Hunter by Jacquelyn Frank

Hunter by Jacquelyn FrankAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: eKensington

My Copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Pam

This can’t be happening to her. A random break down…an isolated mountain road, a seemingly chance meeting with a hotter-than-hot stranger. Tatyana is a modern gal who can handle any crisis, but before she knows what’s hit her, she’s sensing a hideous threat, not to her but to this man who draws her like a moth to flame. Hunter.

“I know things…I saw it.” When the attack comes, she is his protection from a diabolical enemy, even as he initiates her into a startling world of magic, sorcery and sensuality. For in a moment of terrifying danger a spark has been struck, and neither can escape the erotic fire to come…

On a dark and stormy night Tatyana’s car breaks down and wouldn’t you know it, no cell service. She feels like she is in a horror movie as she decides what to do about getting help. She is on her way to her brother Dimitre’s house and now wishes she had told him she was coming as he would be looking for her. Tatyana and her brother are very close and ever since he met his new love Annali, she has not seen him as much; she understands that he is in love but she feels this need to see him again. As she walks, jumps and dances to keep warm she hopes she finds his place before she freezes to death.

Dimitre is a new witch at Willow Coven and as soon as he met Annali, he fell in love. He believes he has found a family at the Coven and has stayed away from his true family until he learns more about being a witch in the human world. He also is keeping a few secrets from Tatyana, something he has never done before.

Hunter has recently returned to the coven at the request of Ryce, the leader who is a very powerful witch, he has asked Hunter to return after ten years because they have had an attack against the coven that left the current sentential Gracie, injured. Hunter was the sentential for years however a tragedy sent him into exile by his own choosing to make some decisions. Coming back feels right and he is glad Ryce called him.

Tatyana literally falls through the front door which Hunter and Ryce open as they were leaving, and they quickly get her warm. She tells them through her shivers that she is looking for her brother and they immediately realize who she is and that she is a dormant witch. However before much else can happen, they are attacked and between Tatyana’s latent abilities and Hunter jump starting her powers they are able to beat back Braen, a powerful warlock that seems to be wrecking havoc on the coven. The dark warlock Braen is Hunter’s true brother, but one that Hunter wants nothing to do with. Hunter has six generations of evil to live down as he is the first white witch in centuries. Hunter’s help to turn Tatyana’s powers from dormant to full on brings a bond between them that will never go away, a guardian angel type of relationship, yet there bond is something more.

As the group deals with training new witches Dimitre and Tatyana, and making plans to destroy Braen’s coven there are dangers that even they cannot predict. They must deal with evil from both within as well as outside their coven.

I truly enjoy a paranormal book that involves kick-ass immortals, witches and bad guys that want to promote evil, this book has it all. I also love when there is a group that either live together or fight together, they have a bond that no one can break and they are brothers and sisters in every sense of the word. This group of men and women are good witches and they live together within the human world without their knowledge. They protect themselves against the evil witches and warlocks that want to kill and destroy anything good. Ryce is the leader and is a wonderful character as one of the most powerful white witches around. He keeps the group together and is happiest when they are all in the mansion living peacefully; he has even built a state of the art nursery for the future witches of the coven, which I think is very sweet for this large alpha male.

I thought that Hunter and Tatyana were great together, the chemistry was electric and even though their senses may have been heightened after they were bonded; there was an attraction there as soon as they met. There was not one member of the team that I did not like as they all had their separate personalities and I hope each get their own book as the series progresses.

I liked the premise of the book, a group of witches that are “good” and each witch has their own school of talent. No one is alike and each would contribute to the safety of the coven using their own skills. The pace of the story was fast and worked as it was action packed with something always going on until the conclusion. A couple of things I did not care for is that the ending fight between good and evil happened so fast, one time they were in the planning stages and then poof it was over. I think it needed something more in the end as there was a general lack of drama. Also, I was not sure about Tatyana’s family, and how she was going to explain away her absence from her job and the close knit family she talks about, it was just not well addressed. None the less, this is a great paranormal romance full of action and romance and I hope to see more from this series in the future.

I give Hunter by Jacquelyn Frank 4.0 stars!

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