Hunter By Night (Chronicles of Yavn #3)

Hunter By Night
Elisabeth Staab
Chronicles of Yavn, book three
ebook, 352 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN 9781402263224

She wants out
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...

He needs her to stay
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.

I was reading another book on the day this one released. And since it was doing nothing for me... The main characters had not even met yet and I was already thirty something percent in... I dropped it when I was able to snatch up this sequel to one the most entertaining vampire clans I've come across in my literary journey.

I never did read book one which I quickly came to regret when I began book two, and even now I am sincerely considering going back to it. What all have I missed?!

In Hunter By Night, we follow three potential love stories. Two of which began in the last book. Lee and Alexia. Xander and Theresa. Now adding Siddoh and Ivy. Unfortunately, this installment had a weird feel to me. Just when a scene was getting interesting, we jumped to the next set of characters. Meanwhile, there were times, and many of them, when I felt that the characters knew more about what was happening than I did. Were doing more than I was being told about. And just plainly progressing in their own story while I was elsewhere with other supporting characters. Madness was settling in big time.

I always imagine vampires with eloquent mannerisms. Not these guys. They're more like video game soldiers. Smart ass, cursing fools high on way too much testosterone and toting guns. Oh, and magical powers that vary from one to another.

Lee and Alexia have a back and forth, two steps forward-three steps back relationship. Xander and Theresa *finally* manage to get their crap together and quit tiptoeing around one another. And then, Siddoh, who was once the lover of Tyra, Thad's (the vampire King) sister and Anton's (exiled wizard) mate, takes an interest in Ivy, a vampire female who was raised in the traditional ways of their kind. Her father is dying, and he wants her to have an arranged marriage before he goes. Despite Siddoh's respect of the old ways, he believes in love and thinks the idea is preposterous. Doesn't stop the guy from stepping up when her intended groom rejects the arrangement though.

3 out of 5 stars.

Previously in this series: