Finding my sexy Hell Hounds in Restless Spirit

There is something about dark romance books that is just so… Swoon. Gahhhh I haven’t read a huge amount but I feel like I’m about to dive into more. My recent experience in the realm of dark romance is of course reverse harem. Restless Spirit by Briana Michaels is the first book in the Hell Hounds Harem series and I am fucking obsessed. I just finished the books and after reading the last line I said “ohhhhh fuuuuck” then furiously started downloading book two. Let’s. Get. Into. It. 
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Everly is a ghost trapped in the human world where no one can see or hear her. She spends all her time moving from town to town searching for who knows what and overall living a sad and lonely existence. The only company she has is the malanum. These terrifying creatures are dead, but not the same kinda dead Everly is, these are spirits that turned dark and they really want to do the same to her. She spends all her time constantly on the lookout for these dark spirits. In constant fear that they will catch her and turn her into one of them. She also has the fear that the longer she spends as a ghost that she will turn into a malanum organically. 
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She was killed 5 years ago in New Orleans and of course it was Halloween. The sucky thing about being a ghost is that what you die in is what you are stuck in. Sadly, Everly died on Halloween so she is stuck in her Voodoo Priestess costume which was cool and first but she is seriously getting tired of the skeleton makeup, corset, tophat, and cane that she is stuck carrying around. Sure she looks like a badass but what’s the point if she can’t be seen. This night though is Halloween so she might as well live it up in her costume and head out to dance at one of the bars in town. Not a whole lot else to do if you are a ghost, right? 
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Dancing at the Black Abbey club is going as every other night has gone in her lonely ghost existence, she is dancing like no one is watching because no one really is watching. Until someone might be. Much to her suprise and disbelief there is a very attractive man and he seems to see her. She knows he has to see her when he waves her over. Maybe Everly’s lonely existence isn’t going to be so lonely anymore? Especially since Jack can touch her. Going 5 years as a ghost without being touched, then all of a sudden this hot assed guy can not only see but touch her? Well let’s just say that A LOT of touching commences… A lot.  
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Jack and Everly run into some issues with the malanum which inconveniently interrupts round 2 of their sexy time. Ugh. Jack explains that he is a Hell Hound and his job is to force the malanum back into Hell. Obviously this is a very tempting job to Everly as it means she won’t be alone anymore and she can kill some of the horrid creatures that have been chasing her for five long years. A trip to Hell and help from the devil and she is a Hell Hound. Plus she is finally whole which means no more Halloween costume. Shit is finally going well. Jack is head over heels for her and he is taking her to meet his pack. The reception she receives isn’t exactly what she was expecting. Jack’s pack’s farmhouse feels a lot like home and all the guys seem to already know her, including Jack. She is greeted by a sexy swoonworthy kiss from one of the guys, Tanner. Kalen, Eli, and Tanner are calling her Sara and seem to know everything about her, except what happened to her five years ago. What the fuck is happening? Is this all a trick? Should she trust these people that work for the devil? Is she truly this Sara person? 
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I love love loved this book. I did not want to stop reading it and this last week at work was a struggle because I stayed up ways to late reading and therefore need a lot of coffee to get through the work day. When I started the book I was a little leery because it seemed A LOT like the books by Kristy Cunning, the first being Four Psychos (see my review here). We have a ghost who doesn’t know her name, finds out she has a pseudo relationship with the devil, finds men that she has had a past life with that she doesn’t remember, and the guys have reapersish jobs. There are a lot of similarities at the beginning but once the book starts going the similarities disappear. These books really are nothing alike in terms of story development, character personalities, etc. The guys are HOT HOT HOT. Like I love dark guys with dark souls. There is just something soooo freaking sexy about bad boys and these boys are all bad. Sexy bad. 
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Sara (aka Everly) is such a badass. I love her a lot. She doesn’t just fall head over heels for these guys because she is finally seen. Sure she feels the attraction but she is very skeptical of them and their stories at first. But as the story progresses and she begins to remember her old like and slowly fall in love and trust these guys again. Whew. It is swoony. Plus the guys are all so dark, sexy, and amazing. I love it. I, of course, am immediately obsessed with Kalen who appears to be the aloof asshole but turns out to be her amazing, protective wolf. Really I love them all. I’m terrified for the story to end because I don’t want to lose these characters and this is only the first book… Oh lord. Well come on, I have to have sold you on this by now. Swoon with me! ❤

Four Psychos… That I am, of course, completely obsessed with ❤

Bad boys. Jerks. Assholes. Whatever you call them. I love them. WHY DO I LOVE BAD BOYS SO MUCH?! Who knows. Let’s get into ‘Four Psychos’ by Kristy Cunning ❤

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We have our MC, a ghost, who doesn’t remember anything about her previous life or even her name. She is unseen to the four men she resides with and is left only to her own devices. She mostly just watches the guys live their lives as reapers sending souls to the other side and have lots of group sex with random women. She is hilarious and absolutely adorable with zero shame. The only way she can stay in this world without fading into the ‘in-between’ place is to keep her eyes on them, seems like a great excuse to watch some hot sex… Ammirite?! She refers to the guys by number, which gets a bit confusing at the beginning, but she eventually switches to their actual names.

