Save My Soul (Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy: Preternatura
If you like Buffy the Vampire Slayer or the Twilight series, you’ll love Zoe Winters’ paranormal romance series.
Gothic romance bestseller.
Save My Soul: The Preternaturals, Book 2
… All he’s asking for is her soul.
That house. You know the one. It’s the one that seems alive from the road with windows like eyes that see inside you, the one that seems to always be for sale, the one Anna Worthington has wanted to live in since childhood. Ghost stories be damned.
But the dark being that haunts this house, is something far more sinister than a ghost. Luc is an ancient incubus, trapped by a fifty-year-old curse, and Anna is a temptation too sweet for any demon, let alone a practically starved and crazy one. Will she exorcise her house and live happily ever after with her cats, or will she fall prey to a dark lover who doesn’t just want her body, but her soul as well?
If the demon has his way, dying will be her best case scenario.
Zoe Winters’ Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Series: The Preternaturals
Enter a world of dark desire and dark magic where today’s hero is tomorrow’s villain… or vice versa. Unleashed passions between unlikely lovers rage against the backdrop of a world of conflict and infighting among the secret factions of the preternatural underworld.
Are you the villain if you’ve got good reasons? Are you the hero just because we’re rooting for you? Tormented alphas, charismatic and ruthless leaders, and the women torn and trapped between them, forced into situations they never should have had to face.
Amidst a world of ignorant humans, the demons (true immortals), vampires, and therians (shapeshifters) fight to keep their territories. The only humans aware of this world are the magic users: witches, wizards, and sorcerers who enjoy the ability to mix with the humans or the monsters depending on what suits their current purposes.
If the preternatural world is discovered and war breaks out, the humans have a chance… IF the magic users choose to cast their fate with their own kind. Magic combined with technology would even the playing field more than the monsters are comfortable with.
Dark Lovers you’ll meet in this series:
Cain: He’s an incubus dream boat, physically, but it’s nearly impossible to keep up with his body count. Any woman who comes to his bed is likely never to leave… at least not alive. But what happens when he meets a woman with a true death wish, the one meal he discovers he doesn’t want to kill?
Cole: Alpha of one of the strongest werewolf packs in North America. His moral compass goes askew when he finds the woman fated to be his, and he can’t resist kidnapping her. With the life of abuse she’s suffered at the hands of the vampires, it might be a welcome rescue. But the werewolves have a worse reputation than the vampires, a fact that doesn’t inspire much trust. Not your classic sweet werewolf love story. But being an alpha’s mate brings with it a safety and security Jane has never known.
Books in the Preternaturals Series:
Blood Lust (book 1) (Kept, Claimed, Mated)
Save My Soul (book 2)
The Catalyst (book 3)
Life Cycle (book 4)
I’m more than a little stunned. Not because I didn’t expect the book to be so good. I’ve read Kept, Taken, and Mated. I know Zoe Winters has some mad story-telling skills. Having mad story-telling skills, however, isn’t the same as having the skills to make me believe a romance is possible between an Incubus and a human. This is why you should NEVER. EVER. tell a writer what they can and cannot do because they will do it out of spite and it will blow your mind every time. In the hands of a capable writer, anything is possible. Zoe’s proving to be much more than a capable writer.I have only one criticism, and you know? I’m not even really sure it counts as one. I think Zoe’s style has matured a lot since Kept, and it shows because for most of the story, this book didn’t feel like it was even written for the same universe as the Book 1. Except, it’s not supposed to. Totally different setting. And we expect to have other places feel different right? The world of the Preternaturals is expanding, branching out. I can appreciate that, especially when we found out about-but no, that’s a spoiler.I did see the HUGE TWISTY PLOT TWIST, that I also absolutely WON’T be sharing with any of you spoiler-whores, coming but I did so with a gleeful chuckle and lots of evil palm rubbing. It made the whole story come full-circle in a spectacular way, in my humble opinion. So it makes me feel smart when I could say ahead of time “Oooooh! I see what you’re doing here.”There were other things that I didn’t see coming though. Things that I D’ohed for not even thinking about.I’m going to warn you though. After reading this book, you’re going to wish you had a significant other around. Sufficed to say, Save my Soul reeks of sexual tension, and what a delicious reek it is.Luc definitely has a spot on my Favorite Heroes list. One that I have to get around to re-writing one of these days. Anna too (Heroines, obviously). Ms. Winter’s writes brilliant snark. Her heroines might get tossed around, betrayed, and have their lives do a complete 360 but they always have a sense of humor about it. Probably to keep from going insane like the rest of us probably would if we were faced with the same events. Maybe.Something I wanted to mention also was how much I loved how Winters wrote the friendship between Anna and Tam, one of the supporting cast. It was refreshing for once to read about a female friendship that didn’t involve lots of backstabbing and BS similar in office politics. They weren’t friends just because girls aren’t supposed to be mean so anyone you have even the vaguest familiarity with counts as a `friend’. They gave a damn about one another, and didn’t secretly wish to be anywhere but in the others presence. They enjoyed one another’s company. Like the way it should be. Their banter made me chuckle, more often than not because it reminded me of the way I am with my friends, and thank you Zoe for portraying what a healthy female friendship is like.I’m hoping Tam might show up again, since there seems to be a running trend for Zoe to give supporting characters their own books. But either way? I don’t think I’ll be disappointed by a Zoe Winters read.
