Review: Hellbound (Guardians of the Seven Seals #2) by Berinn Rae
Orion, shifter and alpha of all hellhounds, is on a mission to eradicate his archenemy Cellach. Also a hellhound, Cellach is creating an army of wraiths; lizard-like hellhound crossbreeds with the goal of killing Orion. Thought to be only a thing of legend, Orion is sidetracked by the nightly appearance of a female hellhound, Lana. As she fights her feelings towards the Alpha, Lana finds herself in the middle of a war that goes a lot deeper than her nightly missions of killing scaled monsters in the woods.
- Title: Hellbound
- Series: Guardians of the Seven Seals #2
- Author: Berinn Rae
- Prominent Characters: Orion, Lana, Danny, Cellach
- Recommended Reader Age: 18+
- Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy
- Sexual Content Level: moderate
*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***
Hellhound shifter and Alpha, Orion not only presides over all hellhounds, he’s also the immortal bearer of one of the seven seals; the only barriers that stand between the survival of mankind and Armageddon. Coming from a long, royal line of pureblood hellhounds, Orion has the ability to lead bred into his DNA. 1600 years of life has taught him patience, given him strength, and has made him the kind of Alpha anyone would be happy to follow. While on a mission to hunt down his childhood friend and enemy, Cellach, Orion discovers a female of his kind. A creature of myth, female hellhounds were thought to be extinct.
For the past year, Lana has been tracking her ex-fiancée Danny. Accidentally turned when Danny beat her and left her for dead, Lana has some serious issues with men. She’s completely alone, pissed off at the world, and waiting for life to end. At first the only thing on Lana’s mind was vengeance until she started to see the lizard-like hound creations of Danny and his maker, Cellach. With new purpose, Lana wants only to take as many of those monsters out before she dies herself.
As her tracking of Danny leads Lana to cross paths with Orion, her world is turned upside down again. Lana and Orion have an undeniable attraction towards each other, but Lana fights it every step of the way. The two join forces to fight a bloody, lizard-hellhound battle to not only give Danny the vengeance he deserves, but to stop Cellach in his attempt to kill Orion and break his seal.
Hellbound is the second novel in the Guardians of the Seven Seals series, but can be considered a stand-alone. The story is very short, topping out at 175 pages and is a typical shifter romance. Although Rae’s characters are well developed, I didn’t really connect with any of them. This could be due to the fact that I came into the series at the second book, but I think if a little more time was spent on the build-up of character relationships, the story and conclusion would have been a lot more enjoyable.
Douche-baggery at its finest…
“I’ll be like Charlie, except I’ll have a lot more than just three angels. I’ll have one for every night of the month. Oh, and of course there’s also you. You’ll always be my number one woman.” It was obvious he threw that last bit in strictly for Lana’s benefit before he rambled on. “I’ll have an entire gang. I’ll call it the Hellhound’s Angels. Get it? Like Hell’s Angels, but I’m a hellhound. Get it?”
Don’t you just love “old sayings”?
“There’s an old saying that goes something like this… lovers and warriors are nearly the same; both are at their best wet and in the heat of passion with cries echoing in their ears. And kitten, I can think of nothing sexier than you shooting a gun.”
If you liked Hellbound…
If you enjoyed Hellbound are looking for more rip roarin’ fun involving hellhounds, the Apocalypse, and a little romance, don’t miss Larissa Ione’s Eternal Rider, book one of the Lords of Deliverance series, a story about love, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, a little hellhound-ery, and the prevention of Armageddon.
Hellbound was well-written, if a little short, but just wasn’t the book for me. The action/fight scenes were very engaging and the few love scenes were intense. But, overall, I found the story to be predictable.