Book Review – Hijinks With a Hellhound by Louisa Masters

Hidden Species #3
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 251
Characters: Alistair/Aidan
POV: 1st
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal, Series

I’m a one-and-done kind of hellhound… I don’t catch feeeeeeeelings…

Once upon a time, my first and last relationship taught me that romantic love isn’t enough to stop your boyfriend from trying to kill you. Been there, done that, got the T-shirt. My awesomeness is now strictly reserved for one-nighters and casual hookups. Sure, my friends seem to be matching up in romantic bliss, but screw that—I’m not interested.

Besides, things are heating up at the Community of Species Government, and I’m right in the thick of it all. Those bad guys are going down—and not in the good way. They might seem to have the drop on us right now, but we’re going to turn the tables on them. Even if it means going on a mission with Aidan Byrne.

I’m still not happy about the way Aidan handled things with my bestest bestie a few months back, even if he did turn out to be right. Plus, there’s something about him that rubs my fur in the wrong direction. He’s the kind of guy who thinks karaoke is only for college kids and looks down on me for licking my own balls. He also thinks that just because he’s the species leader, he’s in charge.

Too bad for him, I’ve never backed away from a challenge… even if it is unnervingly sexy and really bendy. A hookup won’t lead to feelings… right?

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I love this series, and Alistair is one of my favourite characters. His and Aidan’s book is a fabulous mix of a lot of fun, hellhound lack of boundaries and humour, and the advancing of the drama/action subplot. I thought the author did a great job in balancing everything, and I want the next book in the series ASAP.

I love how Alistair has no brain to mouth filter, and comes out with totally outrageous comments. The conversations between him and Sam are wonderful and I found myself laughing out loud as poor Sam tries to process Alistair’s latest comment. The scene in the grocery store is classic, and very Alistair. I liked seeing the serious side of Alistair too, and felt for him with what happened the last time he gave his heart to someone. I enjoyed Alistair and Aidan’s relationship grow from nope not attracted, don’t do emotions, to protective, jealous, and lover. And that last word is very important. I liked Aidan and the added depth to the world building with his first hand perspective on the magic in his role as species leader.

The world building in this series is well thought out and detailed. I liked the addition of the elves in this story, and how their history ties into ours. I’m looking forward to finding out more about them in the next book, especially as one of them is a MC. I’m already invested in Caolan’s and David’s story as their initial encounter was sweet, and very awkward. Oh, and dragons!

One of the reasons I love series is the opportunity to catch up with characters from previous books. I also liked that Noah’s still recovering from the events of One Bite with a Vampire, as it brings home the consequences of his ability, and that taking down these bad guys is with risk, and not going to be easy. Tish comes across as a dangerous opponent, and his plan is a nasty one, especially adding in the motivation of his co-conspirator, and the means they’re prepared to go to in order to get what they want. This book definitely ups the ante in the overarching plotline and that part of it also kept me turning pages.

I love Percy. I hope he gets his own book.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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