First Kill by Mary Abshire

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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?

 

Excerpt:

“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?”

“What?”

“The phone.”

“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.

“Hmm? What?”

“Heaven.”

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.”

“Were you?”

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.

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5/5
Growing up she had two best friends that were basically siblings Troy and Libby
Written by Carissa Anelli on 2nd Feb 2018

Andrew is an angel in heaven who has already been punished twice for having sex with way too many women, and is now in front of the council for the third time. You would figure that 5 years as a courier and 20 years as a janitor in a military institution would have made him change his ways but obviously not. So for his third punishment he will be sent to back to earth to kill 6 demons and if he sleeps with a woman another year on earth is tacked onto his sentence. He gets taken to a room by a guard stripped naked injected with holy water and a way for Heaven to keep track of him and off to earth he goes. Emily grew up in Chicago the oldest daughter and had fairly wealthy parents though she was basically cut off when she decided she was doing things her own way. Growing up she had two best friends that were basically siblings Troy and Libby. Troy dressed in drag, and Libby abused drugs. Libby’s drug use is why Emily is now on the run with a new identification and is headed to Indianapolis to switch cars and then head to Texas to get away from it all. Except on the way she comes across a man laying on the road stark naked with nothing around for miles. This book was really good, I am also glad the author did some research on Ohio and what is located where on the highways. The story hooks you in the first chapter and you can't put it down

4/5
I enjoyed reading this book
Written by Renee U on 2nd Feb 2018

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.

5/5
I enjoyed it from the moment I started until the very ...
Written by Nicole on 2nd Feb 2018

First Kill: Heaven Sent Book 1 by Mary Abshire 5/5 stars This is the first time reading from this author. And I gotta say, I enjoyed it from the moment I started until the very ending. It's full of drama and suspense, keeps you on the end of your seat. It's amazing! Emily is a young and troubled woman. She leaves everything and everyone she loves behind. To start over… to start fresh. To try to forget the past and move on. The day she decides to leave, she comes across a naked man in the middle of a road. He is insanely gorgeous, his body…. well it's absolutely perfect, in every single way. But the last thing on her mind, is getting caught up in a guy,especially a naked one. Andrew is what you call a ladies man. Perhaps a little too much.The council in Heaven, got tired of promiscuity ways...So as punishment , they send him back to Earth to kill demons. But it gets better, the Heaven Council even told him, as part of his punishment… for each sexual encounter on earth, he gets another year added to his sentence. But once he sees Emily,the attraction is there. Will he be able to hold out? Can he keep his hands .. and well, other body parts to himself ?? Emily and Andrew embark on an amazing journey. It's full of drama and chaos. Can they help one another on this epic journey? Will Emily tell Andrew why she left everyone behind? Can Andrew convince Emily to help him kill the demons? But will she believe him when he tells her his very unbelievable story? You have to read this book to see what happens. I can't wait to see see what happens in the second book. I'm patiently waiting on pins and needles over here. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish! Amazing job!!

5/5
He has committed sins again and again with zero thought to the consequences bestowed on him by the council of old boring people
Written by booklovingmom on 2nd Feb 2018

First Kill by Mary Abshire is the first in the Heaven Sent series and I cannot wait for the next one! Andrew is a very very promiscuous angel. He has committed sins again and again with zero thought to the consequences bestowed on him by the council of old boring people in heaven. It's not his fault women fling themselves at him for consensual horizontal mambo! If it's consensual then what's the big deal? Well, the big deal is not giving a drat about punishments and consequences and the council has had ENOUGH. This time when he's brought before them for judgment they sentence him to return to Earth to kill demons. Not only will he have to find a way to kill demons arriving naked, unarmed, and penniless. He will have to do it without sex, at all. For each human he seduces an additional year will be added on to his sentence on Earth. Perfect sentence for his sins. Andrew is pissed and shocked. Off to Earth he goes! Emily has gotten herself into some hot water. So much hot water that she snags her family diamonds from the hidden safe and gives them to a friend for a new identity. Carrie Reynolds (which I LOVE as I adore Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds as much as anyone can adore people they've never met). Emily/Carrie is hightailing it out of town when in the middle of nowhere she finds a stark naked man face first in the middle of the road. Oh snap. What's a girl to do? Obviously pick him up. Duh. Their whirlwind adventures is thick with sexual tension, human shock of the reality of heaven and hell as well as demons, and of course – figuring out how to kill one of those suckers! Will Emily help? Unfortunately there is no instruction manual and Google is no help. Bring on book 2!!

