Thursday, December 31, 2015

Hunter Deceived by Nancy Corrigan

He was born to kill her...but he'll risk all to save her.

Every day, Harley fights the urge to embrace the dark heritage that could turn her Unseelie. Evil. Bad. A nightmarish monster like the ones that wiped out her family. The only thing keeping her on this side of Seelie is a promise made to the ghostly man who saved her that terrible night.

Whenever she's tempted, she calls up a vision of his eyes. Hears his voice calling her back from the brink of madness. Years later, when she returns to the scene of her living hell, he's her only hope for salvation.

Calan, the leader of the Wild Hunt, was created to protect mankind from the Unseelie Court, not love one of them. He never expected the rightness he felt with her all those years ago would explode into desire.

But saving her from a fate she can't escape could damn them both...and leave the world open for destruction.

Note: Originally published as Hunter Betrayed by Ellora's Cave. It has been re-edited, expanded and re-titled as Hunter Deceived.

Warning: Contains a half-fae woman who could really use a Seelie version of AA to stay clean and monster-free. And a rider of the Wild Hunt who'll take any risk to keep her safe from her enemies. Including himself.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Although I have read several series that are based on Fae legends, Corrigan managed to give Hunter Deceived some twists that I haven’t encountered before. Because of this, I found myself further engrossed in the book because while there are certain Fae rules that are a constant from author to author – they are based on legends, after all – it was the differences between the Seelie and Unseelie that the author made her own that kept me glued to my Kindle as I raced to the end in a desperate need to find out what fate would befall Harley and whether or not she and Calan would find their way to one another. A word of warning – tissues were needed.

The book begins by giving the reader a look into Harley and Calan’s first meeting – the night that Harley’s family is murdered, the night she learns of her true heritage, and the night her struggle to resist the taint of her Unseelie blood intensified. We then jump ahead nine years to learn that while Harley has resisted the lure of the Unseelie, her journey to do so has been hard fought as she has spent the intervening years being stalked by Raul, a redcap, who has murdered several of those people she had gotten close to during her frequent moves. But the wedding of Harley’s only surviving brother brings her back to the family home and, in doing so, gives her the unexpected opportunity to reunite with her “ghost man” – Calan – who she had convinced herself was a figment of her imagination. The chemistry between Calan and Harley was immediately palpable. Their passion was so intense that my Kindle wasn’t the only thing that nearly overheated. Despite their long overdue reunion, Harley and Calan are thrust into the battle of their lives for their souls, the other Huntsmen, and the mortal realm and soon learn that the deck has been stacked against them. Will their love save them or will it condemn them forever?

Corrigan strikes a nice balance between the steamy eroticism that Harley and Calan fall into when the need to connect overwhelms them with the intense action in the battle between the Huntsmen and the Unseelie. I liked how Harley and Calan served as one another’s anchor in the storm. Harley’s touch could calm Calan when the fury of the Hunt took hold, while he could imbue her with his essence (for want of a better word on my part) and give her the strength to resist the pull of the Unseelie chaos. The constant action as Calan sought to free his brethren and save Harley propelled the story forward at a constant rate due to time not being on his side, yet the author avoided making the story seemed rushed. My heart broke once Calan’s father revealed that he had been tricked and the rules of the game had been changed on them, forcing Calan to make a choice he didn’t want to make. But even that didn’t compare when Harley was faced with the knowledge of how she could save them all. While Hunter Deceived doesn’t end on a cliffhanger per se, we still don’t know the full consequences of Harley’s actions. Corrigan has hooked me on the Wild Hunt series and I hope to bump Hunter Forsaken up on my reading schedule as I’m fortunate enough to have a review copy already loaded on my Kindle.

A true romantic at heart, Nancy Corrigan is convinced there’s a knight in shining armor for every woman (or man), but you won’t find damsels in distress in her stories. She adores pairing alpha heroes with women strong enough to match them and bring them to their knees. She also enjoys flipping the traditional roles in romances because her motto is—love and people should never be forced to conform to anyone’s norm.

She holds a degree in chemistry and has worked in research but now focuses on ensuring quality. She considers it the perfect outlet for her as she’s the first to admit she has some OCD tendencies. It carries over into her writing life too. While engrossed in a novel, she has a habit of forgetting to eat and sleep. Fortunately, she’s married to her own knight in shining armor who understands her oddities and loves her anyway. They reside in Pennsylvania with their three children, dog, snake and guinea pigs. Her other interests include tattoos, animals, classic cars and all things spooky and sexy.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Hunter Deceived (Wild Hunt #1) by Nancy Corrigan to read and review.

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