Early Review: Wrong Side of Hell by Juliana Stone + Giveaway

Filed in 4 1/2 Stars , featured , Giveaways , Juliana Stone , Review , The Danger Lover Posted on February 29, 2012 @ 11:00 am 31 comments

Wrong Side of Hell by Juliana Stone

Format Read: e-book provided courtesy of Author for Review
Length: 178 Pages
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: League of Guardians Prequel
Release Date Kindle: March 6, 2012
Release Date Paperback: March 27, 2012
Formats Available: Mass Market Paperback, eBook, Kindle, Nook
Purchasing Info: Author’s Website, Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Goodreads, Nook, Kindle

Book Blurb:

With battle lines drawn and evil forces gathering in the shadows, the League of Guardians is all that stands between chaos and the human realm…

Logan Winters, an elite hellhound shifter, wants to forget his allegiance to the League and the pain he’s suffered because of it. But when he’s ordered to retrieve Kira Dove from purgatory and bring her back to life, he can’t refuse. Not only will her death affect the balance between the realms, she’s also linked to a past he can’t forget.

Kira Dove, a young woman murdered before her time, wanders the gray realm, alone and vulnerable. The one bright spot in her life is the memory of a mysterious protector who saved her once before. As she makes her way through this terrifying place, she can’t help but wonder…will he come for her again?

As Logan races to save her, he knows he faces a nearly impossible task: How can a hellhound survive in the one place he shouldn’t ever be? The wrong side of hell…


My Thoughts:

For millennia the struggle between light and dark, between the upper and lower realms, has been policed by a secret group of warriors culled from every fabric of existence. They are both otherworld and human, male and female. They are known to each other as the League of Guardians. Their pledge, to protect the line between dominions and make sure neither side grows too powerful. If they should fall, so shall the earth, the heavens, and hells. And there will be no more.

Wrong Side of Hell © Juliana Stone

In paranormal romance readers are introduced to a wide assortment of shifters: wolves, jaguars, lions, snakes, bears, etc. etc. Well, how about a hellhound shifter? Meet Logan Winters, a being of Juliana Stone’s otherworld whose job is to retrieve souls that are beyond redemption and escort them to District Three–one of several levels in hell–for processing. Logan is an elite hellhound shifter, born from the depths of hell and destined to straddle the realms, he is bad-ass, but one seductive dude. His animal is the size of a horse with a mouth full long razor sharp teeth, he is ferocious with an unearthly howl. You don’t want to mess with this guy shifted or otherwise! Logan is hard and brooding, and, he likes Canadian whiskey so that increased his appeal several notches in my book! lol

Logan is approached by Askelon or Bill, as he prefers to be called, who is a Seraphim (angel), a powerful ancient being. If you read Stone’s Jaguar Warrior series, you will know Bill was featured in the climax of His Darkest Salvation. Logan was a member of the clandestine League of Guardians and has unpleasant memories related to his involvement with the League and Bill. Logan is none too pleased to see the Seraphim or hear his reason for paying Logan a visit. It involves a young human woman who is linked by prophesy to the upper and lower realm. Kira Dove has a destiny to fulfill and dark evil from the lower realm has altered it. She has been murdered and her consciousness plunged into Purgatory or the gray realm. Bill wants her back and will do whatever it takes to see her rescued. Kira is not unknown to Logan, he saved her once before when she was a young child, he knows her scent, her soul and he alone can find and save her. Logan doesn’t want any part of the mission but Bill holds all the cards and Logan has no choice but to do his bidding and enter a realm hellhounds don’t have permission to breech.

Kira Dove has endured an extremely traumatic life. She has been haunted by the vision of an enticing, handsome savior since the age of 10 and also experienced nightmares of a frightening beast. She straddles the line between light and dark and her visions of doomsday and the otherworld caused her wealthy family to believe their daughter was mad. They had Kira committed to a mental institute that proved to be her own personal hell. Stone has a penchant for sculpting tortured heroines who survive significant abuse and pain. Their experiences strengthen them but because I want to see the heroine avenged the characterizations are effective in increasing my investment in the author’s strong, dark überalpha male heroes with their own set of complexities.

