Series: Execution Underground #1
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Harlequin on August 27, 2013
Reviewed by: Kate
Several sex scenes
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…
Coming off the high of SHADOW HUNTER, TWILIGHT HUNTER, the first full novel in the Execution Underground series, had a lot to live up to. Unfortunately, Jace and Frankie just didn’t do it for me in the way that Damon and Tiffany did, though I did enjoy the book. If you were looking for any kind of resolution of the cliffhanger that SHADOW HUNTER left us with, don’t pick up TWILIGHT HUNTER expecting any answers. What you will find, however, is a hot romance, some major action, and a mystery, to boot.
Having read SHADOW HUNTER, I was already familiar with the Execution Underground world, which was fortunate, as the world-building was very light in TWILIGHT HUNTER. Not to say it’s a complicated world that needs lots of explaining, but I’m guessing somebody who didn’t read SHADOW HUNTER may have a few questions about the EU. We do learn more about the other characters that we were briefly introduced to previously, and Damon plays a small part (though he comes across as a total asshole, which made me a bit sad). The other hunters based in Rochester are diverse and interesting, and I’m looking forward to seeing more of them, especially Dr. Shane Gray, the occult expert who pulls out a book and argues it is a weapon when all the other hunters are disarming to enter headquarters.
Though Jace and Frankie are not my favorite couple ever, Frankie is an awesome heroine, and more than makes up for Jace’s inadequacies. It’s not frequently that we see a female head of a werewolf pack, and Frankie definitely held her own amongst her fellow packmates. She was willing to kick some serious werewolf butt and do what it took to get Jace ready to fight the killer. Her loyalty and readiness to protect the members of her pack was awesome, and she was my absolute favorite character in the entire story. And Jace definitely delivered in the sexy talk and walk department, even if his “I’m half werewolf and I hunt them” self-loathing got a bit in the way of me liking him all the time.
Overall, TWILIGHT HUNTER wasn’t blow me away awesome like SHADOW HUNTER was, but Ballenger’s mix of sexiness, humor, and tense mystery is riveting and TWILIGHT HUNTER is an enjoyable paranormal romance read. I will be back for the second full installment in the Execution Underground series, IMMORTAL HUNTER, considering it follows David and Allsun, both of whom we meet in this book, and I am desperately awaiting Damon’s full length novel- hopefully we'll get that soon!