Hunted by dark spirits, she’s running out of options...
At first glance, she probably seemed like any woman in her prime - Full of life, fearless, and dances like everyone’s watching. Except no one is because she’s dead. Worse than dead, she’s invisible. No one can see, hear, or feel her and who can live dead like that? Oh, by the way, she also has no idea who she is, how she died, or who killed her.
As if that’s not bad enough, dark spirits are hunting her. Knowing she can’t fight them off forever, she’s running out of options and is determined to do whatever it takes to survive.
Enter Jack, with his killer smile and wicked sharp blades.
He can see her. Touch her. And kisses like a sinner with no interest in finding salvation.
When Jack offers her a chance of a lifetime, she’s all too eager to accept his help and follow him home. What she finds when they go through his front door defies everything she thought life was about. He isn’t just her savior. He’s something far more dangerous.
And he doesn’t live alone.
Can she trust her instincts and navigate through the fog of her past to find out what happened to her? If so, how does Jack play a role in her life… and death?
This is a Reverse Harem Novel with graphic language, sexual content, and violence. Don’t step into this world unless you want to play with the big boys. And yeah, they run in packs. All the Hell Hounds do.
Restless Spirit is Book 1 in the first trilogy of the Hell Hounds Harem series.
Briana Michaels grew up and still lives on the East Coast. When taking a break from the crazy adventures in her head, she enjoys running around with her two children. If there is time to spare, she loves to read, cook, hike in the woods, and sit outside with a fire. She does all of this with the love and support of her amazing husband who always has her back, encouraging her to go for her dreams. Aye, she’s a lucky girl indeed.
2.5 angry stars. I won't be reading the next book. This was basically a less interesting Four Psychos with more typos and writing errors. Still, I was getting through it and was fine with it until the end.
I was actually so angry at that final sex scene that I didn't even care about the massive cliffhanger. Apparently the guys decided that the best way to earn the MC's trust was to take away the option of a safe word, blindfold her, cover her ears, gag her, restrain her arms and legs, and then abandon her for awhile. Btw, this MC originally died in a sexual assault and is prone to panic attacks. OH, and the guy who ended up having sex with her in that state was NOT the one that she agreed to. Everything about that was seriously f-ed up.
I was even angrier after that scene because the guys involved felt guilty but she kept telling them that it was the only way for her to prove her trust in them, absolving them of their guilt. It was some Grade A bullshit.
I disliked other plot things about this book but they pale in comparison to how much I hated that last scene, so I'm not even going to bother talking about them.
Ok so I was pressured into giving this another try... and guess what! It’s gone from DNF to 4 stars!
Turns out these Hounds are hot as hell. Wow those scenes were awesome! It’s a little slow to get going but the relationships are already there and these guys love her something fierce. She just needs to remember who they are. The intensity of their love was there from the start, it made those hot scenes even more swoon.
It’ll make you want to sell your soul just on the off chance you can get a harem like this for yourself!
Thanks Jess for recommending this over and over again. I finally listened
—————————- Previous rating
DNF @ 45%
Just too similar to other RH I’ve read and the romance was way to easy. Not interested but it’s was well written just not an exciting enough plot
Just an okay read for me, though it bore much resemblance to Four Psychos. I tend not to like the “foregone conclusion” that is associated with a character already knowing the harem. It was frustrating to switch points of view every chapter, sometimes mid-chapter in a paragraph break. It felt a little head-hoppy. I think the book would have been much stronger from Everly/Sara’s first person POV, so we peel back the layers of the onion a bit and also get in closer touch with her emotions. It would have given a more tense /mysterious feeling to the plot (which really didn’t exist beyond the relationships in the first place).
