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Hotter Than Helltown: An Urban Fantasy Mystery (Preternatural Affairs Book 3)

Hotter Than Helltown: An Urban Fantasy Mystery (Preternatural Affairs Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

SM Reine
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A killer is mutilating bodies in Los Angeles. Agent Cèsar Hawke is on the case, but the murderer is ahead of him--way ahead of him.
Wiping the memories of the dead so that the team's necrocognitive can't talk to them? Done. Preventing magical reconstruction of the crime scenes? Oh yeah. And the murders keep getting more brutal while Cèsar struggles to catch up.
The best way to heat up a cold case is to go to Helltown, where Los Angeles's most powerful evil hides out, but even those demons are afraid of the murderer. Their fear adds one more question to the growing pile of unknowns:
What kind of bad guy is too hot for Helltown?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 369 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1500185248
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Red Iris Books; 1st edition (23 Jun 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L8HOB22
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,342 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Hi everyone! My name is Sara, and I write urban fantasy novels as SM Reine. I collect swords, cat hair, and typewriters (which I do use for writing!). It's a good day when those three things have nothing to do with each other.

If you would like to know the instant I have a new book available, you should enlist in my Army of Evil! We have a WICKED cool secret handshake, but you'll have to sign up to learn it. ;) Check it out --

A few fun facts about me:
- The #1 song on the day I was born was "Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley, which means my life is a Rickroll.
- I have three black cats and one black dog, but it's not an obsession, I swear.
- I am a full time writer these days, which means I will never wear a pair of heels to the office again. Viva la sweatpants!

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3.0 out of 5 stars It was okay. 28 Jun 2014
By J. Lesley TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
This novel is the third in the Preternatural Affairs series. I read a lot of urban fantasy so jumping into an established series is not normally a problem for me and this one certainly gave me no trouble with understanding the premise and the characters. I just didn't enjoy the book enough to continue with the series or catch up on what came before. The magic involved is pretty much paper thin with a main character that doesn't seem to know a whole lot about how to manipulate that magic. Does he even know what he is capable of doing? It certainly didn't seem like he did and his utilization of magic during the big climactic event left me thinking it had happened more by accident or luck than intent.

Cesar Hawke is the main character in this novel and yet he felt like the weakest of all the characters that surround him. He definitely did not seem like an alpha male in personality type or in magical ability. Cesar remained weak for me, the one who had to be given help with magic he needed to perform. I also had trouble picturing him as a man in my thoughts and only when it was necessary for him to rely on physical muscularity did his masculinity seem as if it really played a prominent role while Cesar's boss, Fritz Friederling, had strong male gender characterization. Even Helltown was a disappointment since the location appeared to me to be under-utilized as a frightening location and too close to normal during a lot of the action.

I received an ARC of this novel through NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love me some Preternatural Affairs! 13 Sep 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Ah! César and friends are back again – and this time, his murder case may just kill him. That is, if his boss doesn’t kill him first. After the action in the second in the Preternatural Affairs series, Silver Bullet, César is in big trouble. He used a cell phone he shouldn’t have, and the VP of the Office of Preternatural Affairs is out for César’s guts – literally. And if César doesn’t pass his Aspis exam, to become Shield to Director Fritz Friederling, she just might have said guts for garters.

Could things get worse? Well, sure they can! For there is a vicious demon on the loose, a demon strong enough to kill a Kopis by simply being in the area. With more bodies dropping, all brutally savaged, the race is on as César, his partner Suzy, Isobel the necrocognitive, and Fritz all scramble to find the demon. A demon who may be unkillable.

As always, Reine does a wonderful job of writing a tight narrative that keeps you on the edge of your seat, using a level of creativity that I truly admire. There is terror and blood, but also a great deal of subtle humor in Reine’s works. I enjoyed the first two in the series, and can hardly wait for Sara’s next César book!

Highly recommended. If you haven’t read the first two, I would suggest reading them first. They are really good books, but if you haven’t read them, you can catch up easily enough in this volume. However, it won’t be nearly as much fun!

I received Hotter Than Helltown from the publisher in return for a realistic review. All thoughts are my own.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hotter Than Helltown 18 Aug 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Agent Cesar Hawke is on another case, a killer is mutilating bodies in Los Angeles and with questions piling up and the killings getting more brutal even the most evil demons in Helltown are afraid of the murderer in this intriguing paranormal case.

The story has a steady to fast paced and smooth flowing plot that keeps readers on their toes. The author brings the story to life with well written scenes and details that capture the imagination and the well orchestrated drama and suspense draw the reader deeper into the story while the danger sends chills down the spine. The strong compelling characters are easily related to, grab the reader’s attention and charm readers with their own special brand of humor.

Cesar doesn’t always follow the book and comes up with some unusual means of solving the crime and he’s about to find out that the murderer isn’t black and white either. There are quite a few twists and turns that keep the readers guessing and lots of chuckles as the reader gets caught up in the drama and mystery of the case. And let’s not forget about Isobel and Suzy who add their own brand of fun and drama to the story and to Cesar’s life, which adds depth and spice to the story and we also get to know a little more about the characters.

S. M. Reine creates enjoyable and entertaining worlds with her special spin that freshen up the story and gives them a fun but serious feel. I have to say I am going to have to go back and read the second book in this series because I somehow missed it, but lucky for me it wasn’t hard to catch on to where the characters are at. I will say however that this one was a little harder for me to get into at the beginning than the first one, but once I got past that point everything picks back up and gets going strong as ever.
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Disclosure: This ebook was provided by the author in exchange for an HONEST and not necessarily positive review.

Cesar Hawke an agent with the Office of Preternatural Affairs has a new case. What a way to start a Saturday. Then he gets to spend time with agent Suzy Takeuchi, who's sassy, mouthy, and one of the guys. Can it get any better than this? After getting in trouble with the OPA, Cesar needs to take his aspis approval test to get out of trouble. How can he possible study when people are turning up dead. Now they have bodies showing up missing body parts, eyes here, a nose there and always missing a heart. He doesn't mind chasing down bad witches or demons going bad, but he doesn't do the blood and guts well.

This book is part of the Preternatural Affairs series. They are standalone reads or can be read as a series. Cesar is funny. He is whiny, thinks he is a bad witch and gets sick at the sight of blood. Suzy is rough and tumble, and loves giving Cesar a hard time, pretty much about anything. The story moves along at a good pace and the action keeps you turning pages. The main story is about the case and how they solve it. The secondary story is Cesar learning that he is a better witch than he gives himself credit for. A wonderful read for lovers of paranormal and mystery.
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I enjoyed this book, the characters were amusing and the story flowed well.

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The problem with the book is it's too damned short lol. The characters get better and more developed with each book and I can't wait for the next in the series.
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