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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Review: Hell's Bells

Hell's Bells Where is the next book?  Fabulous follow up!  #Bookreview #TeamRyan #LoveRyanAusar @TymberDalton

Hell's Bells by Tymber Dalton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Misery continues to follow Ryan Ausar in this second book. This series should be read in order to experience the full impact of desolation. The cast of characters returns with Kal, Ryan, Will and Aidan. Ms. Dalton keeps on throwing out gut punches as the reader learns more about how Ryan, Kal and Will interconnect. What is worse, it is learning how this connection all started which makes a reader weep softly for noble Ryan. When was the last time someone felt sorry for the head archdemon?

As Kal and Will's relationship deepens, it becomes complicated when Kal starts dreaming about her past life. She isn't sure what is going on and Ryan is doing his best to keep her in the dark. When Ryan's carefully laid out secret plans unravel, it looks like everyone will be blown away - emotionally. Ms. Dalton excels at writing twisted relationships where there seems to be no happy endings. When two people are devoted and love the same person, how does this person choose? Do they want to choose?

What seemed to be just a paranormal romance morphs into a suspense. A previously character driven story is how a blend of both plot and character development. In her paranormal stories, Ms. Dalton tends to use a formula which works. The same holds true for this series. In each one, there is a specific defining moment in time where a person feels wronged. This slight or denial may seem trivial to most, yet it spikes into an out of control revenge. This works well for me because it does seem people can become overly dramatic and enact plans of mass destruction because their feelings are hurt. Ms. Dalton takes it to an extreme that doesn't seem ridiculous yet does make a reader feel incredulous. Or I should say, the readers who tend to lean towards facts when making decision instead of emotions. And emotions is what Ms. Dalton exploits so well.

This story is up and down with feelings as Kal runs through euphoria then despair. Several of the seven cardinal sins are featured front and center as the reader runs through an obstacle course of tragic events. Each of the characters both major and minor exhibit one of these sins: lust, greed, wrath, envy and pride. Well, I don't know if I would consider lust a sin in this case because the sexy times in this story are sweet. When the last chapter finishes, a reader may rail at Ms. Dalton and demand for the next book in the series. This torrid tale does end in a bit of a cliffhanger. This paranormal romance is recommended to readers who enjoy complicated relationships and alpha males who will do anything to protect their female.

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