Title: Key to Hell
Series: Hell Night
Author: Alex Grayson
Publication Date: June 27, 2019
Source: Enticing Journey PR
Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
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Rating: 5 ⭐️’s
Death. Destruction. Pain. A soulless void. It’s his life. It’s his reality.
Emo doesn’t feel. Anything. His soul is dark and filled with hatred. People in the small town of Malus watch him with fear, with reverence. Exactly the way he prefers it.
Guilt surrounds him, caging him in an ominous past he refuses to let go. Can’t let go. His past is responsible for the shell of the man who now exists. He doesn’t know any other way to survive.
The woman who haunts his dreams is his only salvation. He’s hurt her over and over again. He didn’t have a choice.
The key he holds on to, the one he uses to carve into his flesh, is the key to his hell. It’s his reminder of the pain he’s suffered and inflicted.
Will there be retribution? Can Emo be saved? Or is he destined to live in this dark hell he’s surrounded himself in for the rest of his life?
Key to Hell is the final conclusion to the Hell Night series and one of my most anticipated books in the series. Emo is such a dark character, and I was really curious how Alex would deal with his character and if he was even able to be saved.
This book was emotionally exhausting. It was dark, gritty, and intense. There was so much more to Emo’s story than I could ever imagine, and to be honest, the whole book left me with my mouth hanging open. This book just proved to me again why I love Alex Grayson’s writing so much. She can weave a story of death and destruction so well, and once I start her books, I sink into the story and can’t stop reading.
This book was probably the hardest to read in the entire series because it was so raw. Emo’s pain was palpable, and it made me pause time and time again. The return of Rella at the end of Judge of Night had caused me to have so much anticipation for Key to Hell. I wanted to know her story just as much as Emo’s and where she had been for all these years. Trouble, JW, Judge and Emo all thought that she was dead, having attended her funeral, so her return was an absolute shock to both the reader and the characters in this book.
Key to Hell solidified my love for Alex Grayson and I would highly recommend these books to anyone that loves dark romance, or is a fan of Tillie Cole’s writing. I can guarantee that anyone that loves Tillie, will also enjoy the Hell Night books.
Rating: 5 Stars!
I have really become attached to Alex Grayson and the gritty, raw, emotional stories that she brings us. I knew from book one that Key to Hell was going to be the book that I looked forward to most. Emo is the mysterious one who is so riddled with guilt that his pain seeped from the pages throughout the series. These men have all been through unimaginable pain, but Emo has been the one that got it the worst, which is why I was desperate to see him get his happily ever after. Let me just say how worth it this wait was for this one!
Emo is one of the most tortured heroes that I have ever read in my life. The pain he feels from his misplaced guilt is like no other, and the measures he takes to ensure that he is punished for his past is heart wrenching. There is only one person on the earth who ever had a hope of healing this broken man, and when she walked into the ballroom at the end of book three…my jaw dropped and I instantly started crying. This man is given a little bit of light back into his dark soul, and he will do everything to protect it.
I am already tearing up trying to talk about Rella. The amount of pure evil this woman has experienced at the hands of adults that she is supposed to trust is absolutely horrific. She escaped one hell only to be thrown into another one before finding people who want to help her escape again. Then, finally, years after escaping her second hell, she finds the courage to return to the brothers she has always loved and the little boy she was torn away from so many years ago. The moment she sees Aziah (Emo) again, she feels calm and safe for the first time in her life. He is the only one she allows past her many defenses, and the only one who can heal her broken soul.
It was a truly magical thing to watch these two overcome their pasts and fight for the comfort they always found with each other. The love that they felt as kids grows into the passionate love of adults. This was one of my favorite love stories. Yes, it is graphic and hard to read at times, but the fight to live and survive and love between these two is what made this book special. I really want more from these characters, and I am hoping I will get that with the spin off series, The Raven Group, set to release next year!
Rating: 5 Stars!
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Trouble in Hell (Hell Night Series, Book One)
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Bitter Sweet Hell (Hell Night Series, Book Two)
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Judge of Hell (Hell Night Series #3)
About the Author
Alex Grayson is the bestselling author of heart pounding, emotionally gripping contemporary romance including the Jaded Series, the Consumed Series, and two standalone novels. Her passion for books was reignited by a gift from her sister-in-law. After spending several years as a devoted reader and blogger, Alex decided to write and independently publish her first novel in 2014 (an endeavor that took a little longer than expected). The rest, as they say, is history.
Originally a southern girl, Alex now lives in Ohio with her husband, two children, two cats and dog. She loves the color blue, homemade lasagna, casually browsing real estate, and interacting with her readers. Visit her website, www.alexgraysonbooks.com, or find her on social media!
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