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House of Ash & Brimstone

(Gatewalkers #1)

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Hell has come to collect…

…but Gisele Walker has no plans to pay the debt.


As a half-demon paranormal bounty hunter, Gisele is used to flirting with death, but stealing a curio and opening a portal to Hell’s demon court is more than your average day job.

Now, she’s partnered with an infuriatingly handsome demon, Shade, who has more levels of grey than she can count.

Who can
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Kindle Edition, 405 pages
Published October 22nd 2019 by City Owl Press
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Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
There was literally so much to fangirl about when it comes to this book! I love when a new-to-me author snags me from the start. Every scene was depicted in such a way that I could easily picture it, whether it was the false calm found here on Earth or the scary things that go bump in the night in the author's version of Hell. The characters came to life with ease and I couldn't help but be intrigued by them... especially Shade. Gosh, I would have given anything to really get his perspective ...more
Nicole Brake
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read an early version of House of Brimstone and Ashes and I didn't anticipate how much I would LOVE IT

House of Ash & Brimstone is an outstanding debut! Packed with deliciously dark humor, steamy romance, and heart-stopping action, Gisele is a fierce heroine sure to appeal to fans of Nalini Singh and Sarah J Maas. 5*! Can't wait for the sequels!

*If you're a fan of MCs who are whip-smart like Veronica Mars and have a steely backbone akin to Buffy Summers, this book is
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Charlotte Clavier
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great start to the Gatewalkers series. Smart, Witty, Bad-*** half demon Gisele and her co-worker, babysitter and dragon shifter Shade who is a pain in her backside are both paranormal bounty hunters. A job brings up plenty of complications for Gisele and her new friend/bodyguard Beast as well as the help of one unexpected person- Shade in this book. A love story and a hell of a joyride (literally!!). Great characters, great book and a great read too. All you can ask for really
Nikki Edwards
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book, from the first line, draws you into the MCs bada*s world.

It has all the key ingredients you would expect, with a tasty hint of a secret, that will leave you wanting more!
Gigi Walker hates her new co-worker, wants to buy out her indentured contract. just those two reasons are why she takes on a job, no one in their right mind would consider. But Gigi is a force within itself, and when strange dreams invade her sleep, the dead are trying to kill her and the paranormal ME wants a piece
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K B
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.75 Stars – rounded up.

Goodreads synopsis: (Normally I would write my own, but I did not want to risk spoiling the book!)

Hell has come to collect…

…but Gisele Walker has no plans to pay the debt.

As a half-demon paranormal bounty hunter, Gisele is used to flirting with death, but stealing a curio and opening a portal to Hell’s demon court is more than your average day job.

Now, she’s partnered with an infuriatingly handsome demon, Shade, who has more levels of grey than she can count.

Who can she
...more
Luna Joya
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love reliving into a new world of fantasy and magic that unravels in a complex, logical way to bring you right into the adventure. This book does exactly that. Gisele is a kickass strong heroine with no real knowledge of her past. Shade is a gorgeous demon, a seriously hot badboy in all the right ways with the OMG annoying-but-amazing ability of getting Gigi into even more trouble. No spoilers here but it's a rollercoaster, fast-paced adventure to figure out Gigi's past to save her future.
Raveen Vann
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
a really good book by this author. The characters were great and the entire storyline was well written and one I was hooked in from the very first page. I honestly can not wait for more.
Heather Bane
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book. The story is very well written. I loved the characters. A really great fantasy book that keeps you drawn in. I recommend reading.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Wendy
An atmospheric, action-packed thrill ride with a smart and tough as nails heroine and a smoldering boy, both of whom I was rooting for so hard and holding my breath for until the very end. Gigi is unforgettable and Shade is my current book boyfriend. Seriously, their chemistry is just amazing! The world building and pacing is very tight and breathless with super sweet moments of friendship and romance in between. Also I ADORE Beast and Gigi’s found family dynamic. That is my weakness every time! ...more
Gemma McLaughlin
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Favourite Quote: '"Can we chase the sun?" she pleaded. "Can we, before it's gone?" He bowed his head and bent around her, shoulders flexing. His wings unfurled with the sound of a thick sail cracking. They spread impossibly wide, dark and leathery, but full of blood and life. Wind whooshed around them, but offered no cool relief. The breeze was hot, a sigh of summer. They were close to taking off. His lips touched her ear. "Gigi, you are the sun," he teased. With a push, they were in the air.'