Here’s what could have made it better:
- Sara is in the driver seat—first person all the way - we don’t read the book in the shadow of a character who doesn’t exist anymore. Man, that’s annoying. Why was old-Sara so perfect? -new Sara is angry and confused and distrustful, in spite of her traitorous body. -Kalen is a lot more angry and hurt for a lot longer. The hardest nut to crack and all... -new Sara is hungry for revenge on whoever killed her and goes out and takes it in spite of her guys wanting all the snuggles -Sara has SOME OTHER REASON TO EXIST besides her Hounds. Aka, an actual plot. For example, did she befriend a teenage girl ghost while she was dead—then the girl got attacked and taken away by the dark spirits? Now Sara is on a mission to save her? We just need something ELSE to give THIS Sara a reason to be, or else she’s just a big shadow cast by someone who died under mysterious circumstances 5 years ago.
UPDATE: January 25, 2019 I felt I should put down that despite the 3.5 stars for book one, I completed this series and it is now one of my favorites.
January 18, 2019: 3.5 Stars.
This story had things I liked and didn't. This may be spoilery.
I'll start with my dislikes, might as well get that out of the way.
1) I think the beginning reminded me of another series... Is this a new trope? When I first read "invisible girl", I thought, "this is new and fresh!" I did! I swear it. Now I'm on my 3rd series of it and I'm not so sure how cute it is anymore. And invisibility AND hell? C'mon.
2) I have to be honest, if you're gonna make a soundtrack to a book MUST it include NICKELBACK?! No, no, no. HOW can a super hot, tough guy listen to that?! While we're on the topic of music, this genre needs some soundtrack help. This book in particular had some of the worst music, so I don't recommend looking up the songs to set the tone of the scene. This is a tricky thing to pull off.If you're a reader that doesn't have the same taste in music as the author, putting titles of songs and bands in a book, can take the reader out of the story. It can be a mood killer. However, sometimes it works. For me, in this case, it didn't.
3) The POVs were everywhere! What's going on here? Is this scene told from Sara's POV or Jack's? No, it's Eli's. Sometimes I was confused.
BUT BUT BUT BUT BUT .... WAIT! IT WASN'T ALL BAD.
There were good parts. Parts that made me hang on and say, "yes! I will continue!"
1) Lucifer- I dig him. I do. I want more of this story. I want to dig deeper. I'm fascinated with his relationship to Sara 2) Kalen- Oh, DIG him. I'm also super into the history he and Sara share. 3) The hounds and the political espionage (hehehehe) What's going on? I love a good mystery. Who's the traitor? I want to know. Who did this to Sara? I need to know. Why? I *will* know! Since this is the meat of the story, I feel I must continue. 4) Bonding tattoos. Love that. Always do.
In the end, I'll overlook those other things at the top cause there's more to unravel.
Series review-- I ended up really liking this series. The harem is already established beforehand, which is so unique. The build up of the relationships is still there though as she has to relearn about them. There is character development, a good mystery, and the characters are awesome! I swear the series got better with each book.
---- 2020 re-read Going into this understand what is going on in the begin made it more enjoyable this time around. Actually knowing what is going through Jack's mind. I missed these guys and think this group might be one of my favorites. I will admit I forgot about Eli D: I went in thinking he and Kalen were one person... this time around I'm going to try paying more attention to him instead of my favorites, Jack & Tanner ;)
I can't say enough great things about this book! Each of the guys has his own distinct awesome personality. In Menage books and reverse harems I often get the guys all jumbled together. Not so with this book. There's no way you can mix these four up. The heroine is the perfect combination of vulnerable and badass. the writing was amazing and I was sucked in straight from the beginning and then the end just drag me along to the Next book without even stopping.
