(Dante Walker #2)
by Victoria Scott
Release Date: August 27, 2013
From Entangled Teen
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Bad boy, meet bad girl.
Dante has a shiny new cuff wrapped around his ankle, and he doesn’t like that mess one bit. His new accessory comes straight from Big Guy himself and marks the former demon as a liberator. Despite his gritty past and bad boy ways, Dante Walker has been granted a second chance.
When Dante is given his first mission as a liberator to save the soul of seventeen-year-old Aspen, he knows he’s got this. But Aspen reminds him of the rebellious life he used to live and is making it difficult to resist sinful temptations. Though Dante is committed to living clean for his girlfriend Charlie, this dude’s been a playboy for far too long…and old demons die hard.
With Charlie becoming the girl she was never able to be pre-makeover and Aspen showing him how delicious it feels to embrace his inner beast, Dante will have to go somewhere he never thought he’d return to in order to accomplish the impossible: save the girl he’s been assigned to, and keep the girl he loves.
Dante makes me want to write poetry—of the dirty limerick persuasion. Hey, he’s just a fun guy, he deserves a fun poem. Unfortunately, I’m trying to keep it all PG-13 here for this so I don’t corrupt Dante’s younger fans. So I’m gonna have to nix the limerick.
But I do have a map, because can you believe that freaking Dante was in freaking Denver and he did not even freaking look me up!
However, I will forgive him, because he sorta had his hands full with Aspen and Charlie, and Annabelle, and yeah…
I was having a lot of review guilt over giving The Collector four stars because honestly, Dante Walker is one of my favorite characters, like ever. Like. Ever.
I love him. He’s my kinda guy.
But all my guilt went out the window when I finished The Liberator because this book. This book is five freaking stars. And if I had given The Collector five stars it would diminish how much better I think this book is.
This book has everything. It’s got the mythology/history, it’s got demons, it’s got a KICK-ASS Charlie—whom I did not care for in the first book—it’s got mouthy Annabelle, it’s got another Dude I can’t say because it’s a spoiler, it’s got wings, it’s got a hard-core new girl who kicks even more ass than Dante, it’s got Dante, of course—who is even more awesome than I thought he could possibly be—it’s got sex…fade to black, but still, Dante and Miss Charlie get busy a few times…and it’s got HELL.
That’s right, people. HELL.
We get to take a trip to hell. I loved it. Freaking loved it.
All the characters come to life in this one and I am so excited for Annabelle! I’m like squeeing right now—yes!
I’m seriously in awe.
And let me tell you this, as a writer who has written two Book Twos in a series, it’s not easy to do that and make it better than the first. Readers might not understand this, but characters in a series must have an arc—they gotta change in a series, so Book Two characters need to make progress, but there’s a catch. You see the arc can’t complete until Book Three, so writing a kick-ass Book Two is not easy. Sometimes it’s boring, sometimes readers get frustrated with the lack of satisfaction… all kinds of shit can happen to make the Book Two suck.
But Victoria Scott nailed it.
Her Book Two ROCKS. This book has so much action it’s practically exhausting. Charlie is so much better in this one than she was in the first book. I sorta hated her goody-two-shoes crap in the first book, but in this book, Miss Charlie gets a little dirty. (In a couple ways!) She is so great.
Annabelle was fabulous and she gets a love interest in this book and not only that. This dude is like HOT. Man, lucky, lucky Annabelle.
Max and Valery – hmmm… they are the only ones I really didn’t care too much for, but I think they’ll get a deeper role in the next book.
And the new girl? Aspen? She really didn’t play too much of a role until the end, but when she gets busy, she gets busy. I loved her. She is kick-ass with a capital KA.
And our boy Dante? Dante hooked me on page one, literally, the first sentence with his talk of Man Rules. Dante is a demon in love and oh, how I loved to watch him struggle with this. He’s still bad ass, he’s still mouthy, he’s still arrogant, and he’s still one of my favorite characters of all time. Dante Walker learns some lessons, commits to his girl, makes his sacrifices, and come out the other end intact and badder than ever.
I could seriously go on and on, that’s how good this book is, but it’s two thirty in the morning and I have to post the freaking review and hit the sack. So I’ll just leave it at this—if you haven’t read The Collector, get it, read it, then get this book when it releases on August 27th. In fact, I’m gonna have a big party for Dante for the Friday Night Freebie on August 30th, so stop by and enter to win some paperbacks.
FIVE STARS FOR THE LIBERATOR.
BOOK ONE – THE COLLECTOR
Dante Walker is flippin’ awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence have 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 ten 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 deeply buried