- Series: Sin Hunters (Book 2)
- Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Forever (May 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0446584606
- ISBN-13: 978-0446584609
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,455,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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RT Book Reviews - 4 Stars: "Second in the Sin Hunters series, The Claimed will not disappoint fans new or old. The Light Hunters and Shadow Hunters are mortal enemies and this paranormal Romeo and Juliet romance with an edge will keep readers intrigued. Just like her characters, Pineiro's books are smart, sensual and irresistible."
Alternative Worlds: "The second Sin Hunters romantic urban fantasy is a terrific tale of forbidden love between beloved enemies. The cast is fully developed whether they are Victoria's BFFs or clan members, but especially the protagonists. Fast-paced, Caridad Pineiro provides a wonderful west side of the Hudson paranormal romance."
FOUR STARS! A fantastic addition to the Sin Hunters series... Stories by Caridad Piñeiro will grab you by the throat, making it difficult for you to breathe. HUNTRESS REVIEWS, Reviewed by Detra Fitch
5 Moons from Book Lovin' Mama: "(T)he characters are well thought out and the story is well written. I love reading about characters that feel as if they could be real and ...(t)he connection between the two is beautiful, they just fit so well together . . . the sex scenes between the two are pretty HOT..."
4 Stars from PURE TEXTUALITY: "(A) fun ride down Urban Fantasy lane ... The character and world is interesting, and I look forward to more."
From the Author
I've been reading romances for as long as I can remember, going back to when I was twelve and read and re-read WUTHERING HEIGHTS all summer long. At one point the the librarian told me I could not take the book out again since other people needed a chance to read it!
Denied my broody Heathcliff and doomed Catherine, I turned my attentions to what some might say were an odd mix: Shakespeare and Ian Fleming.
It's safe to say that those choices as a young reader were later reflected in what I wrote, especially in THE CLAIMED, the second book in the Sin Hunters series.
Action. Adventure. Angst. I've incorporated all those elements that I love into this tale of a determined and broody alpha hero, Christopher Sombrosa, and a woman who is the absolute wrong choice for him, Victoria Johnson.
So why is Victoria not the woman for Christopher? Think Romeo and Juliet, Capulet and Montague.
Victoria is destined to be the leader of her Light Hunter clan while Christopher is not only one of the Dark Ones, he is likewise supposed to assume command of his Shadow Hunter people.
Add to the mix some rather nefarious villains in the form of Christopher's father and ex-fiancée and the betrayal of someone dear to Victoria, and I think you'll find THE CLAIMED will keep you turning pages until the very end.
I am very glad to say, however, that despite the hopeless Catherine, Juliet, and assorted Bond girls who could never win James's heart, there is a path to a new and exciting place for Christopher and Victoria.
I hope you will enjoy their fight for a better tomorrow for not only themselves, but their race of Hunters.
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I ate this story up! It was such a refreshing read. The storyline is so unique and each page just kept me so into the story I never wanted to put it down.
LOVED the conflicts Caridad threw at the hero and heroine. The sense of honor and loyalty---and love--was so intense I found myself reading faster and faster to find out what happened next.
Christopher is one of my favorite types of heroes. Strong and sensitive, dedicated to his values. Strong, but not arrogant. I just loved Christopher.
Great story, Caridad. Can't wait to see what you come up with next in this series!!!
The fantasy element was different, something I always enjoy. The love story was between two kids from different sides of the track, one a Shadow Hunter (no, not the Cassandra Clare variety) and the other a Light Hunter. These paranormals live amongst humans and feed off energy. When humans came to the Americas they brought a pox with them which infected the Hunters and split them into two groups. Those with some immunity became the Light Hunters, though most of them lost the ability to collect energy for themselves and became dependant on the strongest members of their clans to share their energy with them. Those who carried the pox became the Shadow Hunters. They discovered that feeding from humans and Light Hunters kept the pox at bay, so that's who they hunted. The result was a long standing war between the two kinds of Hunters.
Victoria is the equivalent to a princess to the Light Hunters and Christopher,a prince of the Shadow Hunters. Christopher has discovered that returning to the old ways of collecting energy from nature keeps the pox at bay without them having to kill humans and Light Hunters. He and his few followers have left his cruel pox-ridden father's compound and set up their own. He and Victoria meet without knowing who each other are and their connection is sensual, irresistible and, they soon discover, forbidden.
However, the Hunters are in decline, possibly dying out, and both heirs need to mate with someone strong to ensure the future of their calm. Add to that the idea of the Hunters having to mate at their equinox (happening to them now) and you have an urgency for both Christopher and Victoria that makes their connection even harder to ignore. It is just possible that if they can overcome their fear and prejudice, their union might be the very thing they need to save their race, but convincing their clans seems next to impossible and first they have to learn to trust each other. Murderous factions on both sides, motivated by hatred and jealousy, do their best to keep the two lovers apart, even if it means war -and it does.
