Review and Giveaway: Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers.

Posted January 6, 2011 by Rowena in Reviews | 21 Comments

Main Character: Frannie Cavanaugh
Love Interest: Luc Cain
Series: Personal Demons, Book 1
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Frannie Cavanaugh has always been a bit of a loner. She’s spent years keeping everyone at a distance, even her closest friends. That is, until Luc Cain enrolls in her school. He’s hot, sarcastic, and dangerous –and Frannie can’t seem to stay away.

What she doesn’t know is that Luc is on a mission. Because Frannie isn’t exactly ordinary. She possesses a skill so unique that the King of Hell himself has taken notice, and he’s sent Luc to claim Frannie’s soul. It should be easy: All he has to do is get her to sin, and Luc is as tempting as they come.

Unfortunately for Luc, Heaven has other plans, and he’s just started making progress when the angel Gabriel shows up. Gabe will do anything to keep Luc from getting what he came for, and his angelic charm might just be enough to keep Frannie on the right path.

It isn’t long before Luc and Gabe find themselves fighting for more than just Frannie’s soul. But if Luc fails to win her over, there will be Hell to pay…for all of them.

On the front cover of this book, it reads:

“If you had to choose between Heaven and Hell, which would it be? …Are you sure about that?”

When I read that, my interest in this book went straight up. I mean, as a Christian, of course I’d choose Heaven but as I got further in this book, Hell was looking pretty dang good…that damn Luc and his sexiness just about did me in.

This book follows Frannie Cavanaugh as she is being pursued by both Heaven and Hell for her soul. She’s a special being and though she has no idea why Heaven and Hell want her, want her they do and they’re willing to do anything at all to attain her…well, Hell is. Hell wants her at any cost so the King of Darkness sends one of his top demons out to tag her soul. How Hell tags its souls is by making them sin and persuading them to fall into all sorts of sinful behavior and when Frannie sees Lucifer Cain, how can she not be tempted with his tall, dark and sexy self?

She’s tempted…a lot.

Luc thinks that he’s got this one in the bag because Frannie wants him bad and he’s surprised with how much he wants her as well. He’s confused because the more that he gets to know Frannie, the more he wants to know about her. In her company, he’s developing feelings and he kinda likes it. To throw a wrench in his plans and hard work, Heaven sends the angel Gabriel over to protect Frannie from Hell a.k.a. Luc and to say that there is no love lost between the two guys is putting it lightly.

This was an interesting book to read. Having to choose between Heaven and Hell literally and being surprised that though you really do like Heaven’s choice, it’s the guy from Hell that you will surprise you. I found myself falling a bit more in love with Luc as the book wore on and that surprised me because if anyone were to walk up to me and ask me to choose between Heaven and Hell, it’d be no question…Heaven for sure but with Luc, he made you want some. Real bad.

What I found interesting is that even though the front cover and the blurb of this book makes you think there really is a choice, when you read the book, there isn’t. Not at any time did I think that Gabriel had a shot with Frannie, not at any time did I feel like he was the right choice for Frannie. It was always Luc for me. A huge part of that was because we were able to see what Luc was feeling for Frannie, his feelings for Frannie were real, front and center whereas Gabe’s feelings were hidden away from us because we weren’t given his POV. If you ask me, Gabe was robbed because Luc was so much more real than Gabe ever had a chance to be and that was a huge reason why I loved Luc more than Gabe.

Even though I felt robbed, I still enjoyed the book. It was a wild ride that was enjoyable but there were times that I wanted to beat some damn sense into Frannie. She sure did act her age and more than once, I wanted to smack her a good one. But the book as a whole was enjoyable and I really want to read the next one. This was a great start to a promising series and I can’t wait for more.

Giveaway alert: I have an extra copy of this book and am going to host a giveaway of this book to a lucky commenter. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post, letting me know if you’d choose Heaven or Hell and why. Your name will be entered into a drawing and a random winner will be chosen and announced here on the blog.

The giveaway ends on January 14, 2011 and a winner will be announced on Monday, January 17, 2011. Good luck!

..and that’s your scoop!

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For my Mommy’s out there, I’d give this book a rating of:

There’s some cussing and some sexy scenes (and thoughts) so this is your warning.

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21 responses to “Review and Giveaway: Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers.

  1. Nice review! There’s no doubt about it I would choose heaven any day πŸ™‚
    However it is a bit tricky isn’t it when you got something like a love triangle involved with what looks like two gorgeous guys for different sides lol I’d probably end up for the wrong side because of a hottie guy with loads of charm whose very, very tempting but overall in my heart I’d still choose heaven because it’s what feels true to me πŸ™‚

    Huuuuuge fan of Lisa, so here’s hoping I can win this!! Yay! F.Y.I. it’s her birthday today so make sure to send her your best wishes :]

    Vanessa Martinez

  2. I recently bought this so don’t enter me into the giveaway.

    Perhaps the next book will contain more Gabe?!

    Glad to hear you enjoyed this one!

    BTW, I just saw I’m on the Weekly Blog Pimp….THANKS! πŸ˜€

  3. I don’t think this one is for me, to be honest. I’ve read a lot of iffy reviews about it. I love your review though! πŸ™‚

  4. I didn’t think I would like this book but I’ve read enough good reviews that have me interested.
    I’d choose Heaven, but I imagine there’s a reason why Hell is so tempting.
    Great review.
    alisoncanread at gmail dot com

  5. I do love your review, but I’m on the fence about this book. I only allow myself so much paranormalish books, because I don’t really love them.


    But I love reading your reviews, they are always fun.

  6. Thanks for sharing your review. I would choose Heaven. While Hell seems fun and all on the surface I dont think it would stay that way for long.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  7. I’d chose Hell..that’s where all the bad boys are πŸ˜‰

    I’ve read a few positive and negative reviews for this book.I really want to read it and see for myself. Thanks for the chance to win this.

  8. This is hard…i wanna say heaven, but there are no bad boys in heaven! so im going to choose hell. πŸ™‚
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    jessica b

  9. I would choose Heaven because the man I want to spend eternity with is already there πŸ™‚
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

    mrsjohnson1982 at yahoo dot com

  10. While Hell would be a lot of fun for awhile, If I’m truly thinking long term I’d have to go with Heaven. It seems the safer option.

    jlynettes @ hotmail . com

  11. Well, that’s a tough decision… I think Hell would be either a lot of fun or a lot of pain, so I’d be forever more enjoying evil and preying on peoples’s weaknesses or enduring eternal pain. Soooo, with that in mind, I think I’d choose Heaven. Safer option. And besides, if Heaven is full of angels like Gabe, that’s where I’d like to be ;D

    Oh, and thanks for the giveaway!
    Count me in if it’s international!


  12. Ooooo. . . that’s such a tough question!

    On first look, I would like to say heaven. I’d generally think the afterlife there would be more pleasant than Hell. But, I could be swayed (by a sexy Luc as well!) But I think in the end it would come down to circumstances. If it were to save someone I love I’d chose Hell in a heartbeat.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    brenna.braaten at

  13. I would choose Heaven, but Hell is just soooo tempting. Heaven b/c it is safer.

    Thanks so much for the giveaway =D


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