Hunter by Night (Chronicles of Yavn Series #3)

Hunter by Night (Chronicles of Yavn Series #3)

by Elisabeth Staab

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Hunter by Night (Chronicles of Yavn Series #3) by Elisabeth Staab

She wants out

Party girl Alexia Blackburn is only hanging around the vampire compound until her best friend—the queen—has her baby. After that, nothing is going to stop Alexia from getting back to daylight, safety, and feeling like a normal human being. But leaving the vampire world has one big catch...

He needs her to stay

Head of vampire security Lee Goram has hated and distrusted humans for centuries. Feeding on vampire blood has kept him strong...but now it's killing him—and he's horrified to discover that Alexia may hold the key to his cure. He'd rather die defending his king than admit his weakness, but time is running out for the great vampire warrior...

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402297182
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 06/03/2014
Series: Chronicles of Yavn Series , #3
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,267,908
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Elisabeth Staab still lives with her nose in a book and at least one foot in an imaginary world. She believes that all kinds of safe and sane love should be celebrated but she adores the fantasy-filled realm of paranormal romance the best. She loves to spend time with good friends, good music, good beverages, and good books (when she isn't making characters fall in love, that is). She lives with her family and one big scaredy-cat in Northern Virginia.

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Chapter 1

To be filed under the category of "Shit Just Got Crazy": Alexia Blackburn bled from a gash in her knee, and she was sneaking into a mansion full of vampires.

Her pulse pounded like a kettledrum between her ears as she made her way down the hall of the king's mansion on tiptoe. In the early Sunday morning quiet, she willed her steps, her breath, and the clang of her heart to slow the hell down and shut the hell up.

Like a champ, she managed to find every creak in every floorboard down every square inch of the long passage to the gilded cage she called her bedroom. The sun had risen well into the sky by now. She could only hope all the bloodsuckers were nestled snug in their beds for the day.

An ominous click when the central air kicked into action made Alexia's ticker go staccato. She paused, hearing nothing but the rush of white noise as prickly agitation and a layer of goose bumps covered her bare arms. Her tank top and cargo shorts had been just fine outside in the sticky August air. Inside the royal vampire estate where they kept the lights down and the temperature meat-locker fabulous? Not so much.

A glance up and down the hall revealed an all clear, so she eased on. She had bandages in her bedroom, all shapes and sizes. When one lived with vampires, one learned not to walk around bleeding. These guys might prefer the blood of their own, but not tempting fate was safest. Okay, so not living with vampires was probably safest. A situation she'd been thinking she should change.

Her face burned. Dammit, she'd sworn she'd never let anybody trap her again. How was she even in this mess?

Something squicky and damp worked its way between her toes. "Ew." The blood had run down her leg and into her sock. A shiver hit Alexia full force, making her pick up speed. She had to get to her room.

Another floorboard groaned. She stopped, hating the way her adrenaline spiked. Twenty-five years old, and still sneaking in and out of the house like a teenager. Worse, she lived daily with the acute awareness that no place was safe. Not even home. Even where she lived, she couldn't follow her own rules. On the upside, lately hardly anyone even noticed her. Made the occasional field trip that much easier.

From behind Alexia came a creak that her amateur ninja skills had not caused. Fuck. A low, deep growl froze her lungs. "Alexia."

Okay, so maybe someone noticed. After all, there was Lee. That vampire had eyes in the back of his everything.

She shifted her backpack from left shoulder to right. Carefully, she turned to face her pseudo-jailer. Lee Goram, the king's asshole in command, glared from the dark shadows.

His otherworldly blue-green eyes shone brightly in the dim hall. His tall body stood large and imposing, even from a few feet away. The prominent features of his face, his strong cheekbones and full lips, appeared unusually sharp this morning. His anger at having found her sneaking in practically punched her in the stomach.

"Hey... you." She tried for casual cheerful, but it came out sounding wobbly. There was no way to pretend that she hadn't been caught. "You're up..." Late? Early? Morning would be late for a vampire. "How come you're not in bed?"

