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He Loves Me, He Loves Me Hot    by Stephanie Rowe order for
He Loves Me, He Loves Me Hot
by Stephanie Rowe
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Warner, 2007 (2007)

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*   Reviewed by Martina Bexte

Since the day that Satan created Becca Gibbs, he's kept his favorite Rivka demon at his constant beck and call. He's forced her to steal dark souls once too often and Becca wants nothing more than to break free of the Dark Lord's constant demands. But she knows that to walk out on her boss would mean her immediate termination. Sure, Becca's been around for eons, but that doesn't mean she can't take a crack at living a regular life. In fact, she's so desperate for normal, she's willing to transfer her life force into a goldfish, thereby staying hidden from Satan - or so she hopes. But just as she's about to give the ritual a try, who should pop in shouting more demands? Naturally, the Lord of Evil is not impressed with his prize Rivka's sneaky plan, so as punishment he saddles her with a ditzy apprentice named Paige who thinks the sun rises and sets on her new teacher.

Another demon who has never been impressed with Satan's machinations is Nick Rawlings - who just happens to one of the last Markku. At one time they'd been a thriving race of underworld fighters willing to take on just about any challenge - until one of Nick's ancestors figured out a way to break free from their Dark Lord and Master. Now Nick and the few remaining Markku are dedicated to good deeds rather than evil. But when his little sister is kidnapped, all bets are off. Nick must figure out a way to bring down Satan or never see his little sister again. He decides the best way to do so is to enlist the aid of Becca Gibbs - she helps him and he tells her how to break free of her Dark Creator - it's an even trade. But they soon discover that there are those within Satan's domain plotting a major takeover - the results of which could be spell catastrophe for them all.

Nick and Becca are both moderately pleasing characters who mesh well as they work together toward their common goal of destroying Satan - and of course fall head over heels in love along the way. Various secondaries do not fare as well though: Becca's ditzy understudy Paige is nothing more than a cliché who annoys in all her scenes. And Satan is so preoccupied with sex and his need for constant adulation that it's a wonder he's kept control over his dominion at all. Rowe also saddles the Lord of Evil with a ridiculous accent that has him sounding more foolish than funny. But if you enjoy stories where absurdity rules, then He Loves Me, He Loves Me Hot should provide a few hours of entertainment while you're catching some rays.

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