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On the Hunt (The Sentinels) Mass Market Paperback – August 25, 2015
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About the Author
ALEXANDRA IVY graduated from Truman University with a degree in theatre before deciding she preferred to bring her characters to life on paper rather than stage. She currently lives in Missouri with her extraordinarily patient husband. To stay updated on Alexandra’s novels or to chat with other readers, please visit her website at www.alexandraivy.com.
REBECCA ZANETTI is a member of RWA and has won awards for her works throughout the industry. She resides in the wild north with her husband, children, and extended family. Please visit Rebecca at www.rebeccazanetti.com.
DIANNE DUVALL earned a BA in English from the University of St. Thomas (Houston) and currently lives in Texas with her husband. Information on her books and the latest news can be found on her website at www.DianneDuvall.com.
HANNAH JAYNE is a freelance writer and journalist. Her short fiction has appeared in Devil’s Brew and is currently featured on the websites www.chicklitreview.org and www.crisisqueens.com. She lives in San Francisco.
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Ivy's story involved a Sentinal, Mika, and a healer, Bailey. They had been engaged, but Bailey got cold feet and bailed out. (I know, that was a cheap shot.) To continue, though, it is several years after the separation and they reconnect when Mika is on a case, tracking someone down. I hated Bailey. She walked out on Mika without a word, just packed up and moved home, because she wanted to see if he loved her enough to come after her. Talk about cruel and immature. Her excuses and apology were too little, too late in my opinion. However, this is a romance book, so Mika forgives her.
Bailey's immaturity continued to grate throughout the story. She hated routine and authority to the point where stubbornness overrode common sense. She reminded me of a small child sticking her tongue out at the adults frantically yelling at her to come away from the road as she continues to blithely back into traffic. Mentally, I had her saying things like "I don't have to, you can't make me, I'm not going to so there, I can do it myself", as she thrashes around on the floor having a temper tantrum. Did I mention that I hated her? Why do authors create heroines who are not only self-centred, but too stupid live? Anyway, the story line itself and the rest of the characterization were excellent. I would read more from this series, as long as it doesn't contain more Baileyesque heroines.
Zanetti's story had immediate closure, but an overarching story line that continues the series; at least I think it continues. The ending reminded me a bit of a Twilight Zone episode, where it is implied that more continues off-screen; it didn't feel complete, but it was an acceptable ending. The problem I had with this story was the huge amount of sex scenes---too long and too many. I found myself skimming through a lot of pages in order to return to the story. The story suffered for this, because there wasn't enough room left in the novella length to develop the story and characterization. What there was of the plot and characterization was great and I would have liked more details. I might try more books in this series, but I wouldn't purchase any more until I had a chance to read one for free to see if I liked it. (As an aside, I read Zanetti's other series free from Kindle Unlimited and loved the books. I bought all of them so I could have them to reread. They had borderline too much sex, but the stories were so well written that I decided that I could live with having to skip those scenes.)
Duvall's story also devoted too much space to sex and not enough to plot and characterization. Like Zanetti's story, it had a great concept but the balance between sex and story was uneven. The hero and heroine were very likeable and the concept was great. I liked what I saw of the Immortals and would like to see more of them. This story had immediate closure with an overarching story line, that engaged me and left me wanting more. I just wish there had been more story and less sex. In a longer work, the author can get away with a bit too much sex, but in a novella, there isn't room to have a lot of sex and still develop the story as well as it could be.
Jayne's story didn't seem to fit into the anthology. It was more lighthearted and was a clean read. If it were a mystery, I think it would be in the sub genre of cosy. I didn't mind that it wasn't a perfect fit, but I did mind that the romance was almost nonexistent. Nina, the vampire heroine, and Pike, the bird shapeshifter hero, were likeable but there was very little chemistry and no declaration of love until near the conclusion. As well, I wasn't entirely happy with the world building. Maybe this was because the novella length made it difficult for the author to depict her world, but for whatever reason, I couldn't see enough of it to form an opinion. Everything skimmed along the surface and didn't go deeply enough to let the reader in. I wouldn't go out of my way to read more of this series because it didn't engage me and I was a bit bored with it. The author writes well, and for those who like this style, it might be worth trying.
