Saturday, April 30, 2011

Death Is A Bitch - dark paranormal


Death Is A Bitch
Dark Paranormal
Aug. 3, 2012
Decadent Publishing
Blurb
Eternity can suck when it’s all work, work, work. Death harvests souls even when they stack up faster than pancakes in an all-you-can-eat-buffet. No wonder she can’t shed the Grim Reaper rep.
As the patron angel of death and dying, Azrael works closely with Death but is dying for true intimacy. She’s the only immortal who’s ever aroused such powerful emotions in him. One taste of her leaves him needing her like humans need air and food, but will a demon’s lies leave a bad taste?
No one escapes Death – except King Sisyphus. Twice. With the help of Damien the demon, Sisyphus tries again, and she’s determined to have justice. Some say Death’s a bitch, but only when she has to be. But will the price of justice be a broken heart?





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Reviews



Oct 25, 12

5 of 5 stars false

"Death Is A Bitch" the first novel I have read by the awesome Cate Masters and I am definitely now a huge fan. This is a book that has all that you could ask for in the paranormal world, plus some! Ms. Masters weaves an enthralling story, linking both heaven & hell together, in this intriguing novel on the unknown world of where one goes after death, who judges our sins and finds us to be lacking or not. She puts a spin on it that you wouldn't expect to see and it works out into a beautiful book, full of grace, humor, drama, love & adventure..
Death... A beautiful, breath-stealing, angel... No, really! Death is portrayed as a strong, willful & hardworking entity with whom you will immediately fall in love with, thru her hard times & her witty sarcasm and her unrequited love... For another angel, Azrael, a gorgeous, sexy mouth-watering patron angel of death & dying... Can these two escape the bonds placed on them and manage to overcome heaven, hell and a vengeful demon and still fall in love? You have to grab this novel & check it out!
An amazing take on the "other" worlds and the "other" entities that may reside out there with us, "Death Is A Bitch" is a stimulating breath of fresh air in the world of paranormals! Give the beautiful Cate Masters a whirl and check her books out!





Nov 06, 12

5 Stars and 4 Flames
The quote is "Life is a bitch and death is her sister." Well in this book, that is very true but trust me, you have never seen Death portrayed quite like this. She is (Ha! First surprise, right - She?) one smart, exotic, determined, type-A personality, spiked-heel-wearing being. Achilles heel? Azrael, the Patron angel of Death and Dying - one beyond hot, breathtakingly sexy angel if I do say so myself.;) Believe it or not, they are the 'good' guys. Of course, there is also your resident demon, Damien (oooh baby!), and a snide, powerful King (Sisyphus who I like to call Syphilis) among others. Now with all of these demons, angels, Gods, and immortals, you might be thinking Mt. Olympus-type mythology but noooo...try modern day world. Big business. Bosses, Directors, employees, meetings, Mojito's and the like. Throw in a little tryst, a love triangle, some tasteful sex and you have Death is a Bitch.
The Good: Death. Azrael. Damien. All three make up 'The Good' in my book. I love that Cate Masters chose to turn away from the traditional Grim Reaper and make Death a sizzling beauty with smarts and flair. The love of her life, Azrael is your quintessential flawed hero...stammering, halting, and having less than pure thoughts, especially when around Death. And then there is Damien. Oh how I do love the Bad Boys. He, of course wants Death all to himself and is none too pleased to see her in the arms of Azrael. How does he soothe himself? Why, in the arms of any woman he can find. Yup, typical Bad Boy self defeating behavior. The best part of this book overall? The humor. So much of it is tongue-in-cheek and I snickered and giggled my way through the entire book.
The Bad: As has been my complaint frequently with novella's, oh how I wish this book was longer!! The story was really picking up steam just when it was time to end it. Something of a let-down I suppose. Nevertheless, Death is a Bitch left me with a smile on my face.
The Snuggly: Ahh foreplay.... Except for a while, it seemed like that was all that we were going to 'see'. It was wonderful, don't get me wrong and very tastefully done and sometimes, that is really nice. Of course, sometimes it's nice to have the 'oh-baby-take-me-right-here-on- the-desk' sex too. Of course, leave it to my resident Bad Boy to - ahem - rise to the occasion. Trust me, by the time the story is over, you will be completely satisfied.;)
Final Thoughts: Cate has a gift for making the traditional non-traditional and the day-to-day, well, exciting and funny. I loved reading this book. I was always curious what was next and who would show up. Much to my pleasant surprise, the story even took me to one of my favorite places, Paris. You will find all sorts of little surprises in here. Now this certainly is not for anyone under 18 but I highly recommend it to anyone needing a respite from everyday life. Lovers of Romance, Mythology, Paranormal and Mirth will enjoy Death is a Bitch.




