Hunted Warrior by Lindsey Piper #Review

Posted June 6, 2015 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 20 Comments

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Hunted Warrior by Lindsey Piper #Review
Hunted Warrior

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Series: #3 Dragon Kings
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Simon and Schuster
Released on April 28, 2015
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: Author

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A woman simply known as an evil man’s Pet sets out on a quest dictated by the foretellings of the future she receives and she is joined by the ruler of all the Dragon Kings, her would-be captor that she must convince to become what he was born to be even if others whisper that he is The Usurper.

This is the third book in the Dragon Kings series and a bit something different from the two that preceded it from what I gather. Actually, I’m just guessing at that based on my observations as I dived into this last installment having never read the previous books. Considering I probably missed a great deal, I actually found this one stood on its own pretty well. I didn’t have the lost feeling and it had a pretty strong story and romance arc on its own in this exciting enemies to lovers tale.

The woman known as Pet is the catalyst for this adventure. She has been held captive by Malnefoley the Dragon King Giva because of who her previous master was and what she knows about the illusive secret of Dragon King conception. Mal can’t get any answers out of her, but now she has escaped and is set on retrieving some ancient artifacts that must be delivered into the hands of a certain cage fighter to fulfill an important prophecy. Mal has no idea what to do with this unpredictable, mysterious creature that both angers and entices him. He can’t trust her, but somehow he needs to see if all the stuff she predicted comes true especially since she’s tied in with the threats on his life.

Allowing the Giva close and making him her quest partner is a huge act of trust for her, but she has seen how Mal is directly tied to her and they have a future together. He is suspicious and hostile and dark which she must never forget, but there is also something surprising in him that gives her hope as they work and survive together.

The story begins on an exciting suspenseful note and then backs off on the action to work on the development of the relationship and characters only to bring it all home in an intense, emotional hard fought surprising end. I loved the ebb and flow of this one and really liked being along for it all as the two characters took turns narrating the story. They come from very different places in their pasts and even the journey they are on together is not one that instantly brings them together. I liked how the author balanced that aspect of trust/don’t trust on a knife’s edge even while teasing out the attraction growing between them. And boy does that attraction sizzle.

For the most part, the story focuses on the volatile pair of Mal and Avyi, but late in the story familiar characters from the previous stories enter in and do their parts. There will probably be a few really nice surprises for those who have been following the series. And I am so excited about the one big reveal at the end that I have to keep mum about since it’s a spoiler. Cool series twist there.

All in all, I really enjoyed this one and now I want to go back for what I missed. I would say this is for those who like their paranormal romance on the gritty, spicy side with some cunning worldbuilding and plotting.

My thanks to the author for providing the book in exchange for an honest review.

Romance Roundabout #189 PNR

Cliché Klatch #108 ‘Be it on your head’

New to Me #94 series

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • Great review. I do need to catch up on this series. I do love it when a fun twist rolls in, especially when you don’t see it coming.

    • I did an interview with the author and made a playful remark about something that was missing in this series so far. She playfully replied back that actually it wasn’t missing, but would show up in this book. Big fun twist there!

  • Lindy Gomez

    Suspense and surprises make for an exciting story! I like spicy romance, and the world-building is so important in a paranormal story. I’m glad you weren’t lost, even though you haven’t read the two books before this one in the series. Im glad this story ended well, with a big surprise reveal. That always makes things more interesting. Wonderful Review Sophia 😉

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    • Yes, good way to put it- suspense and surprise. I really liked the world she created so even though I sort of know what happened, I want to go back and read the others.

  • I am always a bit hesistant picking up a later book in a series as it’s often unclear how connected or standalone they are. It’s good to hear this one could be read without feeling lost when you haven’t read the first two books, although I still prefer to read a series in order if possible. The eb and flow of the story and pace sounds well done. Your comment about the big reveal towards the end makes me really curious what the reveal is about. Great review!

    • I was hesitant, too, but the tour promoter that sent me the review copy said I’d be alright so I took her word for it. I’ve actually read this author’s historicals under her Carrie Lofty name and those could be read out of order so I wasn’t too worried. It was fun. I can give you a hint about the big reveal if you want. 😉

  • I remember reading the first book in the series and for whatever reason stopped, but I love the whole dragon aspect of the story…you don’t get alot of them in paranormal romances. Great review Sophia!

    • I saw the first one for review and just couldn’t squeeze it in. Now I really need to find the time b/c I love the worldbuilding. And yeah, dragons are a definite plus with me too.

  • You know me and paranormal romance, I love it. It’s my go to genre right now. This sounds just like my kind of book. Thanks for the review.

    • Oh good, Mary! Glad this one tickles your fancy.

  • Ooo I’ve not tried her yet. That’s great you didn’t feel too lost starting where you did. I always appreciate it when an author can pull that off. Thanks for the heads up on these 😀

    • I was a little nervous getting the third book, but I was assured that I’d be okay. This one really grabbed me at the beginning and I had no trouble with getting the world building and the connections to what was going on before this book.

  • Hmm, sounds interesting! I do love dragons so maybe one day this will be on my list! Great review hun!

    • Oh yes, this is definitely a dragon lover read.

  • I’ve not heard of this author! Third book in the series? DRAGONS THOUGH 😀 Glad to see that you enjoyed this book, Sophia 🙂

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • I know, the dragons grab my attention too, Alyssa. I was willing to jump in just for that. 😉

  • I wish the series isn’t over yet. I really wanted to know more about this race and all that. It feels… short.

    • From what I understand, she is planning more just in a new direction and maybe a new crew of characters.

  • I requested the audio to review. I haven’t gotten it yet, but hope that I will soon. I didn’t even know that this series was available on audio and I love the narrator (same as BDB). I didn’t know that the series was ending either. I’ve really enjoyed it so, I hate that this might be the end.

    • Oh, yeah, I heard samples of his work. He would do a good job with this one since there’s lots of action. I was told that there was a possibility that she would do a spin-off.