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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Review of HP Mallory's New Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy Book, Better Off Dead: The Lily Harper Series!

Title: Better Off Dead
Series: The Lily Harper Series, book 1
Author: HP Mallory

From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, HP Mallory, Comes BETTER OFF DEAD, the first book in the Lily Harper series!

If there’s such a thing as luck, Lily Harper definitely doesn’t have it.

Killed in a car accident before it’s her time to go, Lily learns that the hereafter isn’t exactly what she hoped it might be.

First, there’s AfterLife Enterprises, the company responsible for sorting out the recently dead and sending them on their way to the Kingdom, (aka happily ever after,) or to the Underground City, (not so happily ever after.) Learning that Lily’s death was indirectly their fault (her guardian angel, Bill, was MIA during her accident and was one of their employees,) Afterlife Enterprises offers Lily the chance to live again. But, as with most things involving the afterlife, beware the fine print. Most notably, Lily will have to become a soul retriever, venturing into the bowels of the Underground City to retrieve souls that were mistakenly sent there by Afterlife Enterprises during a Y2K computer glitch.

Second, there’s angel Bill. As if risking her second life in the Underground City wasn’t enough, Lily’s guide to the Underground is none other than her incompetent, alcoholic, womanizing guardian angel, Bill, the antithesis of anything wholesome. With only Dante’s Inferno and Bill to help her in her quest, Lily’s future isn’t looking bright.

Finally, there’s the legendary bladesmith, Tallis Black. As Scottish as his kilts and heavy brogue, Tallis Black is a centuries-old Celt who, for reasons only known to him, offers to train Lily and act as her escort into the depths of the Underground City. Dark, brooding and definitely dangerous, Lily knows she shouldn’t trust Tallis, but she also can’t deny her attraction to him.

Between soul retrieving in hell, dealing with Bill and trying to figure out what’s in it for Tallis, Lily wonders if maybe she would’ve just been better off dead.

My Review:
Is it even possible for HP Mallory to write anything but a hit series that will keep readers begging for more? If this series is any indication, the answer is no!

Immense danger, sexual tension, mysteries, humour  and romance combined with never ending twists and turns will keep your fingers turning the pages and you dreaming of the characters long after you read “the end.”

Lily’s life has ended, yet that is where her story truly begins. After dying in a car accident, Lily learns even death is complicated. After a little incident left her prematurely evacuating her body, she is given a second chance at life...by becoming an employee of AfterLife Enterprises. She will have a new life, a new identity and a new job as a soul retriever. Plus she gets to pick her body so that is always a thumbs-up. But Lily soon finds out that even in heaven, you have to read the fine print, as she soon finds herself in the depths of hell.

With no training, and only her Guardian Angel that got her killed in the first place by her side - she sets out on her first mission. On her way, she must first meet wtih Tallis - a bladesmith with a history written in the books and the body of a God. Little did she know that he would single-handedly change her life. He offers to help keep her alive, but what is in it for him? With her life on the line and two people she doesn't even know if she can trust by her side - she sets off to Hell to retrieve her first soul. Will she survive the depths of hell or will the people she has come to depend her make her wonder if she was better off dead?

Lily Harper is a complex woman. She is strong, yet insecure; scared but courageous; sexy but self-conscious. In other words, she could be any woman and that makes me like her even more. She’s relatable and someone I would be bff’s with…(in my head, we already are lol). She struggles with her new life and new found beauty, and as the book progresses you can see her grow into her own. I can’t wait to see what is in store for Lily and hew new life. Especially as it pertains to Tallis.

Tallis is brooding, mysterious and sexy as hell. You never know what he's thinking and is completely unpredictable. His history has made him tough, but we soon see that Lily doesn't take no for an answer. Both are strong willed and the sexual tension that develops will definitely keep you turning the page. His ulterior motives are unclear, but one thing is for certain - he definitely has an interest in Lily.

Along with Tallis and Lily is Bill - the unconventional Guardian Angel. He's hilarious, annoying, raunchy and I love every minute of it. He will keep you laughing out loud at his outrageous antics.

To say I love this book would be an understatement! The characters, the plot, and the mix of comedy, romance, mystery and thrills makes this book unputdownable!!

I cannot wait for the next installment. The one thing I disliked about the book is that it had to end!

This book is rated 5 fangs!

  This is another 5 Fang book by the great HP!

Have you read one of HP Mallory's novels? Which is your favorite?


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