Taming the Hunted by Larisa Anderson

TAMING
Taming the Hunted by Larisa Anderson
Publisher: Beachwalk Press, Inc.
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (57 pgs)
Other: M/F, Anal Sex
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Hunting just got hotter.

Marian is a hunter of night creatures. She stalks and stakes vampires, isn’t afraid of the odd silver bullet if a werewolf turns rogue, and is perfectly content with her complete lack of social life.

When a staking goes wrong, a handsome, mesmerizing man comes to Marian’s rescue. But Gabriel isn’t what he seems to be. After Marian loses consciousness she awakes to find herself in a house filled with werewolves.

If she can survive the night she might discover that sometimes opposites attract in the best ways. Now if she could just silence that irritating little voice in the back of her mind that keeps reminding her that hunters are supposed to kill creatures of the night, not date them.

If in need of a quick and sexy paranormal read, Taming the Hunted has just the right balance of seduction, bite and entertainment to make the time fly.

This short story compresses all the kinds of elements that make a story enjoyable. Marian is a take charge kind of heroine who hunts monsters for a living. It’s a hard life and she doesn’t scare easily. She is comfortable with knives and doesn’t take chances. Lest a reader thinks she is invincible, she has this little quirk that not only gets her into trouble but it allows her to be rescued by the hero. I found it amusing that for all her expertise, she’s brought down by a simple and very common human phobia. I liked that touch.

Gabriel was the hero and he’s depicted as quite the yummy specimen. He’s obviously the guy in charge and it seems he was drawn to the heroine from the get go. The only way I could discern all that is because it’s what Marian’s character conveyed. Taming the Hunted is told in third person point of view but it’s solidly only from Marian’s side of things. Never once did the author head hop and I appreciated that. The heroine is in a pickle, she’s faced with unusual circumstances with different rules to learn and follow. That sense of otherness came across more effectively because I only saw things from her POV. That made the story more interesting.

Another thing I enjoyed was the buildup of sexual tension. When the heroine and hero consummate their intense passion it’s along the lines of what erotic romance readers look for. It’s enough to feel the steam but not enough to seem gratuitous and overdone. There’s a hint of BDSM but it’s more a flavor than a deed.

Nole and Kennard are two secondary characters that seem important but are pretty much one dimensional. Same with the villain; as short lived as he was, I didn’t get a strong sense of drama or suspense. For me, it only illustrated how different Marian’s life is going to be, not that there was a true threat to end it. It did serve the function of advancing the plot though.

Taming the Hunted is an interesting spin on the hunter/werewolf combo relationship. I had fun reading this novelette and liked Marian’s personality. She’s the star in this little caper and if the epilogue is any indication, it sounds like readers are going to hear more about Marian’s life, her profession and how it affects her new role. I look forward to seeing what the next step will be for Gabriel and her. One thing is for sure, it won’t be boring and I’m definitely interested in seeing more. I liked this book.

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