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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on August 17, 2005
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I loved this book! Gennita has woven a tale of hot, dangerous suspense that sucks you in from the very beginning! The way Hawk and Amber meet sets the stage for a passionately, mischievous romance that had me turning pages until 4 in the morning!

Amber is a wonderful heroine who's wit and daring are a perfect match for Hawk, who is a dangerous yet deeply emotional man who is tormented by the mission he has been assigned, and the things he must witness... yet can do nothing about.

When betrayal strikes from an angle unforeseen, and the mission and their lives are in serious danger, they have to team together to save their lives, and the lives of those they are sworn to protect.

I loved Hawk soooo much, he has that intense, alive, Alpha way about him, with a deep magnetic personality and vibrant animal sexuality that absolutely HUMS off the page at you. I love how she brings back characters we have grown to love from previous books too. They show up in the oddest places....

Wasn't my usual "flavor" of romance until I picked up her previous books, I loved them all, and this is definitely MUST READ! The sex is hot-hot-hot, the danger is a page turner, and I laughed out loud at the character interaction a LOT!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2005
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Ms. Low's latest effort "The Hunter" is a sensually captivating read that at times is a little dark but always entertaining. We hook up with the SEAL team from "The Protector" once again only this time we're treated to Hawk McMillan's story. This bad boy has finally met his match.

Hawk McMillan is in Macedonia working along side an arms-trafficking creep he'd rather just kill and move on to the next, but this is not what his assignment is and so he has to gut it out. The fact that he likes to work solo is also an issue as he's just been assigned a "partner" but this partner is like no other. She can track, make a killer hamburger, get him hot in more ways than one, and she makes him laugh. Too bad they're not in Middle America living in the burbs. No they need to keep their wits about them, because not doing this could lead to one or both of them being killed. When you live and work in shades of gray it's hard to tell who's on the good side and who's on the bad side. But when the mission's over will Hawk be able to walk away from Amber or will something keep them apart?

Amber is walking a very dangerous line and when she has to pair up with Hawk things become even more blurred. She can't over look the fact that he's yummy with a capital Y, she overlook the fact he challenges her in almost every way possible, and she can't ignore the feelings he brings out in her. But when things heat up with the mission will they be able to ignore what they feel or will it get in the way of doing their job?

Ms. Low is an amazing talent! She has taken a different approach from others in the suspense genre and as a result has carved a very deep notch for herself. Her characterization is strong all the way around. It's nice to read a heroine who can kick tail but still be feminine and allow the guy to be strong. The heat and chemistry between Hawk and Amber is nuclear and this part of the storyline truly added to the nuances of their interaction. Scratching you head at the last comment? You'll just have to read the book to understand. I look forward to her next story in this series and highly recommend that you pick up any title by Ms. Low. You're in for a treat.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 7, 2005
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Gennita Low has writing a mesmerizing, thrilling, hotter then hot tale in The Hunter.

Navy Seal Hawk McMillan has been undercover for months on the most dangerous mission of his career. He is forced to watch unimaginable horrors in order to bring down the local Kingman Dragan Dilaver. He needs a local tracker in Macedonia and is led to café owner Amber Hutchens.

Amber Hutchens has an agenda of her own. She is spiriting away young girls to a safer place, then at the hands of Dilaver. Her first meeting with Hawk is memorable. Amber realizes Hawk is more then what she sees on the surface. This is a first for Hawk that a woman is invading his thoughts on a mission.

Amber and Hawk find a connection that goes beyond their mission. Their conversations are funny, steamy and deeply moving.

Gennita Low writes with such depth, compassion and all out passion. It was a treat to revisit Hawk's Seal buds. Marlena and Amber's first meeting is a hoot...This book was a treasure to read from beginning to end. Can't wait for the rest of the team's story. Hopefully some day T and Alex's story will be told. Kudos....
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Undercover Navy SEAL Hawk McMillan detests his current assignment, pretending to be a traitor working for evil Dilaver especially as he acts helplessly while atrocities occur. Still he knows the importance of the assignment to find the weapon of mass destruction that Dilaver apparently possesses.

CIA operative Amber Hutchins has worked undercover for four years in Macedonia. She hosts the Last Resort, an American style café in which she obtains information that she passes on to her contacts.

Amber and Hawk meet, but neither wants a partner especially one in which nether can control their desire for the other. Still they have no choice as they work together trying to bring down Dilaver and his cohorts while hoping to not fall in love.

THE HUNTER is a terrific direct sequel to the fabulous THE PROTECTOR as the latter novel ends with Hawk joining Dilaver's team to bring him down. The story line is action-packed but Hawk's lament makes it character driven as he feels the taint of his assignment causing him to allow the slaughter of the innocent to occur that will haunt his soul for the rest of his life. Amber is his only light as his disturbed conscience ponders the end vs. the mean. This is a high quality thriller.

Harriet Klausner
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on February 4, 2006
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I've always liked the fact that this author chose to place her heroines in the intriguing world of espionage. According to the book covers, these ladies were supposed to be kick-ass spies, going toe-to-toe with the men in their world. Yet I've been disappointed that the author hasn't really delivered on the promise. The heroines, who are the supposed focus of these novels, aren't very fleshed out. For example, in Into Danger, the heroine Marlena is supposed to be this revered assassin, yet she never assassinates anyone, and there's no discussion of anyone she assassinated. In this book, all we learn about Amber is that she "trades information," is the child of missionaries, and is a contract agent for the CIA, whatever that means. We learn nothing about how she came to be involved with the CIA, exactly what she does for them, how she developed the talents and skills that she supposedly has. Indeed, except for one rescue scene, we see no demonstration of her espionage skills, but are repeatedly told what a good cook she is. In short, we're given no glimpse into her world before the hero, Hawk, landed in it. On the other hand, we read ad nauseum about Hawk's cardboard cutout Navy SEAL background. If I read one more reference to his SEAL "brothers" or his superior physical stamina and abilities, I thought I'd throw the book across the room. Thank goodness no one uttered the obligatory "hoorah."

