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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Night Huntress

Night Huntress by Yvette A. Lynn
Publisher: Siren Bookstrand
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3 Books
Review by Bittersweet

Raven hunted down and destroyed the man who killed her family and made her a vampire, giving her the hated name of Night Huntress. Since then, she roams the night, feeding on the homeless as well as protecting them from those who would hurt them. Now, after one hundred years, all she wants is someone to love.

Unfortunately, she just cursed Zach to the same fate, and he wants payback. And he'll get it as soon as he enjoys her body. Too bad no one told him ahead of time that once a vampire mates, their fate is sealed. All he'll think about from now on is blood and Raven. Beautiful, sweet Raven.

I must admit that though it took me a while to get into the story “The Night Huntress”, it finally found the way to pry into my mind. Once it did, no other word but “intense” could describe this short story. Life and death situations, love, hate, anger, fights, danger, all take place in a short space of time and through the eyes and mind of some truly lovable characters. To begin with, our night huntress: Raven, with her dark clothes, miserable life and morose attitude which anyone can easily relate to, for haven’t we all felt sad and down in the dumps at times? That our life is really worth nothing?

But just like that something bright comes into our pathetic existence and our world is changed completely. In this case, it was Zach. Zach with his midnight eyes, long hair (Ms. Lynn, totally had me captivated here for I love my men with long hair) and love for life. Together they create an explosive vampire mix of love and hate, of “I can’t live with you but I want you so much”. Their love story is captivating on its own, and it is for this reason, that such elements like the two men from a gang pursuing them, or the ending of the story (which becomes a bit too exaggerated and surreal for my taste) seem totally out of place.

Finally, secondary characters like Jerry are also well portrayed and give the story that little touch of humanity and friendship that make “The Night Huntress” more than your usual Vampire tale.