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Must Love Hellhounds: The Britlingens Go to Hell / Angel's Judgement / Magic Mourns / Blind Spot
Must Love Hellhounds The Britlingens Go to Hell / Angel's Judgement / Magic Mourns / Blind Spot
Author: Ilona Andrews, Nalini Singh, Charlaine Harris, Meljean Brook
Four bestselling paranormal authors present novellas about hellhound -- new adventures starring man's worst friends; tales featuring paranormal bodyguards in Lucifer's realm, non-lethal vampire trackers, Cerberus leaving the underworld for the real world, and the kidnapping of a powerful vampire's niece. — BLIND SPOT...  more »by Meljean Brook (Guardians, Bk 9)

The job was simple: find her boss's niece, bring her home safely, and hand out a whole lot of pain to whoever had abducted her. But Maggie hadn't counted on her boss's nephew, the hellhound who loved to make her life difficult, or her own past rearing its complicated and ugly head.

ANGELS' JUDGMENT by Nalini Singh (Guild Hunter novella)

Meet Sara, telling the story of how she became Guild Director... and how she met Deacon.

MAGIC MOURNS by Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels, Bk 4)

Kate is on medical leave and Andrea is sitting in her office. Everything is going well, until a a giant hell dog escapes the Underworld and Raphael, the smoking-hot and very persistent werehyena, asks Andrea to help him track down... Find out why the giant three-headed dog that guards the gates of Hades has left the underworld for the real world-and whose scent he’s following.

THE BRITLINGENS GO TO HELL by Charlaine Harris (set in Sookie Stackhouse universe)

Follow paranormal bodyguards Clovache and Batanya into Lucifer's realm, where they encounter his fearsome four-legged pets.
ISBN-13: 9780425236338
ISBN-10: 0425236331
Publication Date: 9/7/2010
Pages: 320
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 92 ratings
Publisher: Berkley
Book Type: Paperback
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ophelia99 avatar reviewed Must Love Hellhounds: The Britlingens Go to Hell / Angel's Judgement / Magic Mourns / Blind Spot on + 2527 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
This was a pretty good selection of writings. Despite the title not all of the stories featured Hellhounds; but all of them did include Hellhounds a little bit. My favorite stories were "Magic Mourns" by Ilona Andrews and "Blind Spot" by Meljean Brook. I am a big Ilona Andrews fan and this story doesn't disappoint. Meljean Brook's story was a surprise for me. I though Harris's story was written in kind of an amateurish style and was my least favorite. Singh's story was a bit too much of a romance for my taste but was set in a very interesting world. For synopsis and comments on each story see below.

- The Britlingens Go to Hell by Charlaine Harris (3/5 stars)
Two Britlingen body guards are hired to go to hell and help a client steal back something he tried to take from Lucifer. The story tone is very light and somewhat humorous. There is some action but I thought the writing was kind of amateurish. Overall I thought the story was okay.

- Angels' Judgement by Nalini Singh (4/5 stars)
Story about guild huntress Sara. She ends up as part of an investigation into a rogue guild member who is wrongly slaying vampires. Along the way she gets paired up with the Slayer, a super sexy hunter named Deacon. There was quite a bit of action but this story was definitely romance heavy. The world building was pretty good and overall it was interesting; although I didn't enjoy all the romance scenes that much.

- Magic Mourns by Ilona Andrews (5/5 stars)
The story is told from Kate Daniel's friend's (Andrea's) point of view. Andrea gets a call from a distressed shapeshifter; it ends up being Raphael. She finds him being chased by a Cerebus. Raphael has had the hots for Andrea for a long time. They end up investigating the presence of the Cerebus and find that one of the People are involved. Just a warning about this story if you haven't read "Magic Strikes" yet (the third Kate Daniels book) this story gives away some of the stuff that happened in that book. I was a little irritated about that because I am in the middle of listening to "Magic Strikes" and this story kind of gave away the ending of the book. Overall though it was an excellent story, with great action scenes, and it filled in some of Andrea's history. 5/5

- Blind Spot by Meljean Brook (4/5 stars)
Maggie goes to rescue a blind man and his sister. She has a Hellhound with a strange sense of humor along for help. Lots of action and investigation. I actually really enjoyed this story and it made me want to look into more of Meljean Brook's books. The writing style and character personalities actually reminded me a lot of Ilona Andrews.
sfvamp avatar reviewed Must Love Hellhounds: The Britlingens Go to Hell / Angel's Judgement / Magic Mourns / Blind Spot on + 108 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This anthology was consistently interesting to me but only because I was familiar with the worlds in which these stories took place. I don't think that I would have liked three out of four of these stories if I had read them without any knowledge of the series they belong to.

