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Peek Inside Try As I Smite

An intense mage and a stubborn fixer are thrust into a Christmas Carol-style nightmare to resolve their differences—and give into their chemistry—in order to stop a demon invasion.

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Alasdair Blakesley is the head of the Covens Syndicate. He shouldn't need to look beyond the witches and warlocks he governs, or his own abilities, to solve any problem. But a demon infestation means he can’t trust anyone who may be possessed. The last person he wants to ask for help is also the only person who can fix this, so he sucks up his pride and storms into her office.

And she turns him down cold.

As the owner of Brimstone Inc., Delilah’s passion is helping others with their supernatural problems. But Alasdair is the last man Delilah wants to tangle with. The infuriating man sees too much and demands even more. And did she mention the way he sets her body on fire?

Not that it matters—demons are the only things with which she cannot interfere. Too bad a higher power steps in and sends them both on a crash course of each others' pasts, presents, and futures.

How is a Christmas Carol nightmare supposed to solve his demon problem without breaking the rules she’s bound by?

Each book in the Brimstone, Inc. series is STANDALONE:
* The Demigod Complex
* Shift Out of Luck
* Bait N' Witch
* Try as I Smite

Praise

“I really enjoyed this story!  It’s a slightly darker, sexier twist on A Christmas Carol and was full of excitement, intense drama, intriguing characters, and constant surprises and suspense that continued throughout the read.” --Denise H., Goodreads

“Try as I Smite is another amazing addition to this series, I can't wait to read the next one!” --Malia K., NetGalley

“Try as I Smite is a brilliant addition to this heart rending and extraordinary series. Nothing will capture your heart better then two enemies who challenge one another and disrupt their calm world.” --Amber M., Goodreads

“Try As I Smite was such an amazing and fast paced read!” --Shirley C., NetGalley

“I must say this battle against possessive demons truly had me on the edge of my seat in anticipation from start to finish. I never really knew where the story wanted to take me, and there were a few twists and turns along the way that I didn't see coming.” --Lauren S., NetGalley

Lots of action, drama, and intrigue to go along with the sizzling attraction as they battle evil forces.” --Miriam W., Goodreads

Loving this series - these two especially are crazy hot together!” --Nicola B., Goodreads

“This was a safe read, with a sexy warlock and his equally sexy seer. Great storyline, with so many great twists.” --Book Snob Sue

Action, twists, surprises, humor and heat combine to make an engaging tale.” --Christy W., NetGalley

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781649370655
Series: Brimstone INC., Book 4
Release Date: Oct 26, 2020
Page Count: 164
Imprint: amara
Genre: holiday romances, paranormal, witches
Tropes: forbidden love/off limits, overcoming odds

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By Heather October 18, 2020

The man is a demanding one, “still want you.” He stepped in to her again, cupping the back of her neck, willing her to shop shutting him out. “I’ll still want you, dammit.” I liked this book, I loved Alasdair ...more

By Tricia October 04, 2020

I've been waiting to get Delilah's story since the beginning of the Brimstone Inc series! The time has finally come and it did not disappoint. Loved the Christmas Carol twist, it was a fun way to get to know Delilah and Alasdair better while watching their connection strengthen. Also, kudos to Owen ...more

By Elodie October 22, 2020

Try As I Smite
Brimstone INC Series #4
Abigail Owen
https://www.facebook.com/Abigail.Owen...
Release date 10/26/2020
Publisher Entangled Amara

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Alasdair Blakesley is the head of the Covens Syndicate. He shouldn't need to look beyond the witches and warlocks he governs, or his own abilities, to solve ...more

By Book Snob October 17, 2020

Witches, warlocks and demons oh my...too much *shrugs*, maybe, but that is what we have in this book, and I loved it. Alasdair is the powerful warlock, that is the head of the Covens Syndicate, and he happens to be dealing with demons possessing people, so he goes to the one woman that drives him nu ...more

By Judi September 29, 2020

This was my first experience with Abigail Owen's Brimstone, Inc. series, and I gotta say, WOW!!! I couldn't be happier with a new series (new to me, that is). It has everything I love in a good PNR series.

While it may not directly have her dragon shifters, they definitely get a mention, which was c ...more

By Judi September 29, 2020

This was my first experience with Abigail Owen's Brimstone, Inc. series, and I gotta say, WOW!!! I couldn't be happier with a new series (new to me, that is). It has everything I love in a good PNR series.

While it may not directly have her dragon shifters, they definitely get a mention, which was co ...more

By Dianne September 30, 2020

Ready for a slightly twisted, slightly darker and definitely sexier version of A Christmas Carol? Get ready to enter Abigail Owen’s world of witches, warlocks and demons in TRY AS I SMITE, a thoroughly entertaining, spicy and fun paranormal romance!

Alasdair Blakesley has an infestation problem, noth ...more

By Kimberly October 25, 2020

3.5 stars - Reviewed for Wit and Sin

The Brimstone Inc. series gets a Dickensian twist in Try As I Smite . I love the way author Abigail Owen brings together all kinds of supernatural beings, making each and every story in this series unique. And for Delilah’s story, Ms. Owen goes big.

Sparks f ...more

By Shirley October 29, 2020

4.5/5*

Original review
This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Entangled Amara! 

