Hell on Wheels was a really great read. The characters were very well written. There were no inconsistencies in their personalities and actions.
The characters were sent to hell and are trying to change, except for those in Old Town. Cory's shame and guilt for what he did follow him and affect his actions. It has made him a better person and he is very adamant of not serving a person way too much to drink unless they hand over their keys. I really approved of this, especially after I learned about the reason why. Cory tried to shut off that part of his life, he did not want to talk about it. He made a great circle of friends that are there for him when he needs them. When he starts being attacked they are there to protect and look out for him, even if he doesn't want it and thinks that he deserves it.
Tao is just a big teddy bear though few know because they are too intimidated by his size to give him a chance. Tao is protective of Cory even before Cory and Tao are together. Once Cory gives Tao a chance he never looks back and is grateful for what he is given. Emotions run high and are genuine and flow through the story very smoothly. The emotions make the reader care for the characters and want them to have the happy ending, even though they are in hell.
There are a few twists in the story, like Lucifer being Cory's friend. The twists keep the story moving forward and keeps the story from becoming too slow. The plot is very consistent and interesting. There is action in the story though it is not over the top and not overly violent. There are violent actions mentioned in the story but not overly so or in too much detail. A great story, overall.
Tao Kemoeatu works as the doorman and bouncer at Ice Water. His size often scares people away, including the one man he wants more than anyone. Watching Cory put his neck on the line every night has eaten at Tao. The sprite-like bartender barely speaks to him, yet Tao knows he'd walk through fire for the young man. He vows to protect Cory at all costs, but first he has to find a way to prove size really doesn't matter when dealing with the heart.