Gaele, I Am Indeed Reviews

Sep 15, 12


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Death really isn’t a bitch – she is a delightfully complete being with a Type-A personality and control issues, in desperate need of a vacation and a man to love. Azrael is the director of one division of the corporate behemoth that oversees the world, and is delightfully tongue-tied and uncomfortable around women; particularly Death.
Written with clever insertions of humor, well-developed characters with their own unique voices, traits and foibles, Cate Masters has created an intriguing story that combines the legends and myths of old into a modern-day setting, complete with overlarge corporations, management meetings, tattoo parlors, courts of law and the occasional cameo appearance by other gods, demi-gods and demons.
Humor is everywhere in the story – from an overly coiffed majordomo to Hades, to Hypnos always arriving in bunny slippers, even at the nightclub: the descriptions and details are certain to delight. It was a one sitting book for me, while short it demanded each page be turned and read. I can only hope that more in this series are scheduled – for it was simply delightful – suitable for many readers.
I received an eBook copy from author for purpose of this review for FMB Tours, I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.




Oct 28, 12

5 of 5 stars false

A sensual and rather steamy rendering of one version of “Death mythology,” here Death is a lovely woman who takes souls only at the point of demise, and only after they are aware of the opportunity to “sell their souls” to the demon Damien. A different and imaginative approach to “Death” and the afterlife, this novella will appeal to readers who enjoy their stories both romantic and steamy.



The Ebook Reviewers


Death is extremely overworked, the souls are starting to back up. Azrael rose in the ranks until he was Death's superior. A spark has always been between them, when finally they come together as one and a demon comes between them.

Death is a Bitch is beautifully written, stunning and memorable characters. Legions of angels, groups of demons, and Greek legends wind perfectly together. It's a beautiful romance. A classic romance with calm love scenes. Personally I would group this as an New Adult, perfect for 18-24 crowd.
I loved it, it was perfect, I give it 5 stars!




Jody's review

Sep 24, 12

4 of 5 stars false

Who knew immortals had such complicated love lives? In Death is a Bitch, Death is wanted by two immortals, one who will stop at nothing to have her and one who gets tongue-tied in her presence who just happens to be her new boss. What ensues is non-stop action, a moment of short and sweet revenge, and some steamy immortal lovin'.
Death has always been dedicated to her work of collecting souls without giving herself moments of happiness. There are plenty of men attracted to her though for her exotic looks, one who will especially do the unexpected to have her. Death is a strong female who doesn't show emotions very often nor rely on a man for comfort, but her new boss Azrael has her thinking naughty thoughts that she fights at first. Once they're finally on the same page some steamy otherworldly encounters occur that angers fellow demon Damien and has him hatching a plan that Death has to use all her strength to escape from. What doesn't kill her though makes her stronger as she soon has even more powerful and efficient tools of the trade to make her even better at her job and reaping revenge.
Azrael is good at business but not so good at wooing the woman he loves. His words always seem to insult her and it's only through actions instead of words that he's able to win her over. He's a quiet character for the most part but deadly in a fight, and especially vicious when he's lied to and hunting the demon gone wild. Seeing this side of him after the quiet moments of support he showed towards Death made him a formidable and worthy hero.
The villains in this story have differing degrees of success with Damien clearly the more villainous of the two. Death fears revenge from Sisyphus but from what I see there's not much to fear as he has trouble adjusting to the modern world. Damien is devious and wants Death only for himself, even though he spends the entire book going from woman to woman. The fact that he can't have her just makes him want her even more and just when you think he's learned his lesson a whole new slew of possibilities erupts.
This was an entertaining story based in the unique world of immortals, gods, and demons and though it never digs deep it still kept me steadily turning the pages to see what happened next. With a strong and sexy lead couple and intriguing secondary characters this story kept me on the edge of my seat with high hopes for any future books. Fans of the paranormal will find this story surprisingly unique and a worthy addition to the genre.




