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I Belong

Review: Twilight Hunter by Kait Ballenger

Title: Twilight Hunter

Author: Kait Ballenger

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: The Execution Underground (Book 1)

Publication Date: August 27, 2013

Format: Paperback, 376 Pages

ISBN-10: 0373777388 (Harlequin)

ISBN-13: 978-0373777389 (Harlequin)

Reviewed by: Stephanie


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…

Quick & Dirty: A werewolf hunter who is half werewolf himself must team up with the packmaster of the local werewolf pack to help catch a killer. This should go well…

Opening Sentence: Jace McCannnon palmed the Mateba and clicked back the gun’s hammer.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

I was wildly torn on what kind of rating to give this book. There are occasional hints of what could be a good book/series here. For the most part though, everything fell a little flat.

There’s a madman on the loose, killing and raping (in that order, ick) women. Our hero, Jace McCannon, believes it’s the work of a werewolf. As part of the Execution Underground – an organization dedicated to killing supernatural creatures – it’s Jace’s duty to find this monster and kill him. While on the scene of the latest murder, Jace runs across Frankie, the packmaster of the local werewolf pack. Sparks fly, both in anger and lust. Will they be able to set aside their differences and work together to find this killer before he strikes again?

I really wanted to like Frankie. When I read the description for the book and saw she was packmaster of her pack, I was really excited. You don’t see a whole lot of female packmasters in paranormal romance novels. I was expecting Frankie to be really tough, someone who wouldn’t take crap from anyone. Instead, she seemed, not necessarily meek, but not strong either. She constantly repeated “I’m packmaster,” almost as if she was trying to convince herself as well as her pack members. Not quite what I was picturing at all.

Then there’s Jace. Again, I thought I would love him because I’m a sucker for a tortured hero. Seeing as how Jace is a half-werewolf, abused by his werewolf father and now working for an anti-supernatural organization, he would appear to fit the bill perfectly; however, I just couldn’t warm up to him. He seems to constantly be angry, whether it be at his boss, coworkers, or Frankie. He made it very hard for me to like him.

The flow of the story itself seemed very disjointed. I don’t generally have an issue with multiple points of view, but in this case, it really worked against the flow of the story. Everything felt really choppy.

As far as the romance goes, that also had issues. I’m ok with a misunderstanding here and there, but there were constant misunderstandings between Jace and Frankie. It seemed like every few chapters, one of them misunderstood something the other one said/did, thus stalling their romance, and it just started to become very annoying.

Reading through this review, it looks as though I didn’t enjoy this book at all, but there were actually things I liked. The secondary characters seemed to have more life than the main characters. I especially liked David and and found myself looking forward to parts that featured him. I would also love to see more of Shane, as I’m also a sucker for a geeky guy.

All in all, this was a rough first book in a series for me. While there were parts I liked, I was mainly disappointed. I did notice that book 2 features one of my favorite secondary characters though, so I will likely give that book a chance before giving up on the series.

Notable Scene:

“How can you hunt your own kind?” A pang of sadness hit her in the chest. A part of her felt sorry for him because she was challenging all his preconceived notions about himself.

“I’m not one of you.”

Tears welled in her eyes, and she bit her lower lip. This wasn’t happening. “You are.”

He spun to face her, his face flushed and his hands clenched into fists. “I am nothing like him!” he roared.

Frankie jerked against the headboard as his eyes flashed wolf-gold again. A young, untamed and angered wolf, even a half-breed, was impossible to control, and she didn’t even have hands to fight with.

The Execution Underground:

1. Twilight Hunter

2. Immortal Hunter (April 29, 2014)

FTC Advisory: Harlequin Books provided me with a copy of Twilight Hunter. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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