The Hunting Party by Dawn H. Hawkes

Title: The Hunting Party

Series: Full Moon Rituals 01

Author: Dawn H. Hawkes

Genre: Paranormal

Length: Novel (213 Pages)

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc. (May 7, 2018)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts

Blurb: Davy Brighton is a shapeshifter and future beta of his pack, but waiting for his best friend to become the pack’s Alpha becomes a whole other ballgame when hunters come to town. Members of the pack are being hunted and being able to turn into a wolf isn’t an advantage when Davy meets his soulmate, Cole Travers—one of the hunters intent on taking down Davy and his friends.

Cole, on a never-ending mission to make the world safer, has never questioned the orders he is given. However, when Cole shares an intimate moment with sweet and sexy Davy, Cole is shocked to learn that not only is Davy a shapeshifter, but he is one of the hunting party’s priority targets. Davy defies everything Cole has come to expect from the creatures he hunts and there is something more that beckons him closer, something he can’t quite explain. Something that might just turn Cole against his team.

ISBN: 978-1-64243-187-2

Product Link: Siren-BookStrand | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Davy and his friends are as close as one gets without being related. Terrance is going to be the alpha where the others are going to be his beta’s. Although Davy can actually kick their asses most times, he just doesn’t want to be the alpha. They are a peaceful group and have only had one tragedy. Davy had a date set up only to find out that his date had slept with his mate. A mate that just so happens to be a hunter.

Cole’s best friend had lost his sister to a shifter attack and from the point on he was a bit more distant. They had joined the military and then joined a hunter group. A hunter group that only killed those that needed to be killed. That is until the one in charge took it a bit farther. Now he is mated to a wolf and all hell is going to break loose.

I am not really sure what to say about this book. It has great potential but this first book just doesn’t come off the way it should. It has a dark tone to it, which I get, but it takes it a bit further too me. There is danger and some hot sexy times, but the tone to it is also serious. I didn’t connect with the guys like I should have and that was a down side as well. There is more information in it that was needed. It is a fast paced story when it shouldn’t be in parts, also the plot just leaves a lot to be desires. You could not connect with the secondary characters either.

Also when it comes to their mating, that was rushed by so fast that you didn’t really get a good taste to it. The whole story would have been amazing had the story felt like the author took a bit more time to make it stand out. Now that could be just because it is a first story to the series, but I will wait to read the next book to actually decide the rest of my feelings. For now this book doesn’t do it for me.

Blood of A Leo by Dawn H. Hawkes

Dawn H. Hawkes - Blood of a Leo CoverTitle: Blood of A Leo, (2nd Edition)

Series: Solomon’s Pride, 01

Author: Dawn H. Hawkes

Genre: Paranormal, Vampires, Shapeshifters

Length: Novella (110 pages)

Publisher: The Rooster and The Pig Publishing, Inc (July 17th 2015)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: One fateful night, Leo Adams is kidnapped and forced to serve as an unwilling blood-donor for a coalition of vampires. It is a harsh life,and he doubts