Thursday, May 12, 2011


Title: Hellbourne
Author: Amber Kell
Publisher: Total E-Bound
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ISBN: 978-0-85715-533-7
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal Shifter/Vampire
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

After being together for twenty years, Luc Hellbourne is devastated when his Alpha werewolf lover suddenly dumps him for a female. Knowing he can’t stay in the pack while the man he loves mates with another, Luc leaves to wander the city and soon finds himself in the company of Master Vampire Nikkolai Remondi. Luc’s only planning on spending a night with his new bloodsucking friend but Nikki doesn’t want to let him go. When Luc’s ex-lover comes looking for him, all hell breaks loose, which isn’t hard when dear old dad, is Lucifer himself.

Hellbourne is the newest release by Amber Kell. Please note that it was previously released by another publisher and has been revised and re-edited for this new Total E-Bound edition.
I’ll admit it upfront. I loved Luc’s personality. He has a wonderful sense of humor, a big heart and due to his genetic heritage, have some truly interesting and unique strengths and powers. The combination of him being half-fae and half-devil’s son wasn’t expected and allowed Ms. Kell many opportunities for creativity, and she used them to good effect. On first look, you wouldn’t expect for Lucifer’s son to be so likable but he is. Luc’s the type of guy who would make a great friend and he shows that throughout the story. The characters of Nikki and Bran, while not as well rounded, still gave a pretty good idea of what made the guys tick and for different reasons, either would have made good matches for Luc.

Now to the overall story—Ms. Kell did a good job with her imagination and descriptive details. The interactions between all characters are nicely fleshed out, with believable relationships and her world-building is distinctive and creative. This is chiefly true of Luc’s annual trip to Hell. These scenes are vivid but without being too gory, while still getting across the torture being done to Luc. And how can I forget the other demons, hellhounds, vampires and even Archangel Michael. It’s quite a cast of characters.

While I can’t say the ending has loose ends, there is still something about it that wasn’t as satisfying as I expected. This didn’t stop me from enjoying the story since most things turned out for Luc for the good and as I hoped. Just be aware.

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