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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.

Critic Reviews

"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

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

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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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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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.

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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

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  • Schervem
  • Portland, OR, United States
  • 04-11-13

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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  • Steven
  • Pittsboro, NC, United States
  • 09-09-13

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!!!!

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Hellbent

I LOVED LOVED this book. Fell in love with the characters, and how their stories developed. The narrative was also EXCELLENT. I'm sad the book is over....wish there were more books.

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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.

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Laugh out loud fun

This book was a pleasure to listen to. Natalie Ross does a superb job of capturing Raylene's attitude and sense of humor (and this book has a lot of them both). The only voice I wasn't thrilled with was Ian's but every other voice was excellent. The book itself was hilarious (especially for an urban fantasy). Raylene was working two cases throughout the book and they were nicely balanced. One served as the humor in the story while the other was more serious, though never too serious as Raylene's sense of humor always comes through.

This is the second book in the series but you don't need to read the first one to enjoy this one. I have not read the first book and didn't feel I was missing anything (except for having missed what was probably a great read). Raylene does a nice job of summing up what happened in the first book right in the beginning (and periodically throughout when necessary) but doesn't overdo it. She gives just the right amount of background so the reader doesn't get lost.

I highly recommend this for anyone who enjoys a good dose of humor with their urban fantasy. This book is not dark but rather light and fun. I also highly recommend listening to it if you can. It is well worth the audible credit.

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