Sunday, January 10, 2016

#Review ~ On the Hunt - 4 Books by 4 Different Authors ~ On The Hunt (The Sentinels, #2.5) by Alexandra Ivy; Scorpius Rising (The Scorpius Syndrome, #0.5) by Rebecca Zanetti; Phantom Embrace (Immortal Guardians, #5.5) by Dianne Duvall; Stake Out (Underworld Detection Agency #6.5) by Hannah Jayne

Four of today's most intriguing paranormal authors entice readers deep into the shadows, where vampires, immortals, and other supernatural creatures heat up the night...


About the Book Collection:

On The Hunt (The Sentinels, #2.5) by Alexandra Ivy

Mika Tanner has loved Bailey Morrell, a beautiful Healer, since childhood. But his duty as a Sentinel, a supernatural guardian of an ancient race, clashed with her rebellious spirit. Now a dangerous new anarchist group not only threatens life as they know it—but any chance of their being together again...

Scorpius Rising (The Scorpius Syndrome, #0.5) by Rebecca Zanetti

With a deadly disease spreading like wildfire across the country, microbiologist Nora Medina needs to focus all her energy on stopping the pandemic. Playing with dynamite—in the form of her way-too-hot ex—is the last thing she should be doing. ​But forced to work with Deacan McDougall against unexpected enemies with the seconds ticking by, she knows the explosion is coming...

Phantom Embrace (Immortal Guardians, #5.5) by Dianne Duvall

Immortal Yuri Sokolov was born with the ability to see spirits, yet he's never seen one as lovely as Cat Seddon, the woman who haunts his home and his dreams. But amid their star-crossed love, a new danger may have Yuri facing a different kind of eternity.

Stake Out (Underworld Detection Agency #6.5) by Hannah Jayne

Vampire fashion designer Nina LaShay has a lot on her plate—just two days until fashion week and the model who was flirting with her photographer boyfriend is now a corpse in her studio. But when dead turns into undead and dangerous, Nina must find out who's responsible…before the beautiful baby vamp takes too many bites out of the Big Apple.

My Reviews of On the Hunt by Alexandra Ivy and Stake Out by Hannah Jayne:

I've not read other books in Alexandra Ivy's Sentinels series prior to reading On the Hunt.  I actually grabbed the four book collection primarily for Hannah Jayne's Underworld Detection Agency story - I love the series.  I have a couple more to read still but I know the characters and love Nina.

On the Hunt:

"Mika Tanner has loved Bailey Morrell, a beautiful Healer, since childhood. But his duty as a Sentinel, a supernatural guardian of an ancient race, clashed with her rebellious spirit. Now a dangerous new anarchist group not only threatens life as they know it—but any chance of their being together again..."

This is the story of Bailey, a witch healer that flees the life she knows, and the man that she loves, Mika, to find herself.  When an acolyte from the monastery turns up missing, Mika finds his way to her protected home in the forest.  The dangers that abound may very keep Bailey and Mika apart even as their feelings try desperately to bring them back together.

Even though I've never read any of the other books in the series, I found On the Hunt to be pretty straightforward and easy to follow.  There wasn't anything in it that I felt I didn't understand or that required me to read the other books to figure out.  The writing was wonderful and I enjoyed meeting Bailey and Mika.  I have added the series to my Goodreads TBR list.

Stake Out:

"Vampire fashion designer Nina LaShay has a lot on her plate—just two days until fashion week and the model who was flirting with her photographer boyfriend is now a corpse in her studio. But when dead turns into undead and dangerous, Nina must find out who's responsible…before the beautiful baby vamp takes too many bites out of the Big Apple."

I'm a huge fan of Hannah's Underworld Detection Agency.  I still have to read Books 5 & 6 and hope to get to them soon.  I had no problem jumping right into Stake Out and reading about my favorite vampire fashionista, Nina.  

The story is quick and entertaining.  There is a murder mystery afoot and Sophie Lawson comes to the aid of Nina when a woman is found dead in Nina's studio.  When the dead woman "rises" they must figure out who's killing women, turning them, and setting them loose in NYC.

I enjoyed reading the latest part of the Underworld Detective Agency series. I have found all of the books to be great reads and have had very few complaints about the content of any of them.  There is always humor mixed in with tragedy, which is a lot like reality. I know many people who toss humor into situations to lighten them or change a focus to something less traumatic/dramatic. There's nothing wrong with this and makes the tension melt a bit.

Review copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.

My Overall Rating for the book collection is

 

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