Heaven Sent, 1
Andrew enjoys the company of women, perhaps too much. The council in heaven had enough of his sexual promiscuity and sentenced him to return to Earth to destroy demons. To make matters more difficult, if he has sex with a woman he has to stay an extra year. Without clothes, money, or food, his task seems impossible.
Emily is in a world of trouble. She leaves her family, job, and home in Chicago to start a new life. As she's driving along a country road, she discovers a naked man lying in the middle of it. He's incredibly built, sculpted to perfection, and blessed with a fine package south of his navel. When he asks for her help, she can't resist.
Over the next several days, Emily's sanity is tested. Andrew struggles to keep his hands to himself. Emily seeks the truth from Andrew while he endeavors to kill a demon. What she discovers frightens her—angels, demons, heaven and hell exist. Determined to help Emily change her future, Andrew offers her a deal. But is heaven the best eternal resting place?
“Is that a cell phone?” he asked.
“Yeah. Don’t say anything.” A few seconds later she said into the device, “Troy, I got the car. Raymond was an ass and tried to get more money from me. I didn’t pay him. Anyway, I’m at a hotel for the night. Don’t call me back. I’ll contact you sometime later. Take care, brother.” She lowered the phone and set it on the nightstand separating their beds.
“Wow. I can’t believe how much things have changed,” he said.
She rubbed her eyes. “What do you mean?”
“That cell phone is so different. It’s so thin. Like the TV.”
“Yeah.” She leaned her head back and stared at him.
“Can I look at it?”
“Uh … sure.”
He set the remote on the nightstand before he lifted the cell. It was light and smooth, completely different from the ones in the 1980s. There were small buttons on each side and one at the bottom under the screen. He pressed it and a scenic picture appeared. The time showed at the top and there were tiny images underneath. The device reminded him of the computers he’d seen in heaven, but in a miniature version.
“Amazing,” he said.
He shifted his attention to Emily. She was lying on her side, facing him, and struggling to keep her eyelids up. The woman clearly needed sleep, but he sensed she might be unsure of him. He’d promised he wouldn’t hurt her and he’d meant it. If anything, he wanted to help her as much as he could, including undressing her, bathing her, kissing those cute little pink lips… He swallowed and looked away. Sex was not option.
The woman remained a mystery to him. She’d agreed to help him even after he’d told her he was an angel. If he’d been in her shoes and had come across a naked man with such a far-fetched tale, he would’ve left the man behind. She hadn’t. Why? He also was curious to know why she was so far away from home. Why did she exchange her car for the Toyota? It was a better vehicle, but still… From her appearance, he guessed she was in her early to mid-twenties. Did she have a job? Was she married? Did she have a boyfriend? And what about her family? Were they still in Chicago? She hadn’t said much about herself. She seemed more interested in learning about him. But then, he couldn’t blame her after what he’d told her. He wanted to know more about her, but he didn’t want to anger her.
“What’s it like?” she asked softly.
She was fighting to stay awake. He figured it was because she didn’t trust him. He had no intention of stealing from her. Even though her soul had color, she seemed to have a kind and generous heart. He couldn’t fathom causing her any more distress than he already had.
He set the phone on the nightstand and then scooted down and lifted his legs onto the bed. “It’s nice, peaceful, orderly…” He threaded his fingers behind his head.
“It sounds boring.”
“There’s plenty to do and places to go. People still work, but there’s no money. Everyone’s pretty much happy.”
He thought over the question. He had his family and had made friends in heaven. He’d met plenty of women. He didn’t have any obligations. What was there not to like? “I guess so.”
“So why were you sent back?”
He pondered his answer. If he gave her the full details, he feared she would ditch him. The fact she continued to ask questions indicated she didn’t believe everything he’d told her.
“They need people to kill demons,” he said, which wasn’t exactly a lie.
There was a moment of silence. Her eyelids closed.
“I don’t believe in God, or heaven or hell.” Her words were a little slurred.
He stared at her for the longest time, wondering why she’d formed such a belief. Clear to him now, she didn’t believe he was an angel.
“You need to rest,” he said.
He rose from the bed and tugged the blankets off his mattress. The temperature in the room was warm enough for him, maybe a little too cozy, but he wouldn’t mess with the heating and cooling unit. He decided she might need the covers and didn’t want to move her since she was falling asleep. Carefully, he lowered the blankets over her. She didn’t stir at all. He resisted the temptation to kiss her cheek. Knowing his luck, he’d startle her and she’d smack him. He hoped he’d get a chance to press his lips upon her another time.
Posted by Andi B. on 7th Jan 2017
Once again Mary Abshire as created a fantastic, character driven world. In First Kill, she tackles the concepts of Heaven, Hell and what's in between. Set in a completely modern world, Chicago of all places, First Kill introduces you to Andrew, not Andy, and Emily. Andrew is sent back to kill demons as a punishment for, wait for it, having too much sex in Heaven. Right? I guess that 3rd offense really is the dozy! Emily is running away from her entire life after her best friend dies from a drug overdose. It's hard to tell where Emily is getting her logic that she will be blamed for her friend's death, but it is very real for her and she's sure the only way out is to flee.