Nov 04, 12


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When a book involves Angels and Demons...I am always up to reading it and I am glad I found "Death is a Bitch" through FMB Blog Tours. I also have found another Author, who sucked me into the story from the beginning to the very end.
"Death is a Bitch" is about Death, who is an Angel, who collects everyones souls once they are about to pass away. She has a very tiring job and sometimes it is hard to really find some down time.
Azrael, who is another Angel, that works closely to Death sometimes, has never really fell in love before until he gets one night of passion with Death that makes him crave her even more.
Death even starts having feelings for the sexy, Azrael, that she is having a hard time forgetting him as well.
All of a sudden, Death is dealing with her past again with one soul that escapes Tartarus, thanks to the demon, Damien, who has an hidden agenda with helping King Sisyphus. Damien has always had it bad for Death, and to prevent her happiness with Azrael, he will do anything to get Death to himself...even lie to Azrael.
"Death is a Bitch" is a very entertaining book about Heaven and Hell and how it is never a good thing to mess with Death because she always gets her justice in the end. It may take her awhile, but when she does...there is no looking back.
It also helps when she has strong parents who have connections themselves to help her out.
Azrael is one sexy Angel who definitely captured my interest the minute he was described. He did piss me off during a part of the book. He believed a lie about Death and he should have known better.
Cate Masters definitely has a fan now after reading this book and I plan reading more of her books real soon. I loved her writing style and I definitely loved her take on Angels and Demons.
I recommend this book to anyone who loves the paranormal romance genre and loves reading about Angels and Demons. You'll definitely enjoy this take on the "Grim Reaper", who is Death, and her sexy love interest, Azrael. You'll probably even like the bad guy as well, Damian. I did feel kind of sorry for him...just a little bit. In the end though, he got what he deserved.
I received a complimentary copy of "Death is a Bitch" for the Virtual Book Tour brought to you by FMB Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review.



Proserpine's review

Nov 08, 12

4 of 5 stars false

I really loved this story, I was eager to read a good story about Death (as a girl, thank you!) and I was pleased from the first page until the last word! This is a big blog tours, with more than 20 bloggers so I'll do it easy peasy!
Likes:
The story in general: the mix of Greek mythology and Biblical legends. The plot was pretty interesting and I liked Damien's twisted mind!
Azrael: the angel of death hurray! Do I need to explain??? Well maybe, since you probably didn't read this book! Azrael is the angel is charge of death but he's also in love with the stunning Death herself. He's kind of cute when he's with her but also a dark warrior in darkest armour!
Damien: the ultimate bad boy, oh yeah! I liked this character! He was bad to the bone, he seems to be the sex god that every girl fall for and damned theirs souls for his own pleasure! Awesome.
Death: lovely character, I liked the description of her hard work. I liked the fact that the author: Cate Masters, took the time to explain and integrate this important part of Death work in this story. Ms. Masters could have easily skipped this part, but to her benefit, she didn't do it!
Unlikes:
Oouuff, Unlikes with ''s''... I think there is just one thing I didn't like in this story and it's a pretty personal aspect. You should judge by yourself for this one because I was kind of fall into an over-reading and I wasn't into reading (anything at all) for a time.



Novareylin of My Seryniti

Nov 05, 12


4 of 5 stars false

Another Death personified and I love it. Honestly when it’s done well Death is normally my favorite character. This book is no exception.
The Death here is not really a bitch though, she’s a strong, hard working woman who will do anything for her job, who falls in love and is spurned. Is sad and fabulous and great all at the same time. Death already pushes people away and what happens in her love life just makes her believe that she was always doing the right thing but everyone needs someone right?
My favorite part of this particular Death is her bracelet. What a neat idea for her tools. She states early on that she is not a scythe wielding warrior, oh no. A bracelet with chains and traps, etc will suit her just fine. She also has a tattoo that tells her when she is supposed to take souls, another brilliant addition and definitely something else that makes this Death different from all the others.
What must it be like to share a life with someone? Even so short a life as a human’s? These two made her envious of thier time together, obviously filled with love.
She touched the tattoo to seal it. “I shouldn’t have summoned her.”
Wiping away the tears, Harry stiffened and seemed to draw upon an inner well of strength. “I’m glad you did. It’s just hard to let her go again.” His jaw trembled but he clamped it toghter.
Unable to say more, Death nodded. She sat with him a moment, sharing the solemn moment with him. Only when his roommate gurgled his final breath did she release his hand.
Silence issued from the other bed. The man’s spirit rose up and floated near her. Heaving a breath, she sent him a sad smile.
Harry held up a hand. “See you soon?”
She nodded before whisking the soul away. Sometimes, this job held equal parts pleasure and pain. --- Excerpt from Death is a Bitch

