Party girl Alexia Blackburn is only hanging around the vampire compound until her best friend—the queen—has her baby. After that, nothing is going to stop Alexia from getting back to daylight, safety, and feeling like a normal human being. But leaving the vampire world has one big catch...
He needs her to stay
Head of vampire security Lee Goram has hated and distrusted humans for centuries. Feeding on vampire blood has kept him strong...but now it's killing him—and he's horrified to discover that Alexia may hold the key to his cure. He'd rather die defending his king than admit his weakness, but time is running out for the great vampire warrior...
The vampire king has finally tracked down the woman meant to be his mate. They joyfully await the birth of their first child but not everyone approves of the forward thinking king and treachery is far too close to home.
Lexi is human but her best friend is a vampire and more to the point she's the queen of the vampires! Now that shouldn't pose too many problems but in order to ensure Lexi's safety, she's living at the vampire compound. It's not turning out to be everything she had hoped. First problem: most of the elitist vampires are snobs who look down on the " mere" human! Second problem: Lexi feels stifled and needs more freedom. Then there problem number three, Lee! Lee is her biggest problem as he's a seven hundred year old vampire warrior who hates, loathes and despises humans! Unfortunately, he also has Lexi's libido doing a tango whenever he's around! What's a girl to do? Lexi has a plan and that's to leave vampire HQ but before she can an old enemy turns up and the consequences could be disastrous!
Oo yummy vampires and a heroine with a mouth on her that's just set to run and run! Lexi does not do peaceful and calm; no she's a live wire who mouths off all the time and doesn't care too much who she offends. With Lexi what you see is what you get. She's smart, she's loyal, and she's beyond tired of this thing she feels for the stoic Lee!
Lee has strong reasons to avoid humans and indeed his past experience of females has somewhat soured him too. As war escalates, he can't help but acknowledge his growing attraction to Lexi but he needs to keep a clear head and can't afford the distraction of Lexi. So what does he do? The one thing he swore he never would, he lets a human get close and somehow he can't get her close enough!
I really enjoyed reading Hunter By Night and my only regret is I didn't discover Ms Staab's work sooner! I have to track down her other books now to read all that went before this. I can happily reassure readers I had absolutely no trouble whatsoever understanding this book. I found it easily worked as a standalone but it's got my curiosity peaked as to what happened previously.
This had a very detailed plot that flowed really well. There are villains to cause problems and lots of action for these characters to face. A very strong romantic edge to this book as Lee and Lexi dance around each other and he's a very charismatic hero who had me licking my lips! Lexi however is definately human and full of snarky comments to drive her vampire insane. I loved that she stood her corner, At times I felt some of the dialogue was a little stilted but I'm English so perhaps that's why it didn't flow easily for me. Nevertheless Lexi shines out as a character whose more than a match for her taciturn guy.
Hunter By Night a complicated story with lots going on. For me, the surrounding characters really stood out and it made the whole world building come to life. There's more than just one romance going on here and I adored getting to know more about the vampire community. An emotional ride that truly took the lead characters on a journey of self discovery and what an ending! This was a great book for a paranormal fan like me and the best bit? Lee surrendered!
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