Review: Hunting Human by Amanda Alvarez
Posted by StephB
❝For two years, Beth Williams has run from the past, and the beast that dwells inside her. She is haunted by memories of being kidnapped and the savage attack that killed her best friend. Now Beth finally thinks she’s ready to move on…with Braden Edwards, a charming, irresistibly sexy man who tempts Beth to embrace the present.
But the past lurks closer than Beth realizes. Markko Bolvek, one of the werewolves who kidnapped her, has tracked her to Portland, Oregon, his pursuit fueled by a hunger for vengeance. Only Braden, a werewolf himself, senses the danger shadowing her steps. The Edwards and Bolveks have been enemies for centuries—and despite the instant connection he feels with Beth, Braden isn’t sure which side of the war she’s on.
With suspicion at odds with their attraction, Beth and Braden must learn to trust one another to stop Markko for good. Can Beth accept the wolf within—and love a man who embodies everything she fears?❞
Read: 16 Mar 2011
Hunting Human is at times your typical “werewolf meets human he can’t resist” story and others an emotionally intense story about a girl who lost her closest friend (sister from another mother) in a brutal attack.
We are introduced to Beth (Elizabeth; Lizzy) and Rachel through Beth’s flashbacks of their trip through Europe. Liz being the responsible one of the two. As usual, she watched over Rachel while she partied a bit too hard at a local bar. While there, they attracted the wrong kind of attention from Markko Bolvek, a local werewolf. He abducts a not yet sober Rachel and Liz. She watches Rachel get attacked and killed before managing to escape.
Flash forward 2-3 years, Beth has spent much of her time back in the US wandering from one place to another, always looking over her shoulder and never settling down. Not until she gets a job at a local coffee shoppe and cafe in Portland, Oregon where she forms a bond with the shoppe’s owner, Angie and other employee. The two ladies make her laugh and without knowing it, help her get to a place emotionally where she can truly begin to rebuild her life.
Angie, a long-time mother-like figure in his life, tries to sway Braden Edwards’, from approaching Beth when she notices his peaked interest in her. She warns, “Not that one. She’s complicated. Not quick to socialize. There’s a past there. She’s not suited to casual romances.” But, he can’t resist. “He had to know her.”
Braden’s attempts to break through Beth’s shell as they get to know each other were adorable. He’s charming, handsome and funny. Beth’s equally nervous, this being her first date in three years. Their dates quickly turn hot as Braden spoiler – highlight to read: s wolf’s attraction to her is unable to hold back. From there, things are hot and cold between the couple as Beth tries to overcome the horrors of her past and the discoveries they make of each other.
Past and present collide when the shadow Beth’s been hiding from emerges to have his revenge. There are a lot of things the couple haven’t shared about themselves when he appears, throwing their relationship into a spiral and neither is sure what will happen next. Or if it’s even possible to have a relationship at all.
Amanda Alvarez created a dark, emotional and steamy PNR that draws you in and keeps you intrigued throughout. I’d definitely read another book by this author. I also hope that this may turn into a series. I’d really enjoy seeing more of Braden’s family, who were a great addition to the story. Especially Lucy, Braden’s sister, who quickly fills the whole in her heart left by losing Rachel. Of course, I wouldn’t mind reading more about his brothers either.
This was a free NetGalley ARC.