Retribution by Sherrilyn Kenyon
This book may be part of the Dark Hunter series, but you can easily enjoy it without having read the others in the series. But then again, you may want to once you have read this one. It is very different in feel from so many of the dark werewolf and vampire stories we see these days. If you have been feeling burned out by the whole paranormal trend, you might want to check this one out.
Hired gunslinger William Jessup Brady lived his life with one foot in the grave. He believed that every life had a price, until the day when he finally found a reason to live. In one single act of brutal betrayal, he lost everything, including his life. But life has a way of coming back to bite you, and this time it did for Jess. He was brought back by a Greek goddess to be one of her Dark-Hunters. When he did so, he gave his immortal soul for vengeance and swore he’d spend eternity protecting the humans he’d once considered prey.
But he is not alone in his search, and soon we are introduced to another.
Orphan Abigail Yager was taken in by a family of vampires and raised on the basic belief that Dark-Hunters are evil, the ones who prey on both their people and mankind. Because of that, they must all be destroyed. While protecting her adoptive race, she has spent her life eliminating the Dark-Hunters and training for the day when she meets the man who killed her family: Jess Brady.
And soothe two come face to face. Jess has been charged with finding and terminating the creature who’s assassinating Dark-Hunters. The last thing he expects to find is a human face behind the killings, but when that face bears a striking resemblance to the one who murdered him centuries ago, he knows something evil is going on. He also knows he’s not the one who killed her parents. But Abigail refuses to believe the truth and is determined to see him dead once and for all.
It is a story of vengeance and betrayal. They are brought together by an angry god and chased by ancient enemies out to kill them both. Somehow, they must find a way to overcome their mutual hatred or watch as one of the darkest of powers rises and kills both the races they’ve sworn to protect.
Here Kitty, Kitty by Shelly Laurenston
Talk about bad boys! Nik Vorislav is no exception – as a hot and gorgeous hillbilly were-tiger he’s a heartbreaker who only keeps women in his bed long enough to get exactly what he wants. But Angelina Santiago isn’t exactly a naïve chick. She’s an American mutt who hangs out with shapeshifters and is currently trying to save her own ass from a group of killers.
As the only human left among her friends, she’s an easy target for enemies trying to destroy the pack. Angelina’s always been able to hold her own, but this time things are a little different.
The last time we met Angelina, she had been kidnapped while visiting friends in California. But everyone thought she was dead because of the evidence left behind in Texas-blood, for one thing, and some hyena shifters torn to shreds. And what girl in her right mind would ever leave her purse behind?
In reality, Nik’s redneck tiger brothers, in an effort to save her, have taken her against her will to his palatial estate in North Carolina. But neither of them is happy at this turn of events. Angelina is ticked off to wake up with a bunch of tiger shifters, and Nik is just plain ticked. His hillbilly family has really done it this time.
As a content single guy, he doesn’t appreciate this stranger who not only shows up at his doorstep, but attacks him with a toilet within minutes of their first meeting. As a hunky heartbreaker, Nik, of course, has one thing on the brain and is hoping Angelina will be game for a little tiger love. Her love-hate rapport with this delicious man may even make you blush a little.
Laurenston’s work speaks for itself. She doesn’t conform to any romantic standards. She is a funny writer, and paints her female characters as strong, sassy, assertive types who battle dangerous creatures and manage to look good doing it. The humor is strong throughout, and the graphic sex isn’t so bad either.
But I would recommend you pick up the first two books to better understand the storyline. You won’t want to miss out on any on Angelina’s shape-shifting, madcap adventures!
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