Book Review: Borrowed Souls (Soul Charmer #1) by Chelsea Mueller

Borrowed Souls (Soul Charmer #1)Title: Borrowed Souls
Author: Chelsea Mueller
Publisher: Talos
Release Date: May 2nd 2017
Pages: 312
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Callie Delgado always puts family first, and unfortunately her brother knows it. She’s emptied her savings, lost work, and spilled countless tears trying to keep him out of trouble, but now he’s in deeper than ever, and his debt is on Callie’s head. She’s given a choice: do some dirty work for the mob, or have her brother returned to her in tiny pieces.

Renting souls is big business for the religious population of Gem City. Those looking to take part in immoral—or even illegal—activity can borrow someone else’s soul, for a price, and sin without consequence.

To save her brother, Callie needs a borrowed soul, but she doesn’t have anywhere near the money to pay for it. The slimy Soul Charmer is willing to barter, but accepting his offer will force Callie into a dangerous world of magic she isn’t ready for.

With the help of the guarded but undeniably attractive Derek—whose allegiance to the Charmer wavers as his connection to Callie grows—she’ll have to walk a tight line, avoid pissing off the bad guys, all while struggling to determine what her loyalty to her family’s really worth.

Losing her brother isn’t an option. Losing her soul? Maybe.

I thought Borrowed Souls would be an okay read but when I started flipping the pages I was surprised by how much I really really really enjoyed this book.

Callie is a girl who would do almost anything for family whether they deserve the help or not. I related to Callie a lot, my family is everything and there is not anything I wouldn't do for them so when Callie has to bail her brother out of troubles I could relate.

Callie's brother owes the mob and Ford, the mob boss, will only allow her brother freedom if she agrees to his plan, steal some documents and borrow a soul. When I first read the description to Borrowed Souls I had no clue what that meant, I mean how could you borrow a soul and make it believable. But the cool thing was Chelsea Mueller explained it so well that my jaw was on the floor, I could see things like Borrowing Souls happening in this day.

The lengths Callie went to save her brother was admirable. She went to a shady guy to borrow a soul even though she wanted nothing to do with magic she still did it. She broke the law so that her brother could return home. Callie is one hell of a character and I can't wait to see what the next adventure brings.

One of the things I liked about Borrowed Souls was the relationship between Derek and Callie. They started off as coworkers, then friends, and lovers and I loved all their interactions and how if one had a problem they would discuss it between each other and not let it fester.

Borrows Souls was a fast paced read that I didn't want to put down, Chelsea Mueller I hope you know that from this moment I will be counting down the days until book 2.


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