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Hellbent

Hellbent by Cheri Priest

4 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) 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?

Raylene’s little family is growing, including their problems. Ian’s house just lost the leader, Ian father. Now Ian’s brother Max is trying to get him to come back to the house and run it or publicly announces that he doesn’t want the position. Unfortunately, if he shows up he will be killed because of his blindness.

Then Horace calls Raylene with a job. A box of interesting artifacts that have a lot of magical powers has been discovered but Horace couldn’t get them. When Raylene goes on the hunt, she is almost killed by a witch with the power to call lightning. The witch believes that, with the artifacts, she can undo mistakes in her past.

Raylene also has Adrian to work with since she promised him that she would find his missing sister, Isabelle. When an opportunity comes up to go to Atlanta, to find out what happened to Ian’s father, Adrien is all on board to come along and help Raylene and try to find his sister.

I really like this series. For a vampire that hates to be around people, Ray is getting an odd assortment in her little family. There is a lot of action and I have to laugh as how Ray seems to be played by Adrian but goes along with it.

I will admit that I was not impressed with the ending. Don’t get me wrong, I think that was a great ending, it was just way to blunt. I felt that there should have been a little more explanation or follow up with what happens afterwards.

This book was great. If you like science fiction and vampires, you would like this book. I can’t wait to read the next one in this series.

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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