Conclusion: One story had an acceptable amount of sex, two had too much sex, and one was clean. One had an obnoxious heroine, three had likeable heroines and all four had likeable heros. None of the stories was as well developed as I would have liked, but none of them had cliffhangers. The stories had good writing mechanics, and other than my complaints above, were very well written.
I'm giving the book three stars, although it was a one star book for me. I just didn't enjoy it, but I can see its positive points. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who has reading tastes very similar to mine. Readers who are more into paranormal romances with a lot of sensuous sex scenes might like the first three stories. It's not erotica although it is explicit, which I like, but in smaller quantities. Anyone who only likes clean books will hate it, even though one story is clean.
You really should read this first before starting the series. It explains the start of the Scorpius pandemic and tells the story of Dr. Nora Medina, who has worked at a private pharmaceutical company for five years, trying to create an antibiotic for drug-resistant bacteria and is anti-military and anti-government.
Her ex-husband is Deacan McDougall, Special Strategic Advisor to the President of the United States, military and all hunky man. Now they are back together and whew...
Be forewarned - there are steamy sex scenes, which I definitely enjoyed reading.
There is some about Dr. Lynne Harmony but mostly this is Nora and Deacan's story.
Mika Tanner is a hunter Sentinel and a tracker. He’s the best. He’s been sent to find an acolyte that has disappeared from the monastery where the Sentinels are taught. In the meantime Bailey Morrell, who is a witch and a healer who has the rare talent of being able to sense an injured highblood in her vicinity find the badly injured acolyte that Mika is hunting. Now Mika and Bailey have a history, but Bailey left him 10 years ago. She felt trapped and wanted to be free.
This is a second chance love story. The story of why the acolyte left the monastery is what brings Mika and Bailey back together. It’s a nice love story if a bit tame than what I’m used to.
I give it four stars.
Scorpius Rising by Rebecca Zanetti
Now Rebecca is one of my favorite authors and this is potential apocalyptic story. A bacteria is let loose by college students who find a meteor and break it open. If they survive the fever, they become dangerous with extreme mental problems. Deacan is head of a secret branch of the military and directly reports to the president. Nora is the top microbiologist in her field. Deke has basically kidnapped Nora to work on finding a cure, and they need it fast!
Deke and Nora used to be married but divorced. Deke loved the military and the excitement of a battle. Nora was going to college to become a microbiologist. She couldn’t handle the stress of Deke’s job, so she ran. Deke has changed and decided he wants Nora back and is going to get her. He seduces her quickly, and she lets herself be seduced. She still loves Deke. The story is exciting and the love scenes are steamy hot!
The transformation of Nora’s assistant Zach, from a cute, mild mannered man into the psycho is exciting and enthralling.
I give five plus stars!!
Phantom Embrace by Dianne Duvall (SPOILERS)
Again Dianne is another of my favorite authors. I have read all her Immortal Guardian series, and I love them. This is the story of Yuri. Yuri wasn’t a lead character in any of the books until Night Unbound. The ending was very sad, but with Phantom Embrace, I felt so much better about Yuri’s demise. Yuri has the same gift as Marcus. Cat is Bastien’s sister, so Seth and David leave her alone, and not banishing her from their house. Yuri falls in love with Cat, but she is a spirit and when she thinks Yuri is trying to die to be with her she gets very angry at him. This is just a very nice love story. Not steamy like I like, but when you’ve been following this series, who cares. I just love all the characters. It’s a nice addition to the series. I love knowing Yuri has a life beyond the Immortal Guardians.
I give this five plus stars also!
Stake Out by Hannah James
This is a new author for me. I love vampire stories, but this one was really unusual than what I’m used to. The main character, Nina La Shay, is a fashion designer, and she loves her photographer, Pike, who is a bird shifter. She hates birds, so it’s really strange because she just drools over his human form. It’s told in the first person, which I am not really fond of. So it was hard for me to read. It was almost a DNF.
Someone is murdering Nina’s models. Also someone has come out with a new fashion line to compete with Nina’s in New York’s Fashion Week. So Nina is not happy, especially when the first dead model is dumped in her apartment. So Nina, her nephew Vlad and Pike try to figure out who’s killing her models and why.
This one is just 2 stars for me.
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