5/5
would you help a naked stranger?
Written by KelticKat on 2nd Feb 2018

Well! Andrew has been a VERY naughty boy in heaven, but he can't help it, the Ladies love him! (who would guess you could be punished for having too much sex? Go Figure!) So his punishment is to come to earth to kill 6 demons - while he's here he can't have sex with any woman - or it will add another year to his sentence for each woman. Emily is on the run - taking the backroads to avoid the authorities - when she nearly runs over Andrew, who is the middle of a deserted road and he's naked. What's a girl supposed to do? Help him or leave him there with no other help in sight on this cold night? And what's with the tattoo that suddenly appears on his arm? Emily is a basically decent person, she's definitely made some wrong choices and the last one is a doozie - dumping her best girlfriend's body (there's a story there but I'll let you discover that) - maybe she IS heading in the wrong direction. I liked Emily she seems to be trying to do the right thing with the cards she's been dealt. Andrew is fun, I loved all the 80's references. In spite of his attraction to Emily, he really is trying to do things right this time. He enlists Emily's help and they are in for a wild cross-country road trip! I also found myself LOVING Troy - Emily's Best friend, who may not be all on the up and up but he is loyal to her and will do pretty much anything to keep her safe. Enjoyed both the action and the attraction tension between the two main characters. The adventure had its share of wrong turns but eventually the road leads to the ending point in this story and it didn't disappoint. I look forward to where the quest takes our unlikely couple in the next book. I voluntarily and honestly reviewed this Advanced Readers Copy.

5/5
Even worse is if he has sex with a woman while ...
Written by Laura on 2nd Feb 2018

First Kill (Heaven Sent Book 1) By: Mary Abshire 5 out of 5 stars 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.

5/5
First Kill.
Written by Heather Bass on 2nd Feb 2018

This is the first time ever reading this author and I am already wanting more. This is the first book to the Heaven Sent series and I was hooked by the first chapter. I read this I book in one sitting. I could not stop reading it. I just had to see what happens in the end. Andrew is a man that loves his women even in heaven. The council finally had enough of his sexuality in heaven and he is punished. He has to go down to earth and kill demons. If he has a sexual encounter with a women while doing his time there will be another consequence. Andrew thinks this is going to be a piece of cake until he meets the young and beautiful Emily. Emily is young woman that has her own problems to deal with. Her best friend that she loved like a sister is now dead. She decides to leave her family and friends to start a new life. She is on her way to her freedom when she sees something in the middle of the road. She stops to sees what it is and it is a beautiful naked man. She is really nice and stops and helps him. Andrew and Emily enter a friendship very easily. Andrew feels like he can trust Emily so he tells her who and what he is but will she believe him? Emily listens to his story and she decides to help him out on his mission. She thinks he is crazy at first but things start to happen that even she can't explain. While they are on their adventure they start to get too close. Will Andrew break and take another punishment or will he finally start taking this seriously? Will Emily believe his story or will she need proof? When Emily sees the proof will she run or stick by this beautiful man’s side? This book exceeded all of my expectations and more. There is demons and angels in this story but it is not a religious book. I love Emily on how she is so troubled but she also has a funny side to her. Andrew is a true angel and you will love him from the start. I don't usually read Demon and Angel books but I am so glad I read this one. This book is an exciting, nail biting thriller with a little humor. I am now waiting to see how their adventure will end. I'm counting down the days for the next book in the epic series.