Anna’s always been drawn to the house on Cranberry Lane, despite its history. A woman died there, you know. When her life circles back to the place she was born, Anna can’t ignore the For Sale sign, especially now that she has the financial means to be its owner.Right away, unexpected things start happening. Whoever–whatever is in the house is trying to get her attention.But this is not The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. The “whoever” turns out to be Luc, an incubus, a demon who feeds on sexual energies. He’s been trapped by a witch, the previous owner of the house on Cranberry Lane. She said she loved him. They could have been together forever. If only she would have given him her soul.Now Luc is focused on Anna, and she finds herself as inexorably drawn to the demon as she was to the house. And then more. He says all it would take for happily ever after is her soul. He takes her heart, he’s campaigning for her body, can she allow herself to be taken over completely by this…man?This all sounds like a pretty dramatic story, and that’s there. But the true delight comes in the snarky wit of the characters and the sometimes madcap humor with which Winters delivers the tale. Save My Soul brings its otherworldly elements to shimmering life in a way that will delight any fan of the paranormal as Anna turns to gypsies, ghost hunters, and the Holy Catholic Church in her attempts to try to evict the incubus from her home. Before it’s too late.
Save My Soul was definitely entertaining, but I felt it fell a little short of my expectations after reading the author’s first three novellas. As with those the writing was clear and concise, filled with humor and interesting characters. The tension between Anna and Luc was palpable and I was fully engaged despite the occassional slow pace of the story. There were a few things that I wasn’t in love with – mainly the priest and the harem. Their roles felt very sloppy to me and I never fully invested in their contributions to the plot. Finally, the big reveal at the end with Anna’s character didn’t work for me. It felt like a let down and I was disappointed with it. So, Save My Soul gets a 3.5 star rating from me, but I’ll still be reading on to find out what happens in The Catalyst.
I decided to read Save My Soul after seeing the book trailer on one of my favorite author’s (Claudia D. Christian) website. I figured if she liked it and was recommending this book then I might like it too.In Save My Soul, I received my first introduction to the incubus demon. This was quite an intriguing creature for me since I’m all about the smut. The smuttier the better and reading about a demon that survives off the sexual energy of females seemed really hot!Anna Worthington has just returned to her childhood town of Golatha Falls, Georgia to settle some affairs from her late father’s estate. Not wanting to stay in town for longer than she needs to, Anna starts to head out but decides to take a detour down Cranberry Lane to look at a house that she has been in love with since childhood. The house is for sale and while taking a tour of the house, Anna feels compelled to buy it.Soon after moving in Anna starts to hear things go bump in the night. It starts out with objects getting moved around, her television being turned on automatically and seemingly stuck on the Food Network channel. She had heard the house was haunted by a ghost named Beatrice and just assumes that is who is haunting her. But then one night during an attempted date rape, Luc appears out of nowhere to defend her against her assailant. To her horror she realizes that she is not being haunted by a harmless old lady but a scary demon.Luc is an incubus demon who has been trapped in the house ever since a witch named Beatrice cursed him 50 years ago. He and Beatrice had been lovers but Beatrice could not accept Luc’s need to feed from other females. Their love affair ends tragically in death leaving Luc to haunt the various families that live in the Cranberry Lane house or live alone when the house is empty.Luc falls in love with Anna. He bonds her to him to keep her safe from other incubi and won’t allow her to leave him for extended periods of time. He flirts with Anna and taunts her shamelessly but she still will not give in to his numerous attempts at seduction. Anna knows that if she doesn’t figure out how to break the curse that she will end up becoming another meal for Luc.To buy herself some time, Anna brings back a harem of prostitutes for Luc to feed from. For real? Yes. That move was laugh out loud funny to me. `Here honey, here’s some other kitty cat for you to play with. Now leave me the hell alone.’ Well played, Anna! I almost felt sorry for Luc. He wasn’t even a little excited at the prospect of having five live-in lovers. All he wanted was Anna.”You know it could be so good. You have to feel this thing between us. Those other girls, they’re just food. It doesn’t mean anything. You’re the one I want.”She rolled her eyes and chucked a pillow at him. “Yes, the male argument from time immemorial. They don’t mean anything. It’s just sex. Bull****. I told you I cannot and will not share.” ~ Luc & AnnaSave My Soul had a lot going on in it. There were several quirky characters that added depth to the story and Zoe Winters did a great job with the dialogue in this book. The snarky banter between all the characters was humorous and I loved the interactions between Luc and Anna. I was rooting for them throughout the book as I really did like Luc a lot. A whole host of supernatural characters tries to help Anna break Beatrice’s curse. But in this twisted ending, Anna is the only one who can save Luc.Save My Soul gets 4 out of 5 stars.
