Nov 1, 2013

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Early Review: Hell Bent by Devon Monk (Broken Magic #1)

hellbent6 stars

Urban Fantasy
November 5 2013
Mass Market Paperback
368 pages
Received from publisher

Yummy Men – Shame Flynn and Terric Conley

From Goodreads –
Instead of the deadly force it once was, magic is now a useless novelty. But not for Shame Flynn and Terric Conley, “breakers” who have the gift for reverting magic back to its full-throttle power. In the magic-dense city of Portland, Oregon, keeping a low profile means keeping their gifts quiet. After three years of dealing with disgruntled magic users, Shame and Terric have had enough of politics, petty magic, and, frankly, each other. It’s time to call it quits.

When the government discovers the breakers’ secret—and its potential as a weapon—Shame and Terric suddenly become wanted men, the only ones who can stop the deadly gift from landing in the wrong hands. If only a pair of those wrong hands didn’t belong to a drop-dead-gorgeous assassin Shame is falling for as if it were the end of the world. And if he gets too close to her, it very well could be..


Hell Bent is the first book in Devon Monk’s new Broken Magic series.  Yes people, this is Shame and Terric’s series.  Now for those of you who have no idea who these two are, Shame and Terric were introduced in Devon’s Allie Beckstrom series.  They were not the main characters but they were in every book of the nine book series and they were favorites among readers.

Holy crap on a cracker, this one put me through the ringer!  In fact, I don’t remember the last time I was this affected by a book.  To be honest, I believe it knocked me out so much is because I read all of the Allie Beckstrom books and in that series, Shame goes through hell and back (sometimes literally).  So to see him in this book, going through both happy and devastating moments, made my heart truly go out to him.  I don’t believe you need to read the Allie books to get anything out of this book.  I honestly think if you are a fan of urban fantasy with a snarky element to it and a very unique concept and world, you will love this book.  I’m just saying you will get just a little bit more out of it if you met Shame and Terric previously, as I did.

In no way was this ‘Allie Beckstrom series 2.0’.  Hell Bent takes place three years after the end of the Allie books and the world and the way magic works within it has changed dramatically.  Devon does a good job rehashing the important details from her previous series – the parts that are important to know for this series – but she did not dwell on any of it.  We also see many familiar characters but again, not too much that it feels like a sequel book rather than a new book.

I was very surprised by who the villain was in this book.  I won’t say any more.  Wait, just one more thing: *shudder*

I’d heard that Shame will meet his special someone in this book and sure enough, he did.  Her name is Dessa and OMG I LOVE HER!!!  She is absolutely perfect for Shame.  Just perfect!  Spunky, strong, smart and an assassin to boot.  She is his match in every way.  Their chemistry is wonderful and how they meet is perfect for them.  Exactly how I think Shame would have to meet a girl.

Dash is another new character and I love him too!  I hope he ends up being Terric’s HEA but for now, he is just his assistant.  Terric has a boyfriend in this book.  It’s Jeremy.  Jeremy is a douche.  I do not like him.  One bit.  Can’t wait to see where everything leads in the next book, Stone Cold, due out April 1st 2014.

Devon did a perfect job telling the story through Shame’s point of view.  The book is told in the first person and not once did I feel this was a woman trying to write from a man’s pov.  One of the things I adore so much about Shame is his humor and snark.  He has a sarcastic sense of humor and I love that kind of laugh.  Devon definitely manages to incorporate Shame’s ‘smart-mouth’ while giving us a great inside view of what is going on inside Shame’s head and heart.  He is such a beautiful mess but one you will love if this is the first time you meet or one you will love even more (if that is even possible) if you have followed his adventures before.

The story is a mix of a few things.  People are dying via magic and that is not supposed to be possible anymore.  How is that possible?  Who is responsible?  On top of that, the government is interested in strong magic users.  Why?  What do they want with these people?  Why is there a sniper on that roof?  All things you find out in this book.  So good!

All in all, I adored Hell Bent.  Devon’s voice blends perfectly to Shame’s.  I laughed, I giggled, I cried (boy did I ever cry) and I sat at the edge of my seat.  The moment I finished it, I wanted to start it all over again.  This book will definitely end up on my top reads of 2013 list.  Hell Bent blew me away.

5plus stars

Books in the Broken Magic series –
Hell Bent
Stone Cold (April 2014)


  1. You know how much I love getting 5 stars + Heart recommendations :). This is going right to my TBR.
    Do you think it’s necessary to read the original series?

  2. Can not wait!!

  3. Shelleyrae says:

    I like the premise, one for my wish list!

  4. I have yet to read the Allie Beckstrom series, but your review of Hell Bent is making me want too. I’m a huge UF fan, and I cannot read a spin off series until I read the original..hmm what to do?

  5. I agree with Vanessa. I totally want to read this because you make is seem so fabulous, but might need to read the Allie Beckstrom series first!

  6. I absolutely love Devon Monk’s books. Read them all and can gardly wait for Tuesday. I’m sure I’m going to devour this book in a day like I did with the Allie Beckstrom Magic series. So excited!!!

  7. Awesome review Julie, thanks! I really need to start again with the original series. I do have about 6 of them on my shelves.

  8. I’m so glad you like it! I was a little anxious I confess, I loved Allie so much. But now I really can’t wait to have it.


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