5/5
I have a new favorite series
Written by Erin E Wolf on 2nd Feb 2018

I give First Kill (book 1 in the Heaven Sent series) by Mary Abshire 5 stars. Andrew is an angel. Literally. But apparently he isn’t a good angel. It’s his third time before the counsel for sleeping with too many women. Sure he has had many lovers, but they have always come to him willingly and he gave them just what they wanted. Apparently the council doesn’t agree that this is okay. They sentence him to go back to Earth to kill 6 demons. That he can handle. But there’s a stipulation: for every women he has sex with, they will add on another year to his time on Earth and more demons to kill. He was a man killed in his prime with a body women can’t wait to get their hands on. This will make things so much harder. Emily is on the run. She could be in a world of trouble and she just needs to get out of town fast. She takes what little she has and takes off. Once she is out of town, she decides to take the back roads so it’s less likely. After a while on these back roads, she comes across something in the middle of the road. It’s a naked man. She should just keep going, but something makes her stop. He seems unharmed and man is he built. Against her better judgement, she gives him a ride. On the way, he tells her this ridiculous story about being an angel. He must be some kind of crazy, but he is polite and kind. Along their journey, he gains her trust more and more. Then she decides to help him find and kill this demon. Not like she has much else to do. She likes him more and more as time goes by. But she can’t fall for a crazy person. Besides, he’s becoming too good of a friend and she doesn’t want to lose that. Everything else he has said and done towards her has been honest. There’s no way he can be an angel, can there? And can he keep his hands off this sexy, intelligent woman? The more he gets to know her, the harder it is becoming. This was a great book. When I first started reading it, I thought it would be a bit predictable. But it really surprised me. The characters had me loving them. They are quite deep and the progression of Emily was wonderful. You think she’s one thing, but she’s so much more. The descriptions of people and places makes you feel like you are part of the book. I don’t know what the rest of the series will be like, but I can’t wait to get my hands on them and see where they take me.

5/5
I have a new favorite series
Written by Erin E Wolf on 2nd Feb 2018

I give First Kill (book 1 in the Heaven Sent series) by Mary Abshire 5 stars. Andrew is an angel. Literally. But apparently he isn’t a good angel. It’s his third time before the counsel for sleeping with too many women. Sure he has had many lovers, but they have always come to him willingly and he gave them just what they wanted. Apparently the council doesn’t agree that this is okay. They sentence him to go back to Earth to kill 6 demons. That he can handle. But there’s a stipulation: for every women he has sex with, they will add on another year to his time on Earth and more demons to kill. He was a man killed in his prime with a body women can’t wait to get their hands on. This will make things so much harder. Emily is on the run. She could be in a world of trouble and she just needs to get out of town fast. She takes what little she has and takes off. Once she is out of town, she decides to take the back roads so it’s less likely. After a while on these back roads, she comes across something in the middle of the road. It’s a naked man. She should just keep going, but something makes her stop. He seems unharmed and man is he built. Against her better judgement, she gives him a ride. On the way, he tells her this ridiculous story about being an angel. He must be some kind of crazy, but he is polite and kind. Along their journey, he gains her trust more and more. Then she decides to help him find and kill this demon. Not like she has much else to do. She likes him more and more as time goes by. But she can’t fall for a crazy person. Besides, he’s becoming too good of a friend and she doesn’t want to lose that. Everything else he has said and done towards her has been honest. There’s no way he can be an angel, can there? And can he keep his hands off this sexy, intelligent woman? The more he gets to know her, the harder it is becoming. This was a great book. When I first started reading it, I thought it would be a bit predictable. But it really surprised me. The characters had me loving them. They are quite deep and the progression of Emily was wonderful. You think she’s one thing, but she’s so much more. The descriptions of people and places makes you feel like you are part of the book. I don’t know what the rest of the series will be like, but I can’t wait to get my hands on them and see where they take me.

4/5
This is such a unique book
Written by Kristen Lewendon on 2nd Feb 2018

This is such a unique book. I've never seen angels, demons, or the afterlife handled in quite the same way before. I guess it shouldn't be a surprise since Andrew's an angel, but he's just so sweet and perfect. Thankfully he still has a couple of flaws to keep him likeable. Emily is just completely kick-ass. She's smart, sassy, strong, and funny. She can take care of herself, but she understands her limitations and is willing to ask for and accept help when she needs it. The two of them together make a formidable demon hunting team. I look forward to seeing how they take down their future targets. I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book.

4/5
Andrew is funny with his comparisons about Heaven and Earth
Written by arthistorygirl on 2nd Feb 2018

First Kill by Mary Abshire is the first in the Heaven Sent series. The story is a paranormal romance. Andrew is an angel that is sent from heaven to kill demons on earth for punishment for his sexual promiscuity. Emily is on the run and finds Andrew in the middle of the road. Can the two of them be helpful to one another? Andrew has demons to kill while abstaining from sex or his time on Earth will be extended. Emily is running from her problems. The two of them go on the adventure of their lives, while learning to trust a stranger. Will Emily eventually learn to trust Andrew? Can she accept that he is actually an angel and that he is on a mission to kill demons? The story is well paced and left me wanting to read the next adventure. Andrew is funny with his comparisons about Heaven and Earth. Emily is a sweet, well-meaning young lady who has had some tough luck. I was rooting for both of them to succeed and come closer, but not too close. I am anxious in seeing where their story progresses.