The only exception to this was "The Britlingens Go To Hell." I really liked this standalone by Charlaine Harris. I haven't read anything else by this author and from the Twilight-like devotion she has inspired in her books and from the HBO series, True Blood, I didn't expect her style of writing to resonate with me. I was pleasantly surprised! I could have read a full length novel about these characters and their adventures. The setup and characterization reminded me fondly of Tanya Huff's Four Quarters series. This was by far my favorite addition to the anthology for its creativity, humor, and the characterization of the three main heroes.

The next story, "Angel's Judgment" was really well written and interesting insomuch as it fits into the Guild Hunters series. It was an adequate short story but the only reason it worked for me as a romance was because I had previously read stories that happen later in the series and knew already how much these characters come to love each other.

Ilona Andrews' "Magic Mourns" was another decent story that worked as a romance because the characters already had history. I'm not as familiar with the series in which this takes place so I felt like I was missing some crucial backstory but not enough that I couldn't enjoy the characterization of the two main protagonists. I didn't feel like the story had much plot however. It had the opposite problem as "Angel's Judgment" in that the plot didn't do the characters justice but their romance was more believable.

Meljean Brook's "Blind Spot" was another interesting side story from her Guardian series, but it would have been totally confusing to anyone who hasn't read at least the first two books and possibly more. I believed the hero's obsession with the woman, but I didn't understand why she was so drawn to him. Brooks can be difficult to read at times, her stories convoluted. But this story was relatively simple and easy to understand especially if you already have an understanding of the world in which it is set.
jai avatar reviewed Must Love Hellhounds: The Britlingens Go to Hell / Angel's Judgement / Magic Mourns / Blind Spot on + 310 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
1) The Britlingens Go to Hell by Charlaine Harris: Batanya and Clovache are both part of the Britlingen Collective, highly trained bodyguards for hire, who are assigned an unusual client. Crick wants Batanya and Clovache to protect him in Hell while he retrieves an item that he'd been hired to steal but he was caught the first time he was there. It's a quirky, odd tale and not quite what I was expecting from Charlaine Harris. It takes some time to figure out who the Britlingens are and they use a combination of high tech and magic for their jobs, and hell is a bizarre place with a mixture of mythical creatures in it. Their client and others they run into are oddball people, and the whole tale uses a rather cheerful, matter of fact tone no matter what is happening. I'm not sure if this will appeal to everyone depending on their sense of humor or level of tolerance for the off-beat. I didn't dislike it, but it didn't love it either. So I suppose it was in the "OK" to "good" range for me.

2) Angels' Judgment by Nalini Singh: Set in the same world as Singh's Angel series, this story centers on vampire hunter Sara Haziz. Sara Haziz's job is to bring back runaway vampires to their angel masters. Her latest retrieval is of a vampire whose head was almost cut off. Word is that a rogue hunter who has killed other vampires this way is responsible, and Deacon, the Slayer, is brought in. This was a straightforward whodunit with two ass-kicking characters and romance between them. The world building was interesting, and I didn't have any problems following what was going on even though I haven't read any of the novels set in this world yet. The biggest issue I had with this was the repeated references to the sexual attraction of the two main characters, which made the romance very physical and not mental enough for me (and I think I'm in the minority from what I've seen). Not bad but the romance was too predictable and physical for my tastes, but I think it would appeal to those who like a little steam in their stories.

3) Magic Mourns by Ilona Andrews: This is a story set in the same world as the Kate Daniel series, but this time the first person narrator is Kate's best friend, Andrea. Andrea is filling in for Kate one day, when a call comes in about a member of the Atlanta Pack being chased after by a giant, three-headed hound. It's probably better to have read the Kate Daniels series before reading this short story because much of the back story on Andrea's origins and her relationship with Raphael is in those books, but that's also reiterated in this story, so it's not hard to understand what's going on. I thought Andrea's personality was similar to Kate's (independent woman, hiding something, and doesn't trust easily), but her voice was different enough from Kate's (more wry humor I think) to make the story interesting. I enjoyed reading this one, because the pacing was just right to me, with a good balance of urban fantasy action and romance.