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One – Gage (freakishly perfect with gorgeous hair)

Two – Ezekiel (likes nipples, snort)

Three – Kai (the selfish one and blindingly gorgeous)

Four – Jude (her favorite)

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For five and a half years she has been watching them, getting to know them, feeling like part of the weird little family all without them even knowing she was there. That is until one night while the guys are sleeping an intruder comes into the house. She goes through her typical nightly ritual of going to each of their doors and saying goodnight (aw ) then sits in Two’s room watching over him as he sleeps. That night a man enters the house with a sword heading straight for One’s room. Being a ghost, all her attempts to stop him or wake up the guys fail. She is left to witness the murder of one of her men, unable to do anything. Just as the man swings his sword to issue a death blow to One she launches herself at the man screaming. He sees her and freezes in horror giving One the opportunity to wake up and slit the guys throat.. Whew! She saved One! So of course, after One kills the guy his immediate reaction is to start swinging the sword through our ghost chick! Fucking men… ungrateful…

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Now that all the guys can see her our girl, who is still nameless, has some explaining to do. What is she? Why is she there? The guys ambush her with questions to which she tries to answer eagerly, overwhelmingly excited that her men can FINALLY see/hear her! She explains that she must have ‘leveled up’ when saving One so they definitely need to almost die again so she can keep ‘leveling up’! Being completely and unashamedly flirty she starts telling the guys about her 5 long years watching them and their sexapades. She of course tells them that she is VERY interested in having sex with all four of them, because #noshame! 😊 A girl after my own heart. My favorite part is her ability to just change her outfits with a thought and she is just a ghost. She thinks an outfit into her head and bam! She’s wearing it. She mostly wears lingerie, you know in case she turns whole and can act out her fantasies 😉 It totally distracts the guys, swoon.

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The way the guys treat her is heartbreaking. She spends five years thinking that if/when she ever becomes ‘whole’ that she would just fit into their family dynamic without a hitch. They’d love and accept her completely. Wrong. The guys meet her with complete skepticism and suspicion. They think she is a trick, something to lure them into a false sense of security. They are working to enter the Trials in Hell, so they believe that maybe she was sent by someone that doesn’t want them to succeed. She continually saves their lives from assassins every night while they sleep and in the trials, yet they continue to see her as untrustworthy. They work to find ways to get rid of her, eventually giving her a name off one of the TV Shows she watches just so they have something to yell when she disappears. Keyla. A tv character that constantly fights off attacks. Fitting. I wonder if the jerks tv Keyla saves are a little more fucking appreciative.

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So, I’ve gone over in previous blog posts that I have a thing for assholes. Bad boys, whew. Something about them is just so freaking hot. Well these guys are assholes. Every. Single. One. Of. Them. Sure they sometimes have some redeeming qualities and sure I may be skeptically to a ghost that just shows up in my life.. But shit, they are really mean. It’s kinda sad. Through the meanness though is an undeniable lust. The guys are completely unable to have sex one-on-one with ladies. Their shit just won’t work. Well it’s different with Keyla. As she continues to have times of ‘leveling-up’ she has moments where she actually becomes whole. Yay Keyla! Well at those times the guys find that they can actually, you know, get it up.

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(Side note: Heath Ledger is the HOTTEST asshole ever in 10 Things I hate About You)

Okay so these assholes, that I am completely in love with. I know, I’m a ridiculous person. Well they are kinda great and kinda horrible. Keyla is hilarious, spunky, fearless, and just overall completely and totally amazing. I really love her. She has definitely got to be one of my favorite MC. I would classify this as a slow burn as the MC, Keyla, is immediately met with suspicion from the four guys. Things will start heating up but then the guys go back to distrusting her leaving her frustrated with their constant refusal to accept that she doesn’t have evil *lady bits*. She gets dealt a REALLY shitty hand and is still completely loyal to these guys. Do they deserve it? I guess you’ll have to read and find out… Trust me though, you’ll be swooning

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