For two years, Beth Williams has run from the past, and the beast that dwells inside her. She is haunted by memories of being kidnapped and the savage attack that killed her best friend. Now Beth finally thinks she's ready to move on with Braden Edwards, a charming, irresistibly sexy man who tempts Beth to embrace the present.
But the past lurks closer than Beth realizes. Markko Bolvek, one of the werewolves who kidnapped her, has tracked her to Portland, Oregon, his pursuit fueled by a hunger for vengeance. Only Braden, a werewolf himself, senses the danger shadowing her steps. The Edwards and Bolveks have been enemies for centuries—and despite the instant connection he feels with Beth, Braden isn't sure which side of the war she's on.
With suspicion at odds with their attraction, Beth and Braden must learn to trust one another to stop Markko for good. Can Beth accept the wolf within—and love a man who embodies everything she fears?
Going into this book I was unsure about how I would like it. I had never read a book based on werewolves (books with werewolves in them, sure, but not centering around them) and I really thought it wasn't going to be a book that I'd enjoy. Vampires are sexy (well, most of them) but wolves, I dunno.
Wow, was I wrong! I loved it! I blazed through this book in a day and a half and was almost sad when it was over.
Beth is strong, level headed and independent. She is also emotionally (and physically) scarred which makes her an endearing character and I sympathized with her from the very first page.
Braden is charming and sexy and sweeps Beth off her feet.
The story is exciting, intense and emotional. The battle that Beth fights with her feelings, her instincts and her heart is a roller coaster which makes it believable. She doesn't just fall into the arms of the man who defies all everything she knows about werewolves. She knows he's different but her past and her fear tells her that he's dangerous.
The internal struggle that Beth faces is just as emotional. Not only does she have to live with the memory of what happened to her friend, but she also has to face what she has become since that day, fighting the monster inside. Embracing what she has become and trusting the very "thing" that she has been fighting ever since that night goes against everything she knows about werewolves.
This book wasn't just sex, alpha males and damsels in distress. It was emotional and full of inner turmoil. I loved how Beth struggled internally and the way she came into the acceptance of who she was and what happened. She grows noticeably stronger throughout the story but in a way that is believable and relatable.
Braden's struggle is just as intense. He knows that he's hurt the woman he loves but forgiveness and acceptance isn't as simple as it seems. If he pushes too hard he knows he'll never get Beth back but being the wolf he is, he can't just sit idly by waiting for her to come around.
The story as a whole had me on the verge of tears, angry, excited, bitter and my stomach in knots. Any story that takes me through so many emotions is an instant favorite!
Breaking a sweat!
The passion between Beth and Braden isn't just bodice-ripping lust. It's just as emotional as the rest of the story and there is no doubt that the love they have for each other (despite how much Beth might deny it) is evident in every touch.
I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of paranormal romance, suspense and werewolves.
Hunting Human was released on March 28, 2011
An electronic copy of Hunting Human was provided to me for review by the publisher and netgalley.com