You will never think of Hell Hounds quite the same again. This Series is a MUST people! Suspenseful, intriguing, beautifully written and let's not forget Hot AF! Start this series today. You'll thank me later. *wink*
**ATTENTION: THE ONLY SIMILARITY WITH THIS AND FOUR PSYCHOS IS THE MEMORY LOSS IN THE BEGINNING AND HELL BEING THE SETTING!!! If you take the time to read the series, you will see that it is NOTHING like Four Psychos!!**
This is my first time reading from this author and she definitely didn’t disappoint me!!! This story was fun, sexy, mysterious, and unique that I could NOT stop! I’ve only read a few RH novels involving Hell Hounds but they are by far one of my favorites within the paranormal realm. I always enjoy a good steamy romance involving Hell Hounds, Hell, and Lucifer (still wondering what exactly his role ultimately will be or was in Sara’s life). The author kept the reader guessing with what was actually happening within the storyline and nothing seemed too obvious that I had it all figured out beforehand. The memory loss of Sara and the devotion of her Hounds to help her through it was probably my favorite aspect of this novel. There are still plenty of unanswered questions by the end of the first book that has me craving to immediately start the second book (I’m rushing through this review just so I can get started. Sleep be damned!). The storyline flowed effortlessly and kept the reader captivated with the right amount of intrigue and strong relationships among the characters. Speaking of characters, they were all well developed and none seemed to be incomplete from a reader’s point of view. We had a small yet powerful amount of background on each of the Hounds that helped the reader understand the characters and how they behaved. Now Sara... she is the typical hardheaded and strong female lead that I ABSOLUTELY love to read about. Great job to the author and I will definitely be finishing this series and reading some other works from her!
Great story and crazy good world and character building. Sara had so much depth and the author presented the struggle of her before/now/future life really well. The guys were all different but complemented each other well. The mysteries keep piling up. Can’t wait to learn more about Sara’s 2nd death and her relationship with Luce!
This book starts with Everly, a ghost, making her way through Philadelphia on Halloween. She's urging to be seen, she wants to be touched, anything to make her feel real again. She doesn't remember her name, how she died, nothing. All she knows is that the dark souls are getting closer and closer and she's feeling less and less able to survive. That all changes when she meets Jack in a club, a guy who not only can see her, but can also see the dark spirits and kills them. Everly is immediately interested in him and when she finds out he is a Hell Hound she wants in. She wants to be physically present, more than a ghost, but when she is accepted in by Lucifer himself, everything seems familiar. She's home, and she doesn't even know it.
The book then continues to follow Everly (or Sara as we soon find out her name is, honestly, why the hell did she choose Everly to be here name?) as she regains her memories and her trust in her Hell Hounds. She is emotional, eager but soon finds that regaining her memories and her trust isn't going to be easy. I thought I might enjoy this book, the premise was good enough to make it seem up my street but I really don't think I'm interested in Harem books. Like I just don't get the appeal. It seems like so much upkeep and man, am I lazy. It also seems like there's always a type to these books, the characters are essentially copy and paste and it bores me a little. The best character in this book was Tanner and that's basically because he was the human equivalent of a puppy.
I found the writing difficult to overcome, and other than Tanner and maybe Kalen, I didn't particularly have much of a connection to any of the characters.
I was hooked after just the first page of this book. The heroine Everly is spunky, fun and dead. Roaming the country as a spirit for the past 5 years in a Halloween getup is not her idea of a good time but she sure as hell makes the most of it. Haunting peoples homes to watch Game of Thrones, throwing around tables at coffee shops because no one can see her and dancing at clubs like it's her job are just a few ways Everly spends her free time. In fact it's been 5 years to the day since she awoke as a spirit and try as she might she can't even remember her life before being killed. Of course dancing for a stranger in the club will set off a series of event that will finally put her new life in order and put the pieces of her past together.
I really loved this book from the characters to the story line and even the relationship. The guys all work as a team both in life and in their relationship. They worship the heroine and reuniting with her is something they NEVER thought would happen because as it turns out, Everly has a more convoluted past than she ever could have guessed. Normally one would not forget their good old pal Lucifer but unfortunately we learn the heroines death was a lot more complicated and painful than anyone knew and her memory loss was just one of many things stripped from her. With the help of her men/hell hounds, her memories slowly begin to return as do her feelings for her men. Piecing together what happened to her and if there is still a threat will continue to shadow them until the very end. Of course like most RH there's a pretty brutal cliffhanger so I am beyond ready to see whats next for the group. This has truly been a great read from start to finish and I'm eager to know who the villain is and how these guys will all get their HEA!!! Highly recommended. (Book is part of a trilogy within a much larger series FYI)
This is a dark RH Romance that borders on insane - and makes you love the journey....
