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Review and Excerpt: Hunter Reborn by Katie Reus

Hunter Reborn Blog Tour

Happy Monday! One of my favourite Werewolf Paranormal Romance authors is stopping by the blog today to share an excerpt from her upcoming release, HUNTER REBORN, and give away 24 print copies of the book. And, if you need a bit more arm twisting to convince you, I’m sharing my 4.5 star review too. Take it away Katie Reus!


               Are you planning on talking to me again anytime this century? Aiden asked, his frustration at Larissa’s silence building inside him each second that ticked by. It had been a little under two hours that she’d been giving him the cold shoulder and he was sick of it.
               Larissa didn’t look at him, just kept her jaw clenched tightly as they strode down the sidewalk toward the hotel where she’d been staying with Magda. Now is not the time for a discussion of your idiocy.
               He growled at her frosty tone and spared a glance behind him. Brianna and Angelo were about twenty yards back, keeping a decent distance between them in case there were any more surprise vamp attacks. They were going to be the lookouts while he and Larissa infiltrated the hotel, then they planned to bring Angelo in to check the scent too. Now more than ever they needed backup.
               Connor had contacted both him and Angelo about a vamp breach at the ranch. Aiden was just thankful that no blood had been shed and that the breach had nothing to do with Larissa. His very frustrating mate. My idiocy? What the hell are you talking about? he demanded as they reached the first set of the spinning glass doors of the hotel’s multiple front entrances.
               She looked at him and raised one dark, perfectly arched eyebrow. “Perhaps you’d like to show me how to use this fancy contraption?” she purred, her voice dripping with ice as she motioned to the entry.
               These types of entrances had been around when she was alive. She was obviously trying to piss him off. “I was just trying to help earlier.” He couldn’t understand why she was so mad. It was like he’d accidentally flipped some imaginary switch and he couldn’t turn it off. Ever since they’d left the diner she’d refused to speak to him, only answering questions he asked aloud and he was positive she did that only because the others had been in the SUV with them. But if he’d dared talk to her telepathically she’d completely ignored him. And forget about touching her. He’d tried to put his arm around her shoulders once but she’d shrugged his hand away.
               “If I need your help, I’ll ask for it. But don’t hold your breath,” she snapped out before turning on her heel and stalking through the door. She moved quickly, not giving him a chance to join her in her section of the spinning door.
               Scrubbing a hand over his face, he followed. His inner wolf clawed at him, demanding he make things right between him and Larissa but he didn’t know how. They’d never argued when they’d been together. Not truly and not once after they’d bonded. And he didn’t know why they were now.

Author Bio

Katie Reus is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Red Stone Security series, the Moon Shifter series and the Deadly Ops series. She fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom’s stash. Years later she loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it. However, she didn’t always know she wanted to be a writer. After changing majors many times, she finally graduated with a degree in psychology. Not long after that she discovered a new love. Writing. She now spends her days writing dark paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense.

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My Review

Review and Excerpt: Hunter Reborn by Katie Reus
Hunter Reborn by Katie Reus
Series: Moon Shifter #5
Published by Signet
Published on: February 3, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Werewolves
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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The thrilling new Moon Shifter novel from New York Times bestselling author Katie Reus.

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.

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PAGETURNER fangtastic must-read

I knew from the previous installment that HUNTER REBORN was going to home in on Katie Reus’ vampires, and that was a tad worrisome because I LOVE her werewolves. Well, it turns out that I enjoyed her bloodsuckers almost as much, especially with Larissa at the helm. There were several romances unfolding in conjunction with the central one so that kept things interesting, and the story had some Vlad flair to it which unequivocally equals action as anyone who’s even remotely familiar with the Impaler will affirm.

It’s tough to maintain the same level of world-building after five books, particularly in Paranormal Romance, but somehow this author accomplishes it. I was impressed with her fang mythology, and will be holding out for more in subsequent MOON SHIFTER novels. The lore encompassing the Brethren was clever as was the role that the heroine’s abilities played in crushing the plot’s antagonist. I was happy with the way that Reus incorporated all of this series’ previous main characters while also simultaneously adding new ones.

Originally I thought that this was going to be Ryan and Teresa’s tale because of the introductory chapters, and the fact that I didn’t read the blurb (my bad). I was hoping for more quality time with the werewolf cowboy hacker; however as far as side threads go, it was a good one. I also enjoyed the cute sparks between Lucas & Vivian, the cubs that the pack adopted, as well as Natalie & Aldric’s burgeoning flirtations. It’s hard to pinpoint who’ll be the next couple to get their HEA, but I like the candidates so far.

Second chance romances have been growing on me in recent years, maybe it’s an age thing, either way Reus knows how to sate her readers’ thirst for PNR. Larissa’s been in stasis for sixty years which made her POV quite humorous because on top of having to reconnect with Aiden, she had to decipher twenty first century tech. The compulsory between the sheets romp doesn’t go down until the last chapter, although there was lots of heavy petting along the way, so you’re not left completely high and dry on steam.

