Today is your lucky day! Not only am I posting my review of Hotline to Hell, the newest book by Emily Cyr, but it’s also on sale for 99cents. You should definitely pick it up while you can!
Also by this author: The Lightning Prophecy, The Lightning Legacy, Push and Pull
Kayel Cleary is a phone sex operator. All she wants to do is get through law school, and if that means late-night phone calls with men who think she’s something she’s not, then so be it.
That is, until one of her long-time clients is murdered – and she hears it all.
Lathan only wants one thing: a seat on the vampire council. He’s worked his entire unnatural life for this moment, only to have it fall apart when his biggest supporter ends up dead. Now, Lathan has to find and work with the only witness. And she happens to be a phone sex operator.
Thrust into a world she never knew existed, Kayel must help Lathan find the murderer and stop the impending war, all while fighting her attraction for the undead man she loves to hate. If she can’t learn their ways and figure out who killed Marco, then she may lose more than just her life … She may spark a war that would spell disaster for vampires and humans alike.
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It’s no secret that I’ve been a fan of Emily Cyr’s from the beginning. I also have no problem saying when I don’t like something in one of her books. I wasn’t sure how I would feel going into Hotline to Hell. I was worried it would be too romantical for me or something along those lines, but it really wasn’t. My immediate response to phone sex operator isn’t exactly something I would normally read. Luckily, I was willing to give it a chance based on the reliability of her other books.
Kayel has a realistic (at least to me) sense of humor. I think this makes it easier to relate to her as a human and not just a character in a book. She’s snarky and fun and just trying to pay her bills and get through life. She doesn’t need the drama that falls into her lap but ends up with it anyway. The cursing issue she had was a bit bothersome to me bc it seemed to be more of a selective choice. If you are going to avoid cursing, I think you need to commit to it totally, not pick and choose which ones are ok and which aren’t. I think her desire to bring justice to her client who is murdered shows compassion and determination and it shows a sense of her character.
Cyr does a great job of creating worlds in which the supernatural exist without being cheesy. Her vampires are top notch and thankfully never sparkle. They are brutal and predatory but there is still always a level of humanity (albeit sometimes a very small level) and sexiness to at least one or 2 in each story. So in my opinion, this makes the story that much better. I don’t think vampires were ever meant to be snuggly romantics. They were meant to be violent and scary. Emily Cyr’s vampires mesh the old and new ideas in a way that doesn’t make one way seem any more right or wrong than the other. I like it.
In my opinion, Hotline to Hell is one of her best books to date. It shows a creativity that is appreciated while being vaguely realistic. Her monsters aren’t so outrageous to be completely unbelievable. I would say she thinks outside the box, but I’m starting to think it’s more like she just lights the box on fire and basks in the glow.
Overall this is a great read. Oh, and I ADORE the cover. It takes a lot for me to comment on a cover, but this truly is a great one.