Title: Hell Takes a Holiday
Author: Kiernan Kelly
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre and Pairing: Paranormal and M/M
Word Count: 14,796
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Despite a major setback, Lucifer has no time to feel sorry for himself. Running Hell is a monumental task, even though he’s taken steps to modernize it with technology like closed-circuit cameras and security systems.
As he struggles with his infernal issues, an unannounced visitor threatens to break his black heart. Lucifer hasn’t seen Uriel since his Fall, but he remembers how much he loved Uriel and how betrayed he felt when Uriel didn't stand with him during the War.
Uriel has been sent to inspect the changes Lucifer has made and report back to Heaven. Lucifer has no choice but to give Uriel a guided tour of the Nine Circles, and all the feelings come rushing back.
Uriel hasn't forgotten Lucifer either, and they pick up where they left off—with enough sizzle to rival the hottest of hell's fires. But their reunion will be short-lived, unless Uriel relinquishes his halo—which Lucifer is unwilling to let him do.
First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2008.
When Uriel’s lover found himself banished to Hell, Uriel knew he couldn’t follow. But his love for Lucifer remained steadfast and strong and heaven became someplace less than perfect for him. So when he was given a task that required he visit Hell, would doing his job allow Uriel to find happiness again?
In Hell Takes a Holiday by Kiernan Kelly, we get some interesting ideas interspersed with an abiding love. Uriel and Lucifer are star-crossed lovers on opposite sides of a war. But with time, cooler heads can prevail, or can they? I enjoyed not only the story but also the characters in this tale by Ms. Kelly. Lucifer is so reasonable and logical even as he suffers over the love he lost. Uriel suffers as well by the choices forced upon him and Lucifer. The love both men have for each other is real and the consequences painful. Ms. Kelly had to work to find a scenario that fit not only the men but also the story and I for one like the choice she made. This was a quick but entertaining read. And while this is my first time reading Ms. Kelly’s work I can honestly say it will not be the last.
Five Shooting Stars