Katie thinks she’s going crazy when a baby immortal and death’s personal assistant appear at her doorstep. She’s drawn into a world filled with immortals like Rhyn, an outcast half-breed who claims her as his mate in a show of defiance to his brothers. Rhyn rescues her from Hell and discovers his little human has the gift of immortal immunity that will help his brothers protect the immortal and mortal worlds. But Rhyn must keep her alive from good and bad immortals determined to use her and her gift of immortal immunity to their advantage, and Katie must find a way to trust the outcast of the immortal world.
Paperback, 248 pages
Published June 3rd 2011 by Createspace (first published May 27th 2011)
Three and a half stars: An engaging kick off to a new Urban Fantasy series.
Katie is hurriedly trying to get to work on time. Her continual tardiness puts her current job in jeopardy. A cop pulls her over for going two miles an hour over the speed limit. Then the pompous jerk writes her up for taking sleeping pills the night before and a broken taillight. Now she is not only on the verge of losing her job but her license as well. She makes it to the train just in time. While sitting quietly, trying to calm her jangled nerves, a precocious five year old climbs over her to the window seat. She endures him for the rest of the trip. When she gets off the train, the child runs after her claiming she is his mother. Despite her repeated protests that she is not his mother, no one believes her and she is hauled to the police station. Her morning went from bad to worse to hell. It seems she does have a five year old son, but why doesn't she remember him? Her sister and doctor claim she has mental disorders and suffers from bouts of amnesia, but Katie knows better. A strange man, Gabriel, a death dealer appears outside her window. Her new son invites him in and they chat like old friends. Something is definitely not right here. Katie soon finds herself dragged into the ongoing conflict of The Immortals. Seven brothers, who rule over the world and are constantly at war, have the power to save or destroy humanity. Katie has special powers in her blood that can help save the human race. Before she can make up her mind, she is kidnapped and taken to Hell. She is thrown into a cell, surrounded by fiends. Next to her, is Rhyn one of the seven brothers, a terrifying brute. It seems her destiny is tied up with his. Can Katie survive the depths of Hell and get her life back?
What I Liked:
- Ms. Ford presents a complex plot with a whole cast of characters. The fate of humanity is in the hands of The Immortals, who can't get along. They are forever embroiled in a deadly game of cat and mouse. Death even has her long cold fingers in the pot. Then in walks Katie who has the ability to shift the power. What ensues is mayhem as everyone tries to get their hands on the unsuspecting Katie. This story is action packed and full of surprises.
- I enjoyed Katie. When the novel opens she is a troubled eighteen year old girl who is just trying to get her feet on the ground. When Death sticks her nose into Katie's world, some nasty curve balls are thrown her way. Katie takes the hits and keeps picking herself up. Granted, she doesn't at first come across as a feisty heroine, but she grows and learns to fight and do whatever it takes to survive. This girl is plunged into some hellish situations, and yet she manages to hang in there, you have to admire her.
- I liked that I spent the whole time trying to formulate who was good and who was evil. I changed my mind several times, and even after finishing I am still conflicted. For instance, Rhyn, he has been surviving in Hell for centuries, constantly tortured. Needless to say, he is pretty peeved. He is unrefined, bold, and stormy. Yet, there are glimmers of hope. These little sparks kept me engaged, wondering how I would ultimately see him. He isn't the only one, the brothers, Gabriel, and even Death, all have their own covert agendas, and you are never sure where their intentions lie.
- This is a self published book, but do not steer away. This is one of those great finds. It has a intricate and engaging story and is properly edited. Currently, the ebook is free on Amazon. So what do you have to lose?
And The Not So Much:
- As I mentioned, Ms. Ford endeavors to bring us a complex plot with numerous characters. While I enjoyed her approach, it became a bit confusing to keep track of it all. Also, because there were so many characters, some weren't as fleshed out. I still do not have a clear picture on what exactly The Immortal Brothers are, they seem to be some type of a vampire, but that doesn't feel right. I think a more thorough explanation on The Immortals and their powers would be beneficial.
- For some reason, I was drawn to a secondary character with a bit part. His name was Jerry and he was one of the fiends in the cell block. This guy, or whatever he is, has a wicked sense of humor that made me laugh. I would have loved to see more of this character. I am hopeful in the next book, perhaps.
- This book ends rather abruptly. There isn't a big cliffhanger, but just when the story was taking off and getting interesting, it just ends, leaving you kind of hanging. I wish that their had been more of a conclusion, but as it stands, it just felt like a breaking point before a commercial break, if that makes sense.
Katie's Hellion, is an exciting and entertaining read. Dive into the world of The Immortals as they each plot to out maneuver the other, while the fate of the world hangs in the balance. Ms. Ford presents us with many exciting and unique characters, while setting the stage for what is sure to be a fiery hot romance and a earth shattering confrontation. Can Katie tame the wild Ryhn and help save humanity? The answers await in book two. If you are looking for a good read at a phenomenal price (FREE) try Katie's Hellion.
“The cold wind felt good against her face and roused her dark thoughts. She breathed out fog, watching it rise to the dark grey skies.”
“She stared at herself in the mirror, wondering when she’d started looking like a pound dog.”
“Buy assassinations, like he was ordering a new couch for his study.”
“There was something very different about the human’s blood, like comparing warm, homemade bread with stale crumbs out of the garbage.”
“Everyone deserves a second chance, even you, you jackass, she responded.”
“He smelled of sweet rain and dark grasses, his taste just as exotic.”
A big thanks to Lizzy Ford for providing me a review copy. Please come back tomorrow for a guest post from the Rhyn Tour with author Lizzy Ford.