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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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  1. Growing up she had two best friends that were basically siblings Troy and Libby 5 Star Review

    Posted by 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


  2. I enjoyed reading this book 4 Star Review

    Posted by 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.


  3. I enjoyed it from the moment I started until the very ... 5 Star Review

    Posted by 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!!


  4. He has committed sins again and again with zero thought to the consequences bestowed on him by the council of old boring people 5 Star Review

    Posted by 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. would you help a naked stranger? 5 Star Review

    Posted by 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.


  6. Even worse is if he has sex with a woman while ... 5 Star Review

    Posted by 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.


  7. First Kill. 5 Star Review

    Posted by 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.


  8. I have a new favorite series 5 Star Review

    Posted by 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.


  9. I have a new favorite series 5 Star Review

    Posted by 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.


  10. This is such a unique book 4 Star Review

    Posted by 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.


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