Thank you to the publisher as I received an eARC of Mating The Huntress by Talia Hibbert. This in no way impacted my thoughts, feelings, opinions or rating on the book.
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Release Date: October 1st, 2018
Dates Read: September 26th, 2018 to September 26th, 2018
Publisher: Nixon House
Genre: paranormal, romance, urban fantasy
Chastity Adofo knows a monster when she sees one. As soon as Luke Anthony wanders into her family’s coffee shop, she recognises the evil lurking beneath his charming smile and fantastic arse. The handsome werewolf is determined to have her—but she’s determined to cut out his heart.
Little does she know, Luke’s plans for her are far more pleasurable than murder. And when the full moon rises, all bets are off…
R E V I E W
If you know me or have been on my blog this year you probably know that Talia Hibbert is my favourite romance author to ever exist. Her books make me swoon and they typically fall in the contemporary genre. Mating The Huntress changed that game and if Talia Hibbert doesn’t continue down paranormal romance I will send her a vial of my tears.
I was a big paranormal fan about ten years ago – around the time I first read Twilight. Over the years it is clear that werewolves and vampires have died off from mainstream books and no one really goes near them too much. Talia Hibbert needs to bring back them because that woman has an utter skill that highlights them. Honestly, if you haven’t read one of Talia’s books, what are you doing?
Mating The Huntress follows a dual perspective of Luke and Chastity. Luke is a werewolf and Chastity is from a long line of female werewolf hunters. Except Chastity isn’t actually trained to be a werewolf hunter due to a prophecy that was told when she was born. Literally, someone busted into the room she was being born and gave her parents the prophecy. I guess that adds to the weirdness when Luke starts romantically pursuing Chastity. It is definitely not something that fits the norm and Chastity is desperate to prove herself to her family. However, these things never go to plan and Chastity learns things that have been forgotten in the history of werewolf hunters that change her perspective.
Honestly, this is such a short read that it is worth your time. It is the perfect story for Halloween, even if you are like me and don’t celebrate it (I live in Australia, it isn’t that weird). As much as I did love this book it did have a few flaws that I would be betraying myself if I didn’t talk about.
I think the first thing about Mating The Huntress that kind of threw me off was the lack of world building. This is an incredibly short book but we are basically thrown into a world with no idea of what is happening. The prologue really sets the scene but apart from that…nothing. I think what factored into that was the fact that this was so short. Talia definitely focused on the romance, but it really left the paranormal aspect to this story feeling a little lacklustre. I have no doubts that if Talia continues to write paranormal (which I hope she does) that this will improve.
My other problem is a whammy, the fact this was so short. It really did make aspects of the book feel rushed, including the romance. I felt like I got whiplash from the drama at one point and the resolution coming so damn fast. Again, I understand the length of this book heavily impacted that but it still would have been nice to have at least 50 more pages.
I really loved the family dynamic of Chastity’s family. The Adofo’s are incredibly close family. One that supports each other no matter what and is willing to take on board new information – even if it counters everything they know. It was incredibly sweet to read the dynamics between siblings since the Adofo’s are a big family.
Finally, this book had the kickass female characters that I love from Talia Hibbert. Chastity is own voices in the sense that she is plus size and black, which is always such a great inclusion. Chastity is also incredibly sassy and just well written. Her personality is the highlight of this book and I found myself laughing incredibly hard at the character dynamics.
Overall, despite its minor flaws Mating The Huntress is another knockout by Talia Hibbert. I have literally read all her works and I will continue to read them. They are worth every second and are just excellently done.
Happy reading everyone!
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