Hunting Human [NOOK Book]

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For two years, Beth Williams has run from the past, and the beast that dwells inside her. She is haunted by memories of being kidnapped and the savage attack that killed her best friend. Now Beth finally thinks she's ready to move on...with Braden Edwards, a charming, irresistibly sexy man who tempts Beth to embrace the present.

But the past lurks closer than Beth realizes. Markko Bolvek, one of the werewolves who kidnapped her, has tracked her to Portland, Oregon, his pursuit ...

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For two years, Beth Williams has run from the past, and the beast that dwells inside her. She is haunted by memories of being kidnapped and the savage attack that killed her best friend. Now Beth finally thinks she's ready to move on...with Braden Edwards, a charming, irresistibly sexy man who tempts Beth to embrace the present.

But the past lurks closer than Beth realizes. Markko Bolvek, one of the werewolves who kidnapped her, has tracked her to Portland, Oregon, his pursuit fueled by a hunger for vengeance. Only Braden, a werewolf himself, senses the danger shadowing her steps. The Edwards and Bolveks have been enemies for centuries—and despite the instant connection he feels with Beth, Braden isn't sure which side of the war she's on.

With suspicion at odds with their attraction, Beth and Braden must learn to trust one another to stop Markko for good. Can Beth accept the wolf within—and love a man who embodies everything she fears?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426896590
  • Publisher: Carina Press
  • Publication date: 7/15/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Sales rank: 400,699
  • File size: 584 KB

Meet the Author

Amanda was born and raised in Texas—and due to an unfortunate three-year stint in Michigan—doesn't plan to ever live anyplace where flip-flops and sweatshirts don't constitute winter attire. Often audacious and adventurous, she tends to find herself in a slew of dangerous (and hilarious!) predicaments—law school and fighting raccoons in Dumpsters—and thankfully has many friends ready to lend aid (while they laugh).

When not lawyering, writing or thinking about going to the gym, Amanda is often caught sampling local cupcake offerings and planning to someday co-open an evil bakery and sell dastardly desserts. She currently lives in Dallas, Texas, with one regular-size cat and one jumbo-size cat, and can be seen writing in public places frequented by hot guys (strictly for research purposes, of course!) with her friends and fellow writers Cupcake-Killer and Alter-Ego (names omitted to protect the non-so-innocent).

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"Just pick one. There's a blonde by the bar, tits that bounce every time she laughs."

Markko snorted. She was, as Alek said, blonde. Generous tits. American, judging by her clothing. And completely oblivious to the predators in the room.

Boring.

"She'll scream," Alek offered, eyes never leaving the woman. "Probably beg…"

"They all scream." Markko grunted in frustration, tossed his cigarette to the floor and ground it out. "They all beg."

"You say it like it's a bad thing." Alek sighed and shifted, adjusting his crotch, with his gaze still locked on the blonde.

Markko looked away from the girl, his eyes moving over the crowd. "Forget the blonde. We aren't here to indulge your preferences."

"Fine," Alek grumbled.

Markko stalked away from him, shoving through the throng of dancers. He sneered at the smell of them: sex, sweat and alcohol. As remarkable as the rodents that scurried along the forest floor. None of them interesting. None of them challenging.

None of them worthy.

This was for Ivan. A celebration of his baby brother's birthright.

I'll find the one that makes it memorable.

Rachel always managed to talk her into these things.

One. I agreed to one drink.

Liz sighed. She should have known better; she never seemed to learn her lesson. Now, three and half hours, two pubs and one seedy after-hours club later, bad American '80s music blared from the speakers and her tennis shoes kept sticking to whatever concoction covered the floor. She was fairly certain her ears were bleeding and so much smoke hung in the air that her eyelids were beginning to feel like sandpaper.

Time to end the evening.