Try As I Smite is the fourth book in the Brimstone Inc. series and tells the story of Delilah and Alasdair. Although this is the fourth book in the series, it can be read as a st
...more

By Kandace Denys October 13, 2020

What would happen if A Christmas Carol met a paranormal romance? Try As I Smite, I couldn’t put the two together in my head. Luckily, Owen did that very thing for us.
I definitely enjoyed this one. The Dickens touches. The hardheaded supernaturals. It all blended seamlessly into this beauty. ...more

By Rita October 13, 2020

And Abigail did it again - finally we got to read more about Delilah and Alasdair with a bit of a Chrimasy-feeling and sizzling romance while they have to learn to trust in each other... But sometimes you need ghosts of the past, present and future to manage this ;)
****
I was so looking forward to fi ...more

By Amber October 10, 2020

Try As I Smite is a brilliant addition to this heart rending and extraordinary series. Nothing will capture your heart better then two enemies who challenge one another and disrupt their calm world. Join me in this eye-opening journey of two people who start apart and yet are so tightly and emotiona ...more

By Melena October 26, 2020

I've been trying out some paranormal romance books leading up to Halloween. It's not my usual genre, but I am so glad I am reading them!

Try As I Smite was an entertaining blend of Halloween/the paranormal and Christmas with inspiration from A Christmas Carol. I haven't read this series before, but ...more

By Patricia October 17, 2020

This is a first for me with Abigail Owen and the Brimstone Inc., and I can say I really plan it not being the last.

The characters of Alasdair and Delilah were extremely entertaining and likeable.
The author played it bit with one of my favorite Christmas books: A Christmas Carol.
In order to say every ...more

By Nikki October 15, 2020

Delilah may be the paranormal world's ultimate fixer but she is hiding a BIG secret. But will the dashing but annoying Alasdair hemp or hinder her in trying to keep it under wraps.

Get ready for this twist on a Christmas Carol as Alasdair and Delilah's pasts come crashing into their present.

Alasdair ...more

By Jeanne October 24, 2020

Try As I Smite kept me guessing what was next throughout the story, probably because I didn't read the first three in the Brimstone Inc. series, which I've since purchased and plan to read. Although I have to say it was a great standalone. The biggest surprise of all was the revelation of her secret ...more

By Miriam October 12, 2020

This is a voluntary review of an advanced copy.

I have been hoping that we get a book with the mysterious Delilah! So, I was very excited that this book was about her and boy she is a mystery waiting to unfold.

Alasdair kind of seems like a stuck up elitist but he kind of grows on you as the book pro ...more

By Anne October 05, 2020

This book is part of a series by the Author and whilst it can be read as a standalone reading the previous book in order would be of benefit .

Alasdair Blakesley is a powerful warlock and head of the Coven Syndicate - which governs the witches and warlocks ........... he has an evergrowing problem wi ...more

By Romance Schmomance (Malia) October 07, 2020

Like the rest of the Brimstone Inc. series, I've enjoyed every single one. This entire series always have me begging that they were full-length novels. But you know what you're in for, they're short, but immensely enjoyable.

I've been waiting for Delilah's story and to see her paired up with the ever ...more

By Karen October 12, 2020

Try as I Smite is the fourth instalment in Abigail Owen’s Brimstone Inc. and what a fun, outrageous and thoroughly enjoyable read it was. This one has a bit of Halloween and Christmas rolled into one, and plenty of dark and sexy too! I loved the concept and it’s perfect as a quick, in-between storie ...more

By Lesley October 13, 2020

I enjoyed this book, it was another great read from ms Owen. It held my attention and gave me the romantic experience as well as some evil and happiness.
Ms Owen, did a great job worldbuilding and capturing everyone's attention. ...more

By ALR October 26, 2020

Since the beginning of the series I have anxiously been waiting to find out who Delilah is and finally we get her story! While Alasdair is a powerful warlock and head of the Coven Syndicate ( which governs the witches and warlocks) he’s been bombarded with a demon problem and needs some help. Despit ...more

By Wendy October 01, 2020

Yay, after three stories in the Brimstone Inc. series, I was very happy to see that Try As I Smite was about the mysterious Delilah herself. In my review of Bait 'N Witch I already mentioned that I hoped she would get her own story and Abigail must have seen it :-)
In this part we finally can read ab ...more

By Pamela October 04, 2020


'Try as I smite" is the first book I have read in the brimstone, inc series and it did not disappoint. I finished this story in less than a day. In 'try as I smite' we meet alasdair and Delilah. Alasdair has discovered that demons were possessing members of his coven, so he goes to Delilah for help. ...more

By Gabriela October 05, 2020

I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
In this book, we have characters that have had previous encounters in the other books of the series. That was not a problem, but the reference to their previous encounters and common friends are lost to those who haven’t read the oth ...more

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4.15 avg Goodreads.com rating
Abigail Owen

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Abigail Owen

Award-winning paranormal romance author Abigail Owen grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. She loves to write witty, feisty heroines, sexy heroes who deserve them, and a cast of lovable characters to surround them (and maybe get their own stories). She currently resides in Austin, Texas, with her own personal hero, her husband, and their two children, who are growing up way too fast.

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