"Because you're not in bed." He pressed close then, moving swiftly with that crazy-fast supernatural vampire speed. In a second, her back met with cool plaster and her front met... him. His square chin, thick neck... wide, solid chest. "You're bleeding," he said. Listening to Lee talk was like getting buffed all over by a loofah in a hot shower. Abrasive and raw, but at the same time decadent and delicious.

Lee had a good foot or so of height on Alexia's five feet and two inches. She couldn't ever see his face dead-on. It wasn't until he stooped to inspect her knee that she realized exactly why his face looked so weird.

Fangs. Big, fricking long-ass daggers aiming at her from his gums.

Oh, sure, she'd seen them before. But usually those babies stayed safely inside his mouth, looking longer and sharper than the average canine but more or less innocent enough. And okay, God help her, sexy as sin. She'd never seen them so large and in charge on him before.

A tremor of unease tickled the base of her spine. "Uh..." She didn't know how to answer him in a way that wouldn't draw his wrath or make him tattletale to King Thad, so she did what she always did to ease nerves in lieu of alcohol. She cracked a joke. "You know, I thought my knee felt funny."

Lee's upper lip lifted into a wicked sneer, giving her a good, gleaming eyeful of one razor-sharp tooth. "Stop fucking around, Lexi."

Her stomach tightened, and another shiver shimmied from the crown of her head to the tips of her toes. "I..." Oh my gawd, Lexi, get it together! She kept swearing to herself that she was over this dumb crush.

She exhaled slowly, her gaze bouncing from those hypnotic eyes that reminded her so much of tropical water on a sunny day to the furious set of his jaw, his severe buzz cut, and the tense bulk of his arms and chest. How could someone so menacing have such warm, inviting eyes?

Lee's body invaded her space, one searing hand on each of her shoulders. "You disappeared without a word. You stayed out all night. Now you come back injured and bleeding." Deep inhale. "You smell of alcohol." He took her chin in the crook of his thumb and forefinger. "This is unacceptable behavior."

Unacceptable behavior? She may have been here for her safety, but the badass mofo vampire routine was sooo last decade. She deserved to be treated as an equal in this place. "I'm not a child. I shouldn't need to ask permission to go where I want." She lifted her chin out of his grasp and crossed her arms over her chest. A little defensive? Fine. She'd challenge any gal staring up at two-hundred-plus pounds of pissed-off vampire muscle not to get defensive. Or... weak in the knees.

"You're under the king's protection. We can't protect you if we don't know where you are," he said as he pulled out his phone. He knelt before her and prodded at the cut with calloused fingers. "Sorry to wake you, Doctor." He spoke into the phone now. Great, now she was waking the proverbial neighborhood. Frickin' fabulous. "I've got Alexia here; she's in need of stitches. I'll meet you at her room."

Lee tugged her down the hall and Alexia raced to keep pace with the long strides of his powerful legs, even though each step made knifelike pain stab into her leg. "Look, I fell. It's fine. I'm fine."

"You're not fine. You need stitches." Medical wisdom from Lee Goram.

They arrived at her door. Alexia stood tall, meeting his stare even though the intensity of his disapproval hit her full force. She lowered her voice to a whisper, mindful of all the residents who slept at this hour. "Look, I hit an after-hours rave, okay? I just wanted to go dancing. Sometimes I need to be around other humans." She'd landed here, after all, because her BFF had turned out to be the vampire queen. But being buddies with a vampire out in the human world had turned out to be a different proposition from being a solitary human living in the vampire world.


No response from Lee. He knelt again, fingers sliding gently over her thigh as he studied her cut. Those insane fangs of his... A quiet rumble in his throat, and her cotton thong nearly burst into flames. "What did you fall on, a knife?"

She almost smiled, but anger still simmered in his aqua-colored eyes. "Jagged rock." She reached into her pocket for the black cord that had caught her foot. "I tripped on this thing. Out by the back gate."

Raised eyebrows. "Where did you find this?" His face darkened as he reached for the sueded string, covered with knots.

"Tied between the gateposts. The dirt from the road covered it up. You shoulda been there, I did a really epic face-plant." Still no laugh from Lee, so Alexia shrugged. "Stupid prank, I guess. Stoner teenagers." Kids around Ash Falls, Virginia, suffered from rich-with-too-much-liquor-and-free-time-itis.

