Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Hunter by Rie Warren

Hunter (Bad Boys of Retribution MC #1)Hunter by Rie Warren

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

I have read several of Ms. Warren’s books from the various genres she writes and have enjoyed every single one of them. As a huge fan of her Carolina Bad Boys series and having finally gotten a chance to read Steele: Into Your Heart last week, I was chomping at the bit to dive into Hunter and the Bad Boys of Retribution series. Where Steele upped the action and bad boy vibe of the Carolina Bad Boys series, Hunter increases it exponentially and shows that while the Retribution MC may be clean, its members are not without some serious baggage.

If you read Steele, then you have already met Hunter and the men of Retribution MC; if you haven’t, no worries because this is a stand-alone spin-off series and you can read on without being lost. Hunter opens on the night Cole gets patched in, which just so happens to be the night that Hunter first sees JB aka Jailbait. At 31, Hunter knows he is much too old for JB, especially if her moniker is correct – particularly as he is trying to get a job with the local police department. Luckily for the reader, JB proves to be far too tempting for him to resist and fortunately for Hunter, she’s actually 21. This is good news because they can’t keep their hands off each other…or lips…or other body parts. Whew! The heat these two generate could melt the polar ice caps. In a strange turn of events that I cannot reveal because of spoilers, Hunter finds his path crossing JB’s outside of the club and this becomes the straw that broke the camel’s back. Temptation = 1; Hunter = 0. Kinda, sorta. Much like Brodie, when Hunter makes his mind up to have his woman, nothing short of death is going to stop him. Fortunately for him, he has the Retribution MC and Walker (I hope he returns with his own book eventually) backing him up.

While Hunter is not super gritty for the hardcore MC readers, it is far more intense than the Carolina Bad Boys series and I was impressed with how Ms. Warren ratcheted up the action and sexual intensity. As her other books are pretty freaking intense sexually, I didn’t realize she could infuse anymore sexual chemistry between her characters and yet she did. Despite the fact that declarations of love seem to come relatively quickly, it didn’t feel like an insta-love situation. Maybe it was because there was so much going on with the ghosts from Hunter’s past making themselves known, but the relationship development didn’t feel rushed to me. As for Hunter’s past, oh. My! GOD!!! That was intense. Even though I had “met” Hunter in Steele, I NEVER would have guessed that his past was that sordid and I was certainly not expecting the level of action, suspense, and bloodshed that Ms. Warren brought to the book. The author managed to give the book the feel of an MC romance while keeping the club itself clean. I loved Hunter and cannot wait to sink my teeth into Kinkaid.

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