Hellbent by Cherie Priest
Date Read: October 2011
Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
BAD TO THE BONE Vampire thief Raylene Pendle doesn’t need more complications in her life. Her Seattle home is already overrun by a band of misfits, including Ian Stott, a blind vampire, and Adrian deJesus, an ex-Navy SEAL/drag queen. But Raylene still can’t resist an old pal’s request: seek out and steal a bizarre set of artifacts. Also on the hunt is a brilliant but certifiably crazy sorceress determined to stomp anyone who gets in her way. But Raylene’s biggest problem is that the death of Ian’s vaunted patriarch appears to have made him the next target of some blood-sucking sociopaths. Now Raylene must snatch up the potent relics, solve a murder, and keep Ian safe—all while fending off a psychotic sorceress. But at least she won’t be alone. A girl could do a lot worse for a partner than an ass-kicking drag queen—right?
Series: Cheshire Red Reports #2
Read for Review (NetGalley)
Overall Rating 4.00
Story Rating 3.75
Character Rating 4.25
NOTE: I read this out of order but will be going back to pick up Bloodshot. Cherie Priest did an excellent job of making me feel like I had not missed a thing but I loved her writing so I must pick up the first one!
What I Loved: Quips, Action, Smart Leading Ladies, and a Motley Crew of misfits—this books was right up my alley! Seriously I was between giggling and cheering most of Hellbent. Plus the whole “P*nis Bones” side caper was just the right balance of action/lightness.
What I Liked: The main story of tracking Adrian’s sister and getting Ian out trouble was pretty good. I think this is probably where not reading the books in order probably had me a little disconnected. However, it was really well balanced and I was happy with how it all turned out.
Why I gave it a 4: I was really surprised at how much I really liked Hellbent. I will be continuing this series and can’t wait to pick up book 1 to catch up!
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