Author: Victoria Scott
Publish Date: April 2013, Entangled Publishing
Dante Walker is flippin’ awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence has made him one of Hell’s best — a soul collector. His job is simple, weed through humanity and label those round rears with a big red good or bad stamp. Old Saint Nick gets the good guys, and he gets the fun ones. Bag-and-tag. Sealing souls is nothing personal. Dante’s an equal opportunity collector and doesn’t want it any other way. But he’ll have to adjust, because Boss Man has given him a new assignment: Collect Charlie Cooper’s soul within 10 days. Dante doesn’t know why Boss Man wants Charlie, nor does he care. This assignment means only one thing to him, and that’s a permanent ticket out of Hell. But after Dante meets the quirky, Nerd Alert chick he’s come to collect—he realizes this assignment will test his abilities as a collector, and uncover emotions long ago buried.This book is a kick. I absolutely enjoyed reading and couldn’t put it down. Dante is a pain in the butt, however he has to be one of my favorite male characters in a long time. He is snarky and over confident in the beginning and learns so much about himself as the story progresses. I found him utterly endearing.
Dante is a soul collector and he is the best of the best. He is the head collector for the big guy down below and when he is sent to grab the soul of a girl, he thinks it will be a piece of cake. If he can collect, he gets a permanent ticket out of Hell, never to return to the Underworld. What he finds when he meets his target is a sweet, unaffected girl, Charlie. Charlie is a surprise from the second he meets her. She pushes his boundaries, and what he knows about himself throughout the story. Charlie, unlike Dante, is her own person and chooses to see the best in the people around her, even Dante. Her belief in him is unnerving and he has to confront emotions he hasn’t felt or faced since he lost his own soul.
Charlie’s friends, and their unwavering support, challenge what Dante believes about people in general. His experiences are so different and those he thought he could trust turn out to be working against him at every turn. However, he finds allies in the strangest places and those allies are some of my favorite characters in the book. There is a rich group making up this cast of characters and I found myself wanting to know more about each of them.
Fun, fast paced and intriguing! I have found my next book boyfriend in Dante!