Review: A Hunter’s Angel by Cera DuBois

A Hunter’s Angel by Cera DuBois
Series: A Hunter’s Dagger Series (# 1)
Release Date: July 18, 2012
Publisher:  Wild Rose Press
Pages: 227
Source:  book provided by the publisher for review

The serial killer stalking Clayton, Pennsylvania, isn’t all that has Chief of Police Grace Wallace worried. For a year, she’s tried to forget Special Agent Ian McHenry and now he’s the expert the FBI sent to catch the killer. She can’t stay away from him, but something primal is telling her to run to save much more than just her heart.

Despite the strict code of ethics Ian vowed to follow as a vampire hunter, he craves Grace’s blood above all others. If he chooses to stay, Ian risks losing his chance at divine forgiveness.

But if he leaves Grace unprotected from the evil he’s hunted for over a century, he loses more than just his soul…

 

Review: I absolutely love reading paranormal stories and so when I read the blurb for this book I was quite intrigued. What grabbed my attention was the concept of a vampire being a hunter of his own species and that said vampire being a FBI Agent. This concept was quite unique to me as this was my first time reading a story with this type of plot. Based on the blurb I figured that this would be a story filled with action, suspense and some steamy romance. I must say that the action was missing however there was enough suspense and romance to keep me reading. The author’s writing style was flawless and the characters were well developed. In spite of this I was a bit disappointed as I didn’t get the rush I was hoping for.

Grace Wallace a former city cop and now the chief of police of Clayton was determined to capture the serial killer that has been plaguing her town. Not everyone was accepting of her in that position, in spite of her years of experience as a law enforcement officer. Grace, however, being the self-reliant, determined and strong woman that she was did not allow this to deter from doing her job. Not even the re-appearance, of Ian McHenry was going to prevent her from doing the job she had sworn to do.

Ian McHenry is a FBI Agent who is also a vampire and a vampire hunter. He and Grace had a history which they both tried to put behind them. Ian struggled with his feelings for Grace and because he felt that a relationship between them would be taboo he had ended things between them. Ian may have been fearless and strong when it came to hunting his own kind but when it came to dealing with feelings for grace he was totally weak. It was difficult for him to work with her knowing that he was responsible for the emotional pain she was feeling.

The concept of the serial killer was very intriguing in light of the fact that this person had a connection to Ian. I do believe that this concept was adequately developed.

The chemistry between Grace and Ian was undeniable and explosive. Grace tried fighting it as she was hurting from the past but it was difficult for her to deny her feelings. Ian was also unable to control his feelings of jealousy where Grace was concerned.

The characters felt real to me. It was easy to relate to the hurt and pain that Grace was feeling. I liked the way she handled her pain especially when she had to be working with the source of that pain on a daily basis. Ian knew he was responsible for Grace’s pain. Due to the vampires’ code of ethics Ian felt that he could not be with Grace as it was tantamount to breaking the law. He, however, found it difficult to stay away from her.

A Hunter’s Angel is the first book in the Hunter’s Dagger Series. This is an ok start to the series. While reading this book I felt that there somehow should be a prequel based on the flashbacks of that permeated the story. I strongly believe that a prequel would help readers to have more information as it relates to the main characters.

The problem I had with this story is that I believe that Grace’s reaction to Ian’s revelation about him being a vampire was not too realistic. She does not appear to be perturbed about this news and kept insisting that she could handle it. I find it hard to accept that someone who does not believe that these creatures exist is so accepting of the fact that the man she loved was actually one of them.

Overall this was an ok read.


nadene