Lee stopped with one hand still on her leg. "Did you mess with the string in any way?"

"Nuh-uh. No messing, swear." Really. Please. In a sudden moment of overwhelm, Alexia slapped at Lee's hand, backing against the door. God, if he kept running his fingers all over her, she'd lose her mind. When his body pressed close enough to share the heat from his skin and he touched her the way he was touching her now? Hard to remember Lee hated humans, and he only took care of her out of loyalty to the king and queen.

Distance was good. Distance was very good.

Hurried footsteps pattered up the diamond-patterned runner in the hallway. The doctor, coming to stitch Alexia's knee.

Lee glanced in Dr. Brayden's direction before licking his lips slowly and easing to his full, immense height. "Threats exist"-he raised his chin as he paused for breath-"that you can't begin to imagine. I need you to stay inside. Especially if you can't take an escort. Please." Then he departed, leaving Alexia alone with the doctor and his bag of tricks.

She searched for her voice in the wake of Lee's retreat, but found herself following the roll of his shoulders and the flex of his legs under his fatigues. Threats exist. That you can't begin to imagine. What the good hell did that mean? She'd seen the vampires' enemies, but she'd also learned they didn't usually go after a lone human unprovoked. And since when did Lee say "please" to anyone?

Alexia sighed. She'd been thinking for a while now that maybe it was time to leave the estate. Leave the vampire community here in Ash Falls for good. She didn't fit, and the proverbial walls were closing in.

Yes. She should go. Then she wouldn't be Lee's problem-or any vampire's-anymore.


"I told you to fight." Lee Goram threw two sweaty, young vampires to the dirt.

Next to the pit of grappling bodies, he glared down at the two recruits who had been circling carefully around each other, conserving their strength when they were supposed to be battling aggressively. Nearby, mud flew. The red clay pelted them all with stinging chunks. In the large clearing at the back of the king's estate, what would hopefully be their newest batch of fighters worked over and over to take each other to the ground.

These guys were all sturdy. Powerful. Determined. Brimming to the tops of their chunky skulls with potential. Yet in the sticky August evening, a chill of unease slithered through Lee's body.

In his pocket, the presence of the knotted black leather that had tripped Alexia weighed heavily.

No clue. She had no fucking clue what she'd stumbled upon. For the remainder of that previous day and night Lee had only avoided wringing the pretty little human's neck due to the number of other priorities on his plate. Priorities like kicking off their new round of training.

Even now, Lee's hands burned with the urge to grab hold of her and shake. Fuck priorities.

Alexia had carelessly ignored his requests that she stay indoors, convinced the daylight held no risk of evil. Now they all faced a severe threat. The knot work on that cord held meaning she couldn't know. A very old, very simple pagan magic turned wicked by its user.

Upon inspection, he'd found traces of blood on the cord. Old and dried, but familiar to Lee's sense memory nonetheless: belonging to a man Lee had believed he'd killed centuries ago.

An ancient evil had somehow been resurrected.

Lee growled down at one of the two males he'd pulled aside, the one who gasped for air as a cut leaked into his eye. "Are you too hurt to continue?"

"No. Sir."

"Then what are you doing? Get up, and fight. Until you can't, or until you're told to stop." As the young vampire struggled, Lee turned to the guy's opponent. "And you. Beyond this training ring, beyond the protection of the king's estate, do you think an opponent will back off and wait for you to recover if you get tired?"

The young male, marked with a number "four" on his shirt, stammered and went pale. Numbers were easier than names when you dealt with guys who might not last long enough to be worth the bother of getting to know them better. Things weren't looking too good for number four. Or his opponent. Given what Lee suspected, they had days at most to whip the guys into shape, and from there on out, the "training" would be trial by fire. The ones who raised doubts would go home.

To take on what lay ahead, they needed to beef up their ranks. More foot soldiers, more elite fighters. Lee couldn't be sure how many guardian helpers his old enemy Haig had brought along or when he might strike, but they needed to be prepared for any possibility. Fuck knew the humans wouldn't be ready for the plague Haig had the power to rain upon them, wandering around out there like clueless bovine with their fragile immune systems.

