Immortal Hunter (Execution Underground #2)
By Kait Ballenger
Published April 1st, 2014
Source: received for review from Harlequin in exchange for an unbiased review (THANK YOU!)
About the book:
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.
Kait Ballenger is a new “voice” in paranormal romance and I really love the world she’s built with her Execution Underground series. It started with the outstanding prequel Shadow Hunter and continued with her first full length novel Twilight Hunter. Her second book, Immortal Hunter, is no slouch in the series but does dim a bit in the shine department compared to the other books in the series. But I think there’s a very good reason for that. It might have been that the difficult subject matter may have overshadowed the action we come to want a bit more of in our paranormal romances.
But like I said, this is still great entry in the series and a solid four on my rating scale. One thing that Ms. Ballenger does in her books, and that I love her for, is that she introduces the next couple to be featured in the upcoming book in the current book. And I’m not talking just a little a little bump in the hallway kind of greeting. We get to actually see interaction, dialogue longer than two sentences, conflict, and of course the foreshadowing to the next book.
It was in the last book, Twilight Hunter, that we met Allsún and learned of her and David’s past. But don’t worry, we actually get the full story in Immortal Hunter. We also get a surprise or three as to what happened between these two former love birds, as well. I don’t know who I blame more for their break up five years prior, David or Allsún (Allie). But getting back together isn’t as easy as it would seem when David wants to protect Allie from the demons who want to get rid of the last living fae on this side of the fae world.
It’s a great story with twists and obstacles for our hero and heroine to negotiate. I just think the paranormal romance side got hidden behind the brutal carnage of the murders that occurring and the glaring reality of the tragedy that happened to Allie after she broke up (did they actually break up?) with David five years ago.
If I was presented with this book three or more years ago, I wouldn’t have been able to read it. Flat out, would. not. read. But I guess as my family has gotten older or as I’ve gotten more jaded, I’ve toughed up. Don’t get me wrong, I still tear up over dead animals in the road. I just must have lost some soft spot on my soul somewhere in the last two years. I blame Christy at Love of Books. I’m sure it’s her fault. She’s pretty jaded and I’m sure it’s catchy.
A lot of the story focused on Allie’s feelings but I felt like we missed a big chunk of David’s feelings when the big reveal came to David. It was almost too focused on Allie, even though Ms. Ballenger’s books have all been dual POV so far. I just would’ve wanted to see David literally fall to pieces like I thought he would have finding out what happened all those years ago. It was the ultimate failure on his part. Ooooo, wouldn’t you like to know?!?!?
See? I told you Ms. Ballenger writes good stories!!!
If you read this story, you need to make sure you read all the way through the acknowledgements portion. I didn’t the first time around. I did, though, when I went back to write this review.
I <3 you, Kait. *hugs*
About the author:
Kait Ballenger is a full-time romance author, wife, a former professional bellydancer, 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 a recent graduate of Spalding University’s M.F.A in Writing for Children and Young Adults program, where she studied dual-genre in screenwriting.
When Kait’s not preoccupied with paranormal creepy-crawlies, she can be found spending time with her family 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.
Other books in the series:
Since I’m such a fan of Ms. Ballenger’s I’m giving away an e-book copy of Immortal Hunter. So it’s coming from me and you’ll be able to pick whether you need a Kindle or a Nook version. This is open Internationally; you’ll just have to let me know how to get the book to ‘ya.
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