The Hellbeast’s Fight (The HellBeast King Book 2) by Stephanie Hudson

Emoji Review by Rebecca Dixon

I just finished reading โ€˜The Hellbeastโ€™s Fight,โ€ which is Book 2 of โ€˜The Hellbeast Kingโ€™ series by Stephanie Hudson! AND HOLY BEASTMAN ๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜ฒ! Stephanie strikes again ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป! (This gushing praise is spoiler-free FYI!)

Warning โš ๏ธ ! If you have not read the other books in the Afterlife world that take place chronologically before this book (Afterlife saga, Transfusion saga, Afterlife Academy series, Hellbeast King Book 1) you may want to stop reading this right now as there may be spoilers for earlier books!!

OK! So there were SO MANY things I LOVED ๐Ÿฅฐ about this book! First off! It basically starts RIGHT where we left off at the end of Book 1! Iโ€™m a HUGE fan of that folks ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป! This literally feels like you finished the final chapter in Book 1 and then you turned the page and started with the next chapter in Book 2. Which is super awesome ๐Ÿคฉ. Perfect for reading Book 1 and Book 2 back-to-back! But at the same timeโ€ฆ it had been two months since I read Book 1 and I was able to pick it right back up with no problems. It was the perfect combo of reminding me of what happened (without being too redundant) and keeping my interest in the new plotline ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป!

There were sooooo many great scenes in this book!! The book is LOADED with tender, goosebump ๐Ÿ˜ moments. I MEAN TONS. If you didnโ€™t love our Beastman ๐Ÿบ before (ok seriously Iโ€™m sure that didnโ€™t happen ๐Ÿ˜†,) your gonna LOVE โค๏ธ him now!! Honestly, I usually wait for the final paragraph of my reviews to talk about the MMC. I literally CANNOT wait with this one ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ!!! This guy IS Jason Momoa to a โ€œTโ€ ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป (appearance wise, because believe it or not, I actually donโ€™t know Jason Momoa ๐Ÿ˜‚.) I mean, heck! Look ๐Ÿ‘€ at the book cover and google the guy & youโ€™ll see what I mean! But forget the ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ appearance, this guy IS Draven MEETS Lucius ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป! Heโ€™s got that whole possessive ๐Ÿ˜, angry ๐Ÿ˜ , obsession ๐Ÿ’˜ thing going on that Draven hasโ€ฆ ANDโ€ฆ heโ€™s got the cheeky ๐Ÿ˜œ, snarky ๐Ÿ˜, dirty-mouth that ๐Ÿ˜ Lucius has! Really, heโ€™s the BEST of both worlds and I am HERE FOR IT ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ!!!

Now ELLAโ€ฆ. I LOVE THIS GIRL ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ. She is my FAVORITE ๐Ÿคฉ FMC in the Afterlife universe! I donโ€™t know how Steph does it, but she makes me nuts about each of her FMCโ€™s more & more as we meet each one ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป! And I am SUPER interested in Ellaโ€™s story!! There are hints here & there about her medical ๐Ÿฅ background and I CANNOT WAIT to find out her past ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป. I love the mystery ๐Ÿ”Ž around her and her snow globe (โ„๏ธ + ๐Ÿบ !) Speaking of her snow globe, I remember reading that bit in Afterlife and thinkingโ€ฆ man, I hope Steph takes this somewhere when we get to Jaredโ€™s story ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿป! And boy did she ever ๐Ÿฅณ!!! This lady is a GENIUS ๐Ÿ’ก . I seriously canโ€™t believe all of the characters and plotlines she has imagined and BLESSED US WITH ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‡. I am OBSESSED ๐Ÿ˜ with what Iโ€™m definitely going to refer to as the โ€˜Snow Globeโ€™ plotline and I sort of feel like itโ€™s a โ€˜Lucius in Afterlife 2.0โ€™ plotline and that is A-OK with me!!! I LOVE IT โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ!!!!!!! I was CRAZY ๐Ÿฅต about Lucius in Afterlife โ€ฆand I am SO EXCITED ๐Ÿคฉ to see where this story goes!! ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ

Speaking of where it goes and the TWIST ๐ŸŒชโ€ฆ I was totally mind blown ๐Ÿคฏ towards the end of the book! A certain bathtub ๐Ÿ› scene and I was like OH MY GOSH ๐Ÿ˜ฏ. WHAT THE HECK IS HAPPENING ๐Ÿ˜ฎ . THIS IS NUTS ๐Ÿ˜ฒ. And then I was likeโ€ฆ OH MY GOODNESS ๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜ฒโ€ฆ there is gonna be one heck of Cliffhanger !!!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜ต๐Ÿ˜ต๐Ÿ˜ต AHHHHHHH ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜ฉ! But then again, super bonus ๐Ÿ’ฐ because during this twist I found out Ella is 5โ€™2โ€™โ€™ and hellloooโ€ฆ so am I ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜…โ€ฆ so that makes me super happy ๐Ÿ˜ƒ!

Oh! The guys ๐Ÿ”ฅ!!! I have to talk about the guys ๐Ÿ”ฅ! So we always knew Kiera was super protected right? And Amelia really was too. BUT! ELLA! Man, Jared has a biker ๐Ÿ gang posse and Iโ€™m LOVING โค๏ธ how they are all up in there ready to smack down ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป for Ella! I LOVE IT ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป! I also LOVE how we meet SO many great new characters and Iโ€™m super intrigued by the dude that is like poison โ˜ ๏ธ ivy. Spin-off anyone!? And speaking of spin-offs, I donโ€™t know about you, but Iโ€™m loving that 40-something-year-old Doc at the beginning! I NEED a book on her! Iโ€™m always saying Steph is basically Oprah when it comes to her charactersโ€ฆ โ€œAnd you get your own book ๐Ÿ“• ! And you get your own book ๐Ÿ“• ! And you get your own book ๐Ÿ“• !โ€ So Steph girl, if you are reading this, letโ€™s get that Doc in there! Letโ€™s just say THIS ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ 40 something-year-old would totally love a sassy 40-something-year-old FMC in the Afterlife universe ๐ŸŒŽ ! I would definitely be down for that ๐ŸคŸ๐Ÿป!

Honestly, I could go on and on! I loved ๐Ÿ’œ this book. I love ๐Ÿ’œ this series. And I love ๐Ÿ’œ the world Steph is building. And I CANNOT WAIT FOR BOOK 3 ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป. This really was a FABULOUS book and could very well turn into being my favorite of the Afterlife world sagas! So if you havenโ€™t read Hellbeast yet or even tried Afterlife, they are free on KU! Go ahead and give it a shot! The Hellbeast King may just be the Beastman ๐Ÿบ for you!