When Hunter and Asha’s worlds collide, neither is able to walk away from the other.
Asha has a simple plan for her life—her hopefully soon-to-be immortal life. All she’s ever wanted was to be so powerful that no one could ever hurt her again, and once she becomes a Vampire her dream will come true. Sure, being a Vampire’s protégé isn’t the easiest job a girl could have, but there are far tougher roads she could be walking, like following in her drug-addicted mother’s footsteps.
Hunter Arany hates Vampires, and with good reason. So when Dark Wolf Enterprises is forced to hire a group of the blood-suckers to find out who’s been stealing company money, he’s sure having them around will be a problem. He never figured it would the Vampires’ human servant who causes him the most trouble—trouble of the love and life-mate kind.
He’s hoping to convince Asha a brighter future exists in his arms, but old dreams fade slowly and can become living nightmares—of the dying kind.
About the Author
A.M. Griffin is a wife who rarely cooks, mother of three, dog owner (and sometimes dog owned), a daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She’s a hard worker whose three favorite outlets are traveling, reading and writing. She enjoys reading everything from mystery novels to historical romances and of course fantasy romance. She is a believer in the unbelievable, open to all possibilities from mermaids in our oceans and seas, angels in the skies and intelligent life forms in distant galaxies.
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Hunter wrapped his arms tighter around his little sister’s body. She trembled, not from being in the cold and damp cave for three days, but because of who was in the cave with them and what they’d done. “Don’t look at them,” he whispered to Ezie.
Ezie whimpered and pulled her gaze away from where their mother and father lay on the ground and buried her face in the armpit of his pajamas. She trembled more violently, but no matter how hard he hugged her, he could not still her shaking.
“They’ll kill us next,” she whispered back.
He glanced to where the Vampires, twelve of them, slept. They were spread apart, one not touching the other, but lay strategically blocking the only way out. If he and Ezie got close to one, it would grab and drain them dry even while it slept. Vampires didn’t need to be awake to kill.
His mother and father had fought them like he’d never seen them fight before, but that hadn’t mattered. The Vampires had bested them. Hunter couldn’t think of anyone who could beat up his dad, save for their Alpha, Moric Farkas. As the Alpha’s second, Robert was a renowned and seasoned fighter.
But these Vampires…they had toyed with him.
“We’ll survive this somehow, Ezie. I promised Father.”
It was now his duty to take care of her. His father had used his last dying breath to ask that of him.
But how was he going to take care of her against savage Vampires?
He looked over at his parents’ lifeless bodies. Like he and Ezie, they still wore their nightgowns. But while his and Ezie’s clothes were dirty from the mud and mold of the cave, his parents’ were blood-soaked. His mother’s vacant eyes stared back at him, her mouth parted in a scream that had died when she had.
She had been the first to die.
The Vampires had drunk from her, draining all the life out of her while his father had struggled against the bonds they had secured him with. Robert had shifted from wolf to man and vice versa until he’d been too tired to shift anymore. As man, he’d fought, yelled and tried to break free of the chains that were bolted to the sheetrock walls. As wolf, he’d snapped his vicious teeth, howled and tried to gnaw away his restraints. In the end, it had proved futile, because after they’d finished with Mother, they had feasted on Father.
And if he couldn’t figure out how to get around the sleeping Vampires while the sun still worked in their favor, he and Ezie were next.
Ring. Ring. Ring.
Hunter awoke with a start, bolting upright in bed with half of a scream on his lips. His body was slick with sweat even though the temperature in his bedroom was set to a balmy sixty degrees. It took him a few seconds to acclimate himself to where he was. His eyes darted to his dresser, his dirty clothes hamper, the open door that led to his bathroom, and his nightstand. His heart still beat hard against his chest, but his breathing began to relax.
He wasn’t in the cave he’d been trapped in almost one hundred years ago. He wasn’t the scared ten-year-old boy who’d wondered how to protect his younger sister from Vampires. He was grown. He was home. And he was safe.
Ring. Ring. Ring.
With his hands still shaking, he grabbed his cell phone off the nightstand. “Hunter here.”
“Hey, Hunt. It’s Andras. The Vampires are arriving tonight. Are you sure that you’re up for this? If not, I can have someone else stand in for you.”
“No, that’s not necessary. I’m fine. I’ll see you in a few.” Hunter disconnected the line and fell back onto his bed.
