by Shannon Mckenna

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Find out why New York Times bestseller Maya Banks hails McKenna's books as "A nonstop thrill ride..."

He's a ticking bomb...

Eric Trask is counting the days before he blasts out of Shaw's Crossing forever. He and his brothers were raised at GodsAcre, a mysterious doomsday cult deep in the mountains, and are the only survivors of the deadly fire that destroyed it. The townspeople see them as time bombs just waiting to blow, but Eric's going to prove those bastards wrong. He's an ex-Marine, fresh off a tour in Afghanistan, working three jobs and barely sleeping. Utterly unprepared for Demi Vaughan's dazzling green eyes, lush pink lips and sexy curves. She's the town princess...he's a dangerous outcast. It was a sure recipe for disaster.

But the closer he gets to Demi, the more impossible it is to resist...

Forbidden fruit is the sweetest...

Demi Vaughan has big plans for life post- college, and Eric Trask, notorious bad boy with a complicated past, is not part of them. So when he saunters into the sandwich shop where she works she tells herself he's just tall, ripped, smoldering eye candy, nothing more. Eric was damaged. Marked by violence and tragedy. He'd be the ultimate bad boyfriend, and right now she was too busy even to shop for a good one. But his hot eyes and hard body, his sensual smile and that rough, sexy voice of his shook her resolve. After all, she was leaving this place forever. A little taste of heaven...what could it hurt?

But Shaw's Crossing has deeper, darker secrets than Eric or Demi could guess. The evil that destroyed GodsAcre is lying in wait...and it will stop at nothing to keep Eric and Demi apart...

AUTHOR'S NOTE: Hellion, Book One, ends on a cliffhanger, but it leads right into HEADLONG, Book Two, Demi and Eric's continuing story, dated seven years later and available for preorder now! The other titles in The Hellbound Brotherhood are a connected series, but each book features its own couple and has its own HEA.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940162913801
Publisher: Shannon McKenna
Publication date: 02/07/2020
Series: The Hellbound Brotherhood , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 4,805
File size: 566 KB

About the Author

Shannon McKenna is the NYT bestselling author of seventeen action packed, turbocharged romantic thrillers, among which are the stories of the wildly popular McCloud series and her scorching new series, The Obsidian Files—rip-roaring romantic suspense with a sci-fi twist. She loves tough and heroic alpha males, heroines with the brains and guts to match them, villains who challenge them to their utmost, adventure, scorching sensuality, and most of all, the redemptive power of true love. Since she was small she has loved abandoning herself to the magic of a good book, and her fond childhood fantasy was that writing would be just like that, but with the added benefit of being able to take credit for the story at the end. Alas, the alchemy of writing turned out to be messier than she’d ever dreamed. But what the hell, she loves it anyway, and hopes that readers enjoy the results of her alchemical experiments. She loves to hear from her readers.

