Dark Hunger

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Reporter Annabelle Armstrong will go to any lengths to deliver a story, even track down Quinton Valtrez, a man she believes is a coldhearted assassin. Yet the truth about ...

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Reporter Annabelle Armstrong will go to any lengths to deliver a story, even track down Quinton Valtrez, a man she believes is a coldhearted assassin. Yet the truth about the darkly sensual Quinton is even more shocking...and the overwhelming desire he ignites is one she vows to resist.


Quinton has fought his demonic powers since he was a child. Now using his gifts for the good of national security, he can't let himself be distracted by the beautiful, determined Annabelle. But his need for her is sudden, fierce—and could soon cost Annabelle her life. For a wicked enemy is out for vengeance, a demon who wants to draw Quinton into a life of pure evil and is willing to use Annabelle as bait. To save her, Quinton must achieve the near impossible: tame the sinister force that is both his inheritance and his curse before it claims him forever.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Captivating. Rita Herron shines in INSATIABLE DESIRE."
New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon

"Rita Herron's INSATIABLE DESIRE creates just that! Ms. Herron has fashioned very real characters with an entrancing writing style. A definite must-have for the romantic in us all!"
New York Times bestselling author Heather Graham

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446199483
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

It was a dark and stormy night when Rita Herron penned her first book—at age twelve. A dark and stormy night because she didn't think real people grew up to be writers, so she put her dreams aside and earned a teaching degree instead. Ten years later, she traded her chalkboards for a computer and now she writes so she doesn't have to get a real job. Having written over fifty books to date, this multi-award winning author and mother of three spins spine-tingling, paranormal romantic suspense stories that she hopes keep you up at night. Rita loves to hear from her readers so you can contact her at www.ritaherron.com.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

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    Cool story but skipped some bits

    Dark Hunger is the second book in a trilogy by Rita Herron, set in a modern-day world with a backdrop of demons pulling the strings. Three brothers are demon-born but redeemable, and each book tells a different sibling's tale.

    Quinton, trained by monks and the army, uses his demonic skills to fight terrorism and save lives. But there's a dark hunger for violence and death hiding under his cool efficiency. And when reporter, Annabelle Armstrong, gets too close, all hell, or at least, Quinton's evil father, breaks loose.

    There are some really amusing scenes as the protagonists try to deny their attraction to each other. But true love, and physical love, are very determined players in this tale, and both will be needed to keep Quinton from the dark side.

    I skipped the odd scene here and there, where the romantic details grew too clinical for me, but that's my loss. Dark Hunger's certainly an intriguing tale, and I'm sure Insatiable Desire and Forbidden Passion will be just as good.

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  • Posted September 21, 2009

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    Really 2.75 Rating

    This review will be brief, since this book has already been thoroughly reviewed already. I didn't enjoy this installment as much as the first book in this trilogy, Insatiable Desire. Although this book was darker and grittier than its predecessor, I found it to be extremely predictable and too conveniently coincidental. I mean, I could see every move coming; it was as if the plot was transparent. I can usually handle very predictable books but there has to at least be an interesting plot to supplement. In spite of my feelings for this particular installment, I simply would like to know how the series ends. Therefore, I have decided not to scrap the series and will be reading the last book in this trilogy Forbidden Passion due out 4/2010; which will focus on Quinton's twin Dante, who supposedly was raised in the underworld.

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  • Posted August 14, 2009

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    Dark Hunger is a hot romantic thriller!

    A paranormal thriller and love story, Rita Herron introduces us to reporter Annabelle Armstrong whose current assignment is to uncover the mystery behind the dangerous Quinton Valtrez. Annabelle suspects that Quinton is a killer but must follow him to find proof. The night that they meet, Quinton surprises her. Not only does Annabelle find herself deeply attracted to him, but she watches him save lives during an emergency. Quinton isn't what she'd expected but she has enough sense not to get romantically involved with him. As it becomes apparent that the first emergency was a bomb attack, Annabelle works with Quinton to find the killer before more destruction follows.

    Quinton Valtrez is painfully aware of his demon blood. He has been subjected to training and discipline to overcome his dark side since he was a orphaned as a child. Quinton chose a job with a secret government agency that maximizes his skills and innate talents. When Annabelle Armstrong tracks him looking for a story, she becomes a risk to his secrets and his group. Quinton is ordered to kill her. But Quinton rebels and saves her instead.

    Throw into this mix, Quinton's father, the demon Zion, who wants his sons to join forces in his play for power. Zion authorizes his minions to take action that will force Quinton and his brothers to accept their heritage.

