Book Review – Hellstorm by Richard Amos

Hellhound Shifters #2
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 277
Characters: Lyle/Draven/Micah
POV: 1st
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Series

Life really loves to pull the rug out from under you.

Who would have thought things would take this weird turn? There was me thinking everything would be by the book. Do my job as a Protector, keep Midgrove City safe. Be a good hellhound shifter.

How wrong I was!

There are so many pieces to this puzzle, with nowhere to slot them in. But I’ve got to keep on. Somewhere in the shadows is the truth. I just need to find the light to blast it out.

There’s a storm coming…

What happened to the fun, carefree days of gaming and bingeing my favourite Sci-Fi TV show?

Ha! Like a hellhound’s life is ever carefree!

Dream on, Draven!

Hellstorm is the second volume in an Urban Fantasy series packed with action, adventure, and slow-burn MM Ménage Romance.

This book is not a standalone.

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This story picks up from when the last one stopped, continues the action at a fast pace and then finishes on another cliffhanger. I loved how this 2nd book advanced the plot, grew the characters, and threw in several curveballs for good measure. I’m hanging out for the 3rd book now to find out what happens next!

I always know I’m going to get fabulous worldbuilding and quirky characters when I read a book by this author. I like how he takes what seems like our world on the surface and then shakes it up with supernatural entities like hellhounds, hellspawn, and alchemy.

I particularly liked the twists in this plot, and how Lyle grows in this story. He’s having a few issues coming into his powers but when he does he’ll be a force to be reckoned with. Poor guy goes through a lot, and I liked how, despite that, he manages to come out the other side with his wonderfully flirty and sweet nature intact. He’s definitely one of the good guys.

I love Simon, and I’m looking forward to him playing a bigger part as the series progresses. He totally rocks, and I like his and Lyle’s friendship.

Poor Micah gets a raw deal too. The author is basically being mean to everyone and I love it. That scene where he realises the truth of what’s going on is raw and emotional. Love it. Draven’s growing a few clues about how everyone fits together too. I love how quirky he is, with his obsession with gaming and the X Files. I like his strong ties to his brothers, and his determination to protect the people he cares about. His axe is a wonderful character in her own right, and her TV viewing preference is a great touch.

I love how these characters’ world view is changing rapidly into something else entirely, and I’m looking forward to see where the author takes them next.

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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