Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Review: His Darkest Hunger by Juliana Stone

Jaxon Castille: jaguar shifter, warrior, assassin. He has long hungered for the chance to make his former lover, Libby Jamieson, pay for her deadly betrayal. After three long years he's finally found her. The hunt is over . . .

But the Libby that he finds is not what he expected. She has no memory of their tumultuous affair, of her treachery, of anything beyond her own name. A shadowy and deadly clan has marked them both for death, and in an instant, he game changes: the hunter has become the hunted.

On the run, with the ghosts of their past between them and a dark, desperate hunger quickly reclaiming their bodies and souls, Libby and Jaxon must discover the truth behind the dark forces working against them. Together, they must grab hold of a destiny that has the power to either heal them or destroy them.

But the truth is far more shattering than anyone could imagine . . .

I was really surprised by how quickly I fell into this book.  There's action, adventure and intrigue almost immediately -- something I really look for in my paranormal romances since becoming tired of them (due to overindulgence) in 2007.  Beyond the standard vampire or shifter sub-genres, I hadn't anticipated any other kind of shifter, which is what drew my initially attention to His Darkest Hunger

There are some slow spots in the middle, particularly where Jaxon and Libby are fighting their respective attractions for (and love of) the other.  Just admit it, already!  You're hot for one another and in lurve.  Another problem I had was the ending.  Yes, there are two more books in this series, but there was no wrap-up or sense of closure for this book.  The secondary characters were interesting, so my fingers are crossed they will remain on the scene throughout the series.  I do hope that we're clued in on what happened three years earlier, the singular event which prompts Jaxon's vendetta against Libby. 

All in all, a pretty good debut for a new author. 

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