Hunters of the supernatural, the Execution Underground are an elite group tasked with protecting humanity...but what happens when danger collides with desire?
Jace McCannon has one loyalty: the Execution Underground. Despite his mixed blood, his hatred for the werewolves he hunts is legendary. But in his search for a sadistic killer, Jace finds himself face-to-face with a stunningly seductive packmaster...and longing for a night with his mortal enemy.
Nothing can stop Frankie Amato from defending her kind - or from catching the rogue responsible for killing women in her territory. For that, this alpha female needs Jace's skills more than she wants to admit. But as their investigation exposes evil truths, need burns into a passion that dare not be fulfilled. For to do so will have deadly consequences for them both....
©2013 Kaitlyn Ballenger (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
This book was simply okay. It’s yet another tale of enemies falling in love and putting a paranormal, albeit, semi-effective twists near the end. To start, the narrator did an ok job. She did male voices ok, but sounds like a little nasally girl at times, especially when she did Alson, another female character. And she mispronounced “filleted”, like the past tense of filleting a fish. Instead, she pronounced it like “feel-it-ed,” and she needs serious work on her Jersey, Spanish, and Russian accents and sounding like a badass. I liked that Frankie, the h, and a werewolf, was strong mentally and physically. But the story started going downhill in the first sex scene where Jace, the H, tried the semi-dom role by telling Frankie not to cum until he says, to say she wants it, blah blah blah. And worst of all, the cum on demand order, which I never like. It seems too unrealistic even in a paranormal tale. Multiple orgasms I’ll buy as within the scope of human possibility, albeit very, very uncommon, but female orgasms on demand, especially with only intercourse, is too unbelievable to even conceive. I guess the whole idea of ordering someone to do something like that lacks appeal for me. Though it was good that the story was not full of sex—though I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing. There was 1 sex scene in the first half of the book, and 2-3 in the 2nd half of the book. Unfortunately, in spite of the lack of sex scenes, it seemed like every 15 minutes there was a statement about Jace being “hard”; it was so bad that he seemed like he needed to see somebody about it instead of it being sexy. Plus, too quickly, within 24 hours of knowing Jace, Frankie said she knew he was a good person. Really! You know that in less than 24 hours? I don’t think so. And she spoke of love after knowing him about a week. Also, some of the phrasing in the story didn’t work well. The author seemed to be ill-equipped for describing things. For example, it didn’t work when Frankie threatened to cut off a guy’s “balls” and feed them back to him “like scrambled eggs.” That imagery is hard to envision and doesn’t seem plausible even in the most dreadful of circumstances. Also, Frankie said her “brain was split” to describe being torn between two choices. Your mind might be split, but you are likely dead if your brain, a physical form, is split. And there were others. Finally, Frankie, as pack master, never seemed to know the rules guiding her pack. Multiple times, another pack member told her rules guiding the pack, and she seemed to be unaware of them. So it didn’t work for me.
This has been a very difficult review to write as, although I enjoyed the overall story and idea of the Execution Underground Team, there were (for me anyway) quite a few negative points too. When a book is good you can gush but when it's just 'fair' then it's difficult to pinpoint exactly what's wrong or missing. However, I'll give you my thoughts.
The negatives - I was expecting a tight BDB type group of Hunters (J.R.Ward) but there was a lot of bickering, anger and falling out between them. Some of the dialogue seemed a bit YA at times (although the sexual content certainly wasn't) and Frankie was supposed to be the Alpha in her pack but she was so insecure and shyly didn't know what to say to Jace half the time. I couldn't really connect with either the H/H as they were either having the hots for each other or arguing and falling out - plenty of lust but not really romantic.
Worth a credit? Mmmmm a difficult question, despite the negatives it was an entertaining, hot, climatic, murder mystery paranormal romance with a twist or two and, IMHO, I think this series could grow to become a worthy series so I may give the next book a try then decide (sorry).
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