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Hellbent | [Cherie Priest]

Hellbent

Vampire and 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.
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Publisher's Summary

Vampire and 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 Ian, after the death of his vaunted patriarch, has become the next target of some bloodsucking sociopaths. Now Raylene must snatch up the potent relics, solve a murder, and keep Ian safe — all while fending off that 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?

©2011 Cherie Priest (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Witty, fast-paced, and fabulous...a vastly entertaining read!” (New York Times best-selling author Jeaniene Frost)

“Catapults the kick-ass urban fantasy heroine into the realm of the truly bad-ass.” (Nicole Peeler, author of Tempest’s Legacy)

“Refreshing and addictive.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Tiffani The Woodlands, TX, United States 09-02-11
    Tiffani The Woodlands, TX, United States 09-02-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Nice Second Installment"

    This is an enjoyable series with interesting characters and humorous dialogue. Very easy to follow.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Alysia Redondo Beach, CA, United States 12-17-12
    Alysia Redondo Beach, CA, United States 12-17-12 Member Since 2012

    Just another girl with too many books and not enough time for them all.

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    "Nice follow up."

    I have listened to the first book in this series and really liked it. Read my review for Bloodshot. So needless to say I liked this one too.
    I have to say that the storyline of Raylene the vampire thief and Adrian her hot ex-Navy seal slash drag queen friend is funny and incredibly unique. To me at least. This time the story had a few elements that were over the top funny and just over the top.
    In this book, Raylene has to steal a box of penis bones. (I can't even type it without laughing). I know that you are saying..."Alysia there is no such thing as penis bones." *snickering* I know but apparently unicorns, werewolves, and other mystical creatures do have them. And why are they so important and valuable? Because they are used in magical spells of course. Cherie Priest is a writes in a funny (please don't take it serious funny) relax style that makes you completely forget Raylene is a vampire. There is no "need to feed", "bloodsucking" or crazy vampire sexual lust here. And I love Cherie Priest for that.
    This audiobook has tons of action to keep you engaged. Enough funny to keep you laughing and plenty of content to keep you interested just in case you didn't read the first book.
    By the way...Raylene is a good swear like a sailor! So if four letter words hurt your ears, you might want to read the book.
    One more thing, Natalie Ross did a great job as the narrator of this audiobook. I could not imagine anyone else reading this book. She is Raylene. BRAVO!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Humble, Texas 03-05-13
    Amazon Customer Humble, Texas 03-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A great paranormal read"

    Hellbent was the second book in this series and I feel robbed that I didn't listen to the first book (Bloodshot) prior to enjoying this tale.

    Excellent secondary characters, all well written and interesting. This vampire, Raylene Pendle, has surrounded herself with a variety of misfits. Her primary job as a high end thief is challenged by a contract to steal some 'penis bones' for a collector.

    You cannot guess where this narrative is going, ever. It's well read by Natalie Ross, who manages to seamlessly voice all the secondary characters and give them individual voices.

    I liked this book a lot. I will be getting Bloodshot next!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Lawrenceville, Georgia, United States 02-25-13
    Katherine Lawrenceville, Georgia, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Better each time I read it/listen to it."
    If you could sum up Hellbent in three words, what would they be?

    Vampires, witches, and funny intrigue. Okay, so that's three nouns, an adjective, and a conjunction. That means it's in the style of the book, so sue me. If you can find me, that is.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karen CA, United States 06-15-12
    Karen CA, United States 06-15-12 Member Since 2011

    Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.

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    "great series"
    Would you listen to Hellbent again? Why?

    great listen.fast pace and great dialogue


    What did you like best about this story?

    very inventive


    Which scene was your favorite?

    lots of favorites


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    hope the author will bring on more stories w/ ms ross as the reader


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Schervem Portland, OR, United States 04-11-13
    Schervem Portland, OR, United States 04-11-13 Member Since 2010

    Totally addicted! It's possible I might need Audible rehab.

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    "Life is like a box of penis bones...."

    The first book took me a bit to get into but I'm glad I did. I'm enjoying the series so far.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julia DIAMOND BAR, CA, United States 01-30-13
    Julia DIAMOND BAR, CA, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2011

    books are my crack

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    "A great listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Enjoyed this second installment in Cherie Priest's vampire series. The story was great, but the narration by Natalie Ross was even better.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Pittsboro, NC, United States 09-09-13
    Steven Pittsboro, NC, United States 09-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Fun, Funny, Funniest !!!!!!"

    I enjoyed this book so much I went and brought the 5 gift books for my friends. This is a
    writer and narrated that mesh sleamlessly .......Well Done!!!!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robin in Vermont Vermont 11-06-11
    Robin in Vermont Vermont 11-06-11 Member Since 2009

    I'll read anything good. I'm easy that way.

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    "Good 2nd book"

    This book was very entertaining, just a bit less so than the first book. The main character's inner dialogue was less pertinent and a bit more repetitive, as if the author was distracted about half way through. It picked up again at the end. Can't wait for book 3.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Maureen mckinney, TX, United States 07-12-14
    Maureen mckinney, TX, United States 07-12-14 Member Since 2007
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    "A lot to like in this book"

    I read the first book in this series a while ago and enjoyed it. Hellbent is a good listen also.
    It has a lot of action and humor. There was a hint of romance in the first book and I was hoping the author would give us a little more in this one. Alas, just more hints, but I still think the book is very credit worthy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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