Andras had gone to desperate measures to stop the hemorrhage of Dark Wolf Enterprises’ bank accounts. Hiring the Vampire accounting firm was a last-ditch effort to stop the embezzling from bankrupting the company. Whoever was stealing was now emptying the accounts at an alarming rate, and no matter what Andras and Kristof tried, the embezzlement continued.
Normally, Wolf-Shifters and Vampires didn’t get along. For that matter, Vampires usually didn’t get along with any other species. Vampires thought they were at the top of the paranormal food chain and didn’t have a problem reminding everyone else of their position. Although they were methodical and would most likely prove successful in tracing the embezzler, they were cold and unfeeling.
Hunter and his wolf had been around Vampires since his parents’ murder. Not enough to get to know any of them personally, but enough to understand that the Vampires who’d attacked his family so long ago were not acting under orders of the Vampire Council and they were considered rogue criminals who had been targeted for disposal by their own kind. But knowing that did little to relieve him of his prejudice against the entire lot of them. Just a few months ago, he and Kristof had gone up against a Vampire who’d claimed to be behind the embezzlement and who had also hired the Russian Shifters to go after Trudy and her co-worker Mark. Even though the Vampire had gotten away, it had felt good to take a bite out of him.
Being in the Vampire’s presence had brought back old memories of what had happened so long ago, and was probably the reason why the bad dreams had started again. Hunter would’ve preferred not to have to deal with the Vampires at all, but since Lajos and his new bride, Meisha, had gone on their honeymoon, and Hunter was the second-highest-ranking security officer and fourth in the Pack, he’d been tasked with taking over Lajos’s duties until he returned.
I fucking hate Vampires.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. Book three in the series, and I recommend you read books one, Dark Wolf Enterprises, and book two, Lover Claimed before you read this one. Not TOTALLY necessary, but I think you should. And just like that, we are back up to 5 stars! Hunter, cousin to the Farkas brothers, hates vampires. A rogue group killed his parents while he and his little sister, Ezie, had to watch. So when his Alpha brings in a vampire accounting firm to finally plug the leak, he isn't happy. It's their assistant though, that causes Hunter's wolf to come front and centre. Asha has only one goal: to prove that she is better than the sum of her parents, and the vampires will help her get it. Oh I loved this one!! So much better than book two, and on a par with book one. I've no idea why book two didn't quite work, but there you go. We finally get the whole story of who and WHY the vampire is embellishing and HOW they are doing it! And that's now all wrapped up in a big fat bow. Kinda. Sorta. Almost. Hunter's wolf is very taken with Asha, and their coming together is powerful. We get that sucker punch kind of feeling when they look into each other's soul. I missed that in book two. I loved the way it all played out between Hunter and Asha. I'm not going into any details, because that's spoilers. I didn't like Clarissa and what she did to Asha throughout the story and towards the end, especially but what she did, cost her dearly. Hunter's sister is now missing. For a while, I thought Ezie was seeing the Alpha behind everyone's back, but that played out differently. But the eldest brother, Andras, he still needs a story! I still think, that somehow it might be Ezie, but then there was that one line, when they all went to meet the head of the Vampire house that set all sorts of alarm bells ringing! So, please, Ms Griffin! Will the Alpha get his story and how long will I have to wait!! 5 full stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**
Hunter Claimed is book three in the Dark Wolf Enterprises by A.M. Griffin. The story pulls you in and doesn't let go. So much happens, with new possibilities. What happens in Hunter Claimed will surprise you. I was shocked at some of the developments and decisions certain characters made. In the end it all worked out, but added a new development and direction for the series to go. This was an emotional read with some twists and surprises, closer on the embezzlement, and new possibilities for all. The emotional turmoil that happens with all the characters is intense. I found myself pulled into their lives and issues. It was great getting to go inside Hunter and see his fears, nightmares, and hatred towards vampires. As well as getting to see inside Asha and why she is determined to; become a vampire. The relationship is a slow blossom; between Asha and Hunter. It was sweet. Their imprinting and bonding was different and played out nicely. I had a delightful time reading Hunter Claimed and look forward to another installment in the Dark Wolf Enterprises series. If you enjoy paranormal romance and vampire wolf-shifter dynamics that are different, then you might enjoy this story. Rated: 4 Stars *Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy provided by Totally Bound Publishing with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.