4/5
Good start to a new series!!
Written by Lisa Helmick on 2nd Feb 2018

First Kill by Mary Abshire Rated 4 stars Andrew is an angel who resides in heaven. That's where angels live right? They do as long as they follow protocol. Andrew has a problem. He likes having sex with women... A lot. The problem is he keeps getting into trouble for being too sexually promiscuous. Andrew doesn't really see a problem because all the women come onto him and they seem to want it just as much as he does. The council has already reprimanded him more than a few times. His punishments each time had been to be away from his family for years. That was tough. This time when he is called to the council he figures “what else can they do to me?” Well he is shocked at the answer. He will be sent back to Earth to kill six demons during his time there he can Not have sex with any woman. If he does a one year sentence will be added for each woman. Emily has recently run into a bad time. She is fleeing Chicago with a new look and identity. On her way to trade out her car she finds a naked man lying on the middle of the road. Unsure what to do she almost drives on. She changes her mind and stops to possibly help this guy. The guy tells her he is an angel sent down here to kill demons. Now she is wondering what mental facility he escaped from? She doesn't believe in angels, heaven or hell so he can't be telling the truth. He seems nice enough so she decides to just plays along with his story waiting for him to tell her the truth. Andrew needs help from Emily with just about everything. He has no money, clothes or idea of where he is. Emily has a car and money and she is willing to help him. She even decides to help help him find the demon. Andrew is starting to like Emily and it's hard keeping his hands off her especially since he saw that “look” in her eye. He must resist…..no woman is worth getting another year added to his sentence, right? At first I thought this book was moving way too slowly. But then I found myself thinking about it while working and hurrying to get back to the book to see what would happen next. So I ended up finishing this in about 2 days. Crazy right? Now looking for the next book to see what happens next

4/5
Not what I expected, it was much much more!
Written by Lyndsey F on 2nd Feb 2018

First Kill by Mary Abshire 4 Stars First Kill was my first read by Mary Abshire, but I will definitely be reading more!! Told in Dual POV of the two main characters, Andrew and Emily. The story flowed very well and I never felt as though I was missing any pieces of the story as it was all very well written. First Kill follows Andrew, who is an angel in heaven, who is being punished for having sexual relations with too many women, so as punish!entire he is sent to Earth to kill 6 demons. The catch, he must return naked AMD for every time he has sex another year will be added to his sentence. Can the handsome angel keep it in his pants and also muster up the courage to kill? Emily is running. Running away from home, her family, work and her best friend Troy. On her way to switch cars, she comes upon a man,Andrew, in the middle of the road and he's naked. Being the kindhearted woman she is, she stops and gives him a ride. Together they are making their way to the mysterious address that magically appears on Andrews arm giving the instructions for the demon he must kill. Emily doesn't believe Andrew but decides to help him so he can prove he's really an angel. Will she be able to stay away from Andrew and his good looks? Will she get her answers? Andrew is sentenced to earth to kill demons for having to much sex in heaven. He meets Emily and wants to help her but also needs her help getting to his first assignment. As he is trying to figure her out and hear her story, he develops feelings for hear but he isn't allowed to have sex with her unless he wants another year added to his sentence. Will he find the demon and be able to kill it? Will it prove himself to Emily? And will Andrew be able to plead a case for Emily's soul to make it to heaven? I really enjoyed this book and I hope we get to see more from these characters as I'm curious to see how things play out for them.

