The Huntress by Dawn Robertson and Kristen Hope Mazzola
Erotic Thriller/Suspense. Part 1 of 3.
Disclaimer from blurb:
Dawn and Kristen want to warn you: this is not for the faint of heart! But if gore, violence, and extreme sexual situations are your cup of tea, this is the read for you.
Well, honestly that kind of warning would normally turn me away from a book, because honestly, I prefer a happy book, but then I think of some of my old favorites, especially the old paranormal books I have read and gore and violence are nothing compared to zombies ripping hearts out, right? What was really out of my comfort zone in The Huntress was the fact that it’s part 1 of 3. But Dawn Robertson and Kristen Hope Mazzola have been on my TBR list for so long, and I have only read short stories from them, so this is a great way to kill two birds with one stone…haha, kill being the operative word.
Ellie was rescued as a young girl from her drunk driving mother by a police officer who placed her with a very wealthy friend who could give her anything she wanted. She was raised by the handsome playboy millionaire, Theo McGuire, and a loving caretaker. Theo was above the law in many ways, and he had more of a friendship than a father/daughter relationship with Ellie. But Ellie spent years fantasizing about marrying him, and when she was of age, they both started having other fantasies. But this isn’t a step daddy book, and those fantasies could never leave the confines of their home since they are known to all as father and daughter.
“Our relationship is an odd one for sure…It’s a mixture of the brother-sister relationship many step siblings often develop with a hint of the inappropriate–although when we step out into the public eye, no one would ever know. For all intents and purposes, he is my father…”
Ellie also helps to run a charity with two friends, one, Seven, you may recognize from Dawn Robertson’s Hers series; the other, Suzanne, is a sub married to a lying, cheating asshole. Ellie is also a high profile attorney. But from the age of 18, she has been trained to be the “Black Widow”; a hitwoman for the rich, and she only hits the bad.
“I don’t feel bad about being a hitwoman because I know each one of these people deserve everything they get; call me the Dexter of the high profile.”
She isn’t only a lawyer and hitwoman, she is also a kinky fucker.
“At one point in time I have three dicks inside me. I ride Calvin while Joseph fucks my ass and Shane fucks my mouth.”
I actually liked Ellie’s story a lot, and I would like to have seen a few more cases she took on before the final, ‘different’ one in this story. I don’t want to give anything away, so this is really hard to review, but when we get Remy’s POV and Suzanne’s POV, there was just too much of a change in focus from Ellie to Remy, and I just didn’t feel like there was enough background for Remy and Suzanne to justify the change in focus to them.
- I liked Ellie and her development. She is a strong, independent, take no shit kind of woman.
- It’s sexy and exciting.
- Pulled me in right from the start and never let go.
- That she is kind of like Robin Hood.
- There was no major cliffy that made me want to hate the authors.
- The story felt rushed. I needed a lot more background on Remy and Suzanne. There wasn’t enough to make me hate Remy (even though he is an asshole), and I wish there was more build-up.
- The change in focus from Ellie to Remy & Suzanne made it feel like it was either written at two different times, or that is where the authors’ split the writing.
- This is nit-picky, but I really hate the term finger banged (especially when she says she did it to herself).
The Down & Dirty:
Rating: 4 stars (but may be re-rated higher when the next installments come out), Heat – 4.75
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