Hell Bent (Broken Magic, #1) by Devon MonkInstead of the deadly force it once was, magic is now a useless novelty. But not for Shame Flynn and Terric Conley, “breakers” who have the gift for reverting magic back to its full-throttle power. In the magic-dense city of Portland, Oregon, keeping a low profile means keeping their gifts quiet. After three years of dealing with disgruntled magic users, Shame and Terric have had enough of politics, petty magic, and, frankly, each other. It’s time to call it quits.
When the government discovers the breakers’ secret—and its potential as a weapon—Shame and Terric suddenly become wanted men, the only ones who can stop the deadly gift from landing in the wrong hands. If only a pair of those wrong hands didn’t belong to a drop-dead-gorgeous assassin Shame is falling for as if it were the end of the world. And if he gets too close to her, it very well could be....
What’s the origin of the phrase “hell bent for leather?”
The bent in hell-bent is the past participle of the verb to bend , a word with at least 23 definitions in the OED. He was bent upon becoming Prime Minister. She was bent on proving him wrong. The OED gives these citations:. Usually in predicative use, with on, upon, or infinitive.
The "leather" in the phrase is thought to refer to a horse's saddle or whip. When her ex-boyfriend walked into the party, Patty went hell-bent for leather to get out of there. They took off after the horse thief, riding hell-bent for leather.
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