Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Review: Hell Bent by Devon Monk

Hell Bent
Author: Devon Monk
Release Date: November 5, 2013
Publisher: Roc
Broken Magic Book #1
ISBN:  0451417925
ISBN13: 9780451417923
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Review Copy Source: Publisher

Instead of the deadly force it once was, magic is now a useless novelty. But not for Shame Flynn and Terric Conley, “breakers” who have the gift for reverting magic back to its full-throttle power. In the magic-dense city of Portland, Oregon, keeping a low profile means keeping their gifts quiet. After three years of dealing with disgruntled magic users, Shame and Terric have had enough of politics, petty magic, and, frankly, each other. It’s time to call it quits.

When the government discovers the breakers’ secret—and its potential as a weapon—Shame and Terric suddenly become wanted men, the only ones who can stop the deadly gift from landing in the wrong hands. If only a pair of those wrong hands didn’t belong to a drop-dead-gorgeous assassin Shame is falling for as if it were the end of the world. And if he gets too close to her, it very well could be...

I have seen mention that you don't have to read the Allie Beckstrom novels to jump into the Broken Magic Series but I have to tell you that you will most likely be seriously lost. Without the background on the characters, their relationships, the reason for the broken magic I don't see how you could possibly enjoy all that the Broken Magic Series has to offer. Don't let that stop you from reading HELL BENT, just read the Allie Beckstrom Series first. You wont be disappointing.

Alright, I admit it, Shame can be pretty depressing at times but he has a way of getting under your skin and you can't help but root for him even when he is being a brooding jerk. He is having a really hard time controlling his death magic and fears he is going to hurt someone he loved. He also refuses to let Terric (his soul complement) help him. You know their struggles by reading the Allie Beckstrom Series but it is even worse as HELL BENT starts. I enjoyed watching their progress with each other and the way they band together to get through their current situation. I really loved jumping back into the Allie Beckstrom universe and catching up with all the characters.

The first book in the Broken Magic Series lived up to its predecessor. I believe I read that the series will only be two books long but if the second book is as good as HELL BENT I will be happy. On another note, I think Shame deserves a 'happily ever after' type of ending and he definitely doesn't get it in HELL BENT so I hope STONE COLD goes better for him.

I gave it 4/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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