4) Blind Spot by Meljean Brook: Maggie is the equivalent of a butler for a very wealthy and powerful family, and her boss happens to be a vampire. When Maggie's employer's niece, Katherine, is kidnapped in New York, Katherine's brother, Goeffrey Blake goes to get her, but he runs into some trouble and Maggie is sent over. Maggie and Geoff must work together (along with the family's hellhound, Sir Pup) to find his sister. haven't read the Guardian series, but I have read another novella set in this world in the Wild Thing anthology. I think this author has grown, and I'm impressed! I felt like I was seeing Geoff and Maggie get to know one another and that although they each had an interest in each other they were aware that finding Katherine was more important. The attraction is shown more subtly, like their mutual curiosity for each other, and in gestures, like Maggie's quick looks everywhere but pauses on Geoff's mouth and hands. Meanwhile, Geoff's thoughts reveal that he has known and thought about Maggie far before they ever met, which pulled me in because I wanted to know why and how that happened. The fantasy elements, such as Sir Pup the shape-shifting hellhound, and interesting abilities (really cool but I don't want to spoil you), were unique and fascinating but also help along the story. I adored Sir Pup, the half-scary chaperone and comic relief.
frazerc avatar reviewed Must Love Hellhounds: The Britlingens Go to Hell / Angel's Judgement / Magic Mourns / Blind Spot on + 672 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Charlaine Harris's The Britlingens Go to Hell - you've got to admire a story that can do a credible hob of combining magic, Hell, Amelia Earhart, Narcissus and [of course] hellhounds. These are NOT lovable hellhounds.

Angels' Judgment - Nalini Singh - Although it stood well enough on it's own, I got the distinct impression there were nuances I was missing because I haven't read the Guild Hunter books yet. The hellhound had only a small part - as the original junkyard dog...

Magic Mourns - Ilona Andrews - I enjoyed a shifter who was not one of the standard species [wolf, lion, tiger, etc] but a bouda [werehyena]. It was interesting enough to make me look up the references - and yes, boudas are part of the folkloric tradition in Eurasian and African cultures. The hellhound here is the original superstar of the genre - Cerberus, guardian of the gates of hell. Related to the Kate Daniels series but functioned well on it's own.

Blind Spot - Meljean Brook - This one was fun - and had a truly lovable hellhound called Sir Pup. On the strength of this story I added the author to my wishlist...
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reviewed Must Love Hellhounds: The Britlingens Go to Hell / Angel's Judgement / Magic Mourns / Blind Spot on + 69 more book reviews
Charlaine Harris, Nalini Singh & Ilona Andrews are among my favorite authors of the paranormal genre. The stories by all 3 lived up to my expectations.

Harris' Britlingtons are new to me. I don't know if she has written about them before, but I enjoyed this alternate universe story.

I didn't like the first of Nalini Singh's Guild Hunter series, so never read any more of them. After this story, I might try then again.

Ilona Andrews "Magic Mourns" features Andrea Nash, Kate's best friend. I enjoyed her exploits as much as I do Kate's.

I have met Meljean Brook is other anthologies and wasn't impressed. However, I really enjoyed "Blind Spot," and will look up her Guardian series.
froot avatar reviewed Must Love Hellhounds: The Britlingens Go to Hell / Angel's Judgement / Magic Mourns / Blind Spot on + 178 more book reviews
Very disappointed. Like another reviewer I am a Sookie Stackhouse follower and this new short from Harris was just not as engaging. I was looking hopefully to the other reads, but these were just as stale. They all have the same sort of been there done that read. A little redundant. I don not recommend.
donkeycheese avatar reviewed Must Love Hellhounds: The Britlingens Go to Hell / Angel's Judgement / Magic Mourns / Blind Spot on + 1255 more book reviews
All hellhounds have a purpose. What that purpose is derives if they are friendly or down right terrifying.

In THE BRITTEGENS GO TO HELL by Charlaine Harris, the hellhounds guard Hell's jail. Batanya and Clovache are body guards hired by a man named Crick. He claims he left a conjuring ball in Hell that Lucifer gave him. He wants their protection when he returns to Hell to retrieve it. However, they aren't in Hell long before they are captured by Lucifer's minions. Batanya and Clovache have jail cells next to one another, and across from them resides a woman claiming to be Amelia Earhart. They'll need Amelia's help with the hellhounds if they have any chance to escape.