*I
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Elodie
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
House of Ash & Brimstone
Gatewalkers Series #1
Megan Starks
https://m.facebook.com/fictivate/
Release date 10/22/2019
Publisher City Owl Press

Blurb :

Hell has come to collect…
…but Gisele Walker has no plans to pay the debt.
As a half-demon paranormal bounty hunter, Gisele is used to flirting with death, but stealing a curio and opening a portal to Hell’s demon court is more than your average day job.
Now, she’s partnered with an infuriatingly handsome demon, Shade, who has more levels of grey than
...more
Meghan Lloyd
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A forgotten memory, a love story to remember for all time - this is what Megan Starks has created with this wonderful debut novel! I loved it from start to finish and really never wanted it to end. I fell in love with the characters from the start, and Megan seamlessly blended in backstory that gave the reader a taste for the past without being overwhelmed by it. Truly genius writing. The storyline was also very unique. In a world where romance readers frequently are drawn to the paranormal and ...more
Janet Walden-West
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a fresh, fun entry to the Urban Fantasy/UF romance scene, and I'm staking my Book Boyfriend claim to swoony cinnamon-roll of a dragon shifter Shade right now.

In a gritty contemporary world that includes plenty of supernatural creatures, Giselle is working as a bounty hunter for her adopted father figure. Despite years of always bagging her skip, she's been saddled with a smokin' but uptight co-worker, Shade. The guy is there Every. Time. She. Turns. Around, and having him trailing her
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Belle
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.75 stars.

For the most part, I quite enjoyed this book. Absolutely gorgeous cover, I think it's perfect! But don't let it fool you into thinking this is a YA novel because it definitely isn't. I think it fits in nicely in the 'new adult' category.

The world had me feeling lots of 'Grimm' mixed with 'Supernatural' vibes. I loved the characters. I loved Beast's loyalty & I really really liked Shade's vulnerability, I thought his character was spot on. The 'romance' was pretty good, though I
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Sadie Forsythe
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5
I surprised myself by liking this book a lot more than I expected. (Though I do love the cover.) I expected it to be a lot more YA than it was, which was a pleasant surprise, and I think I might move heaven and Earth for Beast and Shade. Oh my, they were both wonderful in their own way. (Though I have to admit that it was Shade's desperation I loved about him and that's just a little cruel of me.)

Gi-Gi was only a so-so heroine for me. I didn't dislike like her by any stretch of the
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Jo Ladzinski
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
Read an eARC provided by the author

If you wanted something that was a blend of Ugly Americans, Devil May Cry, and Constantine (the 2005 movie with Keanu Reeves), look no further than this bombastic fun time. Gisele Walker finds herself in some hellish malarkey when a contract accidentally rips open a new entrance to the underworld and she finds herself with a dashing demon in tow. He's definitely got some ulterior motives and someone is out for blood, and it's up to Gisele to find whomever is
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Madison Schaeffer
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
It took me a while to get into this one. As in, I nearly quit about three times in the first fifty pages. I couldn't figure out what was going on. The pacing was strange. I was not into it. (Sorry, book. It was a rough start.) But then! It took a turn for the significantly better. You can't quit a book that has a giant paranormal fight scene in a morgue. Gisele is a half-human/half-demon detective-bounty hunter-PI. She gets pulled into a giant mess of drama after she steals a cursed object for a ...more
Jeanne Estridge
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a wild ride, full of action, twists and turns.

Giselle is a heroine in the mold of Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels, but with a twist of twisted horns coming out the top of her head. A half-human, half-demon bounty hunter, she is tough to her core, except when it comes to Beast, the Minotaur she rescues from a supernatural carnival. There we see her softer side, and her dedication to keeping her word, emerge.

She's a lot tougher with Shade, another bounty hunter who joined the company
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Anne Raven
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
House of Ash and Brimstone is a fast-paced, action-packed thrill ride for all Urban Fantasy/paranormal romance fans!