Liz worked her way back to the bar where she had left Rachel with several other hostel residents they'd been hanging out with for most of the night. Rachel's flirty laugh—the one that signaled she was more than a little tipsy—bubbled out past the circle of guys surrounding her bar stool. Liz maneuvered past and slid through bodies, making her way up to Rachel, who was laughing, flashing perfect white teeth and tossing her straight blonde hair. The pint in her hand, the one that had been nearly empty when Liz went to find the bathroom, was full again. How many did that make? Liz had no idea. It was harder to keep track when Rachel wasn't paying for them herself.

"Rachel…" Someone shouldered their way to the bar, shoving Liz forward. She made a desperate grab for the countertop, narrowly avoiding crashing into her friend. She didn't manage to avoid Rachel's full pint. Grimacing as the liquid soaked into the bottom of her sweater and the top of her jeans, she shot an offended glare over her shoulder.

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  • Posted May 6, 2011

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    A page turner!

    Reviewer: Beth
    Publisher: Carina Press
    Review copy provided by the author

    Blurb: For two years, Beth Williams has run from the past, and the beast that dwells inside her. She is haunted by memories of being kidnapped and the savage attack that killed her best friend. Now Beth finally thinks she's ready to move on...with Braden Edwards, a charming, irresistibly sexy man who tempts Beth to embrace the present.
    But the past lurks closer than Beth realizes. Markko Bolvek, one of the werewolves who kidnapped her, has tracked her to Portland, Oregon, his pursuit fueled by a hunger for vengeance. Only Braden, a werewolf himself, senses the danger shadowing her steps. The Edwards and Bolveks have been enemies for centuries-and despite the instant connection he feels with Beth, Braden isn't sure which side of the war she's on.

    With suspicion at odds with their attraction, Beth and Braden must learn to trust one another to stop Markko for good. Can Beth accept the wolf within-and love a man who embodies everything she fears?

    Review: This book absolutely blew me away! It was amazing from beginning to end. It was extremely well written with characters that I could see coming to life as I read. After reading this book, I have decided I want to become a werewolf. I read this book in one day. When I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about reading it. This is the type of book I enjoy. This book sticks with you and you will not forget it.

    Beth is an independent woman with few acquaintances and no close friends. Running from a painful past that she cannot bring herself to face, she does not want to have friends that she will just end up leaving behind. She is about to learn, though, that sometimes having the right friends can help her come to grips with the pain from her past and to accept her future with open arms.

    Braden is a solid man who comes from a close and solid family. When he sees something he wants, he goes after it and he wants Beth. There is just something about her that calls to him. Now he just has to figure out how to get passed her defenses to make her see that she can trust him.

    In this book, Beth has to learn to trust Braden and to let go of a past that she has held on tightly to for years. She also has to learn to accept a part of her she has tried so hard to ignore. When an enemy from one horrible night years ago finally tracks her down, she will have to decide whether or not she can trust the love that Braden and his family have for her.

    This is definitely worth curling up with and reading. I would suggest, however, that you prepare yourself to read it all in one sitting.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2011

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    I ended up disappointed.

    Hunting Human starts out great. Two girls in some dive bar in (what I think was) Eastern Europe on a backpacking adventure. Amanda Alvarez writes a great introduction with lots of skin-prickling and eerie feelings. Fast-forward a couple of years later and you have Beth trying to make her way in Portland and "get over" the events, while working in a small coffee shop. Guy meets girl, guy dates girl, lots of ra ra and then some bow chicka wah wah.
    I was really excited to get this novel. It's one of my first with werewolves (does Twilight count?), and I expected a lot of violence. Instead, I was confused. Beth and Braden spend a lot of time bouncing back and forth with each other, sometimes on the same page! First they like each other, then they play the cautious role. They sleep together again, but she decides she doesn't trust him. You read about her yearning for him, and he leaves for a week. And this goes on and on. I just couldn't get a grasp on what they really wanted from one another.
    Hunting Human begins with a lot of chemistry: dark, steamy, dangerous. But it fizzles and the rest of the novel feels a little dry. I also felt like the author was leading me off on a tangent with one of the main characters, hinting that he was one of the "bad guys" but doesn't follow through and re-introduces a character who hadn't been seen since the very beginning of the novel.
    There was no real character depth. It felt a little wooden to me. And while I don't want to spoil anything for other readers, some things seemed to have been left without being wrapped up, but not in some obvious lead in for a second novel (it seems like there may be one).
    There was just a lot of back-and-forth for me that didn't make sense. I didn't understand why characters chose the actions they did and other characters seemed to be there as props. Good character development is important to me, so I can identify with them, and understand them. I just don't think this had it.
    This book is really about finding yourself and overcoming, so I did enjoy it a little from that angle. I definitely didn't hate it! But I can really only give this two stars, because while it certainly wasn't terrible, it just wasn't great.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2011