When she finds Andrew naked on a back road, she decides to help him, even though she is sure he's lying to her. Off they go to Pittsburgh. Along the way you get to meet Troy, Emily's other best friend, and learn snippets about each of them. Both Emily and Andrew resist their attraction to each, as it becomes obvious they make a great team for demon hunting. Abshire's complex characters are amazing to watch evolve and change throughout the story. The face some pretty challenging choices and consequences for those choices. I am looking forward to the next book to see where Andrew and Emily end up next.
Posted by Renee U on 7th Jan 2017
First Kill by Mary Abshire begins with Andrew being in a council meeting of elders in Heaven. The council is cross with Andrew for having sexual relationships with multiple women. It is his third time in front of the council. This time the council sent him back to Earth to kill six demons as his punishment. If he has sexual relationships with any woman, he must spend another year on Earth. Emily had to leave Chicago in a hurry. On her way to get another car, she comes upon Andrew, who is naked as a jay bird. She agrees to help him with his assignment. Andrew is grateful for the help, but he finds that he is intensely attracted to Emily. Over the course of the book, Emily realizes that Andrew is telling the truth about being an angel. She must choose where she wants to end up in this life and the next.
I enjoyed reading this book. Emily is a sweet, caring, and giving person, but she has made some terrible decisions in her life. She is starting to feel the repercussions of those decisions. Andrew is a charmer and trustworthy character, who has sex on his mind a lot. I really liked that Mary Abshire wrote from both Emily’s and Andrew’s perspective. It gives the readers insight on each character’s thought process and motivations. This really helped me to become invested in both characters. The book was well written and flowed nicely. I never bored or unengaged. I am extremely interested on how Ms. Abshire going to evolve and grow these characters in the following books.
Posted by Mirela on 7th Jan 2017
I loved Emily and Andrew! Emily was unlike anything I could have expected from her. Like Andrew getting to know her through his eyes and from her perspective was a constant surprise. She was strong, beautiful, and brilliant. Her strength and ability to move past her struggles and get a job done is admirable. I thought that in spite of her circumstance she handled it well. Andrew was something else, a hero that needed help and was lacking the necessary skills to complete his assignment, but he was polite and took his disadvantages in stride. I think the author created the perfect balance between these two characters and their interaction with each other and the other characters just blended. I felt like I was watching a tv show and I feel like I need the next episode sooner than later! The plot was given up front but the twists and turns on the journey to complete the goal keep you on your toes. There are vibes and feelings that you get but to pinpoint exactly what will happen you can’t. I was happy with the ending and it felt like the story got told to a specific point, leading perfectly into the next part.
Posted by moriah venable on 7th Jan 2017
First Kill is the first novel in the Heaven Sent series by Mary Abshire. This is my first novel by this author.
In Heaven, Andrew is a 26 year old angel who has been having sex with other angels. When the council has had enough, they send him to Earth to hunt six demons, and for every women he sleeps with, it extends the time by one year.
Emily has just dumped the body of her best friend after they overdosed. Not wanting to be blamed, she tries to leave Chicago in a hurry. She changes her appearance.
While getting another car she meets Andrew. She doesn't believe he is an angel but agrees to help him on his mission.
While they grow closer, Andrew finds that he is attracted to Emily.
I don't read a lot of books about angels but I really enjoyed this book. I loved that the author had alternate points of views between Emily and Andrew. It gave a better insight of their thoughts and feeling. I enjoyed the characters but some of the decisions that Emily made I didn't quite understand. I guess if you are in a dire situation, you only have a few seconds to make decision. So while some of them may not have been the best decision, it was the only decision.
Andrew is very sexual angel who has been in front the Council three times for his inappropriate behavior. Despite this, he was also a great character and I loved Emily and Andrew’s chemistry.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes paranormal and fast reads. I can't wait for the next novels.
Posted by Stefanie Carney on 7th Jan 2017
Wow! First Kill by Mary Abshire is truly an original and fun story to read. This was such a joy to read and an amazing adventure that I got sucked into. When I read the blurb, I was completely intrigued and when I started reading, I simply couldn’t stop. There is so much more to this than a man on a redemption/ punishment spree. There is a woman hurting and trying to run from her past. There is true heartbreak here and is something to behold.
Imagine having to face a punishment for having too much sex. That is the situation that we find Andrew, an Angel sent from heaven to face his punishment. He must kill six demons before he can return to Heaven but he has nothing to help him along the way. That is until he meets Emily, a woman on the run from her own life. Together they make a great partnership but will they be able to survive each other?
This was a five-star read for me because I could not put it down. It was just so different and easy to get sucked into. The characters are so richly written that I feel as if I know these people. This may seem like a simple read but for me at least it was a beautiful look into our souls. I felt it showed that there are no simple reasons for the choices we make. There is always something coloring our choices. If you are looking for a few hours escape, I recommend you pick this book up. I for one am looking forward to the next installment in this very entertaining series.
