Title: Hellbent (Cheshire Red Reports #2)
Author: Cherie Preist
Published By: Random House (Sept. 6, 2011)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: ARC E-Galley
My Rating: 4 Stars
BAD TO THE BONE
Vampire 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 the death of Ian’s vaunted patriarch appears to have made him the next target of some blood-sucking sociopaths. Now Raylene must snatch up the potent relics, solve a murder, and keep Ian safe—all while fending off a 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?
I was really looking forward to reading this after having just read the first in the series.
I was really looking forward to learning more about Raylene and her misfit gang and hopefully feeling that connection that just makes you fall in love with a character, something that for whatever reason I lacked in the first book even though it was beautifully written.
And while I can't profess to completely connecting with the MC I can say that this book was awesome. Even better than the first and I did find myself liking Raylene even more and then as I was reading I realized something about Raylene.
She doesn't want us to feel connected to her. She doesn't necessarily want to be liked or loved. That just isn't who she is. She is strong and self reliant and doesn't want to depend on anyone else. In fact, she likes being alone....or does she?
Preist is an amazing author, her books just flow so nicely. Truly her writing is fantastic and her sense of humor is just...well I can't even describe it. This book had me giggling and laughing out loud from the first chapter. I mean really, bacula?
I loved all the witty one liners and sarcastic comments in this series and the second book is even better and you know what? Whether Raylene wanted it or not, I did start to like her and even *gasp* care about her.
I really can not wait to read the next book in the series. I had so much fun reading this book and it seriously flew by. Before I knew it I was done with it and staring at the last page not believing it was over and wanting more.