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The Marquis
     

The Marquis

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by Christine Rains
 

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Life after Hell isn't more exciting than watching football and fixing a busted pipe. Once a powerful demon, Marc enjoys his quiet existence and a good cup of coffee. With big ambitions to gain his master's favor, a trickster demon named Vetis shatters Marc's peace and vows to deliver Marc's head to the fires of Hell. Not before he destroys everything Marc cares

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Life after Hell isn't more exciting than watching football and fixing a busted pipe. Once a powerful demon, Marc enjoys his quiet existence and a good cup of coffee. With big ambitions to gain his master's favor, a trickster demon named Vetis shatters Marc's peace and vows to deliver Marc's head to the fires of Hell. Not before he destroys everything Marc cares about, of course.

Marc's power has diminished over the years. Heaven will never grant him absolution, and he refuses to return to Hell. Running isn't an option. The city of Carmine is his territory. It's also home to his favorite cafe owner, Mae Hopkins. The dame has a lovely smile, but it's her heart and soul that shine bright.

While his city burns and his love is captured, Marc must decide to surrender or let hate and anger fuel him to become the fearsome beast he so loathes: The Marquis. If the Marquis rises, Vetis can be defeated and Mae saved, but Marc would be lost to his demon forever.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940045288965
Publisher:
Christine Rains
Publication date:
12/07/2012
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
511,025
File size:
142 KB

Meet the Author

Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. When she's not playing games with her son, she's playing games with her friends. She has four degrees which do not help at all with motherhood but make her a great Jeopardy player.

Christine is the author of the 13th Floor series. She has eight novellas and several short stories published. She is a member of S.C.I.F.I. and Untethered Realms. Her writing covers all genres of dark fiction, but she loves to lose herself in paranormal romance most of all.

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The Marquis 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Haven't read this book and won't. I'm sorry, but it really annoys me that people have to make their reviews a chapter and with a book that is 63 pages long, they are practically telling the whole story. Come on folks. A good review reports if the main characters are engaging, if the book is humorous, if the book is well written and interesting, etc. I don't need a rundown on what the book is about. That's what the overview is for!!
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: 1301 - The Marquis (The 13th Floor Book 1) Author: Christine Rains Publisher: Amazon Digital Services Published: 12-9-2012 Pages: 63 ASIN: B00AM1HTWE Genre: Romance Tags: Paranormal Romance, Demons Marc was the greatest of all master demons, one of which legends were written. Marc who retired when he grew tired of the death and destruction he wrought for his former employer. He has grown weaker over time and now can barely dispatch a minor minion without being physically drained. He is loosing his demon that he has suppressed so long and becoming a mere human. He has found a refuge in an apartment building which has a hidden 13th floor. The building itself decides who may enter and find its hidden floor. He was the first tenant and looks at his neighbors as being under his protection. There is the alpha werewolf in 1302, the dragonslayer in 1303, the harbinger of death in 1304, the banshee in 1305 and the vampire in 1306 just to name some of the them. He was so tired of having to be the responsible one,, always needing to keep the others safe from harm and danger. Especially when he needed to protect them from themselves; like Kiral, the junkie vamp in 1306. He was out looking for a fix when he saved him from a demon this morning and now the butt has gone and bitten Harriett, the banshee in 1305 to feed off of. He is going to have to kill his friend if he keeps up. The bright spot in his life is Mae, the owner operator of the diner just down from his apartment. Then Vetis, his old co-worker finds him and decides he wants to make points with the boss and bring him back into the fold. Suddenly all hell literally breaks loose on the streets of Carmine and Marc watches as his town burns around him. Can the love of a saint like Mae save him or is he doomed to be the right hand man to the devil himself forever? Christin Rains' the Marquis may be a short read but she has managed to fit a whole hidden world in those few pages. "1301: The Marquis is the first in a series of books on that hidden world the exist within our own. Come and join her as she explores it.
Readerista_77 More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure how Christine Rains managed to do it, but she squeezed the perfect villain, a Hellboy-of-a-hero and a fantastic heroine into such a short read with an ending that I truly enjoyed. Each character was given ample time on page and space to breathe and become characters to cheer for...or against (Vetis, I'm looking at you!) I am now a fan of The 13th Floor and must find out more.
wazi More than 1 year ago
The Marquis (The 13th Floor) by Christine Rains Marc, a demon known as the Grand Marquis in Hell, is living the quiet life of retirement as a handyman in an apartment building. He also serves as protector for his fellow tenets of the 13th floor. His greatest pleasure now is a cup of coffee from his favorite café around the corner owned by Mae Hopkins. “The dame has a lovely smile, but it's her heart and soul that shine bright.”  When a trickster demon named Vetis shows up in Carmine all hell breaks loose when he vows to take Marc, or just his head if he does not come willingly, back to their master. Marc must decide whether to surrender to Vetis to save his town and Mae or let hate and anger fuel him to become the fearsome beast he so loathes, The Marquis, and possibly lose his soul forever.       In this novella Marc was once a powerful demon, but lately seems to have grown old and weak living in Carmine. Heaven refuses to grant him absolution and he refuses to go back to Hell. He seems to have just enough power to protect his town from lesser demons, and offer protection to other paranormals on the 13th floor in the apartment building where he works as a handyman.  Mae is determined to figure this secretive man out; she gets to know her customers and makes sure the girls who walk the street have hot coffee and enough food to survive. Marc secretly loves her from afar, knowing he does not deserve her, but will do anything to protect her. Marc, Vetis, and Mae are the main characters in this story and they are well drawn. The story moves fast and furious once Vetis mounts his attack. There were a couple of times I wanted to slap Mae because every time she distracted Marc it gave Vetis a chance to regroup and come back stronger. What can I say; some demons are worth rooting for. Ultimately Marc had to face his own worst fears to find the best in himself. I enjoyed his journey. Christine Rains can certainly tell some interesting stories. This book contains adult language and there are a few F bombs dropped. I found no errors or issues. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **  Thursday, February 21, 2013