ANGEL'S JUDGMENT by Nalini Singh is A Guild hunter Novella. Sara Haziz is the newly appointed director of the Guild hunters. Her job is to hunt, retrieve, and return the vampires to their masters, the Angels, to complete their one hundred year contract of service. Deacon, the Slayer, hunts rogue guild hunters. He's been hired to find a vampire viciously killing vampires, but also to protect Sara. Every new director is tested by the Archangels and he needs to ensure she lives through it. What he didn't expect is to be sucker punched with desire the moment he lays his eyes on her.

In MAGIC MOURNS by Ilona Andrews; Andrea Nash is a Knight for the Order. In a world of magic and supernatural, she helps keep things in their order. Her partner, Kate Daniels, is on medical leave. So when a call comes in about a dog as big as a house giving chase, Andrea hunts it alone. When werehyena Raphael shows up at the scene, Andrea is annoyed. She's been evading Raphael for six months. She may desire him, but she craves monogamy, and Raphael is rumored to play the field. However, it will take both of them working together to send Cerberus, Hades underworld guard, back to Hell.

BLIND SPOT by Meljean Brook is A Guardian Novella. Maggie Wren used to work for the CIA, but now she is the butler for a very powerful vampire. When her boss's niece is kidnapped, Maggie means to retrieve her. With her companion hellhound, Sir Pup, beside her she manages to acquire a partner, Geoffrey Blake. Geoffrey has a unique ability, he can see through the eyes of all surrounding him. He wants Maggie, but first they need to find his sister, and he needs to figure out why Maggie lied about her last assassination job.

MUST LOVE HELLHOUNDS is a paranormal treat. There are many paranormal books out there, but not many that portray hellhounds. Romance, mystery, laugh-out loud humor, and four fabulous authors make this anthology a must read! Simply fabulous!
dukesangel002 avatar reviewed Must Love Hellhounds: The Britlingens Go to Hell / Angel's Judgement / Magic Mourns / Blind Spot on + 91 more book reviews
In 'The Britlingens Go To Hell' by Charlaine Harris, you get to step into hell zone with two bodyguards for hire. Trapped in a cell with huge, fearsome hellhounds as the guards, the two girls have to find a way out. They have to get to the one that hired them before something happens to him. After all "the customers word is law".

In 'Angel's Judgment' by Nalini Singh, vampire-tracker Sara is soon to be guild-director. But there is a rogue guild member on the loose, and he's killing vampires with no kill order. She has to hook up with 'The Slayer' in order to track down the rogue, and save the guild.

In 'Magic Mourns' by Ilona Andrews, a 3-headed-dog is on the loose from Hades. The head of the hyena clan hasn't even had a chance to mourn for her lost love. The giant beasty is guarding the corpse that has been stolen, and Raphael and Andrea are trying to retrieve it.

In 'Blind Spot' by Meljean Brooks, Maggie is sent on a mission, to save her employers neice and nephew, Blake and Kathereen. Finding Blake was easy, resisting him, will be the hard part. After getting over the shock of him being blind, Maggie and Blake, and a funny hellhound go on the hunt for Kathereen. Maybe after saving her from a demon, they can find a little time to explore the sparks between them, if they survive.

While I liked some of these stories better than others, (loved the Nalini Singh story) the anthology as a whole was a fun entertaining read
barbsis avatar reviewed Must Love Hellhounds: The Britlingens Go to Hell / Angel's Judgement / Magic Mourns / Blind Spot on + 1076 more book reviews
The Britlingens Go To Hell - Charlaine Harris
Very enjoyable tale of visiting hell to steal a conjuring ball from Lucifer himself. The client is a "man" with two penises - very interesting.

Angel's Judgment - Nalini Singh
I just love this series. Deacon is to die for hot and Sara is perfect as the new Guild Director.

Magic Mourns - Ilona Andrews
This may be part of the Kate Daniels series but Kate doesn't feature in it. Her name is mentioned as is Curran but the story is about her friend and fellow Order Knight Andrea. Andrea is a werehyena as is her almost boyfriend, Raphael. He's trying like hell to get her attention but Andrea is fighting it for personal reasons. A great story of magic, guns, vampires, hell and hellhounds.

Blind Spot - Meljean Brook
I read [book:Demon Angel|42668] which I thought was book 1 of the series but is really book 2 (so maybe that's why I didn't like it). This one was really good though. Blind or not, Geoffrey Blake is a hottie who uses hellhounds as guide dogs. How cool is that? Maggie Wren, guardian, rescues Blake and they head out together to rescue his sister from a demon...falling in love in the process. This was so good that I'll have to give Ms. Brook another chance.