A Job From Hell (Ancient Legends Book 1)

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The moment Amber starts her summer job in Scotland and sets eyes upon Aidan, her fate is sealed. Summoned by an ancient bond, she can never love another. Lost in the woods one night Amber enters Aidan's deadly world when she unknowingly participates in a paranormal race and promptly wins the first prize...a prize worth killing for. More
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About Jayde Scott

Jayde Scott is a British writer and the creator of the Ancient Legends series. When she’s not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine and chocolate muffins, and talking about her characters with anyone who will listen.

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Review by: sunita thapa on Nov. 30, 2011 : (no rating)
loved loved this book.. actually i read about the third book first and thought why not start with the first of the series.. and yh finished the first and loved the story.. loved how it was presented.. it is a good read..
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Maureen Hoar on Sep. 25, 2011 : star star star star
This book has potential. It was a little disjointed at times. I am not sure why Amber or Aiden are attracted to each other. She was a bit whiny and sometimes she was a smart ass, when other times she was all mooshy. The plot line itself is really good. I was not in love with the main characters.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: shelby rodewald on Aug. 31, 2011 : star star star star star
I really loved this book!!! It was such a great read! For a full review please visit words2follow.blogspot.com Thanks!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: arthistorychick on Aug. 29, 2011 : star star star star
What could be better than a summer in Scotland house-keeping in an old yet incredibly beautiful mansion that is owned by a boss you rarely ever see? Although cooking and cleaning are not really strengths (or even skills) she possesses, seventeen-year-old Amber sees the job as the perfect escape from her off-again relationship with her boyfriend and a way to build her college fund. Surely she can fake her way through a little cooking and cleaning, right?
Within a few days of her arrival, Amber gets a call from her brother Dallas who convinces Amber to accompany him on a smash and grab mission in the woods near the mansion. This is one of the few instances in A Job From Hell that I couldn’t really buy into for two reasons: 1) I couldn’t accept that being siblings was reason enough for the otherwise smart and responsible Amber to go along with theft and; 2) Scott goes to great lengths to establish the remote location of the mansion so how likely is it, really for Dallas to have found out about the jewels and their location in such a remote place? I got over myself and kept reading 
The ill-fated trip into the woods establishes Amber as the winner of a paranormal contest that was meant to be won, this time around, by none other than her boss, the totally lickable vampire, Aidan. For Amber, being a mortal and the winner of a paranormal contest is a dangerous combination. What Amber begins to discover is that winning the contest imbued her with certain powers that are held in high regard by most of the paranormal world. In other words, the pretty little mortal now has a huge target on her back – it so sucks to be her! As Aidan begins to unravel Amber’s role in the contest he also discovers an undeniable attraction to his housekeeper that he just can’t shake. Aidan’s attraction to Amber causes him to take more and more risks in order to ensure her safety and protect her life.
One of the things I like most about this book is Amber’s attitude and toughness. Rather than freaking out over the fact that her boss is a vampire and most of his friends are either vampire or some other breed of weird, she takes it all in and rolls with it. Additionally, as Amber comes to know Aidan and his reasons for so desperately wanting to retrieve the jewels himself, she sees no alternative but to suck it up and help him if she has any hope of returning to her “normal” life. Amber is resilient, snarky, and vulnerable all at once while Aidan is protective, stubborn, and vulnerable all at once. Aidan and Amber’s journey is fraught with drama, dilemmas, near-death (which is kind of huge for immortals) experiences, and ultimate victory. What the reader doesn’t see coming is the ultimate victory and what that victory actually is. Thank you, Jayde Scott for this particular ending - I find it tiring and completely unsatisfying knowing how a book is going to end before it actually ends.
Bottom line: this book was very good and perfectly directed at a young adult audience. For me, this book has it all: strong lead and secondary characters; a plot that is both strong and interesting; an appropriate level of fighting and action; and just a little bit of romance. In all, I found A Job From Hell quite entertaining and would certainly recommend it to those who enjoy a little paranormal in their lives.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Sandra Keys on Aug. 28, 2011 : star star star star
Seventeen-year-old Amber stumbles into the paranormal world by chance when Dallas, her brother, sets her up with a summer job in Scotland. Dallas has secretly seen something in the woods that he thinks could make them rich beyond their wildest dreams. However instead of finding riches, Amber unknowingly stumbles her way into an ancient paranormal race. Amber also promptly manages to win the first prize. The prize is so greatly wanted in the paranormal world that many would kill to have it. Amber, soon discovers her new boss, Aidan, didn’t employ her for her astounding housekeeping skills and he isn't who he claims to be either. Aidan is of course a vampire,as are the beautiful Claire and the humorous Keiran (Aidan's brother)
The surrounding, lurking, dark forces slowly conspire against Amber, her naivety and her increasing love for Aidan catapults her into a calamitous series of otherworldly events. With every immortal creature hunting for her, whom can she trust with her life? Should she really trust Aidan who seems to have feelings for her, or are the feelings he shows towards her merely a way to get her onside to do his bidding? Is Devon the one with her best interests at hurt, how can she tell looking into his deep, dark fathomless eyes. Is Angel a true friend, as she is the only other immortal around? Or is she trying to coerce Amber into doing what the Shadows want? Why is it the only one she seems to trust is Cass, the devils daughter?