    As a paranormal romance, Dark Hunger is full of action and suspense. Throughout the novel both Annabelle and Quinton battle their attraction to each other. Quinton doesn't come across as a dark character despite the warnings and his history. It may be that Annabelle softens him or that he hasn't realized his good side. I found Quinton's slow self acceptance to be the most interesting part of the book and look forward to the next book in the series.
    Warning: Dark Hunger has a number sexually explicit scenes.

    Publisher: Forever (August 1, 2009) 320 pages.
    Courtesy of Hatchette Books Group.

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  • Posted July 17, 2009

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    the second Demonborn urban romantic fantasy is an entertaining thriller

    CNN reporter Annabelle Armstrong believes she has a strong story involving reclusive Quinton Valtrez; she feels he is an assassin and plans to prove it. However, when she finally meets the enigmatic man, Annabelle feels a stunning attraction to him.

    A half-breed demon human, Quinton Valtrez has spent his life trying to control his dark side. He currently works for Homeland Security's top secret Ghost Cell hunting down paranormal predators. To his chagrin, he is attracted to the nosy intrepid journalist.

    They soon learn of a pending terrorist attack that each hopes to prevent from happening; to do so they must team up though each fears doing so as their desire feels overwhelming. The evidence points towards demons bent on world domination behind the planned assault, but given the facts Annabelle refuses to believe in paranormal bogeymen until she is captured. Now Quinton has to save the purebred he loves while knowing if he succeeds she will see his tainted soul and her human DNA will knee jerk react by loathing his demonic half.

    With a paranormal tour of Southern cities, the second Demonborn urban romantic fantasy (see INSATIABLE DESIRE) is an entertaining thriller starring a disbelieving reporter and a hybrid proof. The story line focuses on their relationship over the paranormal anti-terrorism action making the romantic subplot supersede the fantasy that runs throughout. Still fans of the sub-genre will enjoy the engaging DARK HUNGER.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted June 20, 2009

    action, sexual frustration, folklore, and hot half-demon MEN!

    Quinton Valtrez spends his entire life living in solitude, honing his abilities and fighting his demonic powers until he meets Reporter Annabelle Armstrong. It's then that his difficult life becomes even more difficult. His Demonic father sends his minions to make sure that Quinton turns to his dark side and comes to reign the underworld with him.

    I really enjoyed this book. It had everything that I look for--action, sexual frustration, folklore, and hot half-demon MEN! The author did a very good job of creating her character and making the reader fall for them..HARD! Quinton Valtrez is hard, born killer but Herron does an exceptional job bringing out the soft side in him.

    Annabelle Armstrong is a strong, kick ass, female character. She is smart and determined, and the author makes you want to know more about her and what is going to happen to her.

    I can't wait to read the next book in this series. I might have to pick up the first one as well!!

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  • Posted June 9, 2009

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    Paranormal Romatic Suspense

    Author Rita Herron is an award-winning author of more than thirty suspense, paranormal, and contemporary romance novels including: A Breath Away, The Eye Witness, In a Heartbeat, Last Kiss Goodbye, Say You Love Me, Don't Say a Word, Marry Me Maddie, Collecting Evidence, Under His Skin, Undercover Avenger, Epiphany, Silent Surrender, Silent Night Sanctuary and Up In Flames. In 2007, she was nominated for two Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Awards, including a Career Achievement Award.
    CNN News Reporter Annabelle Armstrong doesn't believe in the paranormal. She deals in cold, hard truth, black and white- and she'll do anything to deliver a story. So when she's sent to track down Quinton Valtrez, a man long suspected of being a coldhearted assassin, the truth is even more shocking than she expected. Quinton has been fighting his demonic powers since childhood. Now working for Homeland Security in a private Ghost Cell, he uses his powers for good. Neither one can afford the overwhelming desire they feel for one another, nor can they afford the distraction. Demons want to draw Quinton into a life a pure evil and are using Annabelle to do it. After investigating a series of attacks, seemingly directed at them, they must work together to achieve the impossible or lose everything.
    This book is listed as Book Two in the Demonborn Series, with Insatiable Desire coming before and Book Three's title and release to be announced. I was especially intrigued by this story because to me, it was a strong romantic suspense with paranormal elements. I found the characters and their actions to be highly believable and relatable. The setting, which takes you through areas of the south such as Savannah, Charlestown and New Orleans, was well crafted and researched. The plot flowed smoothly, drawing you in at every chapter until the end. This is not a series that you need to read Book One before attempting the second. I liked that we were able to get inside not only the heads of the good guys, but the demons as well. I will never look at a vulture the same again, and I fear I learned way more about them than I desired. I can also truly appreciate an author who can fashion in great humor where appropriate. It's no surprise why Rita Herron has been capturing readers for as long as she has.
    Dark Hunger, by Rita Herron, is another winner for her fans and a fine welcome into the paranormal romance genre.

    Kelly Moran,
    Author and Reviewer

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