    WEREWOLVES AND ROMANCE

    I have always been a fan of the paranormal, shape shifters and werewolves. The book was a page turner and I was not able to put it down. The characters were developed fully and the way the author incorporated the werewolf traits and myths into the plot was great. there was sexual tension between Beth and Bradon. I have to warn you that there were some erotic and violent scenes in the book that may be very graphic. I have not been a fan of Romance novels but I enjoyed Hunting Human very much. Throughout the book there were flashbacks. the author was able to shift between the past and present smoothly and without interruption in the storyline. So if you are into paranormal romance, then I suggest you go out and pick up a copy of this great book.

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  • Posted April 28, 2011

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    Highly Recommend for Lovers of Paranormal Romance!!!

    Hunting Human had me hooked by the first chapter. I couldn't put this book down. The story definitely pulls you in. Beth is troubled but strong, independent young woman trying to get her life back together after her friend Rachel gets killed by the Bolveks' brothers. Beth escapes the Bolveks, but not without her life changing forever. She never stays in one place too long. She ends up in Portland, where she meets Braden Edwards, a handsome, strong , and charming werewolf who won't take no for answer when it comes to being with Beth. How can Beth not love Braden as he throws her in the trunk of his car, taking her to his family's house? And how can Braden not love Beth as she hits him with a car jack across the head? These two are crazy about each other. But all this tough love, with their on and off again romance, is what I enjoy about these two. It will have you glued to the book. And then there's Markko Bolvek, who is also a werewolf bound to have Beth, but for entirely different reasons. But there's no way the Edwards are going to allow that to happen. An action-packed, highly romantic read, I recommend Hunting Human for lovers of paranormal romance and readers just wanting something fresh.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2011

    Fresh take on shifters...

    To be honest, I thought Amanda Alvarez lost me for good on page #2 with the line "Bad American 80's music blared from the speakers..."
    *gasp* It was like a stake through my black heart. My unholy love for all things 80's reared its head and I was *this close* to sending her a strongly worded missive (comprised of poorly cut out letters from magazine articles) expressing my shock and horror along with a mix tape of the best songs of the 80's (including, but not limited to Corey Hart, Duran Duran, Bonnie Tyler and Kajagoogoo) to prove her wrong. After a few deep breaths, though, I talked myself down, consoling myself with the possibility that, while her heroine Beth does not share my refined taste in music, the author might love it. I kept that in my head for the rest of the book in order to mentally prep myself to give a fair, unbiased review.

    All kidding aside, though, I enjoyed this book. I will say it started a little slow for me. Not the first chapter, that was pretty action packed and got me hooked right away. But there was a bit of a lull for me from Chapter two thru about page 80, where it felt like a lot of maybe not so necessary setup. I found myself wanting to skim past that section. Luckily, there are over 300 pages in this book, and it hits its stride after that point and we get to the meat of things. Since certain things are kept hush hush early on, I don't want to say too much, but I will say that Beth and Braden have great chemistry (plus some steamy love scenes), and Markko is a perfectly horrific bad guy. What I really liked is that, despite the number of shifter stories out there, this one still managed to feel fresh to me. I would definitely read more of Amanda Alvarez's work.

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  • Posted April 10, 2011

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    Hunting Human was a gripping tale, start to finish, every page left me craving for more!

