The Liberator by Victoria Scott
Small spoilers. Nothing major. First off…. um, unicorn vagina? Dante Walker, you say the most random things. And when Dante falls in love, he falls HARD. Dear lord man, you got whipped fast.
Publisher’s Description: 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.
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
Kat Mandu says…
Lots of giggles in this one. Now that Dante realizes he has friends and is willing to accept them into his life, I feel the dialogue really picked up. The bro-type conversations between Dante and Blue or Max really lock in how much Dante needs friendship in his life. And the dirty comments tossed here and there or Annabelle’s cranking-flip off gestures and things like that spice up the book as Dante starts off his quest to be a liberator.
And sexy times! Charlie and Dante get closer both emotionally and physically, though I didn’t realize Charlie would be up for sex until the third one. But hey, who can say no to Dante Walker? The romance is hotter in this one as new relationships for other characters open up. Valery (Red) and Max are being flirty and a new couple revealed near the end – though you could kinda see it coming with how less jealous someone was being.
Aspen is an interesting character, though I would have like to know more about her. I know she has an important role to play according to the scrolls – but would have liked to know why she knew how to fight, more about why she needed saving despite the destiny she has in store for her. I know she and her dad obviously didn’t get along but I figured if Dante was liberating her, he’d know more. I kinda feel like Aspen got left behind (ha, in a literal sense later) but I enjoyed her strength and determination as she helped Dante figure things out.
Man, I’ve just gotten the sense from Book One that Blue wasn’t always a good guy. While I was reading the first one, I kept thinking he was one of the people messing with Dante because he was so overprotective of Charlie. Then in this one, I kept thinking – man, that’s strange, I wasn’t expecting him to come back like he did. Seems a little suspicious. But I guess he’s truly a good guy. Or maybe I’ll find out differently in this next one? Been wrong so far so we shall see!
Damn, no one writes hell like Victoria Scott. So many interesting turns. I kinda expected from all the references to Dante’s Inferno that there would be many circles of hell and it would kind of relate to that idea but she went a nice direction – bear mouths, illusions, a labyrinth of endless pain and torture. The firefly souls were a good touch.
And then that ending. Aspen started to say what was on the scroll she had but then cut off, so I assume we’ll hear the second half in the next one. And of course, Charlie’s soul is still at stake. And now there’s the war. Dun dun dun. Ready to bring in The Warrior.
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