Hunter Of Shadows by Nancy Gideon (Moonlight #5)

Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Pocket

My Copy: Sent

The secrets he knows about her could get him killed.

Transferring to the New Orleans Police Department, Detective Silas MacCreedy has a hidden agenda: to secure his clan’s place once again in the Shifter hierarchy. What he didn’t count on was stumbling upon a sexy assassin who could shred his best intentions and lead him into a dangerous dance that threatens to engage his heart.

But the ones he doesn’t know . . .

Monica Fraser knows just how to make a man beg—for his life. But she has no clue how to fight her attraction to the fiercely intense detective who seems determined to get in her way, both professionally and intimately.

. . . could kill them both.

When emotional attachments to the past and an unexpected glimpse of a different future have her questioning her deadly purpose, Nica must discover the truth about her secret abilities in order to free herself from the forces that control her. But that freedom comes with a price—trusting those she’s been ordered to eliminate.

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Trained assassin Nica is used to living on her own and truthfully she likes it better that way. Her entire life has been lived moment to moment, connections with people just brought pain. She may be able to kill a man with little emotion, but denying her attraction to the fiercely guarded Silas, is something she doesn’t know how to handle.

Silas has his own secrets. Secrets he can’t afford to forget. A job he can’t afford to do. People are counting on him infiltrating the New Orleans police department and bringing home what he was sent to collect. The last thing he needs to is fall for the assassin that seems to always be showing up.

Nica has powers emerging she knows nothing about and she needs Silas to help her figure out what is going on. The few people she is coming to understand better then herself, are the very same people she is supposed to kill.

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Hunter of Shadows is one of those books that you try a lot to love. You want to love it. You keep telling herself to read more. But in the end you are disappointed and feel like you ordered something and the waitress brought you something completely different.

I started Hunter Of Shadows thinking that even though the story seemed to center around a different couple, that we would still get to see a lot of Charlotte and Max. Unfortunately they don’t have much of a role in this one and for that I felt let down. Oh, they are still there, some. Just not in the fashion I wanted them in.The previous main couple has been relegated to secondary roles for this book and after being the center for four other book, this didn’t feel right.

I didn’t really like Nica. I can’t put my finger on why exactly. She had this tough exterior, which normally I can go for because eventually they soften up, if only for the main hero. This just didn’t feel like that. She spent much of the book referring to Silas has basically a booty call. She never wanted to give into the feelings she had. Then, all of a sudden she flipped and was in love with him and couldn’t live without him. It like like she walked from one room and into another and her whole personality changed.

Add to this that Silas was in a round about way cheating on his childhood sweetheart and I just couldn’t like him. He had this girl back home that he has promised he would come back to. They were friends for years and as they grew into adults, thrown together by tragedy, Silas promises they will be together after he comes back from his assignment. Then he goes off and meets Nica and they start sleeping together…while this other girl is waiting at home. What? Now I’m not normally one that draws a line in the sand….and there is definite gray area since Silas had never actually slept with this other girl….BUT…you can’t go telling a girl that she should wait for you, that you will be together, then go sleeping with some smoking hot assassin. Even if you’re doing it out of some misguided sense of family duty. Yes, I know that was a huge run on thought….my mind doesn’t do punctuation.

Alan also makes appearances in this one because he has been temporarily partnered with Silas. I wish Alan would make up his mind about his wife. He either loves her and can stomach the fact that she is a shifter. Or he doesn’t and he needs to move on. He has found a way to work with everyone else…but his wife is still out in the cold. I don’t get it. The boy you claim you love is suffering because you’re treating him like a leper. Man up and take action, or leave, because hanging around can’t be easy on either of them.

It’s safe to say I just had issues with Hunter Of Shadows. I tried, I really did, but ultimately I just didn’t like it. I hope the next one focuses more on who I had come to love, Charlotte and Max. Or give me characters I can get behind.

I give Hunter Of Shadows by Nancy Gideon 2.75 stars

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