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Hellbeasts by Katya Harris

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When restlessness drives Shadow out of his MC’s clubhouse and into the night, the last thing he expected was to find a half-dead werewolf. Shadow has never been known for his altruism, but he takes the wounded man back to his motorcycle club, the Hellbeasts.

 

Rand doesn’t know who attacked him, but suspects at least one person from his own pack is involved. But even that might not be as bad as waking up in the midst of a group of misfit weres who don’t seem to like him. Especially Shadow, the man charged with taking care of Rand, as compelling to Rand as he is frightening.

 

But before he and Shadow can work out what exactly they are and want to be to each other, Rand’s attackers show up to finish the job.

Review

Well… this book had a lot of potential, some of which it achieved some of which was sorely lacking.

It’s a very, very, very bloody and gory book. More than I’ve seen in awhile, and especially when you consider how short the story is. It’s definitely not for the feint of heart.

Second, while I’d say it has a HEA, it’s nowhere near something warm or fuzzy. Well, except for the shifters part of the story. * wink

Shadow and Rand do end up being mates but they pretty much fight one another and the others right up until the end. There are no – I mean NOT ONE – sweet or tender words from one to the other beyond “you’re mine” which is – I guess – sort of tender- ish. They battle one another for dominance and while it’s consensual, their smexy times aren’t loving. At all.

I thought the world-building was fascinating. The author is a good writer, with interesting descriptions and a well-thought out “twist” at the end, but this – for me – just didn’t satisfy in the romance department. I’d be interested in seeing more from this MC, but I’d be leery that it’d be more of the same. I love the fact that it’s unique and varied shifters, who keep a lot of their animal natures in their human forms – that was neat and interesting. However, this was more erotica than anything else, and a bit too violent for my tastes.

So… if you’re in the mood for something fairly blood thirsty and not a bit sentimental or heart-warming, this is for you. If you want a little romance in your romance… keep looking.

 

3.5 of 5 stars

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