I really, seriously, loved this book, it has humour, love and longing, the crazy dead ex, the gorgeous vampires, the sultry shadows, and of course the devils daughter who just happens to be the most direct and honest of the bunch of paranormals surrounding Amber! I enjoyed the suspense, even though you kind of know from the beginning that Aidan is a vampire. I enjoyed the concept of "The Shadows" they were a different kind of paranormal being than I have read before. All the twists and turns kept you wanting to read and puzzle along with Amber as to who she should really trust. I won't reveal spoilers but I will say at the end the book is left in such away that Amber is starting a whole new way of life, so there's plenty of scope for more Amber. Though I loved all the other characters too, maybe books from their points of view and their stories of how they came to be and now "live" would also be great.
I of course would recommend this series to fans of Charlaine Harris , Mary Janice Davidson , Dakota Cassidy, and Michele Bardsley this book is kind of Chick lit with a bit of bite thrown in ! (if you'll pardon the pun!) Definitely want to read more of Jayde Scott's books.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Irene Kueh on Aug. 24, 2011 : star star star star star
Firstly, I have to confess, I am not into vampire books:) Having said that, I am glad I bought the ebook. My main intention is to read it when I am traveling but I finished it before my big trip:) I couldn't put the book down. All the characters are great: the main or secondary ones. Aidan and Amber are superb. And Cass is a hoot:) The devil's daughter that wants to be an ambassador:) I dislike her at first but in the end, I like her a lot:) The plot is full of twists and mysteries, keeping me on my toes:) Well done, Jayde.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Kate Tenbeth on Aug. 16, 2011 : star star star star star
I really did enjoy this story. I started reading it whilst waiting at a train station for a friend to appear. She missed her train and when she finally appeared two hours later I was quite put out because I had to put the book down! There are so many vampire stories out there at the moment but his one is in a class of its own - the characters are engaging (especially Amber and Cass) the plot is well paced with a strong story line, it's amusing and all in all a great read - go and buy it!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Bree on July 22, 2011 : star star star star star
Warning: Make sure you have plenty of time to spend before you open this book. Because once you start reading, it's almost impossible to put down. So there goes the dinner you were cooking, the letter you were about to write, the meeting you were about to attend, etc. Don't say I didn't warn you.

I'm not a big fan of vampire romances. There. I said it. But this book was an exception. This was like... Kind of like Hunger Games meets Twilight. And this wasn't just about vampires. It also had immortal warriors, a creepy demi goddess, demons, ghosts, and fallen angels.

I fell in love with the characters. Amber was the kind of hilarious, kick-ass heroine that I love reading about. She had a strong voice, and strikes the perfect balance between fierce and vulnerable. Clare was pretty cool too, but I feel that my favorite character was Cass. She's sarcastic, funny, and dramatic - perfect best friend material. She can also read your mind, has some pretty... unusual taste when it comes to clothes, not to mention the fact that she's Lucifer's daughter and a fallen angel. Yep, Cass's pretty awesome :) My favorite male character would probably Aidan's brother Kieran (sorry Aidan). He's got a great sense of humor, and doesn't actually send out those 'I've been dead for a long time now' vibes that you kind of get from Aidan.

It had an original plot, and the author kept throwing twists and curve balls at you, keeping you guessing and reading to find out what happens next. Nothing was overly obvious, and everything seemed mysterious, suspicious. The writing was smooth, and you could easily feel everything that the characters were feeling. And, I think we should add 'Humor' to the list of genres that fit this book. You can read an example in this (non-spoilery) excerpt:

"Next time you write a classified ad for a position, you should consult me," Amber said. I cocked a brow. "Why?" "Because the last one was completely misleading." She sat up in a lotus position. I tried hard not to peer at her naked legs, toned in all the right places. "It should read like this: single vampire, stronger than any human on Earth, 500+ years old but still drop dead gorgeous with blue eyes and dark hair, seeks summer temp to clean his house, put up with boss's annoying and beyond cheesy brother, risk life by living in a creepy mansion, and help obtain an ancient book." I opened my mouth to protest when she lifted a hand to stop me, then continued, "Must be quiet during the day while he sleeps and be willing to understand that his best friend is a blonde bombshell. Added perks: the gift of talking to a dead person, mind-blowing kisses, faster-than-a-speeding-bullet rides in the woods, meet nice demon friends from hell, and last but not least, a psychic connection to the boss." Amber took a deep breath and tapped a finger against her pink lips. "Must be willing to communicate with a creepy child queen, not panic easily and keep her cool when a legion of Shadow people are after her. Endure vampire attacks, face Medusa, survive venomous snake bites, be willing to give up her espresso when turned into a vampire per boss's request, and—" "Stop it," I said, laughing. "Just trying to keep it real." She elbowed me in the ribs. "Forget the ad. I don't know what you're hiding, but I'll figure it out myself. Or I'll just ask Cass. She'll read your mind like nobody's business."

The author had me laughing most of the time. But it did have it's solemn, sad moments to it, and some of the near death experiences that the characters went through sometimes left you a little shaken.

Hands down, this has got to be one of my favorite books I've read so far. If you're looking for a romantic, adventure-filled, fun read, then I'd strongly recommend you read A Job From Hell.

(Thank you to the author for providing me with a review copy.)
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Ken Lindsey on July 18, 2011 : (no rating)
A Job From Hell was another quick read for me. Jayde did a great job of giving her readers well rounded characters and a plot that was fast paced, but easy to follow. My biggest worry for this series is just how saturated the PNR market has become, I would hate to see this jewel get buried and lost in PNR purgatory. (I'm saying you should read it and tell your friends lol)

There is a big, open world here, filled with vampires, demons, dangerous shadows and much more. Of course, it wouldn't be paranormal ROMANCE if there wasn't a love story. Our protagonist deals with love and lust and relationship issues all throughout the book, and it blends well into the story and helps keep the reading moving forward.


This is one that I would recommend to anyone that enjoys PNR novels. I give A Job From Hell 5 stars
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Maureen Mullis on June 29, 2011 : star star star star star
Seventeen-year-old Amber takes a job at a Scottish estate as the housekeeper for one Aidan McAllister as a way of earning money for college. Unbeknownst to her, the rich and handsome Aidan is a vampire, and soon young Amber is thrown into a world she never knew existed. Well written, this book has much that not only young adults would enjoy, but adults as well: romance, humor, intrigue and excitement. As Amber stumbles into a situation that gives her an ancient gift she soon finds herself the object of desire of not only the debonair Aidan, but of his enemies from the otherworld as well. Fighting against and with devils, succubae, demons, as well as vampires, Amber uses all her wits to ensure that she not only survives, but that she does so with Aidan's love.