    Beth and Braden are fabulous characters that I fell in love with right away. Beth has a lot of emotional baggage from a tragedy that changed her life forever. Through out the entire novel she has a lot of internal conflict with herself and the world around her. She struggles to come to terms with the monster inside of her; the same monster that killed her best friend and who she fears and constantly fights against. It's very emotional and when she slowly began to take control of her fears I found myself rooting her on.
    Braden is smart, sexy, charming and a true alpha wolf. Right away he knows that Beth is his and he doesn't give up on her but he does give her space, which I loved. He also has a fabulous family that was firmly ingrained into the story and I could easily imagine myself in midst of the chaos. Each character was compelling and dimensional.
    Chase, Braden's brother, was a big motivator in helping Beth move forward with her life. I can't wait to read his story; he is definitely a character with many layers.

    The author moves the story flawlessly back and forth from past to present so you can get the whole picture of Beth's past tragedies. Alvarez also provides a unique and intriguing back-story on the werewolf history with the dark and twisted villain being an integral part of it wrapping all the plot points up neatly.

    Hunting Human is fast paced and action packed with, witty dialogues, incredibly hot sex scenes and exciting twists that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I recommend this to all paranormal and fantasy lovers and I can't wait to read more of the Edwards family!

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  • Posted March 31, 2011

    Refreshing, romantic take on warewolves!

    This is the first release by new author, Amanda Alvarez, and I'm already anxiously awaiting her second, be it a sequel to this first effort, Hunting Human, or another story entirely. The book is a real page turner with involved, believable plots and excellent sub-plots that give the reader hope for a followup to pick up the secondary characters' stories.

    Ms. Alvarez does an excellent job with her characterization as well as her story line, and with so many paranormal romances out there, this one lends refreshing warewolf traits along with an edgy story line. Beth is believable and admirable, while Braden is loveable and alluring. This is a must read for all romance readers, especially paranormal fans.

    The flashbacks were done superbly and didn't stall the drama, but added to it, piece by tension-filled piece. It's been a long time since I've read a paranormal romance that was this believable and balanced the good, the bad, and the ugly so well.

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  • Posted March 30, 2011

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    Shifter Fever

    A really good shifter book is hard to lay your hands on and I've got to admit, it's been awhile since I've read one. Except for one thing, I would have given this book a 5 star rating. I felt like the author did not follow through on the ending. Mostly, I felt like Braden was more intelligent than Alvarez gave him credit for. I know there needed to be a dramatic ending but that's all it was, a dramatic ending that just felt rushed and a bit out of character. Now, what I loved about the story, everything else-the setting, the characters, the backstory, the humor, the shifter world. It all combined to create a story that I hope Alvarez follows up with another book. Beth was a wonderful character as was Braden. Heck the secondary characters were as much fun as the main characters. I especially loved Angie. The emotions were so real I could touch them. I've got to admit it surprised me that this was Alvarez's first book. It definitely had the feel of a tried and true writer and I'll be really disappointed if we don't see more. Thank you Amanda for a wonderful read. Now I'm going to have to take Vincent's final book in the Shifter series, "Alpha", off my desk (where I've been savoring it since it's release) as I've got the shifter fever and it must be fed.

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  • Posted March 30, 2011

    Wonderful paranormal romance!

    Wow, I was really impressed with this book. I couldn't put it down, so I'm giving it 5 stars! I was pulled in right away after I started reading it. Emotions run high in this book, and it was as if I could feel what Beth was feeling. Without giving too much away, Beth lives through a terrible ordeal and has to go through life alone afterward. She is such a strong character - you have to really admire her. Finally she meets Braden and there is an instant connection there. The relationship progresses quickly and you can feel the passion between them. There were some romantic, swoonworthy moments. After it seems like things couldn't get better for Beth, a huge misunderstanding happens between her and Braden. He behaves like an idiot - which is sort of comical. Beth, being a typical woman, can't let it go - even after Braden apologizes and tries so hard to make it up to her. She distances herself from him emotionally - but I love it because
    that's exactly how a woman would react in real life. There was a lot of back and forth with her emotions - wanting to forgive him and refusing to let herself - so there were a lot of fighting and hurt feelings between the two. That made the relationship feel that much more real. Even though Braden deserves to feel tortured for a little while, you can't help but feel sorry for him. He is such a likeable guy. The end of the book just went way too fast for me - I wanted to keep
    reading and find out more. I just loved all of the characters in this book (besides the villains) and I really want to know more about them. I really hope this will be a series - and soon!

