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.
In this fast-paced urban fantasy debut, a young woman who needs to pay off her brother's debt to a drug dealer ends up taking a job as a collector for a man who rents souls to the desperate and foolhardy. If Callie Delgado works for the Soul Charmer for just two weeks, she'll get the money she needs. With sexy, mysterious Derek backing her up and providing the voice of experience, Callie learns how to retrieve wayward souls from deadbeat clients. When they discover a new player in town is cutting into the Soul Catcher's business, the two are sucked into a ruthless struggle for control of the soul market and Gem City as a whole. Meanwhile, Callie is caught between loyalty to her family and resistance to their increasingly selfish demands. A blossoming attraction to Derek provides her motivation to break free and live for herself. Mueller explores an intriguing concept in a seedy, visceral setting that pops to life on the page. The romantic subplot is standard fare, but Callie's personal development is genuinely interesting, laying the groundwork for even stronger future installments.