HUNTER REBORN wasn’t my favourite MOON SHIFTER installment, but it’s in my top three.

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  1. I love Katie’s romantic suspense books – it’s time for me to read her paranormals. Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Switch? LOL! I’ve read all of these, but none of her suspense.

      • It’s even funnier because I’m more a fan of paranormals than I am of romantic suspense. Romantic suspense is a relatively new genre for me 🙂 I’m sure I’m going to love Hunter Reborn… LOL! Then I’ll have to catch up with the series…

      • Were they on sale at the time? That’s how they get ya. 😉

  2. Great review. I love a bit of humor sprinkled in with my UF and PNR, so this book sounds perfect.
    E.J. Stevens recently posted…Paranormal Road Trip: Destination Banff with Nancy Baker

    • This series has all of that and more. I hope you enjoy Katie Reus’ Moon Shifters!

  3. This sounds like a great series and I am glad that even though this wasn’t a favorite, it is still in your top three for the series. 😉
    kindlemom1 recently posted…Blog Tour Book Review: Tunnel Vision by Susan Adrian

    • My top three are neck-in-neck, and although I liked her vamps, her weres will always be my #1!

  4. I think after five books, the world building is pretty much a given thing. I wouldn’t expect too much either unless the first book didn’t give it justice. I love second chance romances! Something about the groveling of either party makes it enjoyable for me. lol.
    Joy // Joyousreads recently posted…[489]: This Shattered World

    • This series hit a bit of a lull around book 3 where the plot was getting redundant, so I was psyched when the author recognized that, and switched it up.

  5. I’ve read all of this series and enjoyed them up to Avenger’s Heat which is actually on my nightstand right now! So yes, I’m a little behind.

    • I LOVED Avenger’s Heat! It was in my top 2, maybe #1. I’d have to double-check. Either way, read it!!

  6. Hate to say I’m not familiar with this series/author. Will have to give the first in the series a try. Thanks for the review 🙂
    Kristina D recently posted…Book Review ~ India Black

    • Aah, well, that’s what I am here for! I hadn’t heard of her either back in 2012 when this series was first getting started. Now I’m hooked!

  7. I’m all for second chance romances and this book sounds really good, sadly… PNR *cries*
    BookaholicCat recently posted…Early Review: Edge Blade by J.C. Daniels

  8. I haven’t quite made it to this series yet, but I’ve liked other PNR by Katie so its a when not if thing. Oh cool, shifter stories and vampire ones too.
    Sophia Rose recently posted…The Great Pick Up Line with Awfully Glad by Charlie Cochrane #Giveaway #TGPUL

    • I’ve been meaning to give her Darkness series a try, but my hands are already pretty full with these. Too many books!

  9. Great excerpt and review. This is another series that I’m woefully behind on, but this one sounds right up my alley so I see a little side trip to B&N coming on 🙂
    Traci recently posted…Coffee Shop Talks, #90

    • I’m an excellent arm twister, as you’re well aware of. I’ll add this series to my ‘bug Traci to read ’em’ list. 😀

  10. Sounds like fun!

  11. Top 3 isn’t bad at all. I’ve read a couple of hers now but not from this series. I do want to give them a go though. They look so good.
    anna (herding cats & burning soup) recently posted…Quote-tastic/Review–Give It All (Desert Dogs #2) by Cara McKenna (@SignetEclipse)

    • Reus has consistently delivered kickass installments with this series. I have no complaints!

  12. Ah, another series that’s been on my TBR pile forever! I have the first few books but honestly thought it was UF and not PNR, maybe I need to move these up my list! Glad to know you’re still enjoying the series after 5 installments, that’s not always the case with some PNR books.
    Lori recently posted…{Blog Tour} The Originals: The Rise by Julie Plec + Giveaway

    • I usually quit PNR series well before UF before the plot arc gets stale fast. So happy that the author found a fix for that!

  13. That excerpt is so good. I haven’t read this series but I am definitely putting it in my wish list now.
    Mary Kirkland recently posted…Happy Raturday!

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it! The full story is even better!

  14. I don’t know how I have never heard of this series. I need to check it out for sure!
    Lorna recently posted…Review: Unafraid by Cat Miller

    • It happens to the best of us. At least Reus is on your radar now!

  15. Maybe when I am back from my pnr break
    blodeuedd recently posted…Covenant’s End – Ari Marmell

    • You’re the 2nd blogger I know of who’s temporarily called PNR quits. I hope I don’t get hit with the burn out bug that’s going around!

  16. Yep, this is on my wishlist! The whole series, not just this book. I’m blaming you! 😉 I love the sound of the romance. Sounds like it is all about antici-

    -pation. 😉
    Melissa (Books and Things) recently posted…The Eterna Files by Leanna Renee Hieber

  17. Well, geez louis, a review that great will definitely get me looking up the previous books! Sounds like a series I need to add to the pile!
    Candace recently posted…Review: I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

    • Nice! I hope reading Alpha Instinct gets you hooked on this series!