It's a strong plot, the characters are likable (except for the baddies) but the best thing about the book is the descriptions of the Hunter's auras and the way they work with power. Beautiful brightly coloured auras sparkle with silver and orbs of energy form in the Hunter's hands and become powerful weapons. The descriptions of their sexual union are too hot for teenagers, but they also speak of the union of their energies in a very powerful and evocative way.
Apparently, Caridad Piñeiro is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, which is all the more reason why this book shouldn't have had flaws, but it did, things that should have been picked up by an editor. Some of the prose I found surprisingly clumsy, but the worst thing was repetition so unnecessary that I found myself saying, "yeah, ok, ok I got that already." Maya, a succubus style of Hunter, and Christopher's father's actions got old very quickly. With Maya I found myself saying, "find a new mantra, darling."
If you don't want anything other than a light bit of entertainment, it's worth a read. I give it 3 stars.
Quick & Dirty: A dark and somewhat sexy story about Light and Shadow Hunters who feed off of the power of nature and humans. A must read for those who want something a little different in their paranormal.
Opening Sentence: The flares of energy shooting off Alexander’s aura were Christopher’s first clue that his father was weak enough to be defeated.
The Claimed by Caridad Piñeiro is the fourth in the Sin Hunter series. This is definitely a series to check out if you don’t like the same ol’ stuff in paranormal. These characters have a kind of power that deal with nature and the forces that surround us. There are Light Hunters and there are Shadow Hunters and they are mortal enemies. Each Hunter have different kinds of power and power source, while they both have their limitations. Hunters and Shadows will soon be extinct if they don’t do something about it.
Victoria Johnson is a Light Hunter Quinchu. She will one day lead the Hunters in her area. As a Quinchu, she soaks up power and gives it to others who can’t soak up their own power. She owns her own boat/surf shop. Then one day, she sees a boy severely injured in a boating accident and she uses her powers to help save him. She is seen by someone. But showing off her powers isn’t her only problem in life, Victoria needs to find a mate and soon before the choice is taken out of her hands.
Christopher is a Shadow Hunter but he isn’t like other Shadow Hunters. He is trying to save his race. He has kept his essence pure. He is on a mission to find the Quinchu with extreme power when he finds Victoria, a woman he is strangely attracted too and who might hold the key to the survival of their races. Christopher must fight his father if he hopes for any kind of a peaceful future.
The romance isn’t quite based off of mating but it is a little bit like that, it is a bit weird. Each Hunter goes through some kind of “heat”, I don’t remember what they called it, but their powers go haywire and overpower them until they find someone who is compatible. In my eyes, it felt like it was when the woman was the most fertile because the “bonding” will include getting pregnant. The story was written in the third person like a lot of romance novels are penned and there were many different POV’s besides Victoria and Christopher.
Victoria is a tough cookie but she did have some flaws that I didn’t really care for. She was willing to let her parents go ahead and arrange a marriage for her because she couldn’t find the love that she was looking for. She fights for everything but was willing to just give up when it came to something that important. Christopher is the dark, alpha male who actually tries to look at the brighter side of life because it is so easy to give in to the dark side. He doesn’t want to be sick like the rest of the Shadow Hunters. He truly fights for good.
I haven’t read any of the rest of this series but I do think it closely ties in with the third book, The Lost, as its main characters show up a lot in this book and the underlying story line ties have a lot to do with Adam and the power he welds. My real only complaint is that this book has an open ending and as far as I can tell no sequel to finish the story. One of the things that are never resolved is Victoria telling her parents about Christopher and how they were compatible.
Overall, this was a different paranormal book for me. I enjoyed it enough that I wouldn’t mind checking out how the series began but I’m a little bummed that the story didn’t end properly. If you want to read something that isn’t quite the same as the norm then I would say check out the Sin Hunter series.
As the man hurried away from Victoria, Christopher sucked in a breath to gird himself against his attraction to her and cautiously approached. When he neared, she looked his way, and there was no denying the flare of desire that stretched between them. It only grew stronger the closer he got. For a moment it seemed as if she would bolt again, but then she faced him and stood her ground.
“You seem upset. Is there anything I can do?”
“I’m sorry. I’ve just got some family things going on right now.” With a weary sigh, she shook her head, and he couldn’t contain his need to touch and try to reassure despite his concern about not knowing if he could trust her.
The second he placed his hand on her shoulder, the pull of energy arose, so in sync with his own that his center vibrated in harmony. He stepped closer to her as her eyes widened and then dilated with the pleasure created by the link.
“Why is this happening?” Victoria asked, placing her hand over his heart, creating an arc of power that only strengthened the bond between them.
With such a strong current, he could no longer deny what she was. “I think we both know the answer to that.”
FTC Advisory: Forever/Hachette Book Group provided me with a copy of The Claimed. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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