The Hunter by Kerrigan Byrne
Book #2 in Victorian Rebels
Genre: Historical Romance
Publication Date: February 2nd, 2016
ARC provided by St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley
Angie’s Review – 3.5 Skulls – B-
I’m not sure what it is with this series but for some reason, I’m unable to give myself over to it completely. There just seems to be something ‘too’ about it. It’s trying too hard to be intense, and it’s trying too hard to make the men seem badass. The thing is, when your hero is too badass, sometimes it’s hard to buy his soft side when you see it with the heroine.
I liked The Hunter better than I did its predecessor. I loved Argent’s back story, and while I felt the prologue in The Highwayman bogged things down, here it catapulted me right into the thick of things. It was easy to see why this man was so tormented and how hard it was for him to shake his demons. It was especially sobering when he realized the position he’d put Millie in when she was desperate to keep her son safe. While Argent was as gruff as Blackwell (the hero from The Highwayman) was, Argent didn’t have a history with Millie that led to him trying to save her, so it was easier to buy him being so harsh with her. I enjoyed Argent and Blackwell’s heart to hearts to a degree, but it got to the point where it veered into cheesy territory, and it just didn’t seem in character for either man. Argent was an indiscriminate killer for hire and Blackwell was king of London’s underground. Millie’s character was very endearing. She loved her son and was willing to do whatever it took keep him safe. She was a woman who was going to fight for whatever she wanted, and she did it with all of her heart. Now, to be able to enjoy this story, you really have to put this in a near fantasy category. Argent was drawn to Millie much faster than was believable, and it’s not until he gets his hands on her that he gets the first stirring of feelings in years. But I wanted him redeemed so badly I went with it. And I’m glad I did. In the end, it was worth it.
So a few of my issues with this story – for one thing, it was just too long. I think 25-50 pages (at least) of Argent’s torment could have been cut and the pacing of the story would have been on point. The impact still would have been there, but the flow would have been improved dramatically. Also, there was a twist at the end that Argent didn’t see coming, and I just did not buy that. He was very shrewd, and he’d have seen what was coming. And the end – to be honest, it was reminiscent of Scream 2 and a bit farcical. But again, other parts of the story were so enjoyable I was able to overlook this.
Despite my issues with this book, I would read The Hunter again and I’d even recommend it. It was a very entertaining read. And while the torment is too much at times, I do love see these men gaining redemption. I’ll be sticking around for the next installment of Victorian Rebels.
Series Reading Order:
1. The Highwayman
2. The Hunter
3. The Highlander (Expected Publication: August 2nd, 2016)
Thank you to ST. MARTIN’S PRESS and Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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