Book Review: Hell Transporter (Between #2) by Cyndi Tefft

Summary: 
Aiden MacRae has been given a new life after being stuck transporting souls to heaven for the last three hundred years. He doesn't know the culture, the times or the slang, but there is one thing he does know: he didn't come forward alone.

The master of hell has other plans for the Scottish Highlander and has sent a transporter of his own to get the deed done. Will Lindsey be able to save him or get caught in the crossfire?

Release Date: March 16, 2012
Age Group: Young Adult
Publisher: CreateSpace
Source: Purchased
Other Books in the Series: Between

Review:
I loved Tefft's first book, BetweenBetween was about an 18-year-old girl, Lindsey, who dies in a car accident, and she ends up falling in love with the man who transports souls to heaven.  Between chronicled their relationship from first meeting through several trials and separations.  I loved Lindsey and Aiden's love story, and enjoyed the clean writing as well as the subtle Christian element to the book.  So when I found out that Tefft wrote a sequel to Between, I immediately knew I had to read it!  I thought Between was a stand-alone novel, and I jumped at the chance to read about Lindsey and Aiden again.

I liked Hell Transporter just as much as I liked Between.  I am no fan of books about hell, so I was a little worried this book would be too dark for me.  But it is not dark at all, and not about hell at all.  Lindsey and Aiden are enjoying their time together, when out of the blue, a malicious being starts stalking them.  They discover that the stalker is a hell transporter, the exact opposite of what Aiden was in Between.  The hell transporter takes souls to hell, and is hell-bent (sorry for the pun, but I couldn't resist) on killing Lindsey and taking Aiden for itself.

Much of the story is focused on Aiden and Lindsey trying to find and eliminate the hell transporter.  All of the action is set on Lindsey's college campus, with some of her friends becoming targets and suspects.

I have to say that I suspected all along who the transporter really was.  But, that did not lessen my enjoyment of the book.  I was surprised at the ending, and the conflict resolution.  But what I really loved about Hell Transporter was Aiden and Lindsey's relationship.  It is so full of love, and so sweetly written.  I loved the surprise Lindsey prepares for Aiden, and his reaction to it.  And, for a Christian fiction novel, this book had some spicy love scenes---well, really it was more like foreplay---but was still appropriate for the genre.  I would say the love scenes are about the level of the Vampire Academy series.


I loved the addition of Ian and Sarah to the story.  Their inclusion, as well as their son's history, really added a lot of depth to the story.  Hell Transporter also touches on domestic violence.  Two of Lindsey's college friends are dating, and the guy is violent with the girl when he doesn't get his way with her.  I liked that Tefft included that in the story, and thought her treatment of this serious issue was well done.

Overall, I loved Hell Transporter.  I would recommend this book to fans of paranormal YA, fans of Christian fiction, and fans of contemporary YA.  If you are not a fan of Christian fiction, the faith elements were very subtly handled in the book and should not deter anyone from reading it.  I will definitely be back to read the next book from Cyndi Tefft!


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