5/5
Sexy Stranger
Written by jazmine cabrera on 2nd Feb 2018

Kirst Kill by Mary Abshire is the first book in the Heaven Sent series. This was my first book from Mary Abshire and it was beyond amazing!! I was hooked from the beginning. At first it seems like its an everyday person who is meeting with the council, but then you see the word “heaven”. I hadn’t read a book about angels and demons before so this was the first of that type. I really enjoyed it. This book drew me in within the first few pages. In Firs Kill, we meet Andrew. He’s a ladies man, he loves their attention and they like his. He can’t help it, his looks are great and well he’s packing below the belt. But because of the ladies he has encountered Andrew is sent back to Earth. Just when he thinks going back to Earth is bad, the council gives him a mission. He must return to Earth to fight and kill demons. At first Andrew thinks that going back will be somewhat easy, what he doesn’t know is that there is a little surprise catch. He must refrain from having sex with any women, and if he does he must stay an extra year for each woman he sleeps with. NO WAY!! Andrew cannot believe it, the ladies are his cup of tea. Andrew is then sent to Earth with nothing, no clothes, no money, just his birthday suit. He's in the middle of the road when all of a sudden a beautiful woman stops to help him. This is where he meets Emily. She has recently left her home, family and job in order to start over in place. She's running from her past (more like the past 24 hours) and just wants a fresh start. A new life if you will. When Emily stops to help him, she is freaked out. She can’t believe she just picked up and handsomely beautiful naked man. She questions him but at first doesn’t get much from him. After asking more questions he tells her he’s an angel. She thinks its bogus, it can’t be true. Despite his crazy story she still lets him travel with her. As the days pass Andrew is struggling to keep to himself and Emily just wants to know the truth about him. She knows there's something different about him but she can't quite put her finger on it. When it comes down to killing his demon, what will Emily do? Will she help him? Will she finally believe him? Can Andrew keep his hands to himself? Will she have sex with him? I loved this book, I don't think I could say enough good things about it. I can't wait to see what happens next!

5/5
Andrew didn’t have time to appeal his sentence one he felt totally unfair since the council is filled with old people who have no understanding of what the younger generation is like but within an hour he was sent back to ...
Written by linda on 2nd Feb 2018

REVIEWED BY: LINDA TONIS MEMBER OF THE PARANORMAL ROMANCE REVIEW TEAM This is a story about two people, one running from her demons and one hunting them. Twenty-six year old Andrew died in 1989 in a car accident that took his life as well as the life of his mother and father. He and his parents live in Heaven but Andrew’s libido has caused him major trouble. He has been called in to the council numerous times for having too much sex and no matter what punishment or reprimand he received it did nothing to slow him down. Now as a last resort he is being sent back to Earth to kill six demons who are residing in human bodies. After killing his last demon and if he does not have sex with anyone he can return to Heaven. For every woman he sleeps with he will have a year added to his sentence. Andrew didn’t have time to appeal his sentence one he felt totally unfair since the council is filled with old people who have no understanding of what the younger generation is like but within an hour he was sent back to Earth naked and penniless. Twenty-five year old Emily has dumped her best friend Libby’s body into a ditch after she overdosed and died in her car. Emily knows that she will be wanted by the police and will be suspected of killing her. Emily feels tremendous guilt over not trying harder to keep her friend from using drugs but it is now too late. Packing everything she owns and taking everything she feels belongs to her she leaves her parent’s home for the last time. With help from Troy who she has known since they were children she has new identification, money and is about to trade in her car for a new one when she meets an acquaintance of Troy’s. On her way she finds a naked man in her path and she finds herself unable to leave someone in need. This is the beginning of the adventures that Emily and Andrew will face when he goes after his first demon. Andrew exlains everything to Emily who doesn’t believe a word he says but is willing to help him since he seems honest and is caring. Together they swap cars and she willingly agrees to help him get to his first demon. The only thing that works in Andrew’s defense is the appearance of a tattoo on his arm with a name and address, a tattoo that was not there when she first met him. She agrees to help find the man who when checking comes up as an evil rapist and murderer so she has no feelings of guilt over having him killed. If after he is dead another tattoo appears on Andrew’s arm then she will believe him. Even after looking him up and finding out about his death she finds it hard to believe his story, maybe he just took the man’s identity, maybe he looked like the original Andrew, only time will tell. Of course, Andrew’s biggest problem is staying away from Emily who he begins to be drawn to more and more. He needs her help because without it he would be on his own and finding and destroying the demons he is sent to kill would be twice as hard. This was a book I read in one day it has it all, wonderful characters, a whole new look at what Heaven is like, a sex crazy angel and a girl who would probably not make it to Heaven because of the things she has done, not that her soul is black but just a little colored and that is all it takes. Can Andrew actually kill another human being even if he has the soul of a demon? Can he help Emily find her way one day to Heaven? I highly recommend this book and look forward to more adventures with Emily and Andrew.

4/5
Heaven, Hell and Destinations Between
Written 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.

4/5
I enjoyed reading this book
Written 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.

4/5
Paranormal Crime Stopping Like Never Before
Written 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.

5/5
Great first novel!
Written 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.

5/5
Great start to a great series
Written 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.

5/5
Even worse is if he has sex with a woman while ...
Written 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.

4/5
What a great way to start a series!
Written 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.

4/5
Andrew is a man who lives in heaven and seems to love the women a little bit to much
Written 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.

5/5
A must read
Written 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.