Thursday, June 19, 2014

Hunter by Night (Chronicles of Yavn #3) by Elisabeth Staab

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...

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...

Type: Paranormal Romance, Vampires
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

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Oh I have definitely been missing out on some damn fine paranormal goodness by not reading Staab sooner! Hunter by Night was a gloriously snarky, steamy and action packed read as vamp Lee--who so doesn't go for humans--falls for the "enemy" tiny frail and sassy *gasp* mortal. Blast those meddling Fates! lol And all while plague wielding nut jobs abound, baby vamps are being born and all kinds of para craziness surrounds them. Lordy it was fun!

I really liked both Lee and Alexia. Near broody vamp and loyal and determined human who desperately need each other and just haven't quite...figured it out yet. They pushed each other's button's something fierce and damn that's a good time--especially when things get all hot and heavy. I found myself smiling a lot over them over little quips and zings and sayings they had that just tickled me. I mean, really. How could you not love a character that says stuff like fuckcicle?! Gah. I loved it. Staab has a fun sense of humor and it definitely comes across on the page. Sometimes dry, sometimes quirky, totally gigglesnort worthy.
Alexia was too soggy and bone-weary to employ any kind of brain-to-mouth filter when Lee bitched about the fact that it had manual transmission. "Seven hundred years of badassery and you don't know how to drive a stick?"

He leveled a glare at her while his hand hovered over the ignition. "Of course I know how to drive a stick. My hand got cut open by evil-powered lightning. Needs a little longer to heal over."

Oh. Well. Wasn't she the asshole? "I'll drive."
The romance was perfect and really entertaining to watch. These two have been resisting each other for so long and watching them crumble was excellent. Steamy bits were definitely bite your lip worthy. They're pretty great together when they're not bickering too. They had some nice layers as well with different things they were battling. Past traumas, addictions that had become life threatening, feeling stifled and lonely. There were really just so many facets of both of them which made for some great interactions and nice growth as they helped each other past their issues.

Being the last in the series (though hopefully not forever!) there were a handful of storylines that were all action packed and exciting and so kept me on my toes and ready to see what would happen next. It was pretty easy to keep up and catch on even without reading the previous books which was nice. I really do hope there will be more books to close up a couple of the loose ends and potential storylines. Would seriously be a shame to not see this group again!

All in all, I had a blast with Lee, Alexi and this group of vampires as they battle outside forces, betrayals, new lives starting and romance that just can't be denied. Good time all the way around and perfect for those that like a light hearted quirky para romance.

Have you read Staab? Have a favorite?
What was the last read that just...made you smile?

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