Demons Of The Past
Abraham Stirling, Lord Rothwell, was a fighter once, a soldier in the Colonies. But Bram returned to London with more nightmares than tales of glory. Now he drowns his senses in the arms of countless women, while his friends, the Hellraisers, ensure he needn't sin alone.
Until, that is, the Devil himself grants them each a wish, undoing their camaraderie as they explore their wicked powers. Bram finds himself magically bound to Valeria Livia Corva, the sensuous priestess who raised the Devil the first time--and died to send the demon back.
She may be a ghost, but Livia is no angel. The raw passion she witnesses in Bram's memories isn't much different from her behavior when she had a body to enjoy. But it doesn't make it any easier to convince Bram to become a warrior again, lest all London burn. And the fierce desires reawakening within her might just start the blaze. . .
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In the third Hellraisers installment (after Demon s Bride), Abraham Bram Stirling, Lord Rothwell, has sold his soul for the gift of being able to mentally compel women into sexual situations, which Archer calls seduction. Bram is damned for the sin of selfish refusal to battle the devil he s helped unleash on 1763 London. Sent to show him his error is Valeria Livia Corva, the specter of an ancient Roman priestess, who has been bound to Bram and tasked with converting him from darkness. (Bound by whom and converting to what are left unspecified.) Livia nags relentlessly as Bram argues and stripteases. It s as if the Ghost of Christmas Present had given up on show-and-tell to vamp Scrooge into repentance, and there s little acknowledgment of the contradiction in having a man who sold his soul for lust be seduced into virtue. Livia and Bram have chemistry but nothing else in common, and their circumstances entirely lack plausibility.