Try As I Smite
Brimstone Inc. # 4
by Abigail Owen
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Alasdair Blakesley is the head of the Covens Syndicate. He shouldn’t need to look beyond the witches and warlocks he governs, or his own abilities, to solve any problem. But a demon infestation means he can’t trust anyone who may be possessed. The last person he wants to ask for help is also the only person who can fix this, so he sucks up his pride and storms into her office.
And she turns him down cold.
As the owner of Brimstone Inc., Delilah’s passion is helping others with their supernatural problems. But Alasdair is the last man Delilah wants to tangle with. The infuriating man sees too much and demands even more. And did she mention the way he sets her body on fire?
Not that it matters—demons are the only things with which she cannot interfere. Too bad a higher power steps in and sends them both on a crash course of each others’ pasts, presents, and futures.
How is a Christmas Carol nightmare supposed to solve his demon problem without breaking the rules she’s bound by?
Let the Christmas-themed reading commence!
Try as I Smite was a fun Christmas-themed novella loosely based on Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. It’s an enemies-to-lovers novella (Alasdair and Delilah have known each other professionally, and interact in at least one other series book) and though it’s 4th in the series it works just fine as a standalone.
You’d better believe I’m going back to see that earlier interaction, though! I loved these two together, whether they were sniping at each other or doing…other things 😉
Readers of the series will be excited to know that the question of *what* Delilah is is finally answered here–and no, I’m not going to tell you! I’ll just content myself going back and reading from the beginning, already knowing the secret. It’s a good one 🙂
Even though this is a fairly short novella, the story feels complete (the hero and heroine having a previous relationship helps) and there’s a nice balance here between relationship development and bad guy fighting. The climax of good vs evil was one heck of a ride, and the relationship resolution was just as satisfying. The combination of paranormal creatures and Christmas has put me in the mood for all things holiday now–I *almost* won’t be upset if it snows this weekend as our forecast currently shows!
Somehow this is my first read from author Abigail Owen, but it definitely won’t be my last!
Rating: 4 stars / A-
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Other Books in the Series:
Bait N’ Witch
Brimstone Inc #3
Shift Out Of Luck
Brimstone Inc #2
The Demigod Complex
Brimstone Inc #1
About the Author:
Multi-award-winning paranormal romance author, Abigail Owen, loves plots that move hot and fast, feisty heroines with sass, alpha heroes with heart, a dash of snark, and oodles of sexy shifters! Other titles include wife, mother, Star Wars geek, ex-competitive skydiver, spreadsheet lover, Dr. Seuss quoter, eMBA, organizational guru, Texan, Aggie, and chocoholic.
Abigail grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. She attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by earning a degree in English Rhetoric (Technical Writing). However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it. She currently resides in Austin, Texas, with her own personal hero, her husband, and their two children, who are growing up way too fast.
Abigail also writes award-winning contemporary romance under the name Kadie Scott.
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