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  • Posted March 29, 2011

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    werewolf romance

    Beth Williams is haunted by memories and running from a past that she neither understands nor which she can classify as rational or sane. Once a promising young architect with a position to begin graduate work, a celebratory trip to Europe and the resulting death of her best friend and foster sister, Beth now moves about from place to place. Finally, having found a place as a barista and staying in the same city for longer than usual, a charming man walks into her solitary life and her carefully and tentatively held world begins to implode.

    Amanda Alvarez's debut novel, Hunting Human, is a well written werewolf novel. Her shifting is descriptive and more realistic than many books in this genre. However, the romance side of the book seems forced and a bit out of sync. Overall, it was a quick, fun read and would appeal to most readers of paranormal romance.

    Disclaimer: A complimentary copy of the book was provided by Carina Press.

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  • Posted March 28, 2011

    Fantastic Read

    It takes a pretty special shifter book to hold my attention in a market that's been glutted with shifter books. This one did ... to the point that I thought about it when I wasn't reading it, and wanted to be reading instead of doing pretty much anything else.

    That's not to say the book was perfect, it wasn't. But it was pretty darn close.

    We start with a strong, independent heroine who's clearly a nurturer and protector - in the beginning, she's taking care of her less strong best friend in a situation that's terrifying. Before we discover what the resolution to that is, we flash forward a couple years to our heroine today. Beth is in a seemingly mundane situation, working in a coffee shop, joking with her boss, and meeting a hunky guy that tempts her, for the first time in a long time, to think about dating.

    It's here that Ms. Alvarez well and truly hooked me. Not that the beginning wasn't exciting, but I'm a fan of character driven stories, and her characters were amazingly real. Unique. Three dimensional. In only a few pages, she managed to populate her story with people I could care about and enjoy. From grouchy but caring Angie, to sexy and sweet Braden, and even Marianne, who's barely more than a walk-on character. They're all distinct, interesting and real.

    Truly, it's because we do care about all these people that the book is so stellar, because as the danger grows, and more people are pulling into it, we worry. The antagonist here is incredibly evil and terrifying, and he thrives on making the people he stalks afraid. So we are afraid.

    The plot is full of conflict, angst and twists. And through it all, Beth acts in a way I understand. She struggles with trust issues, and a paranormal world she barely believes can exist. When it seems as though she is betrayed by the hero, Braden, she doesn't forgive him immediately despite her attraction. While hormones certainly rage on through this book, and the heat between Braden and Beth constantly simmers on the pages, it doesn't rule either one of them.

    Braden is a fabulous hero. He has his flaws, thankfully, because who wants perfection? But he's got a heart the size of Texas and is sexy and smart. It's no wonder Beth can't seem to stop how she feels for him, especially after she meets his family. And, I really loved his family. Kudos to Ms. Alvarez for her skill in characterizations. I know I said it before, but I'll say it again. The only one of the main characters that felt a little hazy was Braden's brother, Caleb. But this story is clearly meant to be one in a series, and I'm betting the author rectifies that in the future.

    The only thing that kept this from being a "best book" for me was one thing, one TSTL thing that the hero does near the end. I understand that it was necessary to set up the climax, but I couldn't help but think he was smarter than that. It's a little thing, but it bugged me the more I thought about it, so I couldn't give this story perfect marks. In the grand scheme of things, though, it won't keep this book off my keeper shelf. And it won't keep me from waiting anxiously for another book from the author. If she keeps up this level of writing, she'll be an auto buy for me for sure.

    Truthfully, this story had everything I enjoy: excitement, great characters, plenty of heat and lots of sweet romance that made my heart happy.

    Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews

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