ARC Review: Twilight Hunter by Kait Ballenger

ARC Review: Twilight Hunter by Kait BallengerTwilight Hunter by Kait Ballenger

Series: Execution Underground,
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Harlequin on August 27, 2013
Pages: 372
Format: ARC
Source: Author
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three-half-stars  

Hunters of the supernatural, the Execution Underground are an elite group tasked with protecting humanity...but what happens when danger collides with desire?

Jace McCannon has one loyalty: the Execution Underground. Despite his mixed blood, his hatred for the werewolves he hunts is legendary. But in his search for a sadistic killer, Jace finds himself face to face with a stunningly seductive packmaster…and longing for a night with his mortal enemy.

Nothing can stop Frankie Amato from defending her kind--or catching the rogue responsible for killing women in her territory. For that, this alpha female needs Jace’s skills more than she wants to admit. But as their investigation exposes evil truths, need burns into a passion that dare not be fulfilled. For to do so will have deadly consequences for them both…

I am going to be honest and say I struggled reading this book because I had it in paperback form. That doesn’t affect the rating at all, but I picked it up and put it down a lot because I just don’t read paperbacks any more. Not used to having to find book marks and try not to damage the pages:) After being disappointed with the ending of Shadow Hunter, I was timid about starting another story and very worried it would end badly. Thankfully, it lived up to my expectations…you just have to figure out what those expectations were.

Twilight Hunter begins women being found mutilated by a killer on the loose. Kind of gruesome. As Jace describes it, “Jack Ripper style.” We learn early on the name of the killer and that he knows who Jace is,  but we still have to learn who he is to Jace. Let’s just say he is one sick pervert I hope we never really see in real life!

Jace is a werewolf hunter as well as a half-breed werewolf himself. Deep inside he hordes a hatred for everything werewolf and pretty much hunts them down. Rough around the edges, Jace smokes, has a pretty good potty mouth  and pretty much makes up his own mind on things.

Frankie comes upon Jace as he finds the latest mutilated body and must run for her life as Jace starts hunting her down. A fairly strong, kick ass female, she is the alpha of her pack, dance teacher who loves red but looks better in blue and loves to salsa dance. Oh, and she is going through her mating cycle.

The two clash and also attract each other as they run against time to try to catch a killer who is implicating Jace in each new murder. Explosive bedroom scenes keep you both passionate and following to see how these two will overcome their differences as well as their similarities to survive.

I truly fell in love with the secondary character of David. He supported Jace at times when no one else at EU would. I can’t wait to read his story next with a certain Fae.I don’t think I can call him David though, but instead Big Daddy. Damon is still the ass I thought he was in the first book and I didn’t grow to like him any better. He has reason to be bitter, but since he was this bad in the first story, I hope to heck someone writes him a happy ending or offs the guy soon.

Action scenes abound with not just Jace taking on the fight scenes, but Frankie also gets involved and can hold her own. These two are explosive together and throw up many delightful surprises along the way.

After being disappointed with Shadow Hunter, Twilight Hunter redeemed my faith in this series and I look forward to reading more about all the characters I met! Please more, Kait, please!

 

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!
  • Sophia Rose

    I didn’t know about this series. I love paranormal suspense stuff so I’ll have to check it out.