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Review: On the Hunt Anthology

On the HuntTitle: On the Hunt

Author: Alexandra Ivy, Rebecca Zanetti, Dianne Duvall, & Hannah Jayne

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: The Sentinels (Book #2.5), Immortal Guardians (Book #5.5), Underworld Detection Agency (Book #6.5) & The Scorpius Syndrome (Book #0.5)

Publication Date: August 25, 2015

Format: Paperback, 384 Pages

ISBN-10: 1420125133 (Kensington)

ISBN-13: 978-1420125139 (Kensington)

Reviewed by: Roxanne

Synopsis:

Four of today’s most intriguing paranormal authors entice readers deep into the shadows, where vampires, immortals, and other supernatural creatures heat up the night…On The Hunt by Alexandra Ivy

Mika Tanner has loved Bailey Morrell, a beautiful Healer, since childhood. But his duty as a Sentinel, a supernatural guardian of an ancient race, clashed with her rebellious spirit. Now a dangerous new anarchist group not only threatens life as they know it—but any chance of their being together again…

Scorpius Rising by Rebecca Zanetti

With a deadly disease spreading like wildfire across the country, microbiologist Nora Medina needs to focus all her energy on stopping the pandemic. Playing with dynamite—in the form of her way-too-hot ex—is the last thing she should be doing. ?But forced to work with Deacan McDougall against unexpected enemies with the seconds ticking by, she knows the explosion is coming…

Phantom Embrace by Dianne Duvall

Immortal Yuri Sokolov was born with the ability to see spirits, yet he’s never seen one as lovely as Cat Seddon, the woman who haunts his home and his dreams. But amid their star-crossed love, a new danger may have Yuri facing a different kind of eternity.

Stake Out by Hannah Jayne

Vampire fashion designer Nina LaShay has a lot on her plate—just two days until fashion week and the model who was flirting with her photographer boyfriend is now a corpse in her studio. But when dead turns into undead and dangerous, Nina must find out who’s responsible…before the beautiful baby vamp takes too many bites out of the Big Apple.

Quick & Dirty: Four novellas, three from established series filled with magic, vampires and ghosts!

Opening Sentence: “It’s no surprise that the history of the high-bloods had been lost in the midst of time.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

On the Hunt: Mika Tanner is investigating the disappearance of a novice and it leads him to the doorstep of the one woman he doesn’t want to see. Bailey and Mika were in love during childhood, but she ran away from responsibility while Mika embraced his duty as a hunter Sentinel. Bailey is a healer hiding out when the novice turns up on her doorstep. She heals him and tries to hide him only to have him run away later. Mika wonders why the boy left Bailey’s and worries that she could be hurt. When the novice turns back up wounded again and Bailey is taken, will Mika be able to find her and save her.

I have not read any of the Sentinel’s series, but I found this novella easy to read and follow without the normal confusion that takes place when you jump into the middle of the story. It was a fast paced and easy read, and since I liked Mika and Bailey so much it’s kind of interested me in reading the series!

Scorpius Rising: Nora and Deacan used to be married, but went their separate ways years ago, but clearly the attraction and love is still there. Deacan has Nora extracted from her Hawaiian vacation because of a new contagion and she is one of the foremost microbiologists around. As they race against time to find a cure, will they survive to find love again?

I have to say that hands down this was my favorite novella, it was almost like a standalone mini novel! I was on the edge of my seat and more than slightly disappointed when I reached the end of the story, just because I wanted so much more! This short story reminded me why I use to love short stories so much. This had more of a science fiction feel than paranormal, but it was so good, it just sucked you right in and at the end you wanted to immediately get on Goodreads and see if the author had a novel about these characters.

Phantom Embrace: Yuri is an immortal with the ability to see the dead, which is a good thing because Cat just happens to be a ghost. As they spend more and more time together Cat and Yuri begin to fall in love, and when tragedy strikes will they be able to make it through?

I am slightly familiar with the Immortal series, so I wasn’t lost with this novella at all. I thought it was an interesting take on a love story to have a vampire in love with a ghost and I really wondered how the author was going to work that all out. No, I am not going to tell you but it was a great short story that fits within the books already out.

Stake Out: Nina is getting ready for fashion week, when models start dying. With the help of her brother Vlad, can they figure out what is going on? Nina and Vlad are vampires and also belong to the Underworld Detection Agency. When Wendii turns up a vampire, Nina knows this case isn’t going to be an easy situation.

I have read one of the Underworld Detection Agency books, but not sure where this one falls into the situation. I think out of all the novellas this one might be the hardest to follow if you’re not already reading this series. It was a quick read and interesting murder vampire mystery.

Normally I am not a big anthology fan, I used to enjoy them quite a bit, and then with so many series around it was hard to follow the short stories, or if I was familiar with the author I would find myself frustrated that I didn’t know the characters. However, I enjoyed this one quite a bit. My favorite story was Scorpius Rising, mostly because it didn’t belong to a series and so it read like a real short story with a beginning and end. So if you are looking for a few short stories to pass your time with then check this book out!!!

Notable Scene:

“She had several talents, but lying wasn’t one of them.”

“The situation sucked, but the rightness of the moment dug deep into Deke’s gut and took hold.”

“Science is about saving lives, and we both know that the military will want to weaponize and further mutate the bacteria.”

“The statistics of the infected, crazy, and dead were going to give her nightmares.”

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FTC Advisory: Zebra/Kensington provided me with a copy of On the Hunt. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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