Review: Angels, Demons, and Designer Shoes by Sandra Sookoo (2020)

Heat Factor: They talk about it a lot, but don’t follow through until the end

Character Chemistry: Lust + Loneliness 

Plot: She almost dies and asks for divine intervention, but she didn’t read the fine print, so a demon shows up, giving her a 30-day reprieve 

Overall: Ridiculous

This is a novella-length story, so there’s quite a bit packed into a short space, including all of the drama associated with the protagonists’ emotional states plus all of the worldbuilding and conflict associated with a book about humans discovering a world of angels and demons. In the context of this story, this means that a lot of the feelings happen instantly. 

Short story: Anne’s been saving all her living for later, but now that later’s happened, she’s feeling some regrets. Gregg might be a demon, but he’s super lonely and isolated, spending his eternity in hell, doing the devil’s bidding. But also, it’s completely ridiculous that Anne would just hand herself over to a DEMON, and Gregg knows that the devil will never let him have what he wants. Because that’s kind of the point of hell. 

Don’t worry – Anne’s grandma knows just how to push these two so they can actually manage to escape an eternity of damnation at the end of the 30 days and they get a HEA.

I don’t know that I’d say it’s something I’d recommend you go out and purchase, but if you can get a copy somewhere like on Audible Escape or from the library or wherever one finds free copies of ebooks (please don’t pirate them – authors and narrators do deserve to get paid for their hours and hours of work), it might be worth a listen while you’re going on your grocery run or your jog. Mostly because every now and again something completely ridiculous is a nice palate cleanser. 

As for the narration – here’s my stock reminder that I listen at a minimum of 1.5x because 1x is like listening to someone tell me the slowest story in the world. Okay, so, fun for this one is that Alan Adelberg reads all of Gregg’s lines in context while Anneliese Rennie does the remainder of the narration. This is a little odd if you’re accustomed to normal duet narration that alternates based on POV and both narrators do voices for everyone when they have a chapter, but I love it. Rennie has a perfectly nice voice, but in this book the narration award goes to Adelberg, who totally makes Gregg sound like a horny demon. Really A++ work there. 

I voluntarily read and reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. We disclose this in accordance with 16 CFR §255.

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