Author: Katie Reus
Reviewer: Gikany & Una
What We’re Talking About:
After thoroughly loving the previous novel, Avenger’s Heat, Gikany and Una anxiously awaited Hunter Reborn, hoping to learn more about vampires. Although we got more than we expected in some ways, we were a little disappointed in others.
First, we loved the story of Aiden and Larissa. Not only did we get to learn more about the vampires, we have a vampire-shifter pairing. We enjoyed that the estrangement of these star-crossed lovers was caused by others and that their reconnection wasn’t hampered by misunderstandings. Larissa’s amnesia could have made the story seem very clichéd, but it didn’t. Their love really did lead them and make their story flow seamlessly. Larissa truly trusted her feelings and Aiden really gave her space, trying hard not to force his way and let Larissa come to him at her own pace. Watching as Larissa awoke into her stubborn and strong vampire self was as inspiring as seeing how much Aiden longed for her to be herself. Though he was an alpha and sought to protect her as much as he could, he also admired her strength and worked to not smother her.
In addition to Aiden and Larissa, the story gives glimpses into two other budding romances on the ranch. We enjoyed seeing Ryan and Teresa as they begin their journey together. The connection between Jayce’s brother Aldric and Natalie was also interesting. Gikany and Una wonder whose story will be next and if we’ll find out more about the vampire blood trafficking. We hope the focus will be more solely on only one of them. Though we liked having glimpses into these subplots, we felt that it took time away from the story of Aiden and Larissa, giving the novel a bit of a choppy flow. The continued inclusion of the antagonists’ points of view is not necessary to the plot and disrupted the flow of the story. Although this only happened a few times, it did not add anything to the overall plot or to Larissa’s history that could not have been discovered via either Larissa or Aiden’s points of view. If anything, they interrupted the flow of the story to showcase how evil and depraved they are, which we had already figured out and could have pieced together in other ways. However, this is the author’s style and we have come to accept it. We did enjoy the subplot of Ana and Connor (the couple from the first book Alpha Instinct). In fact it makes Una want to reread Alpha Instinct.
Overall we liked Hunter Reborn and enjoyed the story of Aiden and Larissa. We just feel that their story was made too short due to the set up other plots and the antagonist monologuing a bit too much. The final battle felt like it was over too quickly, and we expected more from the Big Bad in this novel. Though we are not sure if the vampire blood trafficking plot line is over, we hope to see more of the vampires in the coming novels. We found their mythology interesting and we would love to know more about the Brethren. Gikany and Una continue to enjoy this series overall as it unfolds.
Our Rating: B- Liked It, but we had a few small issues
About the Book:
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.
Release Date: February 3, 2015
Series: Moon Shifters #5
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format(s): Paperback (368 pages), e-book
Book Source: Publisher/NetGalley
Hunter Reborn (Moon Shifter #5)
Reviews in the Series:
Alpha Instinct by Katie Reus (Moon Shifter #1)
Primal Possession by Katie Reus (Moon Shifter #2)
Mating Instinct by Katie Reus (Moon Shifter #3)
His Untamed Desire by Katie Reus (Moon Shifter #3.5)
Avenger’s Heat by Katie Reus (Moon Shifter #4)