He makes good girls…bad.
Dante Walker is flippin’ awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence have made him one of hell’s best—a soul collector. His job is simple: weed through humanity and label those round rears with a big red good or bad stamp. Old Saint Nick gets the good guys, and he gets the fun ones. Bag-and-tag.
Sealing souls is nothing personal. Dante’s an equal-opportunity collector and doesn’t want it any other way. But he’ll have to adjust, because Boss Man has given him a new assignment:
Collect Charlie Cooper’s soul within ten days.
Dante doesn’t know why Boss Man wants Charlie, nor does he care. This assignment means only one thing to him, and that’s a permanent ticket out of hell. But after Dante meets the quirky Nerd Alert chick he’s come to collect, he realizes this assignment will test his abilities as a collector…and uncover emotions deeply buried.
Dante’s awesomeness was what made me pick this book up, and at the beginning, made me cringe to no end. TOO OVER THE TOP. But he settled down and I found myself chuckling and shaking my head each time he interacted with Charlie. Half-defensive, half-incredulous to find himself in her company I loved Charlie at the beginning. So sweet and naive. Then I had a bit of trouble liking her toward the end of the middle part, that made me lose interest for a while. And I never did like Blue, I’m sorry to say.
Dante, he’s very cocky but did I find him attractive (you know beside drooling over the cover?)? Not really, he sounded very much like the teenager he is. Though I do believe we’d get along grandly as friends. Maybe… Minus the long, long, and longer inner struggle that he seemed to gravitate towards. Don’t get me wrong, they include some really nice, feelsy moments but mostly I just waited impatiently for Ms. Scott to go on with the story. The ending was a bit predictable and anti-climatic but it did leave me slightly curious to read the next book.
The Collector was a really enjoyable book to read. If you don’t mind a slow-paced plot but with some pretty interesting cast of characters, I would recommend it. The paranormal aspects aren’t really present yet but I can feel Victoria Scott saving up for some neat suprises!