Everly is dead and desperate to feel. No one can see her, hear her or touch her - until one Halloween night at the Black Abby Club. There she meets Jack, a dangerous ma with secrets in his eyes and magic in his touch. He can see her, hear her and touch her - everywhere. Soon, Everly learns that not everything is as it seems, even herself. Taking his hand, she ventures into her own wonderland and discovers a past that holds a different name, lovers that touch her soul and a mission that, quite literally, killed her.
Overall, this is an epic ride that edges the border between sublime and taboo. Everly, real name Sara, is everything a lost Heroine should be, while her men each have strong personalities of their own (a facet of RH that far too many Authors neglect). The tried and true method of introduction - no one can see her, she's a ghost, blah blah blah, turned me off at first - as it follows a growing pattern in the RH genre. Yet that pattern soon veers and Sara comes into her own. These men, her Hell Hounds, ARE there to help her, but they have desires and needs of their own too. They truly stand apart, even if it ultimately comes down to the pack, and the Devil, in the end.
A wonderful introduction to a seductive new series.
Y'all I'm so pissed right now! I'm a greedy book hoarder so I no longer use KU but I heard so many good things about this series I specifically took KU again just to read these 9 books!!!! Ahhhhhhhh!
DNF @37% One of the things I can't stand is when facts are teased until the bitter end. In this case the h has lost her memory and every single time I think the story is about to progress they're interrupted, she runs off or they put off the discussion for another time. It's clear the truth is being stretched put before the reveal but that's just so frustrating to me. Like damn! I can't continue right now
Tanner, my Tanner. I meant Jack. Or wait.... Eli. Whew. I love the ending. I love the beginning. Even the middle, lol. What I love most is I don't have to wait for book 2. An incredible read by an amazing author!
I don’t remember who convinced me to read this one, but I would have completely discounted it based on the blurb if they hadn’t. Ignore the blurb, it’s terrible, but this is actually a really good book. It’s fun and pretty much a retelling of Four Psychos series where she escapes being a ghost way earlier on. (I can see a review where they say there’s not much in common beyond being a ghost and memory loss. Aah, it’s a lot more than that. Even down to the length of time trapped as a ghost. And their occupation. And the number of men. But this book doesn’t have the OTT MC) It’s not even close to perfect but it was well worth the read. But… -There’s a twist early on, but it reads as if the author decided to add it after already starting, and doesn’t really fit with the beginning of the story. I re-read the earlier chapters, and nope, it didn’t work with what was already there. -And I didn’t like how they just expected her to respond to her old name without her consent, despite having introduced herself as something else. -Plus the MC was a bit blasé about the entire situation. Her characterisation and personality seems to change, especially compared to when she was a ghost. Not character growth, just reacts differently to the same sort of situations. But it was enjoyable. It’s heavy on the sex scenes (not a complaint), though that last one in there… That was a hard nope for me. It’s a bit of an emotional whiplash scene with the MC going from one extreme to the other, and it just wasn’t realistic. (I know, nothing in here is, but that just was disproportionally so) It was not the actions of supportive mates, especially since it’d already been proved they didn’t need to go to those lengths for the same result. It was really abusive and she didn’t consent to any of what they put her through. It wasn’t a kink thing, they deliberately triggered her PTSD by recreating a time when she was tOrTuReD tO dEaTh and left her in a situation where she couldn’t escape. HELL TO THE NO. There’s a cliff-hanger ending, and if I pretend that scene never happened I can very happily go on my way to the rest of the series.