Kira’s battered body rests in the institute’s morgue and Logan is in a race against time to reunite her consciousness, trapped in purgatory, with her body before it’s too late.

Something thick and dull pounded against her skull and her gut churned in fear. Confusion didn’t even come close to describing the images that haunted her head. The things that had driven her mad years before rose to the surface and Kira backed away as the two shadows converged at the end of the alley.

They effectively cut off any means of escape, and for a second Kira struggled to see past the darkness that seeped from beneath their robes, pouring out like thick billowing clouds of smoke. She tried to speak but her vocal chords froze, and her hands clenched so tightly she drew blood.

The specter on the left made a screeching noise and pointed its arm toward her. “You.” Its disembodied voice cut through her brain. It hurt.She jumped as a growl erupted behind her. Kira whirled around and her fist flew to her mouth as she tried to squelch the scream that caught at the back of her throat.

A man stood, his tall length cloaked in shadow, though his eyes burned through the darkness, a fierce red that cut through the gloom.

She knew those eyes. She knew them well. They belonged to her savior–or at least that’s what she called him.

Wrong Side of Hell © Juliana Stone

Hellhounds are exceptional trackers and Logan finds a disorientated Kira who immediately recognizes him as the savior from her dreams, they forge an uneasy alliance. The author crafts vivid descriptions of a place manufactured from Kira’s memories of a better life when she was a young child. However, thick, swirling, gray mists wipe out all the color and beauty and bring frightening beings called trojans commanded by an evil bent on Kira’s destruction. Readers can expect a suspenseful, fast-paced and action packed read laced with intrigue and betrayal as Logan uses his formidable power to protect a woman he soon learns is fated to be his. Finding the way back to the upper realm is not an easy feat. I will say Stone pens great sexual chemistry, a hot mating and unique HEA for these two. 😉

Favorite characters Declan and Ana from the Jaguar Warrior series make a very brief appearance linking the story arc in the conclusion of His Darkest Salvation. I thoroughly enjoyed Stone’s introduction to her new League of Guardians spin off series and am excited to see where she takes Declan in his upcoming novel Wicked Road to Hell. Wrong Side of Hell can certainly be read as a standalone and the author provides a solid foundation for her League of Guardians series. Logan and Kira proved to be memorable characters. 😉

I give Wrong Side of Hell 4 1/2 Stars


His Darkest Salvation by Juliana Stone

Juliana has generously offered a Paperback copy of the third novel in her Jaguar Warriors Series His Darkest Salvation to one lucky commenter! 🙂

All you have to do is leave a meaningful comment about the review or a question for Juliana!
(You can read our full giveaway policy here)

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This Giveaway is open Internationally!

Giveaway ends on Saturday, March 10, 2012; and we will announce the winner on Sunday.

Good luck!



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About Lea

Lea is an animal loving, tree hugging vegetarian who lives in Toronto, Canada with her family, which includes three dogs. She is a prolific reader and has been blogging and reviewing since 2008. Lea is a contributor at the USA Today HEA Blog and an active member at Goodreads.

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  • The_Book_Queen February 29, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Ooh, sounds like a good one! 🙂

    I love the covers for Stone’s Jaguar Warrior series! I haven’t had the chance to read any of them, but I plan on doing so–they are all on my wish list! 🙂

    TBQ’s Book Palace

    • Lea February 29, 2012 at 11:20 am

      Hey TBQ:

      I so enjoyed the Jaguar Warrior series & liked this introduction to the spin off series. I hope you like it too. 🙂

  • Sue Sattler February 29, 2012 at 11:50 am

    I have never read a story about a hellhound shifter before, it sounds great. I know what I am doing today, checking out these books. Thank you so much for the great interview and giveaway.

    • Lea February 29, 2012 at 1:29 pm

      I really loved Logan, even in human form he emulates this powerful aura. And, yes a hellhound shifter? How cool is that?

  • Merisha Abbott February 29, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    OMG Your books sound amazing. You are a new to me author. I would love to read this series!! Can’t wait!!

