Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Hunting Human by Amanda E. Alvarez
For two years, Beth Williams has run from the past, and the beast that dwells inside her. She is haunted by memories of being kidnapped and the savage attack that killed her best friend. Now Beth finally thinks she's ready to move on...with Braden Edwards, a charming, irresistibly sexy man who tempts Beth to embrace the present.
But the past lurks closer than Beth realizes. Markko Bolvek, one of the werewolves who kidnapped her, has tracked her to Portland, Oregon, his pursuit fueled by a hunger for vengeance. Only Braden, a werewolf himself, senses the danger shadowing her steps. The Edwards and Bolveks have been enemies for centuries—and despite the instant connection he feels with Beth, Braden isn't sure which side of the war she's on.
With suspicion at odds with their attraction, Beth and Braden must learn to trust one another to stop Markko for good. Can Beth accept the wolf within—and love a man who embodies everything she fears?
I really enjoy shifter stories and shifters are at the top of the list. Amanda writes like a pro, you'd never guess this is her first book. Beth is an amazing character who is well-developed and very likable. Markko I absolutely despised. He's the bad guy and he does his job well -- too well. I literally had distaste in my mouth whenever this character appeared. Braden is a great compliment to Beth and his brother Cooper is one I would love to see have his own book. Angie, who runs a coffee shop that Beth works at, is probably one of my favorite characters. She's so eccentric and verbal - tells you exactly what she thinks. I just love her!
From the gripping first pages of the attack to the dramatic ending, Hunting Human will keep you on the edge of your seat. Beth is trying to move on with her life and she seems to be succeeding, slowly but surely. She's made some new friends and has finally decided to date Braden. But Markko won't stop until Beth pays for killing his brother. An eye for an eye. But Cooper has been tracking Markko for years and when Markko comes to his hometown, all bets are off. The two werewolf clans go head to head, but only the strong survive. Compelling and brilliant, Hunting Human is a must-read this summer! I can't wait to see what Amanda writes next!