Posted by Laura Furuta on 7th Jan 2017
The story First Kill (Heaven Sent Book 1) by Mary Abshire is a suspenseful book with both demons and angels. Andrew has been sentenced to return to Earth to destroy demons because of his sexual promiscuity. Even worse is if he has sex with a woman while on Earth he has to stay an extra year. He has no clothes, money or food. His task seems impossible. Emily has left her family, job and home to start a new life. She is driving down a country road when she finds a naked man lying in the middle of it. He asks for her help, she can’t resist. Over the next few days, Andrew struggles to keep his hands to himself and Emily is determined to find out the truth about Andrew. Once the truth is revealed, will it end any chance that Andrew has with her?
This is an awesome story! I love stories with angels and demons and this one not only has an amazing plot but amazing characters as well. The main plot of the story is of Emily running from her past and Andrew asking for help to kill a demon. The situations that they run into are dangerous and Andrew doesn’t like the fact that Emily is in danger. Emily’s character is strong and independent. She is sometimes reckless in her actions, but she has experience in protecting herself. Andrew is such a charmer. Everything has changed so much since he has come back to Earth and needs to adapt. The story does a good job detailing the background of both Andrew and Emily. This story is suspenseful and thoughtful at the same time.
I highly recommend this book as a wonderful read that will keep your interest from the first chapter to the ending page. I hate when a book I love ends, however since this is book one I can’t wait to see what happens next.
Posted by M. Schaub on 7th Jan 2017
First Kill (Book one of the Heaven Sent series) is the first book that I have read by Mary Abshire and I can’t wait to read more of this series.
Andrew is an angel who has to face the council for once again for having sex with women in heaven. The council believes that this is not proper behavior but Andrew thinks that they are old and can’t relate to his 26-year-old self, after all they were all consenting adults. However, no one cares what he thinks and they sentence him to be sent to back to earth to hunt and kill 6 demons and if he has sex with any women, they will extend his sentence by one year for each woman and during that time he must hunt and kill more demons. So they send him right then and there to earth to start his mission after a very short crash course on what to expect, btw they send him naked…
Emily is a girl that just literally dumped her best friends body on the side of the road after her friend OD’d. She knows that people will blame her and she had nothing to do with it. This does not make the guilt go away but it’s the truth. She decides to leave, she changes her appearance and takes everything she needs and hits the road. While traveling down some back roads she comes across a gorgeous but very naked man. When he asks for help she can’t say no and he becomes her travel companion. Andrew gives her this wild story about being an angel that has come to kill demons, she thinks that he is crazy but he has not done anything to make her think that he will hurt her, so she agrees to help.
There adventure brings them closer together and when she helps him lure the demon to an out of the way spot, she is forced to face the truth of what he has told her. Now that she witnessed Andrew killing the demon, she must choose whether to continue to help him or leave him on his own.
This book has all aspects that make it a great book and I am eager to see how this all plays out. If you are looking for a great series that has a slight paranormal twist than this is a great place to start.
Posted by Bobbi Jo Wagner on 7th Jan 2017
First Kill (Heaven Sent Book 1) by Mary Abshire is the first book in the Heaven Sent series. This story is humorous, excitement and action packed. This is a story about demons and angels. This story will pull you into their world of heaven and earth, find out how this journey will end?
Andrew is a man who lives in heaven and seems to love the women a little bit to much. When the council has had enough of his sexual promiscuity, they send him back down to earth to kill demons. But there is a catch with this, if he has a sexual encounter he has a year is added on to his sentence on earth. Has he learned his lesson? Will he have to stay on earth longer then planned? He has no money, clothes or food, what will he do? What will happen when he meets her? Will he convince her of who he is and to help him?
Emily is a woman who has problems of her own. She leaves her family, friends and job to start a new life. What will happen when she comes across him? Naked in the middle of the road, what will she do when he asks her for help? He is built, sculpted to perfection, with a fine package south of the bellybutton. What will happen when he asks for help, will she help him? She seeks to find out the truth about him. Will she like what she discovers? Can she handle the truth?
Emily and Andrew's story is one where they struggle to keep their passions under control. They both have secrets but he is determined to change her future. What does he have to offer her? Is heaven an eternal resting place for her? Do they have a future? What will happen to them if she helps him? Does heaven, hell and demons really exist? Their story will pull you in and will have you wanting more. Will they make you believe?
This is my first story by Mary Abshire. Mary lives in Indiana and is a lifetime lover of paranormal, fantasy and science fiction stories. When she is not working she enjoys creating stories about vampires, demons, werewolves, angels and other supernatural characters. This story is a page turner until the end. It will leaving you wanting more and a need to find out what happens. I highly suggest this story as I know you will love this story as much as I have.
Posted by jessica on 8th Dec 2016
First Kill was a great read. Mary does a wonderful job at drawing you into her story. I loved how the characters interacted with each other. Mary gave them such awesome personalities. Andrew is my favorite character while he enjoyed the company of women a bit too much, he was a gentleman. Emily is a strong female character who had a great sense of humor but didn't take anyone's shit. I could not put this book down. I'm really looking forward to the next book in this series.