The Demon Always Wins

Touched by a Demon - Book 1

About the book

Seven short weeks. After beating his boss at the poker table, ambitious demon Belial must appease Satan, so he takes on a new bet. If he can get God’s champion to curse God, aloud and in public, within the agreed timeframe, Hell gains another soul and Belial earns a coveted promotion to chief executive demon—second only to Satan himself. The demon always wins, but this time the deck may be stacked against him.

Seven long weeks. Widowed nurse Dara Strong is the ace up God’s sleeve. The granddaughter of famous demon fighters, Dara has no problem recognizing Belial as Dr. Ben Lyle. When the demon in doctor’s disguise appears in her clinic, she kicks him out the door. If she can hold out against the alluring demon till the wager expires, Dara will be safe. The problem is she already has plenty of reason to curse God, and Belial, the most successful soul-stealer in the history of Hell, is not about to give up easily.

Belial may look heavenly, but his soul belongs to Satan. As the battle between these cosmically well-matched opponents escalates, conflict breeds passion and passion transforms into love. Caught between a victory-hungry Satan and an unforgiving God, Belial and Dara discover there may be only one way to ransom the soul of a fallen angel: sometimes you have to go through Hell to claim your Heaven.


jeanne estridge GDRWA booksellers' best winnerRWA Golden Heart winner
Winner, 2019 Booksellers’ Best Awards for Best First Book, Best ParanormalWinner, 2015 RWA® Golden Heart ®Finalist, 2019 National Readers’ Choice Award


  • Winner, 2015 Diamonds in the Desert contest
  • Finalist, 2015 Wisconsin RWA Fabulous Five contest
  • Finalist, 2015 NEOWRWA Cleveland Rocks contst
  • Finalist, 2015 North Chicago RWA Fire and Ice contest


Clever, sexy, and oh-so fun! Jeanne Estridge gives us a book that is delicious to the last drop. Do NOT let this one get away!

-- Darynda JonesNYTimes/USAToday Bestselling Author
The Charley Davidson Series
The Darklight Trilogy
From St. Martin's Press

Even more than the romance, what I liked best about this story was the world building. The idea of Hell being set up like a corporation with a CFO and a marketing and tech department was endlessly fascinating to me. The idea of God sitting around a poker table with Satan, Zeus, Loki, and a fallen Angel was SO MUCH FUN! It reminded me of something I might see on Supernatural. And y'all know how much I love Supernatural.

So, long-story-short, I think the world building alone makes this one worth a read. The fact that it also includes a nice romance is frosting on the cake.

-- Romance Rehab

Heat Factor: Holy Blue Balls, Batman!
Character Chemistry: I know I should resist you since you're an agent of Hell, but I just can't!
Plot: God and Satan make a bet
Overall: Fun, interesting, AND with a believable enemies-to-lovers storyline. We have a winner! The story of Dara's return to faith is ultimately what really makes this romance novel sing. I especially recommend this book for people who are perhaps interested in inspirational romance, but don't want to be preached at.

-- Smut Report