by Kait Ballenger
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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Reviewed by: Kate | Source: NetGalley
Hunters of the supernatural, the Execution Underground are an elite group tasked with protecting humanity…but at what price?
As an exorcist, David Aronowitz grew up the target of demonic assassins. Now he’s a member of the Execution Underground and hellspawn everywhere fear his name. But when a demon slips into the seductive body of the only woman he’s ever loved, David must confront the heartbreak of their past to save her.
The piece of her heart Allsún O’Hare gave to David so long ago left her trapped between two worlds: the Fae and the human. And when David comes to her rescue, fate reunites her with her greatest temptation—and her biggest mistake.
Now, as they’re swept together into a wicked game with the demon who controls her, David must decide if saving Allsún’s life is worth sacrificing his own—and the future of humanity itself.
The Execution Underground is a great example of a wonderful paranormal romance series. With sexy heroes and strong heroines, characters you can care about from one book to the next, and an interesting setting, the series has become one I get excited about whenever a new book is released. IMMORTAL HUNTER, however, fell a little short for me, compared to the prequel novella, SHADOW HUNTER, and book one in the series, TWILIGHT HUNTER.
While I eventually was “Team David,” for the first forty pages or so, he drove me insane with the little self-pity party he had going on. IMMORTAL HUNTER is a perfect example of the “if only they had communicated just a little more…” romance trope used to an extreme. Eventually, you realize that both David and Allsun made mistakes and had something they kept from the other, but in the beginning, there was a bit too much whining for my taste. Luckily, the chemistry between David and Allsun is hot, so as soon as she shows up, it starts to get better. Chemistry isn’t everything though, and I do wish we got a bit more of the taste of the emotional intimacy between David and Allsun – after all, they had at one point been engaged – instead of just the physical part of it.
As always, the other Execution Underground guys captured my attention. (I desperately cannot wait for Shane’s book – super geeky intelligent occult and tech nerd? Sign me up!) The interactions between the men at the meetings are pretty great and were responsible for the majority of the humor of the book, and like previous books, some of my favorite bits too. Those parts always feel the most real to me, and that’s saying something when we’re talking about a secret society that hunts demons, werewolves and vampires. Also, with all the action and fighting, it’s not a surprise that like the other books in the series, IMMORTAL HUNTER gets a little gruesome, so be forewarned.
Overall, SHADOW HUNTER still holds the place as my favorite Execution Underground story, but I’m definitely on board for the entire series, and while not perfect, IMMORTAL HUNTER is a fine addition. With plenty of action and sexiness to distract from the issues I had, it was a quick, dramatic, read that fits right in with Ballenger’s style. I’m still pining for the inevitable conclusion, with Damon’s story, but in the meantime, the Execution Underground series is coming along nicely.
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