Review: Twilight Huntery by Kait Ballenger (Execution Underground #1)
August 27th 2013
Mass Market Paperback
Received from publisher
Yummy Man – Jace McCannon
Kick Ass Chick – Frankie Amato
From Goodreads –
Hunters of the supernatural, the Execution Underground are an elite group tasked with protecting humanity…but what happens when danger collides with desire?
Jace McCannon has one loyalty: the Execution Underground. Despite his mixed blood, his hatred for the werewolves he hunts is legendary. But in his search for a sadistic killer, Jace finds himself face to face with a stunningly seductive packmaster…and longing for a night with his mortal enemy.
Nothing can stop Frankie Amato from defending her kind–or catching the rogue responsible for killing women in her territory. For that, this alpha female needs Jace’s skills more than she wants to admit. But as their investigation exposes evil truths, need burns into a passion that dare not be fulfilled. For to do so will have deadly consequences for them both…
Twilight Hunter is the first full-length book in Kait Ballenger’s new Execution Underground series. I love the name of this series. Execution Underground is a group of humans (or are they ??? da da duuuuum…) who fight evil beings. Their name suits them perfectly.
This is a paranormal romance series which means each book will focus on one of the members of the Execution Underground and how they meet their mates. This time around we read about Jace, the werewolf hunter in the gang. His destined mate? Frankie. “What’s wrong with that” you may ask? Frankie is the local Packmaster. In other words, she is the local werewolf alpha. Yeah…now you get it.
I didn’t mind Jace although I didn’t click with him as well as I wanted to. He has a tragic backstory and deserves his happily ever after but still, I didn’t want to hump him. I wanted to hug him though. He holds such hatred for werewolves and it takes a while to find out why. Before that he just hates and wants to kill Frankie and pretty much everything furry. I have a feeling that is why I didn’t click with him. Such hatred without real explanation at first and it sort of just stuck with me. But he is a good guy who is a little confused about his place in the world, which is why it is good he meets Frankie. She is a good match for him and she helps him feel at home.
Frankie took a while to grow on me. I didn’t feel her as an alpha at first but when I reached one particular scene I thought: ‘oh, there is the alpha!’ and I felt better about her.
The two characters I really liked were David and Shane. David will be the hero for the next book, Immortal Hunter, which is due to hit shelves January 28th 2014. He is the demon hunter/exorsist in the Execution Underground. Then there is Shane. Oh how I love Shane. He is the über geek and doesn’t really go out in the field. He is research. And he even has a doctorate and is a professor! As of now, he is to be the hero in book three and that makes me happy as I want to know more about him. And I bet he gets all uncomfortable when he meets his mate and that will make me swoon even harder. That or he holds a really crazy secret. Either way, I want to know!
We don’t see much of Ash or Trent or even Damon but I’m sure we will learn more about them the closer to their own books we get. Kait did a good job setting up book two with David and Allsùn (his heroine) so I’m sure she will do the same for the members of the gang we didn’t get much of a look at. (But fyi, if you want to know more about Damon, the hero for book six, you can pick up the anthology Kait shares with Gena Showalter, After Dark. We get a really good glance at Damon in that one!)
The villain is nasty. Evil to the bone, you hate him immediately. Which means he is well written. Kait has a nice writing voice and the pacing for the book was also good. There is an interesting twist when it comes to Jace which was well done. Also, the book ended well.
There isn’t much that is new or unique in the world Kait created but what is there is solid. I believe this will be more of a character driven series and that is not a bad thing for a paranormal romance series. I also feel that Twilight Hunter gives us a taste for what we can expect from the books to come. It was a solid read and I am curious to see where the Execution Underground’s adventures will take them, and me.