This is a fun, interesting book and the first in a new series. Ms. Scott is a wonderful story teller and her prose is first rate. I'm not normally a fan of paranormal romance, but she has changed my attitude. I'm looking forward to reading more of her books in the future.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Klectic Media on June 15, 2011 : star star star star star
Let me say up front that this author did an excellent job with the material/theme. I was definitely caught up in the story and I LOVED her main character (Amber).

What I admire about Jayde Scott's writing style is her ability to truly capture the voice of her audience (YA) and express it in this book. The entire cast of characters is easy to relate to and very believable. Also, the author did an excellent job of balancing the action scenes with the scenes depicting romantic tension between Amber and you-know-who (no spoilers, ha-ha). Amber is a well crafted character and I think any young lady reading the book would instantly love her and root for her (I did). The author really brought Amber to life with the small details (her work ethic, the way she cooks a meal, the way she manages her emotions without being totally transparent etc)…just very well done if you ask me. I give this book two thumbs up and would not hesitate to recommend it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Triquetra Press Publications on June 06, 2011 : star star star star star
An amazing read, I was held in suspense by Jayde Scott's novel, A Job From Hell, from the first page until the last.

Set in Scotland, modern day, A Job From hell is about a young woman whose brother helps her to get a job as a housekeeper to fund her way through college, but from the time she steps out of the cab to face the old mansion, you are trying not to chew your nails wondering what will happen next. She is thrown into one suspense filled situation after another, and from the moment she learns who her employer really is, until you turn the last page, this page-turning novel is impossible to put down.

I loved reading A job From Hell. I am adding Jayde Scott to my list of favorite authors, and I look forward to catching up on her past novels as much as I am looking forward to her future work.

I highly recommend, A Job from Hell, and I easily give it 5 stars.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Mary Ting on June 04, 2011 : (no rating)
The beautiful cover and the title grabbed my attention, but once I started the prologue, I was hooked. I couldn't stop reading. It has lots of action, romance, twists and turns, and lots of humor. I couldn't stop smiling. The details of the scenes were perfect, not too long and not too short, that I could vividly imagine myself being there. Scott's characters are well developed and relatable. I liked all the characters, but Amber and Aidan were my favorite. The dynamic of their relationship was realistic and I could feel their turmoil, passion, and love for each other. Though the story is told through Amber's eyes, several chapters were told from Aidan's point view. Thus, I was able to understand how much he cared and loved Amber. I wanted so much for them to be together, knowing how much they wanted to be with each other. I highly recommend this book!!! I can't wait to read more of her books!!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jo Royston on June 04, 2011 : star star star star star
We all wonder what goes on behind closed doors & often ask how the other half live? In JOB FROM HELL these questions are explored as this talented author leads us, not only into the large mysterious mansion but also deep into another realm. The, at times spine chilling journey of our unknowing heroin Amber, hovers on the brink of what is a dream and what could become a nightmare. With subtle hints of what may be, the undertone of this paranormal thriller had me questioning how something so wrong could seem so right.

They say that there is a narrow line between love and hate, pleasure and pain, and in this suspense filled adventure Amber experiences it all. Unsure of what went wrong in her past, Amber at times fears her future much more than she is afraid of the things which go bump in the night.

Exploring the lengths taken by those on the dark side in order to acquire their every desire the ¬¬adventure which is JOB FROM HELL intertwines the two worlds of horror and reality as vampires and humans come together with the assistance sometimes interference of others.

I truly enjoyed JOB FROM HELL & would recommend it to those who seek a peek into much, much more than life. A thrilling, adventure filled paranormal romance.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Haresh Daswani on June 02, 2011 : star star star star star
This has got to be one of the fewest vampire stories I actually liked :)

Jayde has been able to infuse light humor, non-cheesy romance, and a great story in one amazing book.

It was like Douglas Adams on vampire stories, it was enjoyable, and mostly witty, just as how I like 'em.

It is now to take note that I had decided to take a second stab at reading the book, which has at first impressed me, but on 2nd view, it is beyond mere impressive.

