Katie’s having the worst day ever: she’s been dragged down to the police station for abandoning her son, a cute kid with big brown eyes. Only Katie doesn’t have a son. She’s never seen the five year old boy in her life, despite the insistence of the police, her doctor, even her own sister. She thinks she’s gone completely crazy until the five year old living in her house tells her his secret: he’s a baby immortal, and his guardians were supposed to wipe her mind so she’d forget he didn’t belong to her and raise him as hers. But Katie is immune to the power of immortals, and they don’t react well to this discovery. Katie winds up in Hell, where she meets Rhyn, who recognizes her as an immortal’s mate – and his key out of Hell.My Thoughts: I couldn't put this book down. It was remarkably good. In fact, I haven't read anything by Lizzy Ford before but I'm ready to throw myself wholeheartedly into her older books to see what else she can come up with.
Rhyn is a misunderstood immortal, the youngest of the seven Ancients, sentenced to Hell after accidentally almost destroying the world. Katie’s immunity to immortals creates an opportunity for them to escape Hell, so he snatches her and flees. At first, Katie despises the man who treats her like a portable food source, until she finds out he’s the only one willing and able to protect her from the dangers of the immortal world. Rhyn discovers that his little human has heart. With horror, he discovers she’s not destined to be any immortal’s mate- she’s destined to be his mate. He has no idea how to care for someone else let alone control his power, but he must learn, as his little human is endangered by both good and bad immortals determined to use her to their advantage.
I liked the mythology created - seven immortal brothers who should be the defenders of humanity. One has aligned himself with the Dark One and one has been imprisoned as his his brother's plaything for hundreds of thousands of years. Tortured and kept in hellish confinement, Rhyn has practically given up any hope of breaking free until one of Death's Assassins asks him to protect a woman who will soon fall into his brother's wicked grasp. As soon as Rhyn scents her blood he knows that she's his destined mate. However, in no way does this make him cuddly. His years of imprisonment have left him with no social skills and he's appalled that the woman who's destined to be his is a mere human. Only it turns out she's a little more than human. Her blood gives her immunity to some of the powers of the Immortals.
I know! Sounds awesome, doesn't it? And there's more. MORE! There's a baby angel and tension amongst the brothers and Rhyn is all feral and can hardly control his power and there's every possibility that he could end up destroying all of humanity. I mean... *swoon* I was upset when I finished the book and I found out that book 2 isn't out yet. I was simply enthralled by the story, by the characters, by the ideas that spilled forth.
It's a freebie through Goodreads and Smashwords at the moment. I highly recommend this fun and intriguing story. Now I'm off to see what other books by Lizzy Ford I can get my hands on.
More books by Lizzy Ford
Reading challenges: The E-book Challenge, The Paranormal Romance Challenge, The Shifter Challenge, The Morbid Romantica Challenge, The Show Me the Free Challenge
Katie's Hellion was a free Goodreads download I picked up 07/13/11. (free smashwords link)