Book Series Spotlight: Hell Bent Series by Kayla Matt
HELL BENT SERIES:
The series' name is Hell Bent, and it consists of five (soon to be six, and eventually twelve) books.
Visions: Dr. Spencer Abbot has been searching for the ideal anniversary gift for his wife. When he and his friend Travis meet a woman that claims she can help, they accept. The pair are led to Visions Studios. But instead of the boudoirs photos they'd intended to get, they stumble upon something far more sinister: snuff films. Before long, it's up to Travis to resolve their situation, no matter what tries tog et in his way. This first installment of the Hell Bent series blends urban fantasy, sci-fi, horror, a bit of humor, and plenty of action.
It's been 5 months since the Visions Incident. 5 months since the Abbots/Malones had dealt with sadistic murderess Jesse Lynn Belle. Over this time, Travis and Spencer have been undergoing therapy, trying to cope with the trauma. But signs of Jesse's presence begin cropping up. And it's beginning to take a toll on Travis. It soon comes down to him, his aunt, and her friends to track her down, before it costs them the rest of their family. This second installment in a three-part story arc brings more action, new characters, and more of the city of Hell Bent.
Jesse Lynn Belle has not made contact with Travis and Spencer’s family in four months, and things couldn’t be better. The nightmares have been happening with less and less frequency, and Spencer is now a father. But then an evil they hoped never to encounter again turns up, and Travis soon finds himself taken from all he knows and loves. And it’s Jesse’s intent to utterly break the young half-monkey. What if she succeeds? And if she does, will his family and friends be able to fix him?
Sick of being the universe's punching bag, Dr. Spencer Abbot begins to look into self-defense training. His search leads him to Slade McManus, a powerful mage who is more than willing to teach Spencer the ways of magic.
But there is something very off about this mage, and before he knows it, Spencer and Travis find themselves in trouble yet again. Can they keep their lives from being ruined by McManus?
Dr. Spencer Abbot: there was once a time that he was (mostly) at peace, living with his family. But for the past couple of months, he has had to hide from the law. As if that weren’t enough, he has started to experience nightmares and see ghosts of those he feels he has failed to save. He and his support system know who is behind the sightings, but not where Slade McManus is. Will things ever be okay again for the doctor? Or will Slade successfully drive him beyond the brink?
(Not yet available) Things appear to have settled back into some level of normalcy for Dr. Abbot and his family. He's back to work at the hospital, clear of those murder accusations, and receiving more magic training from Yvette.
But his new magic instructor has also attracted the attention of another mage. Slade McManus takes it upon herself to try and woo the witch. As such, Spencer takes it upon himself to protect her, Travis more than willing to help.
But Slade may have a few tricks that they would not anticipate.
Will they manage to stop him? Find out here, in the final chapter of Hell Bent's second story arc.
We reach the source of the blast, and it is Serena’s lab. There’s a loud shout from inside.
“I don’t CARE how frustrated you are, Sangre. FIX MY ROOF!”
Well. Now I have questions.
But now it’s a matter of who gets to enter the lion’s den first: Serena’s son, her son-in-law, or the father of the mage that’s tried to kill her family. As Travis makes his way to the door, we make sure to follow. He might be able to heal quicker than either of us, but it’s still best not to go in alone.
I adjust my tie, taking a few breaths. Confrontation has never been my favorite thing in the world. Hopefully Travis will do the talking, here…
“Everything okay, Mom?” he asks, as we encounter Serena.
She’s muttering under her breath about getting a new reinforced roof on her lab, and I could hear the words “witchy temper tantrum” amongst her grumbles. She looks at Travis and pushes up her glasses.
“It’s fine,” she replies. “It’s just that your girlfriend and her allegedly-older sister have been arguing, and one of them put a hole in the roof.”
Oh, God...this is going to be unpleasant, isn’t it? With a deep breath, I steel my nerves and prepare to investigate.
Ivy and Yvette are off in the next room, small bits of conversation audible.
“Look, I’m just saying we use this to our advantage, Ivy. If I can lure him here, we can catch him.”
“In theory, maybe. But what’s to say he won’t take the bait and teleport out of there before we can all kick his ass? It’s not something I’d put past him, really.”
As they debate, we move closer.A bit of the furniture is damaged, as well. There’s still a red aura emanating from Yvette’s hands, and Ivy’s eyes have that turquoise glow once more. Should we even be doing this? She seems aware of the danger. At least by some small margin, anyhow. But Travis steps forward.
K. Matt is a graduate of Philadelphia, PA's University of the Arts. Her interests in sci-fi, fantasy, horror, comics, and anime have inspired her to both write and illustrate her own work.