Yesterday, I reviewed book 3 of the Hellcat Series, A Cold Day in Hell. (I know, it's backwards in how I shared the reviews.)
Here is the review of the ARC is received for All Hell Breaks Loose.
In the City, the Werewolves are restless.
Gabi is striving to get back to life as usual. Dealing with the aftermath of being kidnapped and tortured by Dantè, wrapping her head around being a Dhampir, and trying to figure out Julius’s unexpected attitude as he withdraws from her and becomes cool and distant. As if that isn’t enough to cope with, she receives the disturbing news that someone she cares about has been dragged unwillingly into her world after a brutal and calculated Werewolf attack.
As rogue Werewolves run rampant through the City, it becomes clear there will be no gentle reintroduction to Gabi's duties as Hunter for the Societas Malus Venatori. Once again the Vampires join forces with the SMV to contain the threat, but the odds seem stacked against them and the casualties keep mounting. Tensions run high as the perpetrators manage to stay one step ahead of the Hunters and the senseless violence continues. No one suspects betrayal from within, until Gabi’s pets unmask a traitor. But the traitor isn’t the real threat and the war has only just begun.
This time their nemesis isn’t playing by any rules and no one is safe in this deadly, new game. Not even the Master Vampire of the City. As the undeniable chemistry between Gabi and Julius reignites, they realise the danger isn’t only to the human population of the City, but threatens to overwhelm them all. What they finally uncover brings Gabi into very real conflict with the SMV Council and leaves her questioning her life-long allegiances.
Not all monsters come in obvious monster packages and sometimes what you’re fighting to protect is what you should be fighting against.
Not everyone will walk away from this fight intact.
Strap in, hang on and grab a breath while you can. All hell is about to break loose!
"The Hellcat series is one wild ride ... one of the best new series to hit the dark urban fantasy world, ever! Two words: more, please." Diane Nelson (Sand in my Shoes Reviews)
All Hell Breaks Loose picks up right where book one ended. I enjoy it when stories do that. Through out the book, you do get an explanation of what happened in book one but it is so well written into the story that you don't feel like you are getting a synopsis of what happened before. Ms. Hannaford does a great job at fitting it all in seamlessly.
This story deals with werewolves but not the sexy, drop dead gorgeous kinds we are used to reading in the romantic werewolf stories. Not that I don't mind those cause I do love them. Every now and then, I do enjoy a good story where the werewolf isn't always the good guy.
All Hell Breaks Loose had plenty of action. The fight scenes were terrific and made me feel like "heck yeah, she kicked his butt!". As always, there is humor in the story though subtle. Every now and then, there's an easy banter between Gabi and her friends that make you chuckle. I have to say that while I love Julies the oh so hot and sexy vampire extraordinaire and Gabi's main squeeze, I love Alexander even more. He taunts Gabi when he can and is all "I know I look hot but I can still take you down!".
I have to say that I do love Gabi, she is truly a heroine who is kick ass, intelligent, very confident and extremely loyal to her loved ones. Through out the story, you get a feel and sense of the camaraderie between her and the other characters. You also get a feel for the lengths she will go to for her friends.
Do I recommend this book? I do. If you read book 1, you'll need to read book 2 because it leads to book 3, which is awesome! Also, it was a great kick ass story that you will truly enjoy. There's no damsel in distress story here with Gabi, nuh uh.