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Hellbourne by Amber Kell is a homoerotic paranormal story.
Luc Hellbourne can't believe that he has just lost everything that mattered in his life. His lover, Bran, decided that he needs to get married and have cubs, but that is something that as a guy Luc can't do. So for the good of the pack Luc left, leaving everything he loves behind. Luc sees a club called The River Styx and it brings back memories of his childhood. Luc grew up in hell, being he is one of the Devils' sons, and with his fae blood he is absolutely beautiful. Figuring to spend the night drinking, Luc runs into Nikkolai, a century's old vampire, who immediately claims Luc as his own. Luc agrees to be with him for the night, but if Nikkolai has his way it last for eternity. Luc feels a pull towards Nikkolai, but he still loves Bran in spite of what he did. Things get sticky when Bran shows up demanding the return of his lover. Before they can work things out, Luc's brothers start meddling in his life trying to diminish his powers before his return to Hell where his father yearly tries to get him to stay and become a Hell Lord. Will Luc survive and who will win his love?
I was immediately drawn into Luc's heartbreak over Bran's betrayal. All the years they were together amounted to nothing, but looks can be misleading. The visual descriptions of Luc's inner and outer beauty brought him to life for me. I found it interesting how he was one of the Devil's sons, but his love and compassion for others made is easy to forget half of his heritage until he lost his temper and then look out! Nikkolai thought that Luc needed protection from his coven of vampires, but in reality they were the ones he needed to protect. It was wonderful how Luc and Bran's love for each other never wavered, even after what he did. Bran's reaction was priceless when Nikkolai thought Luc was in danger, until Bran corrected his assumptions about Luc with a vengeance. The images of hell were as scary as any I have imagined, the worst was the throne the devil built from the bones of fallen angels. It was chilling!
Reviewed by: Teresa