The Trouble with Trying to Love a Hellion, Murder Sprees and Mute Decrees #3, by Jennifer Cody

Book 3 of the Murder Sprees and Mute Decrees, The Trouble with Trying to Love a Hellion, focuses on Edovard, and I swear you will fall in love with this sweet pupper.

From the blurb:


Um…I was told I’m supposed to summarize my story here, but recently I’ve learned that blurbs are hard so I’m not sure what to say.

My name is Edovard Durand Folange. I’m twenty seven years old from Fresno, California, and recently I moved across the country to live with my new parents and brother. Oppa kills people for a living, and Papa is his announcer guy, and my brother is like his assistant, and I guess it turns out I’m the person the magic tells who needs to die—it’s called being an Augur. I don’t really know what that word means, but even though it’s scary, I’m getting used to it.

It’s nice to have a job, but Santanos (he’s the Avatar of Evil) offered me a second job, and I’m really excited about that because I get to work with him and help him fix the minions. A lot of them aren’t doing very well, so my second job is to make sure that everyone gets as much love as they need in their lives. Sometimes that means killing people who are stealing all the love away from them. I guess maybe I’m a little evil too, because I don’t mind letting Oppa kill those people to save the minions.

The Trouble with Trying to Love a Hellion is a 50k MM+ paranormal romance, featuring a cinnamon roll narrator with more than the usual amount of love to give and a sultry incubus who happens to be the Avatar of Evil. If the minions are especially affectionate with the cinnabun, well, who can blame them when he’s the best cuddler they’ve ever met?

Contents include: blood, viscera, someone dies because they call Edovard dumb, and Edovard accidentally creates a polycule, but that’s ok because he’s just making sure everyone gets enough love to be emotionally healthy.

Jacquie's Review:

Edovard is like pure sunshine distilled into a person. They call him pupper a lot because really he resembles a golden retriever, but he's probably the smartest of them all, emotionally, at least.

I honestly thought I was going to explode with the sugar rush of sweetness. It's impossible to explain the warm feeling that I got from reading this, even with the occasional scenes of violence in it. There were so many lovely moments that I just smiled a lot while reading it.

Not to say that there weren't moments where my heart bled for Edovard, because really, he was treated by crap by some of his birth family.

"As long as they are with me, I'll never be in the dark again." Still gets me.

This one has a distinctive narration style because, like Romilly, Edovard can't communicate the same as the others. There's cut ins of dialogue from all the named characters from the last books that added a little extra to it all.

Edovard has so much love to give that he ends up in a poly situation. Still lower in steam than other stories from this author, it makes sense once you read it. I thought it was perfectly fitting.

I loved everything about it and cannot wait to have this on my shelf.

Rating: 5 Stars

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