Impressive becomes an understatement on how the story was laid out, how the characters flowed, and each character can be felt, their features and morals can be imagined, judged, and approached. The subtle details such as the bed posts, the unkempt trays are well embroidered, painted on and delectably chiseled in my mind as I have taken a short travel mentally to a place where Jayde wanted me to be, as a guest in the house in Scotland, sharing a few interesting chats with vampires by the fireplace.

And out I stared on the window, watching the forest in pining curiosity of wanting to see what was seen, and feel that experience again of uncertainty on who else is watching and what is their intent.

Mesmerizing, as is the author and her book. Truly a remarkable piece.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Morgan Mussell on May 25, 2011 : star star star star
A Job From Hell is a paranormal romance featuring vampires, but what separates it from similar stories is the tongue in cheek tone set by the protagonist, seventeen-year-old, Amber, who takes a summer housekeeping job on a remote estate in Scotland where the cab driver will not take her after dark – not a promising omen, but Amber needs the money for college. Amber is a teenage Bridget Jones and a refreshing change from so many breathlessly serious YA heroines who are princess material and/or destined to save the world.

Amber stumbles all over herself when she meets her new boss, the hunky Aidan, who never appears by day, but before she can puzzle out what that means, she accidentally wins a competition for otherworld creatures, held only once every five-hundred years. The prize, five hundred years of second sight and the ability to see the dead, is nothing she wants but also proves to be nothing she can give back, even when legions of other supernatural creatures take an unwanted interest in her. It is shocking enough when Aidan, leader of the local vampire clan, informs Amber that she is destined to be his mate for eternity, and only gets worse when the Shadows, sworn enemies of vampires, spirit Amber away to their hidden lair and inform her that she will have to stay there.

More than the various thrills and chills, it was the cast of characters who kept me turning the pages. In addition to Amber, we have Kieran, who is Aidan’s snarky brother and drives his SUV like a maniac. There is Angel, a lonely Shadow who wants to be Ambers BFF, and my favorite, the delightfully irreverent Cassandra, who is Lucifer’s daughter and notorious for her hellishly bad fashion sense.

The one major character who didn’t quite fit the Buffy-like tone of the story was Aidan. Although he was “turned” into a vampire at 18, he’s had five hundred years of living experience, and I found myself wanting a bit more reserve or wisdom from him, something to set him a little apart from “the gang.” Even so, it was the gang that made A Job From Hell appealing, and now that I’m done, I find I miss them. No fear on that score, however, as this is just the first title in Ms. Scott’s Ancient Legends, series, and at a cost of $0.99, you can hardly go wrong.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Haresh Daswani on May 24, 2011 : star star star star star
This has got to be one of the fewest vampire stories I actually liked :)

Jayde has been able to infuse light humor, non-cheesy romance, and a great story in one amazing book.

It was like Douglas Adams on vampire stories, it was enjoyable, and mostly witty, just as how I like 'em.

The synopsis in itself said it well, it was indeed a job from hell, but seeing both voices in the book, and seeing her utter confusion in a newfound situation, to accept the whole thought of vampires must be overpowering, and to be put in the politics of the entire thing is something completely different.

And to imagine, I finished the book in a day, I just cannot put it down.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Patti Roberts on May 14, 2011 : star star star star star
Great read for Ya fiction readers!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Patti Roberts on May 12, 2011 : (no rating)
The first thing that attracted me to the great book was the cover! Then the fabulous book trailer. Well I just had to read it. Although, you know what they say, you can’t judge a book by its cover. To bad, I did!

And I was not disappointed. It was a well paced story with lots of diverse characters milling around capturing your attention at every turn.

If you like paranormal romance, vampires, Angels, Demons - the whole motley crew…. Then this in a story you will really enjoy reading.

It has been written with YA readers in mind. And I would have no problems recommending it in this category for readers that are itching to get their teeth into a juicy read... This is the one for you!

Great job Jayde Scott – looking forward to your next instalment (Book 2, BEELZEBUB GIRL, that is being released on June 1st, 2011).

Patti Roberts
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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