Got to chapter 6 and could not go any further. The author, I noticed tried to make this light and humorous and sexual and exciting but I just did not feel that in the words when I read them… the dialog, plot, everything was just…empty. I like the idea and the concept of the book. I think if the writer had spent more time developing instead of pulling every old cliche out of the cliche closet where they have been stored for a reason, it would have been a better book.
great book i love books about ghost and demons. her books are great. great twists in the book. a must buy
After reading Blood Lust by Ms. Winters I knew I’d enjoy this title as well. It was my first incubus/demon story. I was pleased with the way the author described this world. She gave me enough information to help me understand, but didn’t take things too far and cause it to feel like a textbook.This isn’t a textbook. No, it’s a fun romp with some great action, hot scenes, and even a touch of darkness. Demons are dark, evil things and this story reflects that. People die. Actually it was my first time reading about death by sex. Some situations are not pretty. I found it fresh and fascinating. Zoe Winters mixes in humor, snark, great scenery, sexy men, and a rich storyline.If I had to pick out one thing that wasn’t top notch I’d say this, the female characters had too similar of personalities and mannerisms. Their reactions and dialog were too close. I like sassy, strong females but they need to be more distinct. Only a small negative in this great story.Blood Lust was a collection of novellas that were connected in some way. Save My Soul focuses mostly on two characters, Anna and Luc. The reader will feel connected to these two by the end of the book. I’ve heard that this title will “enhance the reading experience” of The Catalyst (Preternaturals Book 3) (The Preternaturals). That one is next on my list and I’m looking forward to it.
This is an awesome book. Parts of it were SO funny, I found myself laughing out loud during several dialogues between Luc and Anna . I loved how she was so brave in the face of a “haunting” and even though it was a romance, it gave me a prickle of trepidation for her. (great writing!) She is a strong heroine, writing back to him in the mirror!! I would have run away, but it made for a way better story and the author really sold it… I could totally believe that she did it, even though it was a little crazy. I also loved the way she made him so protective of her, protecting her from Marsh, tossing him from the house and tucking her into bed. It was kind of an awww moment. The author really created a vivid world, great supporting characters too, there were quite a few of them like the Priest, Tam the best friend, the Harem, and Cain and even though they all didnt get the same amount of exposure I felt like they were all well rounded characters that made the book super interesting. I bought this book last night and stayed up until 4am reading it because I couldn’t put it down. You definitely get a lot of book for the money, I kept expecting it to end way sooner because the other books were shorter but I was pleasantly surprised when it just seemed to keep going and going. I agree that her writing style has developed from the first 3 stories, this was was by far my favorite. Just overall a great book with a totally surprising twist I didn’t see coming at the end!
I bought this book because I really enjoyed Blood Lust, the first part of this series. This is by far the best one. It’s longer than the other books and I’ve never read another book that had an incubus as the hero. Luc was so sweet and would cook and clean for Anna all the time. He really made me fall in love with him. I would deffinetly recommend this book to anyone who likes paranormal romance.
I’ve really enjoyed this series by Zoe Winters, but this was my favorite so far. I loved Luc’s tortured character and the banter between Luc and Anna. It was such an original story. I had no clue about the twist at the end, and I usually sense these things a mile away. Well done!