  18. I love female protagonists and it sounds like Aiden has his hands full with Larissa. 🙂
    sherry fundin recently posted…Growl by Ashley Fontainne ~ Giveaway, Review & Excerpt

    • All of the heroines in this series have been pretty amazing, and Larissa definitely brought her A-game in this novel!

  19. It might be an age thing or the fact that you’re blissfully married? Anyway, I am loving second chance romances better, gives us non-taken ladies some hope 😛
    Braine Talk Supe recently posted…Quick Hits: All of Me by Lisa Renee Jones & Bringing Home the Bad Boy by Jessica Lemmon

    • Haha! It totally is! I used to roll my eyes every time I read a second chance romance, or a story that featured a wedding plot arc. Now, I can’t get enough of ’em!

  20. Thank for the great giveaway!
    Erin recently posted…MM: 2-2-15

  21. Hi Carmel!
    Sounds like a great series, especially with the fang mythology and world-building, which I’m generally fond of. Being in statis for sixty years and having to discover 21st century tech sounds like it’s ripe for humour, as well 😉 Glad to hear that the exploration into vampires was a good one although I’m like you and skew toward the werewolf side of things 😉

    • Good times usually ensue whenever a protagonist has to readjust to the world after a long vacay. I can only imagine how foreign some of today’s tech must be!

  22. I’ll be binge reading this series this month to catch up! I really enjoyed book 1 last year.
    Jennifer recently posted…Talking Between Reads (TBR): When the Author Hears You!

    • You’re going to have to change the name of your blog soon what with all of the werewolf books you’ve been inhaling lately. 😛

  23. Great review Carmel! I love when there’s humour added to my books!
    Pili recently posted…Mark This Book Monday: Lockwood & Company by Jonathan Stroud!!

    • That’s a must for me too. I’m all for feels, but there needs to be a lighter side to the story as well.

  24. great reviews!
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  25. Thanks for sharing -I hadn’t heard of these before. It’s great to hear when a series is continually good.
    ShootingStarsMag recently posted…Nothing Like Paris by Amy Jo Cousins

    • C’mon over to Team Katie Reus. The water is nice!

  26. I was so glad to see that you enjoyed her bloodsuckers as much as her furry friends! Yum!

    • It was a fun change of pace for this series.

  27. I haven’t read this Author before. I just check on audible and she’s got more than few books published, my bad luck, none from this series, but a few from others series that sound good. Thanks for the introduction Carmel 🙂
    Lupdilup recently posted…Winners Announcement!! – Best Audiobooks Blog Hop

    • I’m sure that her writing stays consistent regardless of the genre. Happy listening!

  28. Ok going to toodle along and check out the first book synopsis.
    Tabitha (Not Yet Read) recently posted…Review: Echo 8 by Sharon Lynn Fisher

    • Each installment can more or less be read as a stand-alone, but it’s always best to start from the beginning.

  29. I haven’t heard of this series before but if there’s one thing I learned from you, Carmel, it’s that your tastes in PNR are fantastic, and I’ll be checking them out! Second chance romance has a special place in my heart as well, having actually experienced one in real life (oh, fine, it was in High School, but it counts, right?). I feel that they are even sweeter than the first time because there’s already history between you two, and it’s merely just knowing each other again despite already knowing each other the first time!
    Faye M. recently posted…Potato Strip #4: Theme Coding + Cats

    • I’m very picking when it comes to what PNR I add to my review queue, so I’m happy to hear that my recommendations haven’t steered you wrong. Sure, high school counts, age is just a number!

  30. This looks amazing, Carmel! I have only read her Red Stone Security series so far, but I’m all for some werewolves, so this will definitely hit my TBR shelf! Thanks for sharing the excerpt and your review 🙂
    Have a terrific Tuesday, happy reading.
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    • That series is Romantic Suspense, right? I’ve been slowly getting into that genre, maybe I’ll pick up the first book. At least this way I already know that I like the author’s writing style. I hope February has been treating you well so far!

  31. Ah, nice! Another series for me to start. Should I thank or curse you? lol
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  32. I adore the 2nd chance romances, so I need to check into this series.

    • Then you’re in luck because Reus nails that aspect in this book!

  33. This is a series that’s new to me so I’ll have to check it out! Since I love vamps as much as my furry guys this should not be too much of a challenge. Thanks for the excerpt, review and chance to win Carmel!
    kim { Book Swoon } recently posted…Adult Book Review: Hungry Like the Wolf Paige Tyler

    • Up until book 5 this series was primarily about weres, and vamps were the baddies, but Reus switched it up with this installment. Way to keep readers on their toes!

  34. Another series that I need to catch up on.

    • I don’t think the next one has been announced yet, so you have some time.

  35. I think everyone likes to have another chance, and reading second chance romances give us a little of that.

    This series is awesome! I can’t wait for the new book!

    • Good point. 1 strike you’re out is no fun for anyone. We all make mistakes.

  36. I can’t wait to read this.