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Hellion 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
This is an introduction to Eric and Demi. It's a short story well worth reading as it tells how Eric and Demi meet, sparking a fleeting romance that has a scorching heat that only Ms. McKenna can write, and ends in a heated fight caused by familial betrayal. This book is basically the backstory that you would find dispersed throughout the beginning and middle of the book that explains all the history between Eric and Demi. It all leads up to the next book that I am soooo looking forward to. For her previous readers, it is very reminiscent of her McCloud books, which are my favorite and to die for if you haven't read them.
Pack52LG 3 days ago
Eric Trask and his brothers were born and raised in a cult on the outskirts of Shaw’s Crossing. When the crazed leader burned the compound and killed his followers, Eric and his brothers escaped. WIth no one to raise these young boys, the widowed town sheriff, Otis, took them in. The town residents thought he was crazy for doing it. They felt the boys were dangerous because of where they came from. Demi Vaughan worked in a small cafe in Shaw’s Crossing trying to save enough money to go to culinary school and someday open her own restaurant in Seattle. As the granddaughter of the town’s founder, she was expected to work in the family business instead. Her father thought being a cook was a silly idea and refused to finance her schooling. Eric has been attracted to Demi for a long time and made a point to stop in the cafe every day to see her. When she begins to feel the attraction as well, things begin to escalate fast. Her family warns her to stay away from him but does she listen? Of course not. She’s her own woman, strong, sassy, and determined to do life her own way. When Demi plans an intimate evening at her house while her parents go out of town, the relationship takes a turn for the worse. It doesn’t take long for Eric to realize he has been set up. But why? What happens next is unimaginable. This is the first book in the author’s new series, The Hellbound Brotherhood, which introduces the reader to the characters. It’s unique in that it’s a two-part book picking up seven years later with Headlong, releasing very shortly after Hellion. I look forward to seeing what is in store for Demi and Eric, two people whose lives couldn’t be more different. I’ve been a fan of Shannon McKenna for many years and I’m happy to see another well-written, sexy new series from her again.
Barj60 4 days ago
Book one in The Hellbound Brotherhood series, by an Author I have not read before. A well written story with a very good storyline the story flowed smoothly across the page. What really happened that night seven years ago? I want to read the next book. This story had me so immersed that I did not realize I was getting to the end. What a great beginning to this series. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Pwalley01 4 days ago
The plot was great and the strongly created characters kept me turning the pages until the very end! I was so engrossed in this story that I read this book in one sitting!
Squenn 8 days ago
I really loved the characters and plot of this story. I loved Eric so much. He was so sweet and is just looking for someone to love. Demi is trying to get out from under her family’s thumb and Eric is just the ticket to help her. She ends up really falling for him, as he does with her. But there is his past that always rears its ugly head. Cannot wait to read what happens next, as you are left wondering.
Marlene976 9 days ago
There is a lot to unpack in this story. Cults, small towns, prejudice, judgements, rebellion, love and family. Eric and his brothers have a lot of baggage, raised on the outskirts of town, they don't quite fit in. Demi, was born and raised in the town and is from one of the most prominent families in town. So you just know how this will go down.....and maybe not! This is a page turner and you won't want it to end!
Anonymous 9 days ago
Great start to a new series! The author brings strong,well developed characters and weaves a thrilling story filled with intrigue,drama,angst and tons of emotions. It's an insta love story brought to life with perfectly painted scenes and had me hooked from start to finish reading. I loved the story line and am anxiously looking forward to the next book. It moves quickly and smoothly and left me wanting more with the cliffhanger ending. Well done! I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book. All opinions in this review are my own and freely given.
CreativeMomof3 9 days ago
A sizzling, emotional, edge of your seat thrill ride all that way, from beginning to end. The first book in a new trilogy for Shannon McKenna and it's a beautiful work of fiction. She puts you right in the book, so much so you feel like you're intruding at first, it's like you're there and you see the scene so perfectly and you know something is coming but not what or who it will be. Eric has had a horrendous past and the residents of Shawn's Crossing have very long memories. With them constantly reminding him he can't forget who he is even if he wanted to. But he and his brothers have made a pact and they aren't going to be beaten, or will they?Demi is saving money for her dream to become a chef and if she can just hang on maybe she'll make it to he internership start day before she leaves. She just needs to save for a new place, and talk her Granddad into funding her culinary school. It'll be tricky as they think this is a waste and she should come work at the company business. Her parents have refused to pay, after all why would they for a career that's just silly and won't support her? But maybe Granddad. Plus she's got Eric now to help her spend her spare time with, time flys when you're having fun and she is having a blast. Eric and Demi have fireworks from the beginning. And it gets steaming hot! But you know the thing about fireworks, too close and you will get burned. And Demi's family doesn't like him and certainly not that he's messing with their princess. As they get closer and closer together and consider moving in together things change and in a big way and certainly not for the better. Eric and Demi have fireworks from the beginning. And it gets steaming hot! But you know the thing about fireworks, too close and you will get burned. And Demi's family doesn't like him and certainly not that he's messing with their princess. As they get closer and closer together and consider moving in together things change and in a big way and certainly not for the better. Have they gotten too close? There is someone other than her family not wanting Eric anywhere near Shawn's Crossing, who is the mystery man and what is he doing? Will Eric and Demi fall for the trap or will they see it coming, after all she knows her dad and he's been trained for this kind of thing.Find out if Demi and Eric can stay together or will everyone else win? Warning there is a cliff hanger. Ohhh how I love to read Ms. McKenna's books, she has the magic touch and leaves me always wanting more. I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
lucy117 10 days ago
Shannon McKenna is introducing a new series that will keep the readers on the edge of their seat. Having received an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion here goes. I’m in love with Eric Trask, the bad boy of Shaw’s Crossing. The only problem is he is not what the town thinks. Eric dreams of leaving and starting a business of his own. But his life took a turn because of his attraction to Demi Vaughan. Demi’s father wasn’t happy with her choice of career, being a chef, or her boyfriend, Eric, and he will do anything to put a stop to the relationship maybe even kill.
kgagnon 11 days ago
4.5 Scorching Suspenseful Stars! Hellion is the thrilling and sexy first book in Ms. McKenna's exciting new series, The Hellbound Brotherhood. Eric Trask and his brothers were raised in a cult by a madman. They were trained as survivalists but escaped before sudden destruction destroyed it all. They were taken in as teens by the town sheriff, Otis. He gave them a good home with stability, when the rest of the town feared and hated them. They are hardworking, good men who want to prove everyone wrong about them. When Eric first sees Demi, he falls instantly for her. She is from a rich powerful family who will do unspeakable things to keep Demi under their control, and away from Eric. But Demi is tired of being controlled and bravely goes after what she wants. She wants her own career away from the family business, and she also wants sexy, dangerous Eric. They begin a wild, passionate affair where their love blossoms quickly. They soon make plans to leave town together. Before they can make that happen, something dark and evil tears them apart. This is a fast paced, scorching hot romance with several twists and turns that kept me completely riveted. McKenna is the master at creating uber sexy, alpha heros and strong women who challenge them and bring them to their knees. Eric and Demi are so scorching together. Their romance is thrilling, seductive and heartpounding. There are so many secrets about Eric's past and who wants to destroy him and his brothers. The ending left me breathless and wanting more. I can't wait to find out what happens next for Eric and Demi!