This Easter, rather than dying…again…Esther’s gonna resurrect some serious feelings in her sexy perdition guide.
Esther Mills is caught in Hell’s version of ground hog day. Every year she’s resurrected on Easter and relives her death, only to be escorted to Hell again. The one thing that makes her life tolerable is being escorted back to Hell each time by Lucifer, her sexy perdition guide. Esther and Luc share a hot crush. But for some reason he won’t act on his feelings. So this Easter, Esther’s going to make sure Luc can’t ignore her any longer. She’s going to take her life back…and when she’s done with her sexy devil, he’s not gonna know what hit him!
Esther sat on the worn, red velvet couch in her living room and looked around at the boxes. Some of them were battered and torn, with hastily applied tape someone had applied the first year, when she’d suddenly disappeared and nobody knew where she’d gone.
The assembly judges hadn’t let her return to her previous home so somebody had slapped her stuff into boxes and sent them to her in her new place. Once she figured out they would never let her live in the same place twice, she stopped unpacking most of her stuff every year. It was no way to live. She always felt temporary, and she was sick of it.
She would kill for a place to call home.
But she was done with all that. This time Esther had decided to leave most of her stuff for the assembly to deal with. She’d put the few things she cared about into a backpack and strapped it on her back. The “go bag” would be her lifeline for the next few weeks. While she ran from her fate. And her future hopefully pursued her.
Esther glanced at the clock again. Sixty seconds had passed since the last time she’d looked. Only three minutes until her past ended and her future began. Again.
She stood up and started to pace, her stomach twisting with nerves.
Any minute now.
Someone shrieked outside and she jumped, realizing too late they were just laughing. Esther tried to remember the last time she’d laughed like that. It had been at least three years. She started to pace again.
The clock ticked down another minute. Only one more min –
Esther opened her eyes, blinking as a big, black truck roared past. Two drunk guys screamed propositions out the window. She felt muzzy, her limbs heavy. Something niggled.
The smell of blood had her turning her head. She made a small sound of despair. It was the deer she’d hit with her car. Poor thing. She’d stopped to see if she could save it.
A low rumble sounded in the distance. A storm must be coming. No. That wasn’t right. Esther realized she was supposed to do something. But she couldn’t quite… A horn blared and she jumped. Adrenaline surged and her mind cleared. She remembered. A small blue car was going to fly past.
There it was. The driver scowling at her.
Another rumble in the distance; this time the ground shook.
Praying she wasn’t too late, Esther dug in and started running toward her car.
Another rumble, followed by the crash and crackle of falling rock. Esther tripped on a fracture in the asphalt and started to fall. Hard hands grabbed her and she screamed, trying to shake off Luc’s grip. “No!” She sobbed as he dragged her sideways. But he didn’t take her through the portal. Instead he opened the passenger side door of her car and tried to push her inside.
Esther sniffled. “What?”
He ran around to the driver’s side. “Hurry, Esther. Get in the car.”
A large rock pinged off the hood, and she was startled into moving. As soon as her feet left the pavement, Luc had the car moving forward, tires screeching against the asphalt as rocks rained from the sky around them. Esther almost fell out of the car, but Luc reached over and grabbed her arm. “Close the door.”
She dragged at it, but the heavy door didn’t want to close. The car swerved as a huge boulder slammed into the asphalt ahead and Esther screamed, falling sideways. She grabbed for the seatbelt and managed to keep from tumbling all the way out, but her head and shoulders were hanging out the door, and the road spun past at a dizzying rate. Luc’s grip on her arm tightened.
A huge rock hit the windshield. The glass shattered, spraying her.
Esther screamed, and Luc yanked her backward as the door hit a guardrail and was torn away.
“Hold on, Esther!” He slammed his foot to the floorboards and the engine of the battered car roared, the tires skidded for a second on the buckling asphalt, and the car shot forward, leaving the falling rocks behind.