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The Last Soul by Carolyn Rosewood

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Seduced by a Demon, 1

Faina has been dead for one hundred and fifty years, but she’s about to become human again. All she has to do is seduce Jace Blackmon, the most honest financier ever to grace the city of angels, into signing away his soul.

Jace Blackmon has fallen in love with his fantasy woman. But when he realizes she was tricked by a demon to bring about his ruin, including the revelation of a long-buried secret to the media, he must choose between his heart or life without her.

Be Warned: light bondage, sex toys.

 

Excerpt

    Faina donned a Betsey Johnson flowered dress and wedge sandals, then materialized a few blocks from where Jace worked.
    It felt so good to be outdoors. The warm air was soothing, the traffic noises and bustling crowds reminding her of New York City. Faina didn’t often get nostalgic for her human life, but today she did. If she succeeded in this mission, she’d be human again. Warm weather, noisy crowds and city life would be her reality, not simply the realm in which she was allowed to work.
    Unless Mastema had tricked her. No. She wouldn’t think about that now. She had a job to do. She took her time, peering in shop windows and trying to look like just another California trust fund babe out for a stroll on a bright summer day. The fact nearly every man pounding the pavement tripped over his own two feet as she strolled past wasn’t lost on her. She didn’t have the baby face, long blonde curls, and legs up to there for nothing.
    She avoided eye contact. It was enough to leave them with her scent, they’d have trouble getting it out of their head for weeks, but to look them in the eyes would be downright cruel. Even when she’d been alive all she’d had to do was turn her baby blues in a man’s direction and he followed her around like a dog in heat. She’d made more money for Madame Lily during her first six months than most of her girls made over the course of two years.
    As she made her way to the entrance of the 770 Wilshire Building, she caught a whiff of burned toast. She ducked into the nearest shop and pressed her nose to the plate glass window, scanning the crowd for a familiar face. She’d only seen Mastema appear once in human form. He’d looked ridiculous dressed in a long coat and cowboy hat on the streets of Aurora Nebraska, population four thousand two hundred and twenty-five as of last year. His bad-boy Western get-up would have been more appropriate for Arizona in the late nineteenth century.
    Either Mastema hadn’t been the demon she smelled or he’d already evaporated. The sidewalks were filled with six foot blondes and men who looked like they walked off the cover of GQ. Not a weird outfit or menacing swagger in sight.
    “Help you, Miss? You need mani and pedi today? We have new summer colors look perfect on you.”
    Faina whirled around to face the ancient Vietnamese woman. She’d ducked into a nail salon. Her senses had been so focused on the burnt toast smell and Mastema’s human form she hadn’t noticed the acrid smell of nail polish.
    “No, not today. I’m sorry. I’ve got to go.”
    Faina opened the door and strode to the parking garage entrance of the building. On the way a clock struck five. The smell of burnt toast wafted from a nearby taco stand. Had that been what she smelled? Tacos? She was jumping at shadows. That wasn’t like her.
    She made her way to Jace’s sports car by visualizing it. As the flood of workers poured into the garage, she hoped Jace would stay calm when he saw her. She was taking a risk as there would be plenty of witnesses if he wigged out.
    He was busy scrolling through messages on his phone as he sauntered to his car, and didn’t see her until she stepped in front of him as he was about to open the door.
    “Oh Jesus. Holy fu—” His warm brown eyes opened wide and he visibly swallowed. “How did you... you’re real. Holy shit.”
    “Get in your car, Jace. People are staring. One of them looks like he’s going to take a picture with his cell.”
    The lie snapped him out of his trance. He unlocked the doors and she slid into the passenger seat. “Start the car but don’t move yet.”
    He stared straight ahead as the engine roared to life. Beads of sweat pooled at his hairline. She could hear his heart pounding. When she reached up to wipe his forehead he moaned. “It’s all right, Jace. Just try to relax.”
    “I don’t understand.” His voice shook.
    “You don’t need to. Wait until the garage clears out a bit. Then we’ll leave.”
    “I... I have a dinner date. A family friend. I have to go. I don’t want to but… I… I should.”
    “Do you want me to leave?”
    He looked into her eyes with the most desperate longing she’d ever seen on a human face. A flash of apprehension shivered down her spine, unbalancing her. She was going to hurt him. Badly. He’d lose everything. His home, the Foundation, his dinner date, maybe even this fancy sports car. And some kid wouldn’t have a place to sleep on a cold, winter night, or a youth group to keep him off the streets.
    The men she brought to Mastema were bad-to-the-bone to begin with. They just needed a little help to push them in the right direction. The inevitable direction, as he liked to call it. But Jace Blackmon was a good guy.
    Then why does Apollyon want him? But what if he didn’t want Jace? What if Jahi was right and Mastema had forged the contract?
    “Faina.” His whisper pulled her back to the present. Until she had proof to the contrary, it was Jace’s soul or her eternal torment as one of Mastema’s sex slaves. This was self-preservation. Nothing more.
    She looked into his eyes and smiled “Yes, Jace?”
    “Please don’t leave, Faina.”

