Title: Hellfire Pack
Author: Bella Klaus
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Rating: Four stars
“Hell hath no fury like a rejected mate.
Five years ago, my mate rejected me and stole my pack. Instead of licking my wounds, I set that mangy wolf on fire. The Supernatural Council executed me, and my soul went to the deepest punishment pits of Hell.
That’s until the Demon King offers me an opportunity for freedom.
My mate escaped Hell, and only one person knows him well enough to track him down: me. If I can find him and bring him back, they’ll move me out of the pit to a place where I can spend my afterlife in peace.
Of course, I said yes, and with a fake body and an infusion of magic, I set off into the Living World.
Tracking him is easy—our souls are connected, and we attract each other like magnets, but when our eyes lock, I hesitate to betray him. Griff is tall, dark, masterful, and each moment I spend with him reminds me of our bond.
The air between us sizzles, and the tension burns hotter than Hellfire. Our souls resonate, and I can’t help but fall in love.
But he doesn’t know I’m the mate who sent him to Hell…”
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This book was unique in all which ways, from its very tall female lead to the story itself. Hellfire Pack is based in the same world as Bella Klaus’ Vampire Bites and the following sequels, but from a shifter perspective rather than a vampire one.
“Katie”, the alias our protagonist chooses, is tasked by Hades, the Demon King, to drag her shifter mate from Earth and back to hell after his inexplicable escape from the Asphodel Meadows. Katie was the one to kill her mate, Griff, after he romanticised her into mating and marrying him and then stole the pack she was supposed to rule.
Katie and her associate Larissa return to Earth to complete their mission, and infiltrate the supernatural settlement of Logris in order to find Griff. They discover he now operates under the God Fenrir, who appears to have a plan at work on Earth that Griff is neck-deep in.
As “Katie” tries to infiltrate deeper into Griff’s pack, the Hellfire Pack, her feelings for Griff re-emerge. Although she has hated him for the duration she has suffered in Hell, she can’t fight the feelings she still has for him, and they could be her undoing.
The story really grabbed me in this book, as its super original, and Katie hasn’t been on Earth since the 70s which makes for an interesting transition. The suspense is intense and constant, because at any moment Katie and Larissa could be discovered, and they are constantly having to cover their tracks when other shifters begin to suspect.
As ever with Bella Klaus’ books, more imagery would have gone a long way to experience true immersion. I’ve read a lot about Logris but never really been able to picture it to its fullest extent.
A few of the plot points were a bit odd, including Katie being hounded for sexual favours by her “boss” in the Hellhound kennels, which happened a little too frequently. But the story itself was really enjoyable and Katie is a conflicted character with an unusual past, which gave her some great character dimensions.
Hellfire Pack is a series starter shifter romance, so if this looks like your cup of tea, grab your copy here.