-Release Day- ARC REVIEW: Hunter of Her Heart by Kaylie Newell

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Hunter of Her Heart (A Wolfe Creek Novel)
Author: Kaylie Newell
Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Contemporary
Release Date: June 23rd 2015
Published By: Entangled Publishing
ISBN: 1633753158
ISBN13: 9781633753150

★ SYNOPSIS ★

Bad boy Zane Wolfe has always been wild and reckless. Even though he’s hot for his high school sweetheart, Candi Brooks, settling down has never been in his plans. Beyond that, he’s changing in strange ways—and begins to wonder if there’s truth to the local folklore that claims his family is cursed to be werewolves…

There’s never been a time when waitress Candi didn’t have a serious weakness for Zane and his intense, dark sex appeal. She craves him. But after her life changes dramatically, and Zane won’t commit, Candi’s reached her limit. She can’t wait forever…so she’s taking her heart off the table before it gets good and broken.

Something mysterious is going on in Wolfe Creek, and danger stalks Candi. Zane will do anything he can to protect her. But the one person she needs protection from might just be him…

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★ MY REVIEW ★

Hunter of Her Heart is the 2nd book in the Wolfe Creek series. I was extremely excited to read it due to the synopsis. I saw the cover art for it, and snatched it up as an ARC to read. I had high hopes for this book. Sadly, I can’t tell you that I loved it, liked it or even was “OK” with it. Now, please do take into account that these are my opinions. That doesn’t mean that someone else won’t pick this book up and love it. It just doesn’t work for me.

The Good: The writing itself is very well done. It doesn’t have overt amounts of prose or wax on. There are no cheesy comparisons here and for that, I really did like it. Oh and I really do like the cover art.

The Bad: There is so much I could list here. There were many things that just did not work for me personally in this book. I felt throughout the majority of this book, that I was being -told- the story, rather than -show-. Point in case of this, the main characters.

Zane is written as a motorcycle riding bad boy, who basically gets into fights all the time, drinks and lands in jail constantly. Everyone around him is tired of dealing with his drama and he could care less. The only person that seems to matter to him opinion wise, is Candi. However, this is one of those things where I felt I was -told- this, and not shown. I had a very hard time seeing or even connecting any of Zane’s actual feelings about Candi -to- her. He comes across as an ass, completely and utterly selfish to me. The guy has issues, big time.

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Candi is supposed to be this woman who is very much in love with Zane, and she is. She’s described in some parts as being a strong person because of her background and how she grew up, yet she yearns for love. (Again, with the told and not shown here.) The love part did come across to me, her yearning for it and yet it never fully being there. Where my disconnect came in was her wishy-washy attitude. A strong person, as I’m being told she is, would put her foot down and tell Zane to get the heck over his issues. (Mind you, this is before he goes wolf and even starts having problems in that regard.) What a strong person does not do, is tell him all this, and then sleep with him barely a week later. I get that she wants love, but for “strong” woman with a backbone, she’s being shown to me as needy. I won’t lie.. I felt like I had Taylor Swift on repeat in my head. :/

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Taylor Swift – We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

Yeah, I just went there. I can’t say I’ve ever had a book make me quote T. Swift lyrics.

The Ugly: The absolute worst for me were a few of the plot twists and hooks. I don’t want to give any spoilers away here, but needless to say? I almost stopped reading the book at two points, because I felt as if they were just thrown in there to keep the readers attention. I -did- stare for a good three minutes at one point and asked myself, “Why did they do that? It doesn’t even make sense to me!”.

We are going to go back to the shown and told thing here. I’m sure you’re getting sick of hearing that but I promise it’s the last one. The thing that I absolutely cannot get past is that I feel no connection between the two main characters. None. You’re told they are in love, you’re told Zane loves Candi a lot, you’re not shown this anywhere in the book but basically the very end. For about 3/4ths of the book, anytime Zane said he loved her, it was in a very manipulative way. “I love you = I want sex.” That’s how it read to me at least. I wanted to punch him.

Finally, and this goes with the last bit somewhat, Zane never really talks to Candi. Candi never really talks to Zane. They both have inner monologues constantly, but you never really see a heart to heart between them. Not when it’s just about them.

This being a second novel in a series, and the first one went over extremely well  which leaves me wondering if maybe there was more to the main characters, but you need to read the first book to see that? I wouldn’t suggest reading this as a standalone.

I gave this book a 1.5 star rating. Why? Because of everything listed above and because I actually fell asleep reading it. 😦 Twice.

MY RATING:

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Coco says:

    Not a good sign when a book can’t keep you awake. Too bad this was a dud! 😕

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    1. Amber says:

      You know, I’m sure other people might love it. It just wasn’t for me. It has good ratings on GR from others, so I think I’m in them minority with it.

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      1. Coco says:

        I hate when a beloved book doesn’t do it for me. The show vs tell thing is a biggie for me in books as well.

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      2. Amber says:

        It was definitely and issue of that for me. I still don’t know if maybe I should have read the first book in the series before this? Or if it’s just the authors writing style. I’ve never read her before so I can’t say for sure. I’ll probably give one of her books a go again at some point when I have time. You know how it goes. Sometimes even your favorite authors can write books that you’re “Meh” over.

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