In the midst of the chaos, Lee's mind went to Alexia. He pictured her wide, brown eyes and her blonde hair with hints of caramel the way he'd seen it dusting her bare shoulders the previous morning. That smooth, glowing olive skin of hers. He tried not to imagine her already diminutive body affected by the rapid onset of disease, but the visions came fast and unrelenting. His gut soured.

"Forgot what a dickhead you could be during training." King Thad spoke up from where he stood behind Lee, observing the trainees.

On the far side of the pit, trainee number twelve fired sparks from his hands. The instructions had been to fight without mercy, and there were no rules against using powers. An attack could happen that way in the field. But Twelve's opponent had slow reflexes.

Lee rose onto the balls of his feet, nodding. "Have to be. Most of them figure out how to deal with it eventually." Or they didn't, and those were the ones who didn't make the cut.

"Hell, if my whiny, entitled ass made it through, anyone could, right?"

Lee swallowed the shards of emotion in his throat. Thad had nearly been a brother to Lee before taking the throne. The closest thing he had to family. He was immensely proud of the changes he'd seen in the young leader in such a short time. "You were always going to succeed."

For a second they both turned. Lee caught the shrewdness of his king's stare. "I'm glad one of us had faith."

The burn in Lee's chest intensified. "I don't have faith in anything. Some things you just know." He pointed through the mess of bodies. "Like Twelve's partner over there is about to get his ass handed to him."

The two males in question wrestled on the ground. Twelve's knee dug into his partner's chest, his hands grabbed his opponent's throat. A crackle and pop fired from Twelve's hands, and then blood flew. Screams.

"There it is," Thad said quietly.

"Yep." Lee's gums throbbed as he pushed through the group. Happened at least once a session. Good teachable-moment shit. He handed a knife to Twelve. "Give him your blood."

Twelve went pale. "What?" The young vampire took a step back from his bleeding partner, pointing to the nearby training building. "There's a doctor and a whore from Blood Service who can provide for him right over there." In fact, the doctor and an unmated female from Blood Service approached quickly.

"Now. Or you are done. And speak with respect."

Twelve's jaw hardened.

"Do you refuse?"

When the kid took one uncertain step back, Lee drew the knife blade across his own wrist and held it above Twenty-Three's open gash, drizzling blood directly into the wound. Truthfully, Lee despised giving his blood to anyone. But this was an injured trainee and they all had to learn.

"First of all..." He boomed loud enough that his voice echoed in the clearing, but kept his stare fixed on Twelve, broadcasting his disapproval. "Those of us who are unmated rely on help from our friends in Blood Service to stay strong. Every one of their providers is someone's mother or daughter, brother or sister, father or son. Show fucking decency."

When the doctor signaled Lee had given enough, he licked closed the cut on his wrist and gave the doctor space. The injured kid might have to go with the female from Blood Service to get a full feeding, but they had her present for such a purpose.

"Second," Lee said, "there's always the chance you get stuck. With a severe injury, even a few miles back to home can be life or death. Your patrol partner is your lifeline.

"What I just did there was not a blood exchange as it would be between mates. That's like comparing CPR to kissing. Know the difference." He motioned to Twelve. "Turn in your gear. Thanks for playing."

The young vampire schooled his wide eyes and slack mouth. He spun away, muttering about unfairness through clenched teeth.

"I'm surprised he didn't argue more," Thad said. "I thought for certain he'd give you trouble."

"He still might." Lee checked his watch, then glanced up at the sky. Heavy clouds rolled across the half moon. He nodded across the way to his other lieutenants, signaling them to finish. "You and I should head to the mansion," he said to Thad. "Check on Isabel. Review strategy." The tension of the first royal birth in a century needled everyone's nerves these days, and now of all times.

Thad nodded. "You're certain about this threat?" He shook his head. "I just can't imagine so many deaths being caused by one asshole."

"That cord came peppered with Haig's blood. I'm certain." Centuries later, Lee still remembered the smell of the blood that had originated one of their planet's greatest plagues. After all, he'd had the vile stuff slicked all over his skin. Splattered in his nostrils. "I'm surprised your father never told you about him."

