Imagine believing your entire life you are the child of Russian peasants. Your only sibling has died from a deadly fever he caught while serving in the war. Your mother and father have changed into people you no longer recognize due to their overwhelming grief. Your father spends his days in the gambling dens and brothels in an area of town where respectable women are not permitted to visit. Your mother spends her days in denial, turning a blind eye to her husband's activities, wasting away with each passing day. Your duties consist of maintaining your family's farm, taking care of your mother and dragging your father out of the most unseemly places in the town. Most days, you read to the elderly and spend other days tutoring in the village. It may not be the most wonderful life, but it is yours and all you have ever known.
You have been experiencing strange feelings of desire. The urge to act in wanton ways. Every day you dream of pleasuring a man you almost killed a few days ago. The mere brush of your underclothes threatens to make you explode. You suddenly have the power to sense the lustful thoughts of other around you. When you go to church, it makes you ill to the point that you have to leave. There is no way for you to speak of these evil thoughts and acts you have been suffering through. There is nowhere to turn. For surely, you will be locked away as a crazy person. Ostracized and ridiculed for bringing shame to your family.
Now, imagine you found out it was all a lie. You are not simply a Russian peasant girl. Your father is not the man you have spent years loving. In fact, you find out you are the half human half demon princess daughter of Asmodeus, High Prince of Hell and Master of Lust. You were created to save the world. Without you, Lust will die and Sloth will take over. Creating an immense unbalance of the world's powers. Welcome to Natalia's world. Welcome to Hell as she knows it.
Ann Mayburn takes us to Russia and Hell in the late 1800's. Every time I think I have this author figured out, she surprises me. Her incredible description of Russian life, Hell and its demons is superb. She has once again tackled one of my favorite subjects and taken it to an entirely new level. Somehow she can weave knowledge together with words that seem to glide over you and caress your innermost fantasies.
Daughter of Lust is another joyride filled with some of the hottest love scenes I have ever read. Only Ann Mayburn could make demon lovin arousing and endearing all at the same time. This is truly a story that could sustain itself even without all of the love scenes regardless of the title. It is full of love, compassion, and plenty of action. There are heart wrenching scenes and even some mystery. We aren't left hanging with only tidbits. We get the entire story in a way that is never boring. Daughter of Lust flows with detail after detail, though it is never overwhelming. We see inside the minds and hearts of her characters without getting bored. It is another story of every page is alluring and addictive.
I prefer to believe Ann's version of Hell is how I would imagine it if I were as talented as she is. Whether you believe in Heaven or Hell or not, Daughter of Lust is one trip to Hell and back you don't want to miss.
Belal, High Prince of Hell and Keeper of the Deadly Sin Sloth, is expanding his power by trafficking opium. He revels in the results, and as sloth begins to overtake the mortal realm, all of Hell suffers. The balance of power in Hell, as well as the fate of the Universe, will be decided by a half-demon peasant girl.
Natalia Shura, the daughter of Asmodeus, High Prince of Hell and Keeper of the Deadly Sin Lust, is unaware of the nature of her birth. When her demonic side begins to awaken, her world becomes dominated by dark passions and deadly cravings. Natalia fears she is losing her mind. But her love has been foretold as the only thing that can stop Belal and his allies, and they will do anything to prevent her ascension.
Facing assassins, avenging angels, Hell's deadly politics—and her real father—Natalia must accept the love of more than one man and embrace her demonic heritage as a Princess of Lust. If she doesn't, all that she cares about will be destroyed, and Heaven and Hell will plunge into Chaos.