The other characters in this story are just as thrilling. Sysiphus is included as well as Hypnos who is Death’s sister. I really liked Hypnos, she has the best in mind for her sister and always is trying to get her to do something other than work. Who knew Death could just go out and have a drink? And Hypnos is just plain fun!
The plot of the story is interesting. I would definitely put this somewhere in the genre of paranormal romance which are always fun for me. I just can’t help myself, these are like my guilty pleasures in life and Death is a Bitch is no exception! The ending fits perfectly with the rest of the story and really makes you realize that even Death should have a happy existence!




Sep 18, 12

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Death may be a bitch, but I really like her. I liked this book from page one. The characters are very well written and like-able. Death is a strong female lead, really, would you expect anything less. I mean she is Death after all. The mix of angels, demons, and mythology mesh really well. The story is fast paced and kept me wanting more. I fell in love with "the bad guy", Damien. Any author that can make me feel something for the villain deserves high praise! This book was just too short! The ending was wrapped a little too nicely for me. It felt anti climatic. But don't worry, it didn't take anything away from the book. I would love to see what happens next! I look forward to reading more of Cate Master's work.
I received this book from the author/publisher/tour company for review!



Donna's review

Oct 07, 12

4 of 5 stars false

This was a short, quick read. But really enjoyable. I was hooked from the beginning.
The Death in this story is not your typical hooded figure with a scythe. She is an immortal but tries to have mercy for those that deserve it. She knows its their time and their souls have to be taken but tries to do it peacefully. Only when they argue is it more difficult, then she has a cool bracelet bag of tricks to handle the situation.
Azrael is the one in charge of Death's division. And has had a crush on Death for a long time, but unsure how to act on it. Luckily for him Death feels the same way. Just when it seems like they might overcome their hesitations Damien shows up and starts trouble.
If you are looking for a quick paranormal that is well written and fun to read. Check this one out. I am looking forward to more from the author and hopefully entering this world again.



Romancing the Darkside


Beautiful, dark and sexy!
Work for Death is never easy, especially when you're always on call. As the most feared angel, Death spends her days reaping souls and has no time for romance. As her superior, the angel Azrael longs for an emotional connection with Death, the only woman who's sparked his interest. Working closely with Azrael has made her vunerable and when a tempting demon who doesn't take no for an answer turns to her enemy for revenge, Death is forced to show just how dangerous she can be.
First I must congratulate Ms. Cate Masters for giving us a female angel of death, I thought this concept was brilliant! Death is a powerful and strong heroine who isn't afraid to also show us her vulnerability and even has a sense of humor through it all. It's impossible not to feel a connection to her and the emotional responsibility she's faced with. I feel the romance between Death and Azrael is a little subdued for my taste, but the chemistry is unquestionable. The angel vs. demon theme adds a little suspense that keeps you on edge. Damien is the quintessential villain but I couldn't help but feel a bit of sympathy for his character, I can't say this happens to me with every bad guy but kudos to Ms. Masters for invoking this sentiment.
Death is a Bitch is a short but compelling story that captures your l with its originality. Immortality, love and betrayal lay the foundation for an unpredictable and exciting read. This is truly a well crafted story with beautiful imagery set in a complex paranormal world of angels, demons, and gods that's sure to delight readers.

My Rating






Close Encounters of the Night Kind


This was an incredibly cute a funny read!!  I loved the slight bit of ironic humor that flowed throughout this story.  This book is actually about Death, portrayed as a being, who falls in love with her boss.  It blends together a lot of different mythologies which actually make a great story!  I will be looking for more form this author.  I really recommend this book!!  Great Read!!