Thad tightened his jaw and said nothing. The late king had tried to leave many secrets buried in the past. The past did not like to stay buried.

How had Haig survived? Lee had cut the righteous piece of shit open and set him on fire, for Christ's sake. Had seen the motherfucker burn alive with his own preternaturally enhanced eyes. He'd spent the past twenty-four hours asking himself whether or not he could have been mistaken, but in his gut he knew the answer. This meant a fight the likes of which their kind had forgotten to fear could come at any time. The likes of which humankind would never expect.

Jesus... Alexia. She could easily wind up one of the casualties if Lee didn't stop Haig in his tracks. If he didn't keep her sheltered and inside the fucking estate. Lee insisted to himself that this only mattered because she was Queen Isabel's best friend. He pushed away the dread that tried to settle in his gut.

His chest and arms ached. As he and Thad traversed the estate grounds in the direction of the mansion, he flexed his fingers and rubbed the back of his neck, putting on a show as if the tension of training caused him discomfort. Thad walked a few steps ahead and seemed not to notice. Good.

The heartburn-like soreness had been a dull constant for many months. Lee hadn't bothered with seeing a doctor. No point. His last mission... He'd made it out alive, but nobody knew how close he'd come to death. How much his body had resisted. A vampire his age should have centuries remaining on earth, but in his core he knew what lay ahead. His body no longer functioned as it should.

Lee would fix this once and for all. Find Haig, kill him, and tear that sanctimonious monk into fucking confetti. Make sure the slaughterer stayed dead this time. See Thad and Isabel's heir into the world safely. With hope, the stupid human cattle would never be the wiser.

Then, he could die in peace.

