A Job From Hell (Ancient Legends Book 1)

Rated 4.63/5 based on 16 reviews
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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Book One in the Ancient Legends series

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Barbara Strickland reviewed on March 8, 2017

This had some good elements but I found the main character very flat. The story line was often inconsistent and the male lead not at all appealing. it did have some bits of humour that saved it just enough to get to the end.
(review of free book)
topazroze reviewed on April 26, 2014

If you're looking for the typical paranormal ebook I suggest you look elsewhere because this book is definitely not typical. The plot is unpredictable which I absolutely love in a good story. As for the characters, I couldn't dislike them if I tried. The fashion sense is far from basic blacks, and gloomy, inner turmoil is not on the list of character traits. In fact, each character has a distinct personality filled with smarts, humor, wit, sass, and a boat-load of quick-paced come-backs that left me in stitches. Thank you Jayde, I was thoroughly entertained.
(review of free book)
sunita thapa reviewed on Nov. 30, 2011
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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 23 days after purchase)
Maureen Hoar reviewed on Sep. 25, 2011

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 57 days after purchase)
shelby rodewald reviewed on Aug. 31, 2011

I really loved this book!!! It was such a great read! For a full review please visit words2follow.blogspot.com Thanks!
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)
arthistorychick reviewed on Aug. 29, 2011

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 4 months after purchase)
Sandra Keys reviewed on Aug. 28, 2011

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 22 days after purchase)
Irene Kueh reviewed on Aug. 24, 2011

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 85 days after purchase)
Kate Tenbeth reviewed on Aug. 16, 2011

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 10 days after purchase)
Bree reviewed on July 22, 2011

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 6 days after purchase)

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