Review: Twilight Hunter by Kait Ballenger

14288739Twilight Hunter
(Execution Underground, #1)
By: Kait Ballenger
Publisher: HQN
Published: Aug. 27, 3013
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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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.


1thoughtsI’ve got to be honest. I love a book and ultimately an author who can show you one thing and then give you something even more than expected. When reading the synopsis, I see that a werewolf hunter falls in love with a werewolf. But what Kait delivers is so much more than that. There are not only layers to the romance aspect but to Jace’s character as well. Not one character (secondary characters included) in this book who are one dimensional. Heck, even the bad guy in this story comes out of nowhere and has reasons for why he’s a killer.

Jace is half werewolf/ half human. However, his father continually beat both himself and his mother and that hatred for his father has rolled over to all werewolves. He even hates himself a little bit because of his mixed heritage. He’s constantly drinking and when he isn’t in his apartment getting drunk, he’s out killing werewolves. So imagine his surprise when out investigating the latest murder site he chases down a female werewolf and finds himself between the sheets with her.

On the night of Packmaster, Frankie’s, mating ceremony, she decides to go out and investigate the latest murder scene. Something is out there killing women and she’s had enough of it. She’s heard the rumors that there was a hunter in the area but she had no idea that it was true or that he’d be at the murder scene. Pretty soon she’s wishing that she’d stayed away from the scene because not only does she find herself captured by a man who hunts her kind but her mating cycle is about to hit and the call is irresistible for werewolves to ignore, even if they are only half werewolf.

Like I said, I thought the whole enemies falling in love thing would be the story but that’s only a piece of it. Not only do we follow Jace while he figures out who and what he is but we follow Frankie as she comes to terms with the fact that she’s mated to a man who is not only a hunter of her kind but who doesn’t want her. We also follow the killer as he chooses and stalks his victims while taunting and baiting Frankie and Jace in the process. And then there’s Jace’s fellow hunter, David who helps Jace throughout the book and Kait starts developing his story with a certain Fae. (which will be the next book)

I’m really glad I read the prequel to this story because had I not, I’d have thought that Damon (the hunter leader) was a complete douche. However, since I read the previous novella, I understand his frustration and his anguish. So the fact that he takes no b.s. from anyone and is quick to attack, I understand it because of reading Shadow Hunter.

Kait may be a debut author but I have a feeling that this series is going to take off with a major BOOM. She doesn’t just give readers a sweet romance that you see coming. She adds texture to the story to keep the readers on their feet. She doesn’t overwhelm the reader with too many characters and pov’s like some series out there. The main focus is the MC’s with a kiss of what’s in store next. This is most definitely a series that I’ll will be keeping up with . Kait is an amazing PNR writer and has become a must read for me.


1favequote“Fuck with me again and I’ll cut off your balls and feed them to you like they’re scrambled eggs.”


Previous reviews from Execution Underground
Shadow Hunter


One Thought on “Review: Twilight Hunter by Kait Ballenger

  1. lol I love the quote. ;:snort:: It sounds like a great start to the series. I need to get in gear and read it I think.

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