danger follows Frannie everywhere, and when she discovers the truth about Luc and herself, she has already fallen in love with him. Her loving Luc changes him on unimaginable levels and his desire to “tag” her soul no longer exists, instead all he can think about is being with her, but not in a way that might endanger her soul. Gabe has fallen, hard, for Frannie, but he will step back and accept the choice she has made as long as she stays safe and out of Hell’s way. But there are other, more powerful demons seeking to destroy Frannie’s pure soul. Gabe and Luc must put aside their natural distrust for one another and work together in order to save Frannie.

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