Blog Tour/Early Review: Twilight Hunter by Kait Ballenger
The Blog Tour for Twilight Hunter is in full swing and I’m just a stop about halfway on the list. You should definitely check out some of the other stops along the way for excerpts, interviews, and GIVEAWAYS! Click the blog tour button above to go the tour page or click HERE. Just don’t leave just yet…
Twilight Hunter (Execution Underground #1)
By Kait Ballenger
Expected Publication August 27th, 2013
Source: Received from author in exchange for an unbiased review – Thank you!
About the Book:
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…
Do NOT go into this book, or this series for that matter, with any preconceived notion of what you think this story will be like. Yes, there are hot hunters of supernaturals and each book in the series is about one of them. But so far, I’ve read the first novella, Shadow Hunter, and this book and I’ve been knocked out of my shit-kicking boots by characters and world building. I can see so much potential for the future stories that Kait Ballenger is now easily one of my favorite paranormal romance authors.
What I love most is that her characters aren’t so much “what” they are. There is so much written into “who” they are…
Jace McCannon hates werewolves. Despises them. He has good reason to; his father was a werewolf and an abusive husband and father. The fact that Jace is half is dad (half-werewolf) leads to a bit of self loathing on Jace’s part in the form of a lot of drinking. He’s a pretty broken guy. He hides the fact that he’s half werewolf from all but his best friend. But it sure does make him a good werewolf hunter.
While he’s out hunting a serial killer, he comes across a gruesome murder scene – and a werewolf. He chases down this werewolf and ends up taking her hostage with the intention of using her to get in contact with the area’s packmaster. Jace wants to find out why the packmaster isn’t out hunting down this serial killer himself because all signs point to the killer being a werewolf. Little does Jace know he has the packmaster in his hands. Literally. And at the most inconvenient time for both of them – a full moon. I won’t explain more because I’d ruin some of the story but that’s how we get a bit hot and heavy early in the story. And I liked it!
Frankie is a great female protagonist. She’s an alpha werewolf and smart – I’ve never read a female alpha werewolf who wasn’t portrayed as a villian! Love!
Supporting characters are introduced and used sparingly in the story so you don’t get overly confused by all the hunters. My favorite is David, the next hunter to have his story told. He totally broke my heart and I think I’m actually looking forward to his story the most (sorry, Jace, your story was good, but David… you almost stole the show for me). And I can’t wait to see who blows the loafers off Shane (what is with all the shoes coming off metaphors??)
Story / World Building / Tempo
The story is mainly centered around werewolves and their culture. And even though Ms. Ballenger is just starting to build her world, she’s already added demons, skinwalkers, gods, and the fae. Vampires are there, too (read Shadow Hunter, seriously – you won’t understand why Damon is such an ass, otherwise).
The story moves pretty quickly. But plot isn’t quite as straight forward as you would think a murder mystery with a romance should be. There is a bit of meandering through a few different aspects to the story so you really never have a chance to get bored. When I thought I had everything figured out, I didn’t quite have the whole story correct. Which was kind of cool. I both figured it out AND was surprised. But yes, it does get all pulled together in the end. Surprisingly, I really wasn’t sure these two “lovebirds” would be together in the end. If you read Shadow Hunter, you might have an inkling why (did I mention that I think you should read that novella?).
Not always pretty, the fight scenes are graphic and the horrors of a sadistic killer are quite brutal but it adds a nice edge to this paranormal romance. It’s the sweet fact that these two opposites can make it to each other in the end that totally makes this story for me. I think Ms. Ballenger has a great start to a series here and I’m seriously jonesing for David’s story, like NOW!!! Oh, how I missed good paranormal romance… not anymore!
About the Author:
Kait Ballenger is a full-time paranormal romance author, wife, professional bellydancer, graduate student, and soon-to-be-professor. She is the multi-published author of the Execution Underground paranormal romance series about an international network of supernatural hunters who fight to protect humanity alongside the powerful women they seduce.
With a B.A in English from Stetson University, Kait is currently a student in Spalding University’s M.F.A in Writing for Children and Young Adults program, where she studies dual-genre in screenwriting. She writes dark paranormal romance with drool-worthy heroes and kickass heroines as Kait Ballenger, and sassy YA urban fantasy under her maiden name, Kaitlyn Schulz.
When Kait’s not preoccupied with paranormal creepy-crawlies, she can be found slaving over endless amounts of schoolwork or with her nose buried in a book. She lives in Florida with her husband, their doggie-daughter Sookie (yes, like the heroine in Charlainne Harris’ books), and two mischievous cats Elliot and Olivia (yes, like the Law and Order characters), near the love and care of her supportive family. Kait believes anything is possible with hard work and dedication. One day, she will be a bestseller and have people name their pets after her characters too.
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