Title: Oscar’s Soul
Author: Missy Welsh
Cover Artist: Trace Edward Zaber
Publisher: Amber Allure
Length: 7k words
himself, has discovered love in the form of a beautiful young man whose
soul he's been forced to reap. The poor devil's desperate for sweet
Oscar's affection, actually does get it and more, but then The Big Man
Upstairs wants Oscar up where he truly belongs. Now, Satan can't say
"no" to his boss...or can he?
story, which is very short, is a quick and mostly light-hearted read.
Satan falls in love with a soul he’s collected in one of the deals even
he admits is a bit passé. Wondering if he should fire the devil who made
this soul-for-success bargain, Satan comes across as a businessman,
even putting on his cloven hoofsies and red skin for a day of work
terrifying the new shipment of the damned the way most men put on suits.
is unlike anyone Satan’s ever collected; it wasn’t even his own deal
with the devil that got him into this mess. He’s sweet, gentle,
adorable, sexy, virgin even, and Satan is smitten hard and thoroughly.
Oscar is just as smitten—this is as complete an insta-love as you’ll
ever see. It’s cute and fluffy, and even if the two come across as
love-struck fourteen year olds, it makes you say Aw!
there must be a twist and revelations or there’d be no story, and here
the first reaction is more AW!! Isn’t that cute? And there is an HEA,
which for a guy like Satan, whom Oscar would rather call Stan because
it’s friendlier, can be a very long time.
And, if this was all I
ever had to think about for this story, I’d still be saying aw! But,
since I have to write a review, meaning I have to keep thinking after
I’ve stopped reading, this story changes tone. What was cute and funny
Some things don’t go together ever, like
herring and chocolate sauce, and for me, the twist should not go with
everything else in the story. Thinking about that at anything other than
the most surface levels is actually making me kind of queasy and may be
deeply offensive for others. Explaining further without spoilers is
beyond my skill, I’m sorry. But
just as Satan doesn't always answer to Stan, Oscar doesn't usually
answer to that name either and there's at least one ass where Satan
spooge just doesn't belong. Highlight the gap if you want something spoilerish but explaining my reaction.
left with having read a cute story that I wish I’d never seen. I’d
recommend it for people who can compartmentalize their thinking better
than I can. Rating is a problem. My first reaction, when I was still at
the warm fuzzy glow stage, was a 3.5. My second reaction, at the queasy
stage, is some large negative number.
Apologies to everyone on this one, but queasy wins for me. No rating.