Review: The Hunter by Kerrigan Byrne

The Hunter - Kerrigan ByrnePublisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks (February 2nd 2016)
Paperback: 432 pages
Series: Victorian Rebel #2
Source: Netgalley
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Rating: 4 of 5 stars

They’re rebels, scoundrels, and blackguards—dark, dashing men on the wrong side of the law. But for the women who love them, a hint of danger only makes the heart beat faster…

A scandalous proposal.

As one of London’t most elite hunters, Christopher Argent never misses his mark and always gets his man. But when his latest target turns out to be a woman—the popular, and stunningly beautiful, actress Millie LeCour—it turns his whole world upside-down. Overwhelmed by the heat that simmers between them, Christopher can’t complete his mission. On the contrary, he’ll do anything to save Millie’s life—even if it means risking his own…

A dangerous passion…

When she learns what Christopher was hired to do, Millie is torn between the fear in her heart and the fire in her soul. Putting herself in this dangerous man’s arms may be her only path to safety—but giving in to her desire may be the deadliest mistake she’s ever made. With both of their lives in jeopardy, Millie and Christopher must learn to trust the real feelings they’re hiding—to find the true love they’re looking for…

Review:

A lovely addition to the series, Byrne gives us another brooding tortured hero that I can’t help but root for. Byrne has no qualms about taking her stories to the nitty-gritty dark side and that means no rose-tinted glasses to see the world or overly-charming and nice heroes.

The two oldest professions for hire. The two greatest sins.

Fornication and murder.

Christopher Argent is an assassin. The best of the best. He kills people for a living, he doesn’t have a lot emotions, he’s just not a really a nice guy. But when you hear of his brutal past, it really brings things into perspective. I like that Byrne gives us a very forthright and flawed character who develops into a true hero. His bluntness is almost endearing, and it’s interesting to see him react to all these new emotions he never knew or felt before.

“It’s why I had to make this bargain, I expect. Why I must have you. Because you make want to–” He pasued, eyes moving in their sockets as though searching for a world. “You make me…want.”

Millie LeCour is an actress, and a great one at that. I really liked her. She’s brave and independent and has a lot of secrets. Her love and dedication the people she truly cares for makes her a wonderful heroine. With that, Millie managed to slowly chip away at Christopher’s ice-encased heart. And I do so adore Millie’s son, Jakub. He’s just the cutest kid and seeing him interact with Christopher is so sweet.

The romance between Christopher and Millie definitely falls into the instant attraction category. Which normally can easily go wrong. But in this case, I loved Christopher and Millie and how their relationship was actually built on more than lust and attraction. They had this spark and chemistry that just absorbs you into their world. Also, Millie  just brings about the cute side of Christopher.

“I heard you singing to Jakub.” she confessed. “You have a lovely voice.”

He didn’t thank her, but she watched the spread of his reaction coloring his golden skin ruddy. An assassin whp blushes? How could she resist him?

Similar to the first book (The Highwayman), The Hunter give us a good suspense story to go with the romance. There’s a psychotic killer targeting a certain type of women, and Millie is on that list. But there also a bit of a mystery surround the reason behind all the killing, too. It’s dark and dangerous and oh so entertaining.

Overall, it’s a very enjoyable story of a not-quite-so-villainous assassin and a woman who wouldn’t give up on him. His path to redemption was quite the journey and I loved every step of the way. Byrne had a lot of work to for Christopher’s redemption and for the most part, I think she pulled it out. I liked that we got a visit from our couple from The Highwayman and I’m super excited for the next book! If you want your HR to be a little bit more nitty-gritty and suspense but still want great romance, this is definitely worth checking out.

“I think Argent is a secret romantic.” Farah said, looking inordinately pleased with herself. Millie and Dorian both turned to stare at Farah as though she’s lost her mind.

{Thanks to St. Martin’s Paperbacks & Netgalley for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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6 Comment

  1. oh I loved this book as well!! So fun. And what I am loving about this author, is the way she writes them with a darker and gritty tones. It seems so much more realistic than those fluffy ones.

    1. Yes! I’m so impressed by Byrne’s ability to do nitty-gritty and romance together!

  2. This sounds good..and oh yes I love this type of hero too!

    1. Definitely worth checking out (: The hero is so interesting!

  3. I’d like to try this one 😀 Yay for historical romance

    1. I hope you enjoy it, it’s definitely worth checking out!

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