I was very enthusiastic reading this book, for me it checked all the boxes: paranormal RH, multiple POV, broken FMC... But meh... Something doesn't work for me and it took me too much time finishing this book which is a proof that I wasn't very invested☹️ It's a shame because the concept of a RH of Hell Hound is very interesting and original!
I'm not sure about the dynamic in the harem nor their feelings. It sounds like they just want to resume their story where it was cut off five years ago without considering that they all changed. The scene at the end with Eli and Jack was bad. What they did to Sara only for her getting back their mark was upsetting and then she kept saying that it was ok🙄🙄 It was clearly abuse for me😡
For me the storyline flows too slowly. There isn't a lot of action or suspense. It felt more like a reunion behing closed doors where characters are no long in line with each others, a bit pathetic.
I didn't that the multiple POV were told in the third person. It was sometimes confusing because the POV changed in the same chapter but wasn't clearly delimited...
I'm not sure I read the next book😕 I had very high expectation with this book but it's been disappointed🤷🏻♀️
This book gave me Four Psychos vibes (ghost girl with no memories that no one can see apart from the heroes) but it was different enough that I didn't feel like I was reading a copy or anything. The plot was very different and just as enjoyable. I like the guys and that they already share a connection. Plus whenever Lucifer is involved I'm game, especially when he's a secret good guy. Well as much as the devil can be a good guy I mean.
Anyway, there's a lot more to come with this series and I'll be diving into the next one for sure.
This is not what I expected. I excepted pure smut. Reverse harem and all but no Restless spirit is world building and with a unpredicted plot twist. Yes the spice is great but it’s not the main focus. Plus I love anything with Lucifer in it and this is just it.
A fun and steamy adventure filled with awesome characters! All of the guys are fantastic but with their own individual quirks (Kalen is the best, I just absolutely loved him), and the story keeps the whole thing moving at a good pace. A super enjoyable read, although beware the cliffhanger ending....
UPDATE #3: third go round, and it just gets better EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. This will forever be one of my favorite series, and I’m so glad I purchased signed copies for my home library.
UPDATE: I’m updating my review since I’m reading the series again in preparation for the final trilogy of the series.
Man oh man, my love for these books hasn’t changed one bit. I can say that my comfort zone in what I like to read has been blown out of the water in the last 6 months though lol This series is made up of three trilogies. The first trilogy is about Sara and her pack, the second trilogy is about a different pack, and the third trilogy that’s about to be released is about Lucifer. They need to be read in order. Sara is probably my favorite character out of both trilogies so far. She’s so dang fierce, yet loving and tender. I LOVE her hounds. The author has done an amazing job at character development. You can feel the love between these hounds and their desperation to have Sara back and in one piece. And they each have such a distinct personality, there’s absolutely no confusing them. This book begins the trilogy about a woman who has been a ghost for 5 years, she can’t remember who she is or how she died. This is her story of finding herself and her hell hounds. AND ITS AMAZING. And gah dang let me just say that girl can write a sex scene, holy crap!!! It’s neat to see the little details you might have missed your first time reading a book. SO glad I picked this one up again.
I feel like as a Christian there’s a fine line to tread when reading a book about the devil lol and I can say that the author wrote this book tastefully. When I first started reading and seen that the main character WANTED to go see the devil and be his hellhound I was a little weary but I like reading books out of my comfort zone so I kept reading and THIS IS SO GOOD! So well written, you can feel the emotions between Sara and the hounds. This is book one of a series and no, they can not be read as standalones, it does end in a cliffhanger. And this girls favorite songs... I swear she must have access to my playlists lol seriously diggin these rockin, leather pants wearing, alpha and fierce characters. Anxious to find out who killed Sara five years ago!! So off to the next book I go!
