Half demon, all male…one woman strong enough to love him.
The Heckmasters, Book 3
Knowing the day will come when his demon blood will overcome his humanity, Tell Heckmaster has been searching for a miracle. Something, anything, to counteract the spell. So far, he’s come up empty.
Just as the town of Berner has finally found peace, Tell’s worst fears manifest. Strange, new powers are tearing at his finely honed control. Putting everyone—including the pretty seamstress he’s kept at arm’s length—in terrible danger.
Sylvie Duke has everything she needs. Everything except Tell, who doesn’t seem to own a lick of sense. His resistance only strengthens her resolve to stay by his side, driven by a nameless inner knowing that without her, all will be lost.
Reluctantly, Tell is forced to admit that the closer he is to Sylvie, the better he’s able to quell his demon. But when a cryptic warning from an old ally tips the balance, nothing—not even love—may be strong enough to protect Berner from the raging fires of hell.
Warning: Contains a woman who can handle a hatchet with as much skill as a needle, and a man whose touch can transport her to heaven. Or hell. Accidentally, of course. Readers may wish to invest in an asbestos suit. Potholders just aren’t going to cut it.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is the third and last book in The Heckmasters series. I loved it!
Tell Heckmaster is a wonderful character. I liked this taciturn man when I first met him in the first book, Wystan. Tell is one of three half demon brothers who police the portal to Hell in the small town of Berner. Unfortunately, his real name was cursed long ago and if anyone said it, all Hell would break loose. Literally. Fearing his demon-side, he finds that the only thing that holds it at bay is Sylvie Duke, who also happens to be his sister-in-law.
Sylvie Duke is another wonderful character. She is just as stubborn and determined as she was when I first met her. No longer a pre-teen, she has always had her sights on Tell, though the idiotic male seems oblivious to the signs. As Tell struggles with his darker nature, Sylvie finds herself drawn even closer to him.
This is a fantastic supernatural/paranormal romance! Set in the late 1800's/early 1900's, this book quickly swept me up and carried me away. The story is told through the eyes of both Tell and Sylvie, which made it very interesting. There is excitement, danger, mystery and suspense mixed in with the hot romance.
The story continues several years after the events that saw the end to the portal. The town of Berner has now been populated with humans, as well as the demons' that originally lived there. I loved meeting all of the characters again: Wystan, Rhia, Eban and Beryl. We are also introduced to the siblings' father, Seneca and an imp called Dochi. Seneca is now the ruler of the Gray Lands and Dochi is one of his subjects.
The story is full of twists and turns. The mystery of how Tell's name became bewitched is finally revealed. There are also several emotional moments which drew tears to my eyes. Dochi, however, had me grinning. His eagerness in serving the youngest Heckmaster reminded me a little of Dobby from Harry Potter. He is extremely loyal to the Heckmasters and his obsequiousness annoys Tell greatly. This gave the story a little light relief from the danger that threatened. I reached the end of the book with mixed feelings. I love how the story took me on an amazing adventure, but it also made me feel sad that this series has now come to an end. I will miss these three couples, as they have become my friends.
Allison Merritt has written a wonderful paranormal/supernatural romance. Her characters come alive on the page and her descriptions of the scenes made me see them in my mind's eye with ease. I love her writing style, which is fast paced and exciting. I also love the flow of the story; the scenes flowed seamlessly from one to another. This author has found another fan! I would love to read more of her books in the future.
Due to scenes of an explicit nature, I do not recommend this book to younger readers under the age of 16. However, I highly recommend this book if you love erotic wild west type supernatural romances filled with sexy half-demons, or paranormal romances with strong, likable characters. - Lynn Worton
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A life-long love of reading turned Allison Merritt into an indie author who writes historical, paranormal and fantasy romances, often combining the sub-genres. She lives in a small town in the Ozark Mountains with her husband and dogs. When she's not writing or reading, she hikes in national parks and conservation areas.
Allison graduated from College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri with a B.A. in mass communications that's gathering dust after it was determined that she's better at writing fluff than hard news.
She serves as the newsletter editor during the 2013-2014 year for Ozarks Romance Authors in Springfield, Missouri and has been a member since 2009.