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Hunter by Night 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bienneil res one.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed Lee and Lexi's story a lot. Glad it ended well for them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This could have been interesting and fun with the two main characters antagonizing each other at first. Instead, Alexia was like an immature teenager who speaks like said teen's twitter account. There's just better spelling. The writing is poor. Lee had marginaly more depth but was too underdeveloped. I hate saying this about an author's effott but this was just poor. In her effort to keep this witty and "cool" she went overboard with the slang and colloqialisms and made her characters sound like immature teens. Its very annoying and took away from whatever redeeming possibilities the book may have had.
JillianReadLoveBlog More than 1 year ago
Hunter by Night is the third book in author Elisabeth Staab’s Chronicles of Yavn Series and the book I have been most looking forward to in the series after falling in love with Lee form the very first book. Well, I was not disappointed. This book was everything I had hoped for and more. Alexia Blackburn is slowly losing her mind. Being the only human stuck in a house full of vampires with the constant threat of war from their enemies, the wizards, is just a tad bit taxing. Especially to someone like Alexia. Someone who has been on her own for as long as she can remember. Her childhood kind of sucked and the minute she got free she had been in charge of herself. So to be stuck here was driving her crazy. If it weren’t for her best friend’s pregnancy and impending delivery, she’d so be outta here. But she would stay, for her best friend. She’d be lying to herself if she said she wasn’t also staying for a certain royal guard vampire named Lee. Sure, he’s made it clear that he could never be with a human, but she knows there’s some sort of connection there. And if she was wrong? Fine. She’d be gone before she could let his rejections sting any more than they already have. As head of security for the king and their community, vampire Lee Goram had a lot on his plate. Every day there were new threats emerging and with the uncertainty with the wizards, you could say his plate runneth over. Making matters worse was that the queen was due to give birth any week. Talk about a security nightmare. So he’s been blaming his chest pains on all of that stress. Certainly vampires didn’t get sick and die from something like that so he’d put it on the back burner until all of this wizard nonsense went away. Also adding to his stress was Alexia. That human was always trying to plead her case as to why she should be allowed to go out into the day, without any protection. Didn’t she know as the queen’s best friend she had a huge target on her back? But he knew she didn’t care. She had a stubborn streak a mile wide and was beyond independent. She wasn’t going to listen to him. Of course, his annoyance with her isn’t helping squash his underlying attraction to her. But he just kept coming back to that fact that she was a human. Surely he could never be with a human. But Lee has been known to be wrong a time or two and this may just be one of those times…. Tensions are higher than high within the mansion and the sexual tension between Lee and Alexia is adding a deliciously tense layer to the situation. Will they ever put all their differences aside and take a chance on the pull they feel between themselves? Oh man how I loved this book. Lee is the quintessential stubborn alpha vampire with a deep-rooted disgust for human/vampire relationships. Alexia is just as stubborn and is also stronger than anyone could guess. She’s got a sharp tongue and a beautifully smart assed wit that I adored about her. She wasn’t going to let Lee push her around.   She wasn’t going to let anyone push her around. The push and pull between them had started in the first book and reached a fevered pitch in the second book and left me dying for the ending to their story. Elisabeth gave them an ending they both needed and truly deserved. They pissed each other off at every turn, bantered constantly but the underlying level of care and concern for one another was so touching. Even if they didn’t want to admit what had developed between them as going from annoyance to one of love, I knew eventually they would. If for no other reason than even though they may be stubborn characters, they are also honest, and when the walls of defense crumble between them their honesty is amazing. Heartfelt and touching. I went from being pissed off to crying and then laughing with happy tears being shed. I love all the feels! Also, there was a bit of closure for Siddoh and a few of the other members of the vampire clan we’ve met along the way. That was another gift to read. Thank you, Elisabeth, for giving Lee and Alexia their happy ending. I loved every minute of it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lees story was him and Alexia together. Looking forward to the next book. It's open to several almost couples.EEEE!!!!!!
peanutns More than 1 year ago
Love this series, and I really loved this book. I have been waiting for Lee and Alexia's book since I read King of Darkness. There was a lot of action and we learn why Alexia is mistrustful of men and doesn't trust easily. We also learn why Lee is so intense and focused on security. When the two of them come together it is truly explosive. As they come together and draw closer in the midst of the war against evil we see how strong they truly are. Can't wait for the next book in this series.
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SoniaF More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome book, with non-stop action, developments, engaging characters and a sexy and hot romance. Truly, is was a pleasure to read Hunter By Night! Alexia wants to leave the vampire compound without being noticed. Lee doesn't want her to leave but he's a very stubborn vampire who doesn't admit his feelings for the human woman. But Lee has a secretive addiction and he needs the blood of the human variety he despises. As if this wasn't enough, a threat from 650 years ago has returned and threatens everyone. One of the best things I enjoyed in this book and the 2 previous ones in the series is that is not focused only on the main couple. I enjoyed reading about Xavier and Theresa (these are a sweet couple) and a bit of Silloh, too.
amdrane2 More than 1 year ago
I love this series. Even though it's a vampire series their enemy are wizards that are after them to steal their powers by eating their hearts. Yeah, I know...gross. Anyway, this time around we have Lee and Lexi, who have been fighting their attraction to each other from the start. Finally they get a little action that brings them even closer and they get to deal with their relationship. I really liked them together and had been rooting for them from the beginning. We also got to see Xander and Theresa's story come together in a positive way. Siddoh had a big part in this book and it looks as if his story is up next (I can't wait!). I recommend this series to anyone who enjoys the paranormal genre. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
heathercm2001 More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of this whole series, so when I found out I won a copy of this book, I was ecstatic! Lee and Lexi have been dancing around each other for quite some time, and to be honest, I couldn't wait to see what was up with Lee. You can clearly tell, from the other books, that this vamp has a big story, and bringing it to page was not going to be easy. Of course, Elisabeth Staab did a super amazing job with this daunting task. The book was fantastic! Each new obstacle and secret was revealed so "intense-Lee." For the record, after reading this book, that is how I think intensely should be spelled. This book and its main character are the definition of intense. He has one of the biggest presences of any character I have ever read, and he is so complex. I loved how the Lee I have come to know in the other books evolves and changes in this book, and so much of his story is revealed. Lexi is great too! She really shines in this book, and you get to see how strong she is, but her sentimental side shines as well.  One of my favorite things about Elisabeth's writing style is, as she is telling her main story, she is building so many other stories within it, using her other characters. It is impossible to not fall in love with them and their lives as well. I'm always waiting to find out more about the main characters from the other books, but I also want more of Siddoh, Xander, Theresa, and the others. This world is built on such a strong foundation, I never want to leave it!  Kudos to Staab for giving us Lee and Lexi's ultra complicated story, and for giving the vampires one heck of a battle in this book. It was done extremely well, and I know it could not have been easy. This is definitely my favorite book in the series, so far!
Mich_Mc More than 1 year ago
Hunter by Night is the 3rd and final instalment in this part of the Chronicles of Yavn series and it is by far the best book yet. We first met Alexia, in King of Darkness where she was the heroine, Isabel's best friend. Now Isabel is Queen and heavily pregnant with her first child and Lexi's place in her life is a little less significant. All she really wants is to get a little normalcy in her life, instead she is cooped up, the only human in an estate full of vampires, vampires who are always on the brink of war with the wizards. Lee is the head of security and always seems to be catching Lexi doing exactly what he has forbid her from doing. Lee and Lexi have butted heads since they first met, they have snarked and sniped at each other for 3 books and now we see their relationship evolve as Lee has no choice but to trust her with his secrets if either, or both of them want to survive. This is the book I have been waiting for since I first read King of Darkness, I had a hard time enjoying Thad and Isabel's story as I found myself desperate to read on to see if Lee and Lexi had any more interactions. I love the banter between them, Lexi is a fun party girl with a hell of a sharp wit and Lee is a strong alpha male who doesn't take any crap but together, the sparks really fly. They both have secrets and hard painful pasts that we have been glimpsing as the story evolves. The budding romance isn't the only thing in this book, battles are waged, traitors are uncovered and tentative truces are born as new enemies emerge. It was a fantastic tale which had a little bit of everything. I have never known two little words to give me goosebumps like "Lee surrendered" did. I hope Elisabeth revisits the series in the future cause I'd love to read more, I am so glad Lee and Alexia got their turn in the spotlight. ARC received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.
MThomas1975 More than 1 year ago
Bittersweet Yet Fangtabulous Conclusion (For Now) to the Chronicles of Yavn Trilogy I am a huge fan of Elizabeth Staab's fangtabulous Chronicles of Yavn series and have been itching for Lexi and Lee's story since sparks first flew between them in book one, King of Darkness. It was soooo worth the wait. Lee is 700+ years old, commander of the vampire army who just happens to have a mad hate-on for humans. Lexi is the vampire queen's human best friend. Did I mention that Lee is alphalicious to the core and insanely gorgeous? *swoons* Despite his arrogance and bad attitude, Lexi is drawn to him even though he has kept her at a distance since the moment she entered his world. Between his issue with humans and the deep-seated mistrust and hurt from Lexi's past, will they destroy what could possibly be a great thing before they even have a chance? Also, what's up with Lee's ex? Is she trying to stir up trouble for the two of them or is she genuinely trying to make things right? Lee and Alexia rocked my world; they had great chemistry, the plot was good, and there was lots of action to keep the story moving along. That being said, I would have liked more info about Lee's past, including what ultimately happened between him and his ex, Agnessa. I know things were bad between them but it was only hinted out throughout the course of the trilogy. I wanted details and didn't get that. Honestly, that was the only thing Hunter by Night was lacking for me. Knowing that Hunter by Night is the final book in the series (for now at least), it was a very bittersweet read for me. Chronicles of Yavn or as I've called it, Heroes with Fangs, is a truly unique world in a genre full of vampires. It sucks that the series didn't get the recognition it deserved and in turn wasn't contracted for more books. *pouts* The plot of Hunter by Night opened up a lot of potential for the Chronicles of Yavn world yet had to be squashed to give it a proper ending. On that note, while I'm beyond thrilled that Ms. Staab added an epilogue to the book, it did not answer all of the questions I had nor did it give me proper closure. I really do hope that at some point Ms. Staab can return to this world and give characters like Siddoh and Xander the happily ever afters they so rightfully deserve. *eARC PROVIDED BY SOURCEBOOKS CASABLANCA VIA NETGALLEY*