Review: Midnight Hunter by Kait Ballenger

23413903Midnight Hunter
(Execution Underground, #3)
By: Kait Ballenger
Publisher: HQN Books
Published: Sept. 1, 2015
Genre: Paranormal Romance


Hunters of the supernatural, The Execution Underground are an elite group tasked with protecting humanity…but can dark temptation destroy good intentions?

Occult specialist and witch hunter Dr. Shane Grey is called upon to investigate a string of crimes that bear all the hallmarks of black magic. But he can’t take on this daunting assignment for the Execution Underground alone. He’ll need the help of Vera Sanders, a witch with a dark past—and a woman who disturbs him as much as she intrigues him.

Vera is determined to ignore the dangerous chemistry between herself and Shane so she can prove her loyalty to his cause; otherwise she risks the wrath of the Execution Underground once again. If she can’t make Shane trust her, they won’t stand a chance in hell of defeating the evil that’s terrorizing their city. No easy task, considering old habits die hard…and Vera may be the very person responsible for luring Shane into a killer’s trap.




Shane is a witch hunter. He’s familiar with all things that fall under the cult and is well equip to battle them. What’s he’s not prepared for is falling for a witch. A witch who not only practiced (and quite possibly still dabbles in) black magic but who is also his student at his day job on campus. All those things add up to disaster. However, he can’t stay away from her, even if he wanted to. You see, there is someone out there raising the dead and causing chaos in the area. The only way to figure out what’s going on is to get the help of a witch. Thus, Shane and Vera team up to help take down the wicked witch… or in this case, warlock.

We got a snippet of Shane and Vera in the previous book when Shane requested Vera’s help on another case. That’s when we learned that Vera had dabbled in black magic, was his student, and also a bartender at a strip club. All things though sounded like a hot mess of fun. So, I was really excited to read their story.

However, this one just fell flat for me. I don’t know what it was but I wasn’t as invested in Vera and Shane as I was in the previous book. I honestly just cannot put my finger on it. Maybe it was that their sexual tension was like child’s play to the previous books. I mean these two just pussyfoot around each other the entire time. There’s really not any heat until just about the end of the book. Maybe that’s what my issue was because Kait is an amazing author. She paints images so vividly with her words that you feel like you’re there with them. It’s just these two characters just didn’t make me feel. They could have been killed and I would have probably shrugged my shoulders and wondered who the next book was about.

With that being said, I normally have an inkling of who’s story is next but I haven’t the faintest idea. I will still continue to keep up with the series. I love the author’s writing and the world that she creates.



“Some half squirrel, half man has been showing up naked in people’s backyards out in the suburbs. Soccer moms tend to be a little alarmed when a nude man nibbling on acorns is perched near their child’s window. I’m not sure whether he’s a shifter who’s unable to hold his animal form for long or just a garden variety nut.”


5 Thoughts on “Review: Midnight Hunter by Kait Ballenger

  1. I wasn’t totally sold on the romance here too. The rest of the book was okay expect for that. I just feel like it’s more of a lusty attraction than true love? Like Vera kept distracting Shane with her body, I mean who wears a stripper skirt to class? I didn’t go to college here, but is that even allowed?

  2. Sorry to hear that it fell flat for you

  3. The blurb sounded promising, sorry it fell flat for you.

  4. Hmm, seems like the characters were not doing it for you. Sucks. 🙁

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