Series: Wolfe Creek, #2
Published by Entangled Publishing on June 23, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Romantic
Sexual Content: some graphic sex scenes
Reviewed by: Kristina
Bad boy Zane Wolfe has always been wild and reckless. Even though he’s hot for his high school sweetheart, Candi Brooks, settling down has never been in his plans. Beyond that, he’s changing in strange ways—and begins to wonder if there's truth to the local folklore that claims his family is cursed to be werewolves...
There's never been a time when waitress Candi didn't have a serious weakness for Zane and his intense, dark sex appeal. She craves him. But after her life changes dramatically, and Zane won’t commit, Candi’s reached her limit. She can't wait forever...so she's taking her heart off the table before it gets good and broken.
Something mysterious is going on in Wolfe Creek, and danger stalks Candi. Zane will do anything he can to protect her. But the one person she needs protection from might just be him…
HUNTER OF HER HEART seemed like it would be a nice and quick sort of paranormal romance but I ended up just not liking any of the characters or even the plot. The writing was well done and not overly complex or down-laden with flowery descriptions truly making this book a quick read. We are told that Zane is basically a bad boy and screw up and is constantly "this" close to losing his girlfriend Candi. What I would imagine would follow would be some sort of redemption arc or even some hidden tenderness in Zane that would make me root for him to save his relationship with Candi. We don't get any of that. Zane came off as very manipulative and only interested in Candi for the sex not an actual relationship. I was left wondering why Candi even liked this selfish loser beyond his good looks and ability to ride a motorcycle. Why did they love each other? This love they have is told and not shown in any real way beyond sex and frankly sex is not the only aspect of love in a relationship.
Candi doesn't fare much better in the likeability department. She comes off as a pushover who isn't strong enough to really tell Zane that he needs to get his act together or she's gone. Where was the dialog between these two to establish some sort of relationship beyond fighting and sex? They'd don't really communicate with each other at all. Candi came off as an enabler stuck in a dead end relationship. I wanted so much for someone to pull her aside and say that she could do better. Unfortunately the few secondary characters we get seem to be all for their relationship!
And then there is the paper thin paranormal plot. There is some sort of urban legend in Zane and Candi's town that turns out to be true. This legend is vaguely told and kind of expanded upon towards the end of the book where we are given a hint about the burgeoning paranormal world hidden in this town. That hint did not compel me to want to find out more about this world. It seemed to be thrown in as some sort of secondary plot or way to show that Zane has indeed changed for the better. Spoiler alert: he didn't or at least not enough to impress me. He sort of steps up when he has to after much stomping and whining but towards the very end of the book where I just didn't care and wanted to get the book over with.
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