A vampire hunter finds himself powerless to resist a bewitching stranger's dangerous magic in Michele Hauf's latest romance
In all his years of battling the undead, Kaz has never seen bloodlust like this. And as a Knight of the Stake, it's up to him to find out who's responsible for the mayhem sweeping the streets of Paris and put a stop to it. Kaz's task becomes infinitely more complicated when a very attractive witch wants to help.
With her quirky charm and irresistibly kissable lips, Zoë just feels right to Kaz, the way no mortal woman ever has before. But as a sworn enemy of the supernatural, can he really trust a witch? Especially one with dangerous secrets of her own?
|Series:||Harlequin Nocturne Series , #175|
|Product dimensions:||4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Michele Hauf lives in Minneapolis and has been writing since the 1990s. A variety of genres keep her happily busy at the keyboard, including historical romance, paranormal romance, action/adventure and fantasy. Find her on Facebook at: Michele-Hauf-Author, and on Twitter @MicheleHauf, and also on Pinterest at: pinterest.com/toastfaery
Visit her website: michelehauf.com
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Unique and Steamy This is a unique take on the 'all paranormal creatures are real' sort of world. Told from the Hunter's perspective~and he is one yummy, tormented, sympathetic hunter~this tale of love in all the wrong places stole my heart. The characters are rich and deep, their connection~though instantaneous~felt organic and believable. Kaz hunts vampires that harm humans. Zoe concocts a magical substance to help vampires kick a horrible addiction that is running rampant through their race, turning them into mindless, murdering monsters. Their paths intertwine in more ways than one and the heat level between them is off the charts despite some tangles in their developing relationship. The world is highly developed with some very original ideas that kept me reading and guessing. I'll never look at vampires or fairies the same again, and that is a very good thing. I would recommend this for all fans of adult paranormal novels.
Read from January 09 to 10, 2014 Book Info Paperback, 304 pages Expected publication: January 7th 2014 by Harlequin ISBN 0373885873 (ISBN13: 9780373885879) other editions None found Source:Netgalley EARC Book Buy Links AMAZON B&N BOOK SYNOPSIS A vampire hunter finds himself powerless to resist a bewitching stranger's dangerous magic in Michele Hauf's latest romance. In all his years of battling the undead, Kaz has never seen bloodlust like this. And as a Knight of the Stake, it's up to him to find out who's responsible for the mayhem sweeping the streets of Paris and put a stop to it. Kaz's task becomes infinitely more complicated when a very attractive witch wants to help. With her quirky charm and irresistibly kissable lips, Zo just feels right to Kaz, the way no mortal woman ever has before. But as a sworn enemy of the supernatural, can he really trust a witch? Especially one with dangerous secrets of her own? My Thoughts My first thoughts on starting this was how easily and quickly the story drew me in. The beginning starts with 16 year-old Kaz fighting off his first vampire and soon segues into an action packed alley brawl with 4 more years later. As action packed as the story began once Kaz connected with Zoe things seem to lose their momentum, which was funny because a lot happens between the two together and seperately throughout the book. After giving it much thought the main reason for the pacing seeming to feel off was the fact that the clues to what was going on did not gel for either Kaz or Zoe until way late in the game, it just took too long for the dots to connect that the particular case Kaz was working on and Zoe’s magical secret project had something in common. Have you ever watched a game show, maybe Wheel Of Fortune, and gotten the clues while the contestants just shook their heads. It is so frustrating because no matter what you cannot reach them with the answers, it felt the same way throughout the investigation into who, what, when, where and the why of the addictive substance which was wreaking havoc on the Vampire community of Paris and which caused the death of two of Kaz’s friends. I felt like the story kept circling around revealing the puzzle pieces to Kaz and Zoe until everything came together about three quarters of the way and fell into place like dominoes. It made room for the pairs romance to grow but it also felt like there could have been less going on and things would have gotten solved sooner. The book still was enjoyable, the relationship between Kaz and Zoe grew naturally, the secrets in their pasts were resolved allowing each of them to finally feel free of the conflicting emotions each had dealt with alone for years and the villain was brought to justice in an ironic twist of fate allowing the investigation to close. Not a bad way to escape reality just not something that felt totally cohesive from start to finish as would read in fits and starts because for some reason just could not find the rhythm needed to keep me from putting book down. [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]
The Vampire Hunter Michele Hauf Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews. I was thinking how lucky I'd been recently in my selection of books for review, with several four and five star ones in a row, then like a kind of book karma I’ve had a run of ones that, while good books in themselves, just aren't ones I’ve enjoyed for various reasons :( This was one such, its a well written book, just not one that held my attention with either plot or characters. I've read and enjoyed Michele's work before so was expecting to like this novel. It didn't work as well as I expected for me though. Maybe because one of the lead characters is human? I'm not really sure exactly what the problem was, maybe its just a series of minor things rather than one major one that sticks out? It's just that usually when I’m engrossed in a book I want to stick with it til its finished, and can't put it down. With this one however I kept putting it down, switching to other books and coming back to it. At one point I even had to go back to the start as I’d forgotten so much of what was important, and that almost never happens...anyway, finally got through it. Its Michele's usual excellent writing of course but the actual plot felt a bit contrived for me, and though the love story between vampire hunter Kas and witch Zoe was sweet that was it – I didn't feel great passion, strong emotion – all the things I need. I felt for an intelligent witch Zoe was incredibly naïve about the dust she'd been making, and would have looked further into what effects it had, especially once the stories were circulating about the recent problems. Kas, experienced hunter that he was, should have picked up the source far sooner. Of course then we wouldn't have the book :) so the elements were necessary, but I felt they could have been handled differently and made the whole thing more believable. It was an OK read, fine to pass a few hours, but not one I’d re read. As always though this is purely my view, and if you want a simple, paranormal love story this could well be the read for you. Stars: 2.5 – it was well written and edited of course, but just didn't work for me. ARC supplied by Netgalley.