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Hell's Belle (Hell's Belle #1)

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Half-vampire, half-human, Nina Martinez spent most of her life underground as part of an elite secret team of government agents who quietly take down rogue monsters, the human world none the wiser. She moves back to her hometown of Providence, RI to keep an eye on the recent uptick in supernatural activity, and to help run the bar she co-owns with her aunt.

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Kindle Edition, 254 pages
Published June 14th 2013
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Naiya
Sep 07, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One out of five canaries.

Here’s the thing, canaries. This isn’t really an urban fantasy detective story with a military edge, and it doesn’t really deal with a government agency trying to protect the world from evil. In fact, it’s more a kind of coming-of-age story for half-vampire Nina as she realizes almost everything she’d known about herself and her parent’s deaths was a lie and has to navigate the clumsy attentions of two hunky dudes as Mr. Baddie tries to kill her.

If I had known that goin
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Delitealex
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

Review to come
Mara
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, urban-fantasy
Hell's Belle tries to mix the darker shades of UF with the light tone of some PNR.
The mix wasn't the right one for me, but there will be plenty readers who'll love its lighter side (to balance the gritty plot).

There are a few points that detracted to the story (for me):
--The YA feel that I found didn't match the plot.
Nina is 30 yo, but I read her as a teen in both behavior and skills.
--The inconsistence of some characters, both the heroine and Max. The latter seemed almost psychotic in his beh
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Anne Monteith
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review coming soon
Wanderlust
Dec 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cover & title - 3 out of 5
Favourite quote - "I refuse to bow to the google gods."
Favourite character - Nina

I love a good UF, this is no exception. The main character is a kickass protagonist, she has cool abilities & as the book goes on you discover more about her past and her.
The supporting characters are great, humorous & they also have cool abilities. The love interest Max is a tough FIB agent who sparks with Nina as soon as they meet. The have a brief tryst but it looks as if
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Shelley
Sep 11, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-releases
*Genre* Paranormal Romance
*Rating* 3.0

*My Thoughts*

Hell's Belle features 33-year old Nina Martinez who, as a mixed blood (witch/vampire), is part of a group known as the Blood Ops who are under the guise of the Department of Defense. The team also includes Frankie (vampire), Dr. Lochlan O'Malley (Druid), and Darcy (Banshee). It is the job of the Blood Ops to go after rogue supernaturals and put them down once they step out of line. Nina's "other" job is bartender and co-owner of Babes with her
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Alysa H.
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Having enjoyed the two "prequel shorts" set in the UF world of Hell's Belle and featuring Nina Martinez out in the field with her Blood Ops partner, the smart-ass vampire Frankie, I was looking forward to reading this full-length novel.

Unfortunately, the shorts basically whet my appetite for something that does not exist: namely, a novel featuring more of Nina and Frankie working cases as part of the Blood Ops team. Why? Well, I guess I should have paid more attention to the fine print of the b
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Stacey Brutger
Oct 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
DESCRIPTION:
Half vampire, half human, Nina Martinez spent most of her life underground as part of an elite secret team of government agents that quietly take down rogue monsters, the human world none the wiser. She moves back to her hometown of to keep an eye on the recent uptick in supernatural activity, and to help run the bar she co-owns with her aunt.


Her attempt at a “regular” life, not to mention a budding relationship with smoking hot FBI agent Max, is cut short because of a string of ritu
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✩Tiffany✩
I received this book in exchange for an honest review (LoP or Lovers of Paranormal)

I enjoyed the book. It did very well with easing me into the world. Unfortunately I did feel like it was just like any other UF/Paranormal book.

What I really liked about the book (that parts that made it stand out from the other books) was her background story - who she is, who her parents are. (view spoiler)
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Steph
Hell's Belle's cover caught my eye and the mention of a half-human, half-vampire heroine who is "part of an elite secret team of government agents who quietly take down rogue monsters" sealed the deal. Unfortunately, the story fell a bit short for me.

As a heroine, Nina came out the gates strong. However, as the story progressed, she seemed to go from strong to dependent and naive. The basis of the story and the wide range of supernaturals (weres, vampires, banshees, witches, hell hound, ghosts,
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Carrie (Book Fairy) Fort
Favorite Lines “I will not share my body with a ghost.”

