on May 1st 2017
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Passion and danger in this life—and the next.
Eryss Norling knows that she has lived through many lives. And she knows that she has had the same lover across the ages. But where is he now? After performing a summoning spell, she meets Dane Winthur. Yes, he's gorgeous, but he's also a scientist devoted to debunking the paranormal. How can he love a witch? And why are these two drawn to each other over and over? The answer to these questions is nothing that either of them could imagine. The fate that brings them together, life after life, is the fate that may destroy them—again.
~~Reviewed by Monique~~
Eryss Norling is a witch, a real one. She dreams of her soul mate, the one she knows she has known through the ages, and whom she always loses, in every incarnation. In her dreams, she never sees his face, but then again, one’s soul is never reincarnated in the same body. Eryss also has nightmares, it’s the same man who kills her, and again she never sees his face.
Dane Winthur works for an agency, the Agency, which debunks myths and looks into manifestations of the supernatural. Dane has flown from California to frigid Anoka, Minnesota, in January, to purchase a thirteenth century dagger used by witch hunters. The weapon seemed to last have belonged to Dane’s father, who died when Dane was three. The owner of the antiques shop, which holds the dagger, is away and is due back in a week, but Dane hates the cold. While passing the time, he goes to the Winter Fantasy Ball and bumps into Eryss, who is startled: is Dane her loved one? They connect instantly, they enjoy each other’s company, and both decide that while Dane is waiting for the shop owner’s return, they might as well have a little fling.
TAMING THE HUNTER looked intriguing, and it’s by Michele Hauf, so far so good. And Michele Hauf rises to dizzying heights with this novel, because of the remarkable quality of her writing and the intricacy of the plot. The author creates an unforgettable atmosphere, and feelings of anticipation permeate the air, simultaneously foreboding and hopeful. The dialogues are easy and sound entirely genuine, while some scenes are lyrical and poetic. Dane and Eryss’ first meeting is lovely and mesmerising: they are two charming people, they get on so well that Eryss cannot help thinking that maybe she has found “him”, the one she has loved through the ages. Eryss and Dane’s flirtatious banter is light and natural, and the sex scenes are sublime; tender and loving.
Their initial connection is quickly put to the test: Dane is a geologist, a scientist; he needs empirical proofs before he believes in anything. And the first moment of truth is grandiose, not merely the event, but Dane’s reaction as well. I felt as if I was witnessing the event, and the descriptions are truly awe-inspiring. Dane is recalcitrant, not stubborn but the scientist in him doesn’t want to believe what seems to be happening is true. You know it’s going to be an uphill battle, and what a fabulous one it is! And the ending is exhilarating, enchanting, nail-biting, and utterly fabulous! TAMING THE HUNTER is a unique and marvellous romance, and so devastatingly complicated, it reads like a psychological thriller, and the suspense literally gave me goose bumps. Is Dane the loved one, the killer, neither, both? Whichever is your preferred genre, TAMING THE HUNTER is an absolute must read!
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.