Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Borrowed Souls by Chelsea Mueller

Title: Borrowed Souls 
Author: Chelsea Mueller
My Rating: B+

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Soul Charmer #1
Main Characters: Callie and Derek
Release Date: My 2017
Publisher:  Talos
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
Callie Delgado always puts family first, and unfortunately her brother knows it. She’s emptied her savings, lost work, and spilled countless tears trying to keep him out of trouble, but now he’s in deeper than ever, and his debt is on Callie’s head. She’s given a choice: do some dirty work for the mob, or have her brother returned to her in tiny pieces.

Renting souls is big business for the religious population of Gem City. Those looking to take part in immoral—or even illegal—activity can borrow someone else’s soul, for a price, and sin without consequence.

To save her brother, Callie needs a borrowed soul, but she doesn’t have anywhere near the money to pay for it. The slimy Soul Charmer is willing to barter, but accepting his offer will force Callie into a dangerous world of magic she isn’t ready for.

With the help of the guarded but undeniably attractive Derek—whose allegiance to the Charmer wavers as his connection to Callie grows—she’ll have to walk a tight line, avoid pissing off the bad guys, all while struggling to determine what her loyalty to her family’s really worth.

Losing her brother isn’t an option. Losing her soul? Maybe.

My Review:
This book is the first book in an all new series and I'm excited about that because I loved this first book. It's such an interesting set up. 

In this world, people rent souls to cover their sins and crimes. When two souls occupy a body, it muddies things like forensic evidence and according to the church, absolves the person of the sin, too. Callie needs to rent a soul, but she doesn't have enough money so she works out a deal with the Soul Charmer. She'll become part of a soul retrieval bounty hunter team with Derek who's worked for the Soul Charmer for years. 

Callie isn't sure about this deal, but she has no choice. The local drug dealer is holding her big brother captive until she does this for him. She can't let her brother die or be dismembered. Everything about this situation gives her bad feelings...except Derek.

Derek is the muscle behind the soul collecting. He should be the scariest aspect of this deal, but she quickly sees that there's much more to him than it appears at first. 

There's so much good about this book. I loved that it's an urban fantasy, but there's a good deal of romance to it, too. That is so awesome for the romance lover in me. I loved how the relationship between Derek and Callie developed. There is still so much unknown about him. I can't wait to read more in this series.

The ending changed a lot so it will be interesting to see how the series develops from here, but this was a fabulous beginning. I truly loved reading it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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