Not Now, Mommy’s Reading



Death is a Bitch is a paranormal twist on the classic love triangle.  Death and Azrael are into each other, but little do either of them know Damien has his eyes set on Death. But when Death doesn't return his feelings he sets out to win her affections whether she wants to give them to him or not. His means to get Death's attention is to use King Sisyphus to lure Death away from Azrael and foster distrust between the two.

I really like Death. She was a strong woman but there were scenes where her compassion for the souls that she harvested came through. She was kinder and gentler than what you would think Death would be. 
King Sisyphus was my favorite though. As I read about him I kept thinking, "be careful what you wish for - you just might get it". He wanted to escape his eternal punishment so bad, but once he escaped he hated it and wanted to go back! All in all, it was a pleasurable read and I think that if you're into paranormal love triangles with a little bit of dark kink...this is the book for you.




Sep 20, 12

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It actually got 3 1/2 stars.
There was a lot of potential with this book. It had an interesting premise. The title is awesome! The cover is GORGEOUS! The blurb is intriguing. The book had a lot of things going for it and it really, really, REALLY almost got four whole stars.
First of all, the imagery was amazing! I do SO love gorgeous scenery! Ms. Masters did NOT disappoint here. From the congregation of death dealers to the places on Earth, Ms. Masters' descriptions of setting and place left me feeling like I'd been transported somewhere else.
The sex was tasteful. It left me feeling warm. It wasn't raunchy. I gotta give Ms. Masters props for that. Now, don't get me wrong. I do love some great, monkey-swinging action, but a tastefully written sex scene is quite refreshing.
I really think Ms. Masters can go places with her writing. People, when I tell you this woman can craft a gorgeous sentence, I want you to understand that I mean it. She's off to a really great start. 
Should you read the book? Yes! Will I read her next book? You betcha! 



Mallory Heart Reviews

Review of Death is a Bitch by Cate Masters


A sensual and rather steamy rendering of one version of “Death mythology,” here Death is a lovely woman who takes souls only at the point of demise, and only after they are aware of the opportunity to “sell their souls” to the demon Damien. A different and imaginative approach to “Death” and the afterlife, this novella will appeal to readers who enjoy their stories both romantic and steamy.


Excerpt
Death stepped from the shadowy curtain of night along a deserted stretch of road toward the mangled hunk of cherry-red metal that used to be a sweet Z240 sports car. Stardust glinted in the black hair that dipped to her waist.
She kept a safe distance from the wreck. Inside, a thirtyish man slumped behind the wheel, the air bag deflating away from his near-lifeless body. Blood oozed from a nasty gash to his head. Should have worn his seat belt. Too late for life lessons, though. Those weren’t her expertise anyway. Just the opposite.
Leaves crackled in the underbrush beyond the nearby trees. Death gripped the silver charm bracelet on her wrist, her senses on high alert. Her finger poised near the hidden latch, ready to release a stream of lightning.
A deer. It stilled, its wide eyes fixed on her.
Seeing nothing else, she continued with a modicum of caution. Taking souls didn’t exactly make her popular, and after so many millennia, she should’ve been used to it. The bad jokes. The Halloween parodies. A scythe? Please. She’d never used cheap props. Only the finest weaponry. No mortal ever suspected the intricately designed baubles adorning her bracelet were anything more than ornamental.
Moonlight gleamed off the curves of the sports car, and she ran a gilded nail along its hood. She wouldn’t mind taking one of these babies for a spin. In its former condition, of course, before this guy took the curve too fast and wrapped it around a tree. Humans always rushed everywhere, sometimes straight into her arms.
The man’s moan signaled she had no need for weapons. This one would give her no trouble. She fingered his blond hair, matted with blood. What a shame. So young, and so handsome. He’d leave at least one lover grieving, no doubt.
His eyes fluttered open. When he looked up, recognition intensified the flicker of life in his eyes.
She needed no introduction. They always knew her, unmistakable in the glimmering black filament gown, its folds revealing a glimpse into infinity.
The stilettos usually earned a second glance, the four-inch heels glistening like fool’s gold. The butterfly tattoo spanning her upper arm likewise drew curious looks, which inevitably changed to horror when the souls recognized the face imprinted within that colorful ink: their own.

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