Kaz and Zoe meet under dangerous circumstances and unbeknownst to Kaz she is the person he is hunting for. Zoe thinks she is helping addicted vampires overcome their Magic Dust by using magic to make a cure, but in reality she is the witch who is making it. Can Kaz forgive her for her ignorance and help her redeem herself? I really loved the connection between Kaz and Zoe and recommend it highly.
In The Vampire Hunter (In the Company of Vampires #2) by Michele Hauf, Kaz is a Knight (or vampire hunter) with the Order of the Stakes in Paris. He has sworn to kill vampires intent on harming humans and it's in just such a battle where he spots Zoe for the first time. Unaware that she's a witch, Kaz tries to protect her from harm and from realizing the men involved in the fight are vampires. He gets an incredible kiss from the beauty as a reward for his good deed, then realizes that he won't be able to walk away from Zoe without seeing where this strong connection takes them.
Zoe doesn't know what to think of the dangerous, handsome man she encounters on her walk home. She's seen a lot as a witch, both good and bad and has the scars to prove it. So even though Kaz seems like the type of guy who will walk away quickly, Zoe wants to explore the intense chemistry between them. But when she becomes tangled up in his investigation, she's afraid Kaz may not trust her based on his past experience with supernatural beings.
The Vampire Hunter is a paranormal romance set in the modern day, but to me it almost has the feel of medieval times as it centers around a "knight and a damsel in distress" theme.
This quirky story has a fair amount of humor and a lot of heart as well. Both Zoe and Kaz have kind hearts and basically only want to make the world better in their own way. I really enjoy stories with solid characters who give freely of themselves to help others. Kaz being a hunter certainly does his part by trying to eliminate rogue vampires. And Zoe's spellwork is done in the hopes of helping vampires kick a habit that can make them harm others. Things may not always be black and white in their quest to do the right thing though, which made things seem a bit more realistic in my opinion.
Michele Hauf's writing style in this book is concise and to the point. There's not a lot of fluff when it comes to describing the scenes or even in the dialogue, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. It seems to suit the characters well, especially Kaz. I did really like the imagery when she described of the city of Paris itself, and in how Kaz and Zoe dressed, what their homes looked like. She made it easy to picture Kaz in his long coat with his hidden weapons, and Zoe in her eclectic home with her beloved cat Sid by her side.
This being a novel about a vampire hunter of course lends to a lot of action/fight scenes which were well plotted out and described precisely. Michele talks at the beginning of the book in the Author's Note about how she got the idea for this from the t.v. show Breaking Bad. I have to agree that it makes for a pretty interesting plotline, one I haven't seen before in this manner. I thought the involvement of so many types of paranormal creatures worked as well. It rounded out the story and added a few extra layers.
Overall I enjoyed The Vampire Hunter and think paranormal romance fans will like Zoe's sweet, caring nature and Kaz's journey to love and forgiveness.
Book Info Paperback, 304 pages Expected publication: January 7th 2014 by Harlequin ISBN 0373885873 (ISBN13: 9780373885879) other editions None found Source:Netgalley EARC
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A vampire hunter finds himself powerless to resist a bewitching stranger's dangerous magic in Michele Hauf's latest romance.
In all his years of battling the undead, Kaz has never seen bloodlust like this. And as a Knight of the Stake, it's up to him to find out who's responsible for the mayhem sweeping the streets of Paris and put a stop to it. Kaz's task becomes infinitely more complicated when a very attractive witch wants to help.
With her quirky charm and irresistibly kissable lips, Zo just feels right to Kaz, the way no mortal woman ever has before. But as a sworn enemy of the supernatural, can he really trust a witch? Especially one with dangerous secrets of her own?
My first thoughts on starting this was how easily and quickly the story drew me in. The beginning starts with 16 year-old Kaz fighting off his first vampire and soon segues into an action packed alley brawl with 4 more years later.
As action packed as the story began once Kaz connected with Zoe things seem to lose their momentum, which was funny because a lot happens between the two together and seperately throughout the book.
After giving it much thought the main reason for the pacing seeming to feel off was the fact that the clues to what was going on did not gel for either Kaz or Zoe until way late in the game, it just took too long for the dots to connect that the particular case Kaz was working on and Zoe’s magical secret project had something in common.
Have you ever watched a game show, maybe Wheel Of Fortune, and gotten the clues while the contestants just shook their heads. It is so frustrating because no matter what you cannot reach them with the answers, it felt the same way throughout the investigation into who, what, when, where and the why of the addictive substance which was wreaking havoc on the Vampire community of Paris and which caused the death of two of Kaz’s friends.
I felt like the story kept circling around revealing the puzzle pieces to Kaz and Zoe until everything came together about three quarters of the way and fell into place like dominoes. It made room for the pairs romance to grow but it also felt like there could have been less going on and things would have gotten solved sooner.
The book still was enjoyable, the relationship between Kaz and Zoe grew naturally, the secrets in their pasts were resolved allowing each of them to finally feel free of the conflicting emotions each had dealt with alone for years and the villain was brought to justice in an ironic twist of fate allowing the investigation to close.
Not a bad way to escape reality just not something that felt totally cohesive from start to finish as would read in fits and starts because for some reason just could not find the rhythm needed to keep me from putting book down.
[EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]