Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Hell for the Holidays by Celia Kyle

Title: Hell for the Holidays
Author: Celia Kyle
From: Alphas for the Holidays (Review Copy)
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: 17th December 2013
Challenges: N/A
Links: Goodreads - Amazon 
Synopsis (from Goodreads): Hell's demons, Satan included, have unanimously decided that they too, should begin celebrating holidays. Not Christmas, mind you, because that would just be wrong. Even demons would like to have sparkly and shiny decorations to look at, just as long as they’re flame-resistant, for the festive months of November and December. So, Damon the demon, aptly named like so many other fellow demons, is sent in search of the perfect holiday decorator to jazz up their fiery Hell. Holly Boughs, so named because of her mother’s love for the holidays, is in line for this year's prestigious Best Store Window Award. They’re looking for the best of the best of the best (sir!), and she believes she’s outdone herself this time. She's decorated her fanny off, put on the finishing touches, and is ready to win it all. There’s just one little problem: Holly is kidnapped, dragged to Hell, where she’s told to do it all over again. Without melting anything in the process. Um, yeah. Talented or not, Holly definitely has her work cut out for her, because trying to please these demons from Hell is no easy task.

In all likelihood, I wouldn't have picked up Hell for the Holidays if it hadn't been for the Alphas for the Holidays box set. Demons aren't normally my first choice of paranormal creature, and as such I tend to read less with them in. As it was, something about Hell for the Holidays just didn't click with me as much as it should have done. 

There were some funny moments in Hell for the Holidays. I really liked the way the author chose to replace references to God and Heaven with those to Satan and Hell. It worked well and really gave the world (well Hell) an individual theme. 

I also liked that just being a demon didn't make someone a bad guy. There was definitely more to it than that. The author chose to humanise those that lived in hell and that really worked. 

The chemistry between the two main characters was okay, but I didn't feel like either of them really clicked with me as characters, which is probably what caused my reluctance with this one. 

Hell for the Holidays was an interesting read. I didn't feel like walking away from it at any point, but equally I didn't feel that it was something I'd missed out on by not reading earlier.