I also thought the plot in this novel moved at a painfully slow pace. The writing was very repetitive. Hawk, in particular, simply had the same thoughts over and over. The plot was also a bit jumbled and, especially towards the end, made almost no sense. The sudden appearance of characters from previous novels was handled very clumsily and was not convincing.

Another problem I have to mention was the author's inexplicably incorrect use of grammar. She repeatedly used the wrong verb tense, and there were several times when her sentences just made no sense. I guess editors don't actually edit. Interestingly, I didn't notice this shortcoming in her previous novels.

As I'm sure the author intended, I continue to be intrigued by the recurring characters, Jed McNeil/Stefan and Alex Diamond. They and the elusive "T." will probably keep me reading these novels. I just hope the plots become more revelatory and illuminating. I realize that the world of espionage is cloaked in shadow, but it's unsatisfying when the reader is kept in the dark.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 11, 2005
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Gennita Low has really outdone herself with THE HUNTER - - which should have been difficult to do, since her first three books were outstanding by themselves. THE HUNTER, featuring the very delicious Hawk McMillan, does not disappoint (and it may be my new "favorite" by this author.) Her characters have real depth here and she tackles some uncomforable real-life issues (such as human trafficking.) Of course her "trade marks" remain in place: A great story, a strong hero, a strong heroine and scorching love scenes. THE HUNTER made me laugh, sigh and say "Oh My God! What happens next?!"

In my opinion, it would be best to read this book in order (after the first 3), but if you just want to try one of Gennita Low's books, try this one and you'll see why I highly recommend them all!

Thanks Ms. Low for yet another "keeper."
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon October 28, 2005
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Gennita Low has written another great story - this time highlighting Hawk and taking off where The Protector ends. With a truly memorable opening, the book just gets better and better.

Navy SEAL Hawk McMillan has an undercover assignment working for a crime lord in Macedonia, on the trail of illegal weapons. Amber Hutchens is a great heroine who is fulfilling an important mission of her own as well as becoming Hawk's tracker and is not TSTL - one of Low's great trademarks is the smart heroine and Amber is one of the best.

Watching these two smart and sexy characters work together and fall in love while going on a thrill ride of a story was so much fun I read it twice in one sitting. A definite keeper.

Now, I want to read about Jed!! Bring on JED!! Oh, and Alex and T, too. Keep 'em coming, Ms. Low!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2005
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Gennita Low writes with depth, passion and a sense of humor.

The Hunter is intense and even humorous. Hawk, the hero, and Amber, the heroine, "meet" in a unique way. Hawk is an irresistible Alpha Male in action!! Can't wait for the rest of the team's story. Hopefully someday T & Alex's story as well as Jed's will be told.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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A man has needs, and right now, Hawk McMillan wants a nice, big, juicy, American hamburger. He also wants a woman - not a brutalized one who has been tricked or kidnaped and then forced to service dozens of men each night - but a regular, everyday one neither of Hawk's needs are easy finds in Velesta, Macedonia. He's here on assignment, playing the kingpin's best friend, while in reality tracking his movements, waiting for his opportunity to take down this man that turns his stomach.

CIA agent Amber Hutchens uses the cover of running her cafe, the Last Resort, to cover her real interest, the young women that are kidnaped and brought into Velesta. Amber and her friend, Llallana, spent the last four years gathering information on this illegal operation, and now Hawk's arrival signifies something bigger than any of them realize could be taking place.

In order to test out the new operative sent by the CIA, Amber breaks into his room, and takes down Hawk with the help of an injection. Since he was naked at the time, she leaves her calling card attached to an unmentionable body part. The last operative the CIA had sent almost blew her cover, and Amber's not about to risk herself, her friends, or her operation to another idiot. Hawk is going to have to prove himself if he wants her help.

Hawk can't believe he was so lax as to let down his guard enough to allow anybody to get the better of him the way his attacker did. He's just lucky the attacker obviously didn't mean him any real harm since he wakes up in his own room covered in blankets off his bed. Then, he discovers the craftily attached calling card left behind, and he knows a challenge has definitely been issued and it's one he fully intends to answer - as soon as he finds out who his assailant is. It's just possible he will find the challenger, as well as fulfill his other needs, if he pays a visit to the Last Resort.

With a fast paced plot and witty challenges between the two main characters, THE HUNTER is a book sure to capture and hold you enthralled in the pages for hours. You can actually feel the emotional turmoil the characters experience, as they're forced to turn a blind eye to the corruption surrounding them as they struggle to take down the current kingpin, Dilaver. Yet, there were scenes so touching, I was on the verge of tears several times, as well as laughing out loud over the antics of Hawk and Amber as the tested each other. THE HUNTER is the second book in Gennita Low's CROSSFIRE series.

Chrissy Dionne (courtesy of Romance Junkies)
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2005
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Gennita Low is definitely on my must buy list. This is her 4th book. Each and everyone of them is a keeper. I have already pre-order her next book "Sleeping with the Agent". She managed to write a romantic suspense novel with both male (mostly male) and female point of view, packed with action and adventure without cheating the romance readers.
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