Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Review: Hunter

Author submission in exchange for an honest review.

Melissa Hosack
Release Date:
December 2010
Whimsical Publications
Word Count:
approx. 31,000
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Real Elves Don’t Make Cookies

If there is one thing Gwendolyn Fox hates more than sunlight and stakes, it’s elves. There’s a good reason why vampires and elves avoid one another, and it’s because they don’t mix well.

Gwen is a vampire who knows how to take care of herself. She’s fought werewolves, witches, and other supernatural creatures all for the sake of protecting those weaker than her. She has nothing in common with the stereotypical blond, fragile, and earth loving elves. That is until an innocent child gets kidnapped, and the only man who can help Gwen save her is none other than Hunter Price.

Hunter is an elf, but like none she’s ever met. Rugged and mischievous, Hunter sparks an immediate reaction in Gwen that she struggles to resist. Try as she might to keep her concentration on the missing girl, Gwen falls victim to Hunter’s devilish charm and seductive nature. He’s tall, dark, and dangerous. He’s everything she never expected of an elf and everything she’s attracted to in a man. 

An expert on breaking and entering, Hunter has the means to get Gwen into the facility where the child is being held. During their encounters with otherworldly villains, the magnetism between them becomes too much to be ignored.

Despite her instant attraction, Gwen is determined to keep things between herself and Hunter completely professional. Hunter, on the other hand, is determined to seduce his stubborn and guarded vampire partner. Together, they’ll strive to rescue the imprisoned girl and save the local supernatural community from a vicious werewolf pack.

To rescue the little girl, Gwen needs to stop Hunter from distracting her. She must cool her sizzling partner or let herself be consumed by the flames.

Joey’s Review:

Gwendolyn Fox is a vampire with a special hatred of elves. So imagine her disgust when the need to rescue a little girl throws her into a reluctant teaming with Hunter Price, an elf.

Hunter is an expert at breaking and entering, and his skills are needed. Gwen isn’t happy about it, but she knows that she can’t turn Hunter away. Besides, it’s not like he fits the typical elf stereotypes. He certainly isn’t a fragile, hippie-dippy kind of guy.

Actually, he’s a mechanic. And he’s quite easy on the eyes, to Gwen’s chagrin. Because even her contempt for elves can’t sway her attraction to Hunter.

It’s an enjoyable set-up, the love-hate relationship between vampire Gwen and elf Hunter. Gwen is kind of like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, only with fangs. She’s sarcastic, single-minded, and can be quite a chore to be around. And Hunter is well… Hunter just sounds hot as heck.

The best part of the story is that you aren’t smacked upside the head with the otherworldly. There is nothing that pulls me out of a story faster than overwrought mystical scene-setting. There’s a good sense of balance to the supernatural in Melissa Hosack’s storytelling. Gwen and Hunter could almost be your everyday Jane and Joe Shmoe. Or at least a Jane and Joe Shmoe who go up against werewolves on occasion. 

So clearly, their special attributes come in handy. And make for a unique romantic pairing. One I think you'll enjoy.

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