Published by Kensington on February 4, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Sexual Content: Copious amounts of sex, allusions to rape
Reviewed by: Libbie
This can’t be happening to her. A random break down…an isolated mountain road, a seemingly chance meeting with a hotter-than-hot stranger. Tatyana is a modern gal who can handle any crisis, but before she knows what’s hit her, she’s sensing a hideous threat, not to her but to this man who draws her like a moth to flame. Hunter.
“I know things…I saw it.”
When the attack comes, she is his protection from a diabolical enemy, even as he initiates her into a startling world of magic, sorcery and sensuality. For in a moment of terrifying danger a spark has been struck, and neither can escape the erotic fire to come…
I wasn’t sure what to expect from HUNTER. On the surface it had all my happy buttons pushed – witches and magic and romance. Seemed like a perfect match. And for the most part, it was. The story itself was pretty solid and I loved the way the world was set up with the different schools of witches.
I enjoyed the way the story melded two very different types of families – Tatyana’s and Dimitre’s large Russian family with Hunter’s coven family of witches. I think I laughed out loud when Dimitre tried to go all big brother when he finally entered the story and Tatyana went typical baby sister smackdown.
I think my favorite part of HUNTER was watching Tatyana come into her magic. Already a strong character, she stepped into that role with some believable skepticism but once she accepted what was, she truly started to shine within her new life. She even took to it better than her new family, and one of my favorite scenes was when they were tiptoeing around her, believing her to be traumatized and she calmly informed them that not only was she fine, but that they were all dead wrong about what happened.
The problems I had with HUNTER had little to do with the plot, though, and everything to do with the language. I don’t want to say it was overly purple prose, but there were a few times I wanted to go back in time and take the author’s thesaurus away. (Any time a lollipop is described as a “globular sweet” I tend to nope out.) And glorious as it no doubt is, I didn’t really need three pages to fully appreciate Hunter’s package.
It wasn’t just a lavender tint to the prose, though. In the very beginning, the language was so formal, I started to wonder if Hunter was actually hundreds of years old (instead of mid-thirties) because even though his spoken language was modern, the sections of exposition from his point of view were overly effusive. Hint: Not many modern men refer to their faces as “visages.” At times I wondered if HUNTER hadn’t started as a Victorian novel then switched to the present and someone forgot to go back and edit. Also, and this is purely a personal thing for me, but repeated 10+ page sex scenes of truly acrobatic, endurance-testing , multi- multi- orgasm sex tend to bore me, but since this is listed as erotica, I can’t say they weren’t expected.
I’m not sure if I’ll try another by this author, but with the strength of the story and truly likeability of the characters, I’ll consider it.Series Titles: