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Hell Bent by Karen Crompton


Hell Bent by Karen Crompton

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Hell Bent is a contemporary young adult fiction with a welcome change – a male POV. This was one of the deciding points when I agreed to read the book for review.

Grief is portrayed realistically in this solid, if predictable story but I was so disappointed when the secrets behind the story were revealed too soon, leaving little to look forward too.

I disliked the central character Beau intensely and just couldn’t connect with him. It wasn’t the bad boy behaviour that I didn’t like but the appalling way he treats girls and although his attitude eventually improves I wasn’t convinced it was genuine.


Recommended age: 14+3 Star

Title: Hell Bent
Series: South Shore Beach # 1
Author: Karen Crompton                          Hellbent
Publication Date: 13 November 21014
Publisher: Silky Oak Press
Source: Free copy from author in exchange for honest review

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He’s charming. He’s rebellious. And he’s as beautiful as he is damaged. 

South Shore’s bad-boy surfer Beau Huntington has a solid plan to get through life: one night stands, getting wasted, and walls so high no one can ever get in – it’s all about numbing the pain. 
And his plan’s working fine – until he meets Corrie Johnson. 

Corrie is smart, determined and focused on an elite swimming scholarship. But she has a dark past of her own, and keeps her secrets closely guarded. She’s made promises to herself not to let history repeat – ever. But is there more to Beau than he’s letting on? And is it time to let herself feel again? 

It’s summer holidays and that’s when things start to unravel. 
Because falling in love was never part of the plan. 

It’s time for Beau to learn that the fight of his life doesn’t involve his fists.
— Extract from Goodreads.com

The fact that I received this copy of this book from the author does not influence my policy to write an honest review.

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