Book Review: Try As I Smite by Abigail Owen

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I love Abigail Owen's writing, so when I saw this latest book, I immediately dove into it with eager anticipation! While it was shorter than what I'm used to seeing from her, written as a novella-size story, it was packed with excitement and romance. This was the first book I had read in the series, so I went in knowing I was going to be a bit blind to the characters' relationship development. However, Abigail did a wonderful job setting them up without my needing to have read exactly what happened between them before. We got snippets of backstory as it was needed, and I was fully aware of what was important to the story at hand.

Alasdair, the head of the Covens Syndicate, and Delilah, the owner of Brimstone Inc., have at least one thing in common - they stay far, far away from demons. Of course, their reasons are very different, but the outcome remains the same: when Alasdair needs Delilah's help in managing a demon problem, Delilah turns him down. Furious, he takes her recommendation to see a woman named Hazah, who sucks him and Delilah into a scene out of A Christmas Carol, where they both must witness each other's past, present...and future. Their patience will be tested and their recollections of past events will be turned upside down. By the end, they will either work together to save humanity or refuse and doom the world. No pressure, right?

I will start by saying that this is most interesting take I have seen on the classic Christmas Carol scene to date! I loved having two characters go through it at once and seeing how their lives were intertwined when they didn't even realize it. It showed how two people can misjudge each other without having all the facts, and once they do, their eyes are open to all the possibilities. I was worried as things became more heated and secrets were being revealed. However, lessons were learned, and they weren't so quick to judge a second time. Alasdair and Delilah were both very strong people at the outset, and by the time everything was over, they were also compassionate and selfless. They learned what is most important and what a person would do for someone they love.

This has definitely sparked my interested in reading the other Brimstone Inc. books. Now I want to see what other exciting stories I have missed.

**I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**