May 29, 2012

Review: Where There's Smoke by Karen Kelley

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Series: Good Girl 1
Format: ARC
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Release Date: May 1, 2012
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When sexy wannabe-demon, Destiny Carter, is kicked out of Hell, she lands in Ft. Worth, Texas with one week to corrupt a soul. Or else. She slips into a slinky red dress, and heads straight for the delicious, corruptible looking cowboy at the bar.

But Chance Bellew has his own agenda-saving souls. He's not your typical angel. He’s a nephilim, to be exact. Centuries ago, angels came down from Heaven and mated with mortal women. When the women bore children, a new race was created. Immortals with powers—demigods, nephilim.

But the children don’t live by the same rules as mortals, or that of the typical, robe-wearing, bright light-surrounding-them angels. Hell, most of the time the nephilim are breaking the rules, and making up new ones as they go. As long as they don’t cross over to the dark side, everyone pretty much stays out of their way.

But sometimes a demon-in-training, who looks like Destiny, comes along and all Hell breaks loose

This book and the corresponding review is intended for readers 18 and up due to the nature of the story and borrowed quotes.

WHERE THERE'S SMOKE is the age old tale of good vs. evil, angels v. demons, nephilim v demon acolytes. Their fight over our souls and their weapon of choice is sex. Lots and lots of hot, toe-curling sex.

The strong jaw, the slight stubble, and the most intense blue eyes she’d ever encountered. Destiny had her first mini orgasm, and it felt so fucking great!

Destiny Carter had a rough life when she was still living. She has her share of abusive stepdads, her mom left her for dead at the grocery store when she was six years old. When she was twenty-five she finally had it and blew her current boyfriend’s head off after he punched her brains out. It was around that time that she sold her soul to the devil and has been working on earning her own set of horns since the late 1950’s. But Destiny failed to filch her final soul, that one soul that could’ve made her into full demon status. But she was given one last shot and landed on Ft. Worth, Texas. And her last chance on getting herself a pair of those coveted horns is named, ironically, Chance  Bellew.

I won’t just take any guy to bend, but a girl has to get release somehow or she could blow an ovary – LeAnn West

Powered by their own personal agendas, the connection between Destiny and Chance is similar to a predator and its prey but the roles aren’t quite established yet which makes their power struggle even more exciting to read. Where There’s Smoke by Karen Kelley has got one of the hottest foreplays I have ever read in a long time and the smexy is smokin! All the teasing, the rising to the pinnacle and to be slowly brought down had me exclaiming Whew on several instances. Chance has got the female blueprint marked in his brains, he knows what to do and how to execute it well. Even Destiny wasn’t immune to his sexual machinations that left our little demon begging for more. And here I thought the heroine will act all succubus on our little angel, corrupting him to do evil deed but Chance has his own brand of corruption that swayed Destiny to his side.

Not having sex since 1959 has really cramped her style – Destiny Carter

My only comment was on the conflict/resolution part. I’d rather that Chance was left to deal with his face off with Destiny’s boss, Vetis, without divine help from anybody. IMHO, that would’ve made the story more compelling and fluid as far as conclusions are concerned. But Kelley made up for that by laying out some ground work for the next book (if a sequel is in the works) and revenge from a Demon spells nothing but MAYHEM.

I love you, Destiny
I love sex with you, too, Carter

Overall, WHERE THERE'S SMOKE was light in plot but hot in heavy on sex. This story is not meant to be taken very seriously and I would discourage you from dissecting it with the hopes of finding something profound between the pages. But though the story is not cerebral it involves varying shades of rational romantic and erotic responses from both Chance and Destiny which made it easy for me to connect with the story. This is far from a mind-fuck erotica, this just has FUCK and a hint of the supernatural to make things interesting. But for the life of me I found it very entertaining, it wasn’t crass in spite of the dirty talk and nasty words thrown about, I guess Kelley laid out the premise really well that I didn’t expect nothing less from Chance and Destiny. 


  1. Wow!! Braine is reading such steamy books lately!! I guess you quit the porn and decided to slow it down with books instead?! Loved your review and details I'm adding this!!

    P.s. I especially enjoy reading your disclaimers lol.....thanks!! Hottttttt!!!

  2. I enjoyed the review and the heads up not to take the book too seriously.

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. It's one of those books that's meant to simply entertain. You're welcome!

  3. I loved this review! I am definitely adding this to my to read list! Thanks so much! I look forward to reading more reviews from you.

    1. Cool! Looking forward to hearing more from you soon!


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