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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

ARC Review: Hunter Reborn by Katie Reus

Format: .epub (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Publisher: Penguin Group Berkley, NAL / Signet Romance, DAW
Release Date: February 3, 2014

Losing her was the hardest thing he’d ever endured....

Warrior shifter Aiden’s investigation of the trafficking of vampire blood leads to a startling discovery: the beautiful vampire bondmate he thought was dead. Decades ago, they’d defied their powerful families to be together, but then Larissa disappeared without a trace. When their mating link broke, it nearly destroyed Aiden. Now she’s back with no memory of where she’s been. Even more shattering—Larissa claims she has no idea who Aiden is.

Now she’s back....

It’s a race against time to bring down an operation more evil than his pack ever suspected, and Aiden finds himself working side by side with a mate who no longer trusts him—and she wants out. But he lost her once, and he won’t let her go again. Unfortunately, Larissa’s blood is the key to a powerful monster’s dangerous plan—and he’ll stop at nothing to destroy her, sparking off a war between the supernaturals and humans that no one will win.

Have I mentioned how much I love wolf shifters? No? Let me start now.

Wolf shifter Aiden had been mourning the death of his vampire mate for decades until a current vampire blood trafficking investigation leads him straight to her. With no memory of Aiden or where she’s been throughout the years he thought she was dead, Larissa just wants him to leave her alone but with the unsolved mystery of the trafficking looking like just the tip of the iceberg, Aiden and his pack need Larissa’s help. Of course, Aiden has no intention of letting Larissa out of his sight now that he has a second chance with her. It’s like a second chance to fall in love, at least for Larissa.

So, Katie Reus writes romantic suspense and paranormal romance and while she excels at both, I have to admit to favoring her Moon Shifter series, especially Hunter Reborn. It’s soooo good!! Like a warm chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream on the side.

Aiden made such a tragic figure. He was like the poster boy for a tragic love story but I’m so glad that he got a second chance with his first love. I don’t think giving Aiden a new love interest would have worked. My favorite thing about this guy, aside from him being a delicious wolf shifter, was his love for Larissa. Even when he believed she was dead, he loved her so much that he couldn’t fathom loving anyone else. It didn’t stop him from being a kind, caring and important member of his pack though. He was a natural caretaker and warrior. To me, Aiden was just too good of a guy to be denied his mate!

I expected Larissa to be a timid vampire female given that when Aiden found her she had no memory of her life before and was being heavily guarded by big, hulking guards. But no, she handled herself in every situation like a warrior and a leader in her own right. No one owned this woman, she owned herself and made being a badass look so easy. I loved her! I loved how powerful she was but at the same time she was emotionally conflicted and vulnerable. Larissa wasn’t always perfect but she was always in charge of her own life.

The plot for Hunter Reborn started off with something as simple as blood trafficking and an almost impossible reunion of two star crossed lovers but it quickly became a bigger story, with a twist that I didn’t see coming. I was so focused on wanting to know what happened to Larissa that made Aiden think she was dead, that I wasn’t asking why it happened. I found myself completely engaged with every single detail that was going down. I kept turning those pages like no one’s business because there were just too many questions that needed answers and they were all connected to Larissa’s “death.” I was completely impressed with all the twists, turns and emotions that went into Hunter Reborn that when it was over, I just looked at my dog (Mr. Pud) and said “That’s it?! But I wanted there to be more!” I suppose I’ll just have to wait for the next book.

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