    • Lea February 29, 2012 at 1:31 pm

      Hi Merisha!

      If you try Juliana’s books I hope you enjoy! 😉

  • miki February 29, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    it’s a new serie ( and author) for me but it seem to be what i like and hellhound aren’t common so it would be great to read this book

    thanks you opening your giveaway to international

    all the best


    • Lea February 29, 2012 at 1:30 pm

      Hey Miki! I’ve really enjoyed this series and Juliana Stone’s voice! 😉

  • Laurie February 29, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    I think I’ve been living under a rock. These sound awesome! I’m going to be checking these out! Thanks for the giveway!

    • Lea February 29, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      Hi Laurie!

      Thanks for your comment, and good luck!

  • Estella February 29, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Thanks for the review. I haven’t read a book about a hellhound shifter. It sounds awesome!

    kissinoak at frontier dot com

  • Viki S. February 29, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    I haven’t read the jaguar series but it sounds like something I’d enjoy. THE WRONG SIDE OF HELL sounds fantastic too.

  • Ileana A. February 29, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    This is a new series and author to me! But i do have one question: How do the author do to pick this beautiful and sexy covers!? I love them!


  • Na S. February 29, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    What I like about paranormal stories is the chance to meet so many unique creatures. I’ve never met a hellhound shifter but it sounds very interesting.

  • elaing8 February 29, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Great review Lea.I’m looking forward to reading this.
    All of Juliana’s covers are awesome 🙂

  • Mary Preston March 1, 2012 at 2:31 am

    An elite hellhound shifter – that explains the very scarey beasty picture. Do I need to read the first two books in the series to understand what’s going on?


  • Juliana Stone March 1, 2012 at 5:39 am

    @Mary Preston this is the first novella in a new series and is a stand alone!

    Thanks so much for all your kind words everyone! I’m uber excited about this new series!

  • Filia Oktarina March 1, 2012 at 6:21 am

    I have never read a story about a hellhound shifter before, but it look interesting. I enjoyed review and I love cover book to, very sexy and dark! LOL!!


  • sienny March 1, 2012 at 7:04 am

    well, a hellhound shifter? just curious, but why did you choose a hellhound?

  • aurian March 1, 2012 at 7:29 am

    Nice review Lea, I sure want to read this series. I have read about hellhounds a few times before, the one coming to mind at once was the anthology Must love Hellhounds. Very good one. And I believe a series by Lori Devoti. I do like them as characters.

  • Victoria Zumbrum March 1, 2012 at 8:24 am

    I would love to read this book. It sounds very good. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

  • Rachel Vessar March 1, 2012 at 8:40 am

    This is a new author for me. The book sounds really good. I like the hellhound shifter. Thanks!

    pefrw at yahoo dot com

  • Joanne B March 1, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Have not read the Jaguar Warrior series yet but it is in my TBR pile. Wrong Side Of Hell sounds like a great book. Can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway.


  • Tamsyn March 1, 2012 at 10:46 am

    This sounds like an absolutely fascinating story. Please enter me for the giveaway.


  • Irene Jackson March 1, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    I am intrigued by the idea of a hellhound shifter! This series sounds amazing and is going straight onto my wish list.

  • ladymilano March 1, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    I really love this cover of His Darkest Salvation! Great! Wish to read a shifter story… 😀

  • June March 1, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I have been wanting to try one of Ms Stone’s books, they sound really good. And since I love paranormals, I would love to read one. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of HIS DARKEST SALVATION.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com (it is a J after the _)

  • bn100 March 2, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    I enjoyed your review about the characters. The series sounds very good.


  • Deanna P March 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    I enjoyed this interview. I have read the first book and would love the opportunity to win.


  • Lynn K March 8, 2012 at 10:40 am

    I’ve read books with various types of shifters before but I must say, hellhound shifters are a first! Thanks for the review! I’m not looking too closely after the general summary bit because I want the book to be a new experience when I get to read it. 😛


  • Pamk March 11, 2012 at 12:34 am

    sounds like a great series even though I’ve not read the others I have them in my tbr pile.
    scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

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