Warning: Cliffhanger (Jesus Christ, why? Why would you do that to me??)
For once no one wants to kill Samantha Martin. She’s free to do all the things a mischievous imp loves to do- like remove all the county speed limit signs, and wrap City Hall in crime scene tape. Her only worry beyond organizing the delivery of her boyfriend’s birthday present, is writing those pesky four nine five reports for the Ruling Council of Angels. But imps can never stay out of trouble for long.
Demon corpses have been found drained of all energy, their spirit selves ripped clean from their bodies. Sam’s angel, Gregory, considers her a prime suspect, so when an angel is discovered dead in the same manner, he drags her to Seattle and Juneau to try to clear her name. The race is on to find the murderer before Sam’s secret is exposed and she’s blamed for the deaths. But is a devouring spirit really the killer, or is there more to the deaths than either Sam or Gregory suspect?
“Well, yeah. How could I help but lick him? I licked an angel’s wing. I licked my angel’s wing. And, oh, it tasted so wonderful.”
I really enjoyed this book, even if I love it for reasons that are different than I love the first two books in Imp. This is a different book than the others. There is a person to find again this book, but for other reasons. We go other places in this book. But the reason I like it is simple: it moves the story along in one very swift move.
Like in Elven Blood, this isn’t a story where Sam does imp things and has fun. No, they’re looking for a demon, or an angel, or something. They aren’t exactly certain at the start who or what they’re looking for. There is also some Angel Council business that is once again fun. Sam does have more fun in this book than she did in the last, though. There are side trips and some Sam time in this book.
I feel like this was a better book because Wyatt wasn’t in it so much. Dunbar finally found an acceptable way to get him out of the way so he isn’t in everything Sam is doing. Wyatt just doesn’t add much to the story, and his jealousy was getting out of control. This is a solid Gregory book. and. it. is. fantastic! God, I love Gregory so much, and he always makes a scene so much better with Sam. The book is so good because he is in it everywhere! (And he is hilarious at times, too.)
The ending. Yes, that is a cliffhanger, you can’t convince me otherwise. Goddamn the lead up to it was great. Honestly, the end of this book, you just have to read it. Be prepared to want to read the next immediately afterward.
Good damn book. I’m so enjoying this reread.