Review: Immortal Hunter by Kait Ballenger
Author: Kait Ballenger
Series: The Execution Underground 2
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Published on: April 1, 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: 384 pages, eBook
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Hunters of the supernatural, the Execution Underground are an elite group tasked with protecting humanity...but at what price?
As an exorcist, David Aronowitz grew up the target of demonic assassins. Now he's a member of the Execution Underground and hellspawn everywhere fear his name. But when a demon slips into the seductive body of the only woman he's ever loved, David must confront the heartbreak of their past to save her.
The piece of her heart Allsún O'Hare gave to David so long ago left her trapped between two worlds: the Fae and the human. And when David comes to her rescue, fate reunites her with her greatest temptation--and her biggest mistake.
Now, as they're swept together into a wicked game with the demon who controls her, David must decide if saving Allsún's life is worth sacrificing his own--and the future of humanity itself.
Immortal Hunter, is the second in the exciting Execution Underground series, where all the members have different supernatural policing specialties. I read the first one, Twilight Hunter, and really enjoyed Jace and Frankie’s story. This one was about David and his ex-fiance, Allie, and I have to say it was a solid entry into the series but not quite as good as the first one, at least that was my take on it.
David is a demon exorcist that has been in love with Allie since they were teenagers. Unfortunately, five years previously, the two had a horrible fight and nothing was ever resolved. This book starts with Allie still hospitalized due to the coma she has been in after being tortured in the first book. As the last of the Fae remaining in this world, Allie is a natural enemy of demons.
Demons are attacking and killing families with babies. And the deaths are pretty horrific. David is not only a hunter but he also is pretty much a detective too. When Allie wakes up from the coma and turns up at one of the crime scenes, she comes face to face with the man she has never stopped loving, David. Long story short, he becomes her protector since the demons are hunting her. Actually not just hunting her,as they have plans to use her as a vehicle to unleash an ancient evil upon humanity.
I had some minor problems with this book. The couple would be at a horrible death scene, and they would end up in a deeply personal conversation, just steps away from gore. That just didn’t work for me. The other thing was, David is acting as her protector, and then when things are bad between them emotionally, he leaves her alone for the night. Really? That was right out of a scary movie when you are yelling at the girl to not go to the basement. She does it anyway. I was yelling at David(in my head) to not leave her. Sure it moved the story along but didn’t make sense with how protective of her he was. And he left her alone more then once.
David and Allie were a good couple but it took awhile to get to there. Neither one of them ever fell out of love with the other. There was a major misunderstanding in the past and the author takes the reader back in time at different points to tell what happened five years before. Most of it was pretty heartbreaking and very necessary to the story.
This story has lots of gory moments and steamy ones as well. I liked the idea of a demon hunter but I just enjoyed Jace’s and Frankies story more. Maybe it’s because I like werewolves much more then demons as a supernatural character and that is certainly not the authors fault. She definitely is a good writer and I really do look forward to the other hunters stories-Shane in particular,and we may have met his HEA in this book.
I feel like this was well written with only some minor problems but it just could have been a bit better. My main reason for this, and my true test for a great book-it just didn’t make me read non-stop like my favorite reads do. I do believe that most people will enjoy the read and actually, I did too, mostly.