This is a fantastic trilogy and I am forever grateful to the author for publishing all three books at once because I would go crazy waiting for the next book. I devoured all three books in less than two days, they were that addictive. And incredibly hot! The plot is great, well executed, and with great three dimensional characters. The author's writing is engaging, addictive, here and there funny, and here and there with such raw emotions, wow! This is not for readers sensitive to violence, explicit sexual situations and language. For the ones who like this kind of stuff, it's a must read. The moment I saw the covers I had a great feeling and I was right, I absolutely love this trilogy and can't wait to read more from this author. The anticipation for release date was killing me, I started reading the book the moment it was released and downloaded on my kindle. It absolutely makes no sense to discuss each individual book because the trilogy only makes sense if all the books are read, and in order. In the first book we meet the characters and get a good idea of their personalities and relationships, as well as group dynamic. Some parts of this book are incredibly sad. In the second book, there is a lot more character development, history, and hot sexy stuff as the characters are reacquainting with each other. The third book is the most violent one, with the most disappointment and betrayal, but at the same time so much love, trust and loyalty, as it brings resolution. The characters are all fantastically developed in their own personalities, predictable like old friends, consistent and completely realistic and logical in their behaviour. And the plot is just amazing, so detailed, intricate, well planned and executed, and in many cases completely unpredictable. I could not have enjoyed it more and I highly recommend it. Thank you Briana Michaels! The reading order is: Restless Spirit (Hell Hounds Harem #1) The Dark Truth (Hell Hounds Harem #2) The Devil's Darling (Hell Hounds Harem #3)
Restless Spirit introduces you to Everly/Sara. At first, she is just a lonely ghost that no one can see. She doesn't really know how long she has been ghost or what exactly happened before she died but she knows that she's pretty freaking lonely. So she doesn't think someone will see her when she decides to go to a club one night. Luckily for her, Jack doesn't just see her.. he can feel her as well.
From this night on, her life is forever changed. Jack and the guys somehow get Everly to realize that she is actually their Sara from long ago. She doesn't quite believe them because honestly - it's a lot to take in. That she died. That she used to be a hell hound. Oh, and that she has her very own harem. The only thing is.. she has even more secrets to uncover.
Right from the start, I was completely sucked into this story. The characters were giving me life with all their bantering and sarcasm. Plus the mystery behind how she died and who did it was constantly on my mind. I don't even think we got enough clues to figure it out but it's obviously someone she knows. I just don't know how she does or for how long she has.
Mostly because she's died like twice. Once before becoming a hell hound for Lucifer and after she was a hell hound. Right now I'm thinking it's probably a fellow hound who doesn't like that they aren't in her harem?!? But I'm also thinking it could be someone who doesn't like Lucifer. I have so many potential people for suspects that I can't even narrow it down right now.
Especially after that cliffhanger. I need to know who was at the door. I also want to know if the pizza was ever delivered.. or maybe I'm just hungry lol.
This was a complete copy of Four Psychos except the difference is a complete amateur vs a professional writer. Disregard the spelling mistakes, and lame attempts of humor the fact is when writing sex scenes that blur the line, you can not write whatever the hell that sex scene was at the end.
Not giving out spoilers but let’s just say in no way should that be tolerated. You are basically just saying she is a piece of ass and nothing more, allowing them to abuse her sexually like that is not kinky or sexy. It’s criminal actions.
The worst book I’ve read this year. #2020worstbooks
The beginning reminded me of a couple of others I’ve read. The plot twist completely threw me. I liked the guys, Kalen is my favourite with Tanner second.Jack seems like your average possessive leader and Eli I haven’t decided. The MC is a cross between damsel in distress and kick ass. Plenty of smut. Could do with a bit more funny moments. Oh and ends on a cliffhanger.
nononononoooooo why you end like that! haha oh man.. shouldn't have finished the last bit at work... I want to jump and scream.
annnyways! what a GREAT start to this series!! I actually really liked it and all of the characters, I wish we got to learn a littttttle bit more but I'm not mad. And I see book 2 is available on amazon so I'm even less mad at the cliff hanger ending if I can just jump right back into it. I know what I will be binge reading this weekend!