Title: Hunter Betrayed
Tainted from birth, Harley lives a life cloaked in darkness and temptation. She resists the lure of her evil legacy by holding the memory of her ghostly savior close. Every night without him is agony. She fantasizes about him and yearns for his body, but he’s not the protector or lover she’s envisioned. He’s a Hunter bred to eliminate her kind. He’s also her only hope of salvation.
Calan, the leader of the Wild Hunt, was created to protect mankind from the Unseelie Court. For a millennium, he’s sacrificed to ensure the horrid creatures remain in the Underworld, but his strength wanes. He must rely on his enemy’s daughter to save him, but he doesn’t expect the intensity of their lust or love. Her touch calms his wild nature and ignites his carnal desires. He’ll risk all to save her, but doing so forces him to make the ultimate sacrifice, one that’ll damn him to suffer forever in his own living hell.
Author: Nancy Corrigan
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Unexpected Find, Beautiful Mistake, Favorite Obsession, Hunter Betrayed
Series: Wild Hunt #1
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Hunter Betrayed, Hunter Sacrificed, Hunter Betrayed, Hunter Forsaken
Published: September 3, 2014
Genres: Erotic Fantasy Romance, Urban Fantasy
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This is another retelling of the classic battle between good and evil. With the really good stories, it is sometimes hard to tell which is which. Are the pretty elves with their glamour here to help or hurt? And the huntsmen riding their spectral horses straight from hell, they must be evil? Right? Not so much.
I liked how the author played on the “don’t judge a book by its cover” theme. The huntsmen, though they come from hell, are on earth to protect human kind and the pretty elves are actually from the unseelie court and want only chaos so they can feed on the fear and anger.
This story begins 1000 years ago when it looks like maybe evil will win. But, the huntsmen sacrifice themselves to keep the breach between earth and hell closed. For 1000 years our hero, Calan, leader of the Wild Hunt, has been held prisoner while his fellow huntsmen, also prisoners, have been slowly going mad with the curse that was meant for the evil known as Dahm.
Fast forward to the present and meet Harley. Calan has seen her as a child, and again as a teenager and believes her to be his salvation. But there are secrets, and rules that must be followed, and oaths that cannot be broken.
It was a bit difficult for me to get into this book. The beginning was confusing to me with the various characters being introduced and who was fighting whom and why. There was some flashbacks going on at the same time in the attempt to fill in backstory. It took a while, with some concentrated reading, for me to figure everything out. Once I did, the story wasn’t too bad.
I did a little eye rolling at how necessary sex seemed to be at keeping entities calm and centered, but I guess that is as good a way as any to get the sex in the story at random places.
I got really frustrated about what appeared to be a total lack of communication. I could not figure out if it was because Calan could not share the information, or he just chose not to. It definitely lead to conflict. Continually. Throughout the book. Of course Harley wasn’t any more forth coming with key bits of information either. I kept thinking, “If only these two would just sit down and talk to each other!”
The story ended with a decent hfn and no cliffhanger but, there is no doubt there will be more. Will I read another? I don’t know. This one didn’t exactly blow my skirt up, but it didn’t turn me off either. Time will tell.