Gisele is a kickass, in-control heroine with a literal crown of horns. She may be a princess, but she sure as hell isn’t a damsel in distress. And Shade… *fans self*… is hotness incarnate. If you like your cinnamon roll heroes strong and powerful, he’s bound to be your new book boyfriend. And of course, there’s a Minotaur I want as my wingman! Beast is loveable and a fierce
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Rebecca Kenney
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was fantastic! There were several mystery elements to unravel, as well as some intricate demon/supernatural lore that was gradually revealed. The way the hints and information were woven through the tale was masterful; it never felt like infodumping. Lots of delicious romantic tension between the two leads; although I did get very frustrated with Gisele over how rude/obnoxious she was to Shade for a long time, even when she should have known how he felt. The characters were delightful, ...more
Noemi
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 000_read, zzz_arc
I really liked this book! I'm new to Megan Starks, and I can proudly say that I was hook up since the beginning. I couldn't put down this book until I reached the last page. I love Gisele as a bounty hunter and all of the 'misfits' she gets into. There were some parts were I couldn't stop laughing. I can't wait to see where her and Shade's relationship will go!
Donna Till
Gisele is a half demon bounty hunter who takes a contract to collect a curio that opens a portal to hell. But things don't go to plan she ends up being hunted and has a demon called Shade as a new partner. But there is a lot of history between Gisele and Shade that she no longer remembers. The attraction between them is hot despite the feelings towards each other and their past history.
Gisele is a strong character and a force to deal with and I just love Shade!!!
This is the first book in the
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Jessica
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It has been awhile since I have been so caught up in a story. World building on par with Mercedes Lackey and Marion Zimmer Bradley, the intrigue and action reminiscent of Seanan McGuire, this Author is new to me, but she is certainly not lacking in the talent department.
The main trio of characters, Gisel, Shade and to an extent Beast, were well thought out and their relationships and interactions with each other were what made this story for me. The tension and the anguish over certain
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Heather Wamboldt
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
House of Ash & Brimstone is the first book in the new Gatewalkers series. I really enjoyed this urban fantasy romance story. The characters are well defined, both good and evil. Giselle and Shade are complex characters that have to work together and have great chemistry. The storyline is well written, engaged my interest from the start and kept me turning the pages. Action, suspense, intrigue, and the supernatural all combine to make this a great read.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader
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Sapphyria
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
House of Ash & Brimstone is the first book in a new paranormal romance series by Megan Starks. The main character. Gisele, is a half-blood demon and human who lives in the mundane world as a bounty hunter; avoiding Hell as much as possible and only with a large police escort. She also doesn't have any memories prior to the age of 11. She only remembers from the time she was placed in a convent for protection; although, protection is not at all what we learn she received. Shade is he new ...more
Donna
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing read! The detail and depth given to the characters, setting and story line was stunning!
The emotional charged relation ship between Shade and Gigi was off the chart!
This story sucked me in and had me riveted the whole way through!
Action packed, perverse and brutal but heart warming to!
I look forward to book 2!!!
Highly recommended

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Esmeralda Silva
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow what a great book. I realy liked Gigi and Shade. They are very complex characters and you get to know them gradualy. Gisele doesn't remember her past and Shade is full of lies and mistery. I think this will be a great collection, it already is a great book but the whole story will he great. I hope book 2 doesn't take long to get online.
Lexie
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Friends, I quite enjoyed this. That said I almost murdered Gigi a few dozen times.

There's reckless and then there's Giselle.

Thankfully that works itself out as she becomes, if not leas reckless, at least more willing to recognize she needs to prepare for how dangerous she lives.

Shade's somewhat overdeveloped sense of guilt tended to be less than useful as well, as it kept him from being as communicative as I believe he could have been.

Beast's inclusion was spot on awesome as was Warrick and
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Dawn Milligan
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a Good read I enjoyed this first installment it's well written and the characters are great cannt wait for more!
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Megan Starks is the award-winning author of the Gatewalkers urban fantasy series and a game writer at Obsidian Entertainment working on The Outer Worlds. A Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist, Writers Guild of America award nominee, and Pitch Wars alumna with an MFA in fiction, Megan enjoys reading and writing paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and fantasy novels. Whether it's dark ...more

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