On Trial: The Appeal of Evil by Pembroke Sinclair

Posted February 3, 2015 by Kayla in Reviews / 3 Comments


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On Trial: The Appeal of Evil by Pembroke SinclairThe Appeal of Evil by Pembroke Sinclair
Series: The Road to Salvation #1
Also in this series: Dealing with Devils
Published by Libertary Company on January 13, 2014
Genres: Romance, Paranormal
Pages: 210
Format: e-ARC
Source: Publisher/Agent
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Katie wants to invest her heart and soul in love, but she may lose both to Hell. Katie, a senior in high school, is torn between loving the "good" guy, her childhood friend Wes who makes promises he doesn't keep and abandons her when she needs him the most, and the "bad" guy, the new kid at school Josh who is also a real demon from Hell. Katie wants someone who pays attention to her and puts her first, but what is she willing to give up to find him?

Warning: This article may contain spoilers.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The author has never asked me or tried to influence me for a positive review, nor have I promised one.

My Impressions:

My head hurts. I really do wish this had less romance in it. I really think the romance took away from actual story development.

With that said the story minus the romance was good. However I found it to be lacking in character development.

The story centers around Katie. OMG! I hate Katie. I hope she dies in the end and goes to hell to punish for all eternity. I wish Wes or even Josh were the main character. Anyway… So Katie has been in love with her friend Wes forever, but Wes has a secret life (demon killing) that he wanted to protect her from and so he avoids a relationship with her (but he’s still her friend). Now she meets a new guy, Josh, who’s always there for her, is hot and defends her when she and Wes gets into an altercation. He also has a secret, he’s a demon. Now this is where the story loses me. Josh wants to steal souls. He originally intends to do this to Katie then finds out that Wes is a demon-fighting Praesul and decides to use her as bait to kill him. This will raise his status a demon. Of course, Josh tries to convince Katie that he likes her and maybe he does. But for Christ’s sake (pun intended) how can Josh’s secret be less bad than Wes’. Give me a break. To me this is a no brainer. Except, she considers it and then this debate drags on for the rest of the book. Till she ultimately end’s up choosing Josh because he has threatened her. But she is convinced that she can save a soul-less demon. Good luck with that!

The premise of learning about her world of demons and demon hunting is much more enjoyable to me. I hope that we eventually learn more about the demon-hunters. I know book 2 will be more about the demons, but I am always on the side of good. Perhaps that was one of my reasons for getting upset with Katie as well. If a guy I met told me he was a demon… f**k that… I’d disappear before you finish this sentence.

You already know I hate Katie. Here are my reasons why. She is whiny, needy, self-centered. I mean she literally makes everything about her. Wes tells her he can’t give her certain information because she might get tortured and he can’t risk anyone finding it out and she goes on defensive mode. “Oh you can’t trust me when I’ve trusted you for so long”. I’m sure not with someone’s life you have. I am still hoping that she will grow up and realize she is in the wrong because in truth she is.

Wes is a butt-kicking demon fighter and my fave character. I feel like he has the best character development and you can relate to him to some extent. You understand why he has tried to keep Katie out of this world because it is dangerous. And although her knowing about demons would probably have kept her safe in this situation, it’s still one those cases where the person you’re trying help is such a pain that you sometimes think they aren’t worth trying to save.

Josh is good at what he does. He gathers souls easily and he has Katie wrapped around his finger. She is so gullible and naive and that’s exactly want he wants. I can understand if your bad and you love it so he is perfectly understandable.


The writing was very gripping, actually. Although I wish I could skip over 90% of what ever Katie is thinking about. There is just too much. “What if I do this and this happens?”. And worst, sometimes she says she’ll do something and never does, or does the opposite. It’s hard to keep at.

About the Author:

Pembroke Sinclair is a literary jack of all trades, playing her hand at multiple genres. She has written an eclectic mix of fiction ranging from horror to sci-fi and even some westerns. Born in Rock Springs, Wyoming–the home of 56 nationalities–it is no wonder Pembroke ended up so creatively diverse. Her fascination with the notions of good and evil, demons and angels, and how the lines blur have inspired her writing. Pembroke lives in Laramie, Wyoming, with her husband, two spirited boys, a black lab named Ryder, and a rescue kitty named Alia, who happens to be the sweetest, most adorable kitty in the world! She cannot say no to dessert, orange soda, or cinnamon. She loves rats and tatts and rock and roll and wants to be an alien queen when she grows up.

The Verdict:

Recommended [for Romance readers]

Rating Report
Overall: 3.5

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