Early Review: After Dark (Execution Underground #0.5) by Gena Showalter and Kait Ballenger

June 22, 2013 Review 1 ★★★★★

After Dark

After Dark

(Execution Underground #0.5) by ,
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  • Format: Paperback
  • Publisher: on June 25, 2013
  • Pages: 384

Rating

5 Stars

Sexual Content

Several sex scenes

Description

From New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter

The Darkest Angel

Winged warrior Lysander has been alive for centuries, and yet he's never known desire-until he meets Bianka. Spawned from the bloodline of his enemy, the beautiful but deadly Harpy is determined to lead the untouched Lysander into temptation. He may try to evade her attempts, but even the most iron-willed demon assassin can resist for only so long....

And from debut author Kait Ballenger

Shadow Hunter

Vampire hunter Damon Brock's first assignment with the Execution Underground is Rochester, New York, a city crawling with the undead. But he isn't the only hunter in town gunning for vamp blood. Tiffany Solow is fierce and ruthless when it comes to slaying the monsters that destroyed her family-and she works solo. But being alone is no longer so desirable when she meets the mysterious hunter who wants more than just her turf. As they work to massacre the local covens, the line between good and evil blurs when they are forced to decide between their lifelong beliefs... and their newfound hearts.

Review

This review is for SHADOW HUNTER only.

Rarely does a book manage to sucker punch me on the very last sentence. By that point I’ve usually guessed the possible outcomes and it’s hard to surprise me. But SHADOW HUNTER, a prequel novella to Kait Ballenger’s new series, Execution Underground, did just that. Leaving me speechless and wanting more, SHADOW HUNTER packs action, romance and an underground society of vampire hunters into 200 amazing pages.

Damon, the focus of the novella, is a hunter for Execution Underground- a secret organization of men who hunt vampires and other supernatural creatures including werewolves, ghosts and demons. Tiffany is the sister of the partner Damon just lost, and she and Damon were pen pals for years, forming a close bond, even though they never met. Damon is one of those heroes who you can’t decide whether you want to shake him or hug him. He’s a complex character, strong but vulnerable when it comes to Tiffany and stuck in a place where he blames himself for his partner’s death. Tiffany is a great match for him. While she sometimes makes some poorly thought out decisions, she’s smart and headstrong, and she wants to be equal with Damon, not just sit around and wait for him to do everything.

SHADOW HUNTER is an excellent debut. When dealing with novellas, it is hard to fully flesh out a world, but Ballenger does a good job of balancing giving enough details to understand the world Damon lives and including enough action to keep the story flowing. And does it flow! There wasn’t a slow moment. With such an enjoyable introduction to the Execution Underground series, I can’t wait for the first full book, TWILIGHT HUNTER, which is coming out in August.

Series

0.5. Shadow Hunter

1. Twilight Hunter

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