Tuesday, July 5, 2011

His Darkest Hunger by Juliana Stone

 

Darkest Hunger

Courtesy of Goodreads:  Jaxon Castille: jaguar shifter, warrior, assassin. He has long hungered for the chance to make his former lover, Libby Jamieson, pay for her deadly betrayal. After three long years he's finally found her. The hunt is over . . .

But the Libby that he finds is not what he expected. She has no memory of their tumultuous affair, of her treachery, of anything beyond her own name. A shadowy and deadly clan has marked them both for death, and in an instant, he game changes: the hunter has become the hunted.

On the run, with the ghosts of their past between them and a dark, desperate hunger quickly reclaiming their bodies and souls, Libby and Jaxon must discover the truth behind the dark forces working against them. Together, they must grab hold of a destiny that has the power to either heal them or destroy them.

But the truth is far more shattering than anyone could imagine . . .

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Jaxon and Libby can’t seem to control their attraction to each other.  They are former lovers who are torn apart by circumstances beyond their control.  There is lots of tension between the two right from the beginning.  Jaxon thinks Libby just ran away from him, while Libby can’t remember who he is or why she feels such a strong pull towards him. 

I felt the connection between these two instantly and found myself quickly engulfed in this story.  Before I realized it, I had devoured almost half the book and was still wanting more.  These two characters definitely sizzle from beginning to end.  We watch Jaxon and Libby through many twists and turns and lots of hate turning to love, turning back to hate and so on.  Jaxon carries around a lot of anger and it was interesting to watch it slowly be chipped away as time went on.  Libby seemed fragile, yet her inner strength came out as she became more confident and accepting of who she was towards the end.  She was very relatable in many ways.

There is a decent amount of world building in this book which was expected since it was the first in the Jaguar Warrior series but everything was well placed.  I felt as if there was a still a strong love story and a lot of action to keep the reader entertained.  We are introduced to several other warriors who I can only assume will get their own books in the future.  All of them seem yummy and I can’t wait to read more.  Who doesn’t love a good shifter book? ;)

Overall, there was very little I didn’t like about the book and I look forward to reading the second novel, His Darkest Embrace.  I rate this book with four out of five stars!

 

Katie

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