Title: After Dark: The Darkest Angel/Shadow Hunter
Authors: Gena Showalter and Kait Ballenger
Source: Received a portion of this from Kait Ballenger for review
A timeless seduction A unique temptation And a whole world of dark desires...
From New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter
The Darkest Angel
Winged warrior Lysander has been alive for centuries, and yet he's never known desire-until he meets Bianka. Spawned from the bloodline of his enemy, the beautiful but deadly Harpy is determined to lead the untouched Lysander into temptation. He may try to evade her attempts, but even the most iron-willed demon assassin can resist for only so long....
And from debut author Kait Ballenger
Vampire hunter Damon Brock's first assignment with the Execution Underground is Rochester, New York, a city crawling with the undead. But he isn't the only hunter in town gunning for vamp blood. Tiffany Solow is fierce and ruthless when it comes to slaying the monsters that destroyed her family-and she works solo. But being alone is no longer so desirable when she meets the mysterious hunter who wants more than just her turf. As they work to massacre the local covens, the line between good and evil blurs when they are forced to decide between their lifelong beliefs... and their newfound hearts.
I'm reviewing Shadow Hunter by Kait Ballenger, which is part of the After Dark anthology. Unfortunately, I don't have Gena Showalter's portion as well to give this book a more accurate rating.
Shadow Hunter is about a guy named Damon who is a vampire hunter. He ends up hunting vampires in Rochester, which just happens to be the city that Tiffany lives in – a woman from his past that he cares deeply about.
Damon is a tortured guy – he feels responsible for the death of his friend and partner, Mark. Running into Mark's little sister Tiffany makes the situation a little messy. They are both attracted to each other, but he feels guilty taking things to the next level. Damon is keeping so many secrets from her. Despite that, he's a likable character. He's a heroic guy and is out to avenge the death of Mark by killing the powerful vampire that is responsible.
Tiffany is in Rochester for the same reason. She is a brave, sassy character that hunts vampires as well. All she cares about it avenging her brother's death. Damon and Tiffany work well as a team, although Damon doesn't want Tiffany risking her life by hunting vampires. These two have some really steamy moments that adult paranormal romance fans will enjoy.
Shadow Hunter is actually a prequel to the Execution Underground series. In Shadow Hunter, Damon is choosing members to be part of his team in Rochester – which is a good way to set up the series. Sounds like each team member will get a book of their own. I love series that have each book featuring a different character in a group. It sounds like it will be a great series. The one thing that I'm frustrated with in this story is the ending. We don't get a happily ever after ending. What we get is a HUGE cliffhanger. Since the next book doesn't feature Damon and Tiffany as the main characters, I'm not sure how this will play out.
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