 

Read Book 2 in the Seduced by a Demon series, HUNTED

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  1. Romancing the Book Review

    Posted by Unknown on 30th Jun 2012

    Hot, steamy, sensual and sweet. Yes, sweet. The Last Soul combines all of these delightful elements, adds a liberal dose of paranormal, a couple of mesmerizing characters and results is a combustive not-to-be-missed story!

    I loved Jace to pieces. He is wonderful, kind-hearted, fun, intelligent and caring – not to mention hot. He is engaged to be married to a woman who is “perfect”. The draw back? He LOVES sex and she thinks sex equals burning in hell. Not such a great match up.

    Faina has been through a lot in life (and death). She yearns for her freedom and is told that if she snatches Jace’s pure soul, she will be granted just that. But there is just one tiny problem… Well, you will have to read to find out what that is!

    Carolyn Rosewood does an unbelievable job bringing both Jace and Faina to life. She breathes pure desire, along with a sensual sweetness to both of these characters. Many of the scenes will have you fanning yourself and gripping the pages as you fall under the spell of these two. Their chemistry is hot and combustible, without a doubt, yet their yearning for more than just the pleasure of the flesh will make you sigh in romantic splendor.

    Though not overly long, at 85 pages, this story is written incredibly well and the length is perfect for telling the story of these two people. I cannot wait to read book 2 in this series Hunted! If you love heat-filled sweetness, hot love scenes, paranormal and great characters, this is the perfect book for you and one that I highly recommend!


  2. United by Books Review

    Posted by Unknown on 17th Apr 2012

    What can be said except WOW!! Carolyn Rosewood started out the story with a bang. i always say, if you can get my attention in the first few pages, its a winner, and she had it and kept it. Mastema is your evil villain and she paints him so well that i was sitting there glaring at my kindle every time his name was brought up. You really feel for Faina cause her story is so sad and in your head you're secretly wishing something good will happen for her even if she comes off kinda ruthless at first. So when she is with Jace, who is your typical good guy you are rooting for them and hoping its not just cause of her demon powers. Let me tell you, there i some extremely hot scenes in this story that will burn the sheets. Rosewood managed to make this story intriguing, sexy, and at moments sweet. I cant wait to read the next one.


  3. 100 Romances Review

    Posted by Unknown on 17th Apr 2012

    Faina is a demonic little minx, dead for 150 years and looking to get out of the demon business and become human once more. Her specialty? Seducing men with lots to lose (and not much in the way of redeeming qualities) and snaring their souls for the demon, Mastema.

    All she needs to do to get her humanity back is to seduce one last man. The only problem is, this guy isn’t as easy as the others. Sure, Jace, her target, succumbs to her sexual charms easily enough. But Jace … isn’t a rotten guy. He’s rather nice, and doesn’t seem to have any skeletons in his closet to use against him.

    The more Faina gets to know Jace, the more she resents her mission. And when she finally discovers a skeleton, she isn’t so willing to use it to secure Jace’s soul for her master. Worse, Faina realizes she’s falling for her mark. And the road to humanity is about to get a whole lot bumpier than she expected.

    I don’t ask for much when I’m reading short erotica pieces. It’s often hard to find the pieces that make me happy though. I need to see that the love interests are meant for each other, not just take the author’s word for it. And I need some kind of plot to get me to enjoy the smutty parts.

    Carolyn Rosewood delivers this in under 30,000 words. Faina’s mission is the perfect reason for the demon to worm her way into Jace’s life, and Jace’s secret needs are the perfect reason to allow someone like Faina into his life. (For some weird reason, as I read this story, I thought of Anya from Buffy, the vengeance demon who falls from disgrace and falls in love.)

    This is the perfect bad girl gone good story, with plenty of steam to appease your erotica needs.


  4. The Forbidden Bookshelf

    Posted by The Lady Raven on 13th Sep 2011

    Faina was a prostitute when she was alive and now procures souls for Mastema at the behest of Apollyon and Cresil. Faina is now asked to get Jace’s soul though he is not a bad guy as others were.

    The author created a wonderful story about Hell and how souls are gotten. The suspense that she wove through the story was very intense and I liked how she showed Faina with an all too human trait when she was trying to determine the truth about the whole situation. The way she resolved the conflict was a little surprising, though she had a very good friend that made it happen. I am looking forward to reading Jahi’s story.

    Ms. Rosewood has a knack for getting and keeping your attention in this book. I read this book non-stop because I could not put it down. The world she created does not match my picture of hell though I think I would prefer the author’s. Some parts of the story were emotional for me, so you might want to keep some tissues handy. This is the first book in her Seduced by a Demon series.


  5. Nocturne Reads

    Posted by April on 7th Jul 2011

    If you're looking for something HOT and delicious for a quick weekend read, I highly recommend Carolyn Rosewood's The Last Soul! I devoured this great story in one afternoon and am excited to read what Ms. Rosewood comes out with next.



    Faina is a demon who is forced to seduce and steal the soul of a truly great guy, Jace Blackmon. She is a bit jaded and thinks men are all scum, until she gets to know Jace and falls for him. This story has demons, HOT sex, and a genuinely nice guy all with a happily ever after. What more could a girl ask for?


  6. The Romance Reviews

    Posted by Sueroe on 22nd Jun 2011

    TOP PICK!

    In THE LAST SOUL, I was plunged headlong into the action with heroine Faina (who's been dead for 150 years) being bullied by her demon "boss" Mastema – a hideous creature you never wish to meet. Faina's "job" is to seduce evil humans into signing their souls away and she's very proficient at her job. This will be her last assignment, after which she'll be made human again, which is her dearest wish. All she has to do is seduce Jace Blackmon. The only problem is, he has a squeaky-clean past. Oh, and there's another difficulty: Faina falls in love with him - not a good sign if she has to get this handsome hunk to sign his soul away.

    Ms Rosewood is skilled at witty repartee and this short novel had me grinning from ear to ear. Faina's sassy character puts an intriguing spin on the plot and there are no clear answers until the story romps to an end.

    If you like sizzling sex scenes then you'll not be disappointed, but for those who prefer "subtlety", these episodes (and there are more than a few of them) are also romantic, loving and sweet and never become tiring. The author has managed to combine the two styles with success, which I think will please everyone. The plot has been tightly woven and trundles along at a fine pace to provide a roller-coaster of a read.

    I had a wonderful time throughout this story but I had to have a fan close by (and that's a warning!). Ms Rosewood has created characters you'll care about and remember forever. I thoroughly recommend this as an excellent read for all lovers of paranormal romance, both erotic and mainstream. But read it when you have a whole day free because you won't be able to put it down.


  7. You Gotta Read Reviews

    Posted by Wendy Mitchel on 15th Jun 2011

    Jace Blackmon was the golden boy, above reproach and squeaky clean. Yet somehow he has managed to catch the eye of a demon overlord who covets his soul. Faina has been used as a corrupter and seducer of men for one hundred and fifty years. She has been promised freedom from service if she can land Jace’s immortal soul for her master Mastema. If she fails, she spends the rest of eternity as his personal slave, to be raped and tortured at his whim.

    After a brief battle, I wound up liking The Last Soul quite a bit. It was written exceptionally well and Jace was just the perfect hero, morally incorruptible, handsome, but a dynamo in the bedroom. What gave me problems was Faina. She was well aware that Mastema was a liar and a manipulator. Still she blithely goes about ruining Jace even though she was told by a trusted friend that Mastema’s contract was forged. Tsk, tsk, maybe there was a good reason she was in hell. She did redeem herself in the end and do the right thing. The way she brings out Jace’s sexual side went a long way in winning my admiration. Faina was very good at her job and Jace turned out to be a little freaky. All in all, well worth the time invested.


  8. Happily Ever After Reviews

    Posted by Lia on 7th Jun 2011

    In order to become human again, Faina has to seduce and ruin Jace Blackmon, but when she begins to fall in love with him, she’s torn between doing what she needs to and what she wants to.

    Beautifully written, “The Last Soul” is full of steamy hot sex, great characters, and a wonderful plot. In 84 short pages, Ms Rosewood gives us not only the present of what’s happening but also a taste of the characters' pasts that shaped them into who they are now. I absolutely loved this story and think everyone should give it a try.


  9. Coffee Time Romance

    Posted by Anya on 7th Jun 2011

    Fania died in a brothel fire 150 years ago; to become human again, she gathers souls for her demonic boss, Mastema. Usually she enjoys her work, but this time she is having problems figuring out the wicked side of her latest victim, Jace.

    Jace has been dumped by his fiancée for wanting too much sex, but is thrilled to meet Fania. This unusual woman has changed his life, but his stress level is making him forget things he should remember, and he is having bad dreams from the worst time in his life.

    Mastema wants his soul now, but Fania has realized something is wrong with the situation and that Jace is too good to sign his soul to the devil. If she fails though, the devil will have her.

    The Last Soul is wonderfully romantic, exciting, and sexy as all get out. It definitely has the WOW factor, and has almost no clichés-I even went back to check. As a review and reader, I cannot tell you how much that thrills me since the book’s hero is a preacher’s son who is close to his family. Great writing allowed for sharp dialogue and excellent scene setting. I really enjoyed not only how Fania and Jace’s relationship developed, but by how Fania developed personally from her excitement at the fall of horrible humans to her concern over the possible fall of an honorable man. The villain is perfectly evil and easy to loathe, as he should be. Sex scenes are hot, with the romantic ones being wonderful. The only problem I had was the snarky use of one news channel, but other than that, The Last Soul is a great book.


  10. Review at The Tbr Pile

    Posted by thetbrpile.weebly on 21st May 2011

    **Review and Giveaway**

    TBR Reviewer: Nat

    The relationship between Jace and Faina was passionate with more than enough chemistry going on. The sex scenes between them are intensely sexy and hot but never too graphic. These two souls make an incredible match. The author doesn't overload the reader with scenery descriptions, keeping the focus on the emotional aspect of the characters and the conflict between the hero and heroine. I would've liked very much to know more about the underworld setting though! It made me want more book set in this world by this talented author.


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