Early Review: Immortal Hunter by Kait Ballenger

Posted 1 April, 2014 by Lori @ Romancing the Dark Side in Early Review, Reviews / 10 Comments

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Immortal Hunter by Kait Ballenger
Series: Execution Underground #2
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Published by: HQN on April 1, 2014
Format: eARC
Pages: 384
Source: Author
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As an exorcist, David Aronowitz grew up the target of demonic assassins. Now he’s a member of the Execution Underground and hellspawn everywhere fear his name. But when a demon slips into the seductive body of the only woman he’s ever loved, David must confront the heartbreak of their past to save her.

The piece of her heart Allsún O’Hare gave to David so long ago left her trapped between two worlds: the Fae and the human. And when David comes to her rescue, fate reunites her with her greatest temptation—and her biggest mistake.

Now, as they’re swept together into a wicked game with the demon who controls her, David must decide if saving Allsún’s life is worth sacrificing his own—and the future of humanity itself.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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I knew David’s story would break my heart and Kait Ballenger did just that before she put the pieces back together!

The Execution Underground series continues with the story of David and Allsún in IMMORTAL HUNTER. Born with a special ability, David Aronowitz works for a secret organization known as the Execution Underground, that regulates all things supernatural. David is the EU’s resident exorcist and spends his nights sending demons back to hell and thinking of the woman he loved and lost, Allsún. As a half human, half fae on earth, Allsún O’Hare is a target for the very demons she once hunted alongside her childhood sweetheart David. When their paths cross for a second time, David is faced with saving the world of evil or saving his true love Allsún.

David and Allsún’s story is unique in that these two characters share a history that we get small glimpse of in Twilight Hunter. Through David and Allsún’s flashbacks we see they’ve known and loved each other since childhood, which makes their feelings for each other that more intense. We also learn the reasons behind their split View Spoiler » which tore my heart out while reading. David is constantly torn between what he believes his mission in life is and his love for Allsún. When he learns demons are on the hunt for her, his soul mission becomes protecting Allsún. As they reunite in the midst of all this danger, they realize the love is still there and Allsún finally shares the painful truth View Spoiler » and what really happened the night she left and broke off their engagement.

When I met David in Twilight Hunter I knew he was going to be a swoonworthy hero, what I wasn’t prepared for was how much I would love him after reading his story. David is an alpha, but when it comes to Allsún he’s the kindest and one of the gentlest heroes I’ve met in a long time. He never pressures Allsún into doing or sharing anything she doesn’t want to and gives in when she wants to help him with his demon hunting, he sees her as an equal even though he’s super protective. I love his devotion to her, especially after reading they were childhood sweethearts, it explains a lot. Allsún brings out David’s fun and flirty side which was refreshing to see after watching him interact with the guys from the EU and demons!

Allsún ran hot and cold for me, I like her feistiness and strength but there were times when I was frustrated by her actions when it came to David. My heart went out to her for all of the heartbreak and pain she experienced, but I didn’t get how she didn’t trust the love of her life enough to tell him the truth in certain situations. I didn’t doubt her love for David, I just felt that David gave his heart and soul to her and Allsún didn’t respond until the very end. That being said, I do love them as a couple and was rooting for them to reconcile and get their happy ending…they earned one! I was especially thankful for a few smexy scenes between them…David might be a gentleman everywhere except in the bedroom and I love it!

“To them you may be a hero, but to me, you’re just the man who broke my heart.”

Kait Ballenger continues to impress me with her dark, vivid paranormal world and the men of the Execution Underground. This installment’s tone is darker than the previous books, which is expected since it deals with demons and exorcists. While this book mainly focuses on David and Allsún, we’re reaquainted with the characters we’ve met throughout the series and even get a Jace and Frankie update! I really enjoy that each book gives you a hint of who the next main character will be in the next installment, this time it was Shane and I look forward to learning more about this sexy professor/witch expert.

IMMORTAL HUNTER is an enthralling read that had me turning the pages (of my Nook) in anticipation with its uncertainty. Ms. Ballenger has taken me on an emotional journey with David and Allsún’s story that was heart wrenching but beautifully executed! Well done 😉

 
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About Kait Ballenger

Kait Ballenger

Kait Ballenger is a full-time romance author, wife, a former professional bellydancer, and soon-to-be-professor. She is the multi-published author of the Execution Underground paranormal romance series about an international network of supernatural hunters who fight to protect humanity alongside the powerful women they seduce.

With a B.A in English from Stetson University, Kait is a recent graduate of Spalding University’s M.F.A in Writing for Children and Young Adults program, where she studied dual-genre in screenwriting.

When Kait’s not preoccupied with paranormal creepy-crawlies, she can be found spending time with her family or with her nose buried in a book. She lives in Florida with her husband, their doggie-daughter Sookie (yes, like the heroine in Charlainne Harris’ books), and two mischievous cats Elliot and Olivia (yes, like the Law and Order characters), near the love and care of her supportive family. Kait believes anything is possible with hard work and dedication. One day, she will be a bestseller and have people name their pets after her characters too.

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10 Responses to “Early Review: Immortal Hunter by Kait Ballenger”

  1. Thank you! I haven’t come across this series before, I’ve never read anything by the author either. I like the sound of the premise. I have to check the first book out. You know how much I love a heart wrenching read/listen 🙂 I’m a masochist!!LOL

  2. Skimmed because I’mr eading this next week… I’m encouraged to get to it sooner, I like them dark things and D&A’s combo, an exorcist and a fae, beyond interesting!

  3. I’ve got this series on my TBR list! I’ve wanted to check out this author for awhile, but the reviews for this book are making it a sooners-rather-than-laters endeavor. Glad book 2 is still a win, and I’ll be reading book 1 myself. Any day now 😉

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