“I refuse to bow to the Google gods.”

“I am half vampire, and I am not scared of it,”

“Bertrand made him a monster just like us. I watched this muscles work to stand on the board, his wet dirty blond curls flopping into his face. A beautiful monster, for certain, but a monster all the same.”

“I need this like I need another stake in the heart.”

I love a kick ass heroine story! Nina is half vampire and she's finally back home with her Aunt branch
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Kathryn Brink
Oct 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received this book in exchange for an honest review by the Author and the “Lovers of Paranormal” Group on Goodreads.com.
I absolutely loved this book and was heart broken that it ended. The characters were believable in what they are and what they are able to do (quite ironic for a fantasy book!). Nina and her gang of "misfits" make for a truly humorous and action filled ride. The plot was compelling and the twist at the end was totally unexpected. I cannot wait for the next book to see what t
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Jeanny
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Just MEH yes that is an actual word & it's an accurate description of my feeling regarding Hell's Belle.
I'll give book 2 a few chapters likely sample & decide if it's just well crap
Jackie
It is actually safe to say this is not your average everyday urban fantasy/paranormal fantasy. It is a mixture of other genres as well and for some readers, including myself, the blend works and for others it falls short of its goal.

While Nina is a somewhat cool character what she thinks of herself as being a hybrid vampire and human turns out to be a bit more complicated when her actual dual heritage is revealed fully. When that particular cat is let out of the bag things really get a bit muddi
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The Bookwhore Diaries
Bad-ass heroine + hot male hero + unpredictable plot twists = AWESOME NOVEL.

I really loved this novel. It’s not the first time I read urban fantasy books. Also not the first time I read about a world wherein vampires, werewolves and leprechauns exist but this is unquestionably one of my favorites!

The idea of Nina and the team, the Blood Ops, working for the Department of Defense is exceptional. Having an Aunt who is a witch, a vampire for a best friend and another best friend who is a banshee
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Marsha
Nov 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adult Urban Fantasy Lovers
Recently I been reading a string of mediocre books. So, it is a real pleasure to get out of my reading funk thanks to "Hell's Belle." It is checked full of all of the things I love such as great world building, interesting and diverse characters, plenty of action, an interesting plot and hot romance.

Nina Martinez is half vampire and half witch. She virtually has been raised by the Department of Defense since her teens and she works for the Blood Ops unit. She recently moved back to the east coas
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Melanie
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ry-2013, read-in-2013
4.5*s
I really enjoyed Hell's Belle, first in the series of the same name by debut author Karen Greco. This is definitely a 'me' book and the reason I picked it up. I enjoyed all of the characters, obviously Nina is the main female so she was going to be the best, she had a lot of traits that I love in a main character - smart, kick ass, fun and extremely capable of looking out for herself. I loved the rest of the people she surrounded herself with too and they all seem to have their own story to
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chucklesthescot
Ach! I really enjoyed the prequel book to this which was full of humour, action and a great partnership with vampire Frankie, so I could not wait to read this book! But I was disappointed by it! NB: The prequel I read in ebook form is the actual prologue printed in this book.

Nina has returned to her home in Rhode Island alone, and is working in a bar owned by family, keeping an eye out for anything strange. She is attacked by someone who knows that she is part vampire and the whole thing is wit
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Amanda Masters
Awesome Story! I really enjoyed this book. I thought the characters were unique and the story one of a kind. There were a lot of different elements in this story that were unique and I really liked that it wasn't your usually run of the mill vampire story, at the same time there was still a lot of kicking ass, which is always good.

the story centers around Nina a undercover DOD Blood OPS Agent who is just looking to relax and have a little down time in her home town, when someone starts killing w
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Tammy
3.5/5 stars

This book opens with a completely unnecessary yet totally awesome prologue in which we get to know the world and the characters with a special guest appearance by Mayor Corey Booker, vampire slayer. Yes, you read that right. If you think I was not drawing sparkly hearts and smiley faces all over this book when I read that then you don't know me at all.

As you can imagine, I was prepared to adore this book after that opening. Although the rest of it never matched up to that level of che
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Elke
May 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Hell's Belle was a refreshing new take on the supernatural-kick-ass-heroine scheme. Working for some secret task force, Nina's job is to fight evil supernatural creatures which cause havoc in the human world. But this time, Nina herself is the target of an attack by some evil vampire. Being a half vampire herself, she soon finds out that she also has witch genes running in her blood, which makes her an extremely dangerous weapon. Now the fight is on, and together with her vampire team partner, w ...more
Alan
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Are you in the mood for some action. Look no further; you have found it with Karen Greco's first "Hells's Belle" novel. It has the action, suspense and characters to match. Nina is a half-vampire, half-witch and what a combination that is. Her Blood Ops team, consists of a Banshee, a vampire (who is extremely old), her ever helpful Aunt Babe and Dr. "O". And lest I forget, she gains an ever faithful "familiar" in the form of a Hell Hound. This is an outstanding novel for any that enjoys Fantasy, ...more
Debbie
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hell’s Belle by Karen Greco
I received this book in exchange for an honest review by the Author and the “Lovers of Paranormal” Group on Goodreads.com
I fantastic read... I was quickly drawn in and became absolutely engrossed in this book until the very end. A successful mix of Urban Fantasy, Romance and Action ... this book has it all. The characters are brilliant and very well defined. The writing is rich, descriptive and flows effortlessly. With its unique plot this book has a refreshing twist a
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MartyAnne
Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Nina Martinez has come home to Providence, RI.
It is looking like something may have come to find her. Her family is avoiding eye contact, mutering excuses for not telling her the whole story, and basically, leaving Nina vulnerable to some very big secrets from her past.

This book is 5-stars, no holds barred, full on paranormal kicking-BUTT! I love the main character, who is half vampire and half human. Or is that really right? Hrmmm. The story has a full team behind her, who are part of the DOD
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Bridget
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review (LoP or Lovers of Paranormal).
I normally get bored with some parts of a book although I read them nonstop. WIth this particular novel, I did not find any part of it to be uninteresting or slightly boring. The voice of it was compelling and straight forward. For a first debut novel, I believe this is worth about five stars. I also believe Ms. (or Mrs.) Greco has a wonderful first book that should make for a very interesting series.
Laurie
Loved this book! It started off great and kept that momentum all the way through. There’s plenty of mystery, snarky humor, a bit of romance, and tons of action. The characters jumped out of the page and had me cheering (or jeering) mentally as the story played out. I adored that Nina’s supporting cast, including the Mayor, were so wacky, unpretentious and loyal. I can’t wait for more from Nina and her crew!

This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review.

Reviewed by Laurie-J
Mo
Aug 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book today and I'm still not sure if I like Nina. She's very abrupt and crass imo. She doesn't appreciate Frankie, whom I adore. He seems very loyal, protective, snarky, funny and fierce. I don't believe she appreciates him as a friend. Max doesn't leave any kind of impression other than hot. He's turned into a bezerker by Bertrand. Ehhhh, so? I love Babe, she cracks me up. I hope Casper finally gets indentified. Dog is adorbs, but PLEASE give him a name Nina! I will continue wit ...more
Atalia • FMR Book Grind
*Received a copy in exchange for an honest review from Lovers of Paranormal*

"I was who I was, dormant gene or not. I would not sacrifice my witch side to my vampire side, or vice versa. I'd figure out a way to find a balance. I refused to be a casualty of their pointless war." -Nina

Hells belle is a fast-pace read filled with lots of action, one kick ass heroine, and two very cute guys. I enjoyed following Nina and her friends as they work together to try to solve the string of killings that h
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Shelly Roke
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Going back home wasn't what she expected

Karen Greco is a new author for me and I love this book! Mina is a half vampire raised in Nevada by the Blood Ops, trained by vampires, banshees and witches that work for the Department of Defense -with supernaturals still in the closet. Now she's back home in Rhode Island, helping her Aunt run their bar and checking out some supernatural activity that's getting a little too busy, and seeming ritual serial murders. Then, she's targeted and somehow ends up
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Patrick Barnes
Nov 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
Disappointing

This was supposed to feature a female main character who hunts monsters. I thought that she would obviously make her own decisions and not be routinely deferential to every man she encounters.

Instead of heroine, I found flake. Sex scenes where a woman has to let a man initiate sex because she doesn't want to be alone, instead of indicating what she wants is dangerous. It gets perilously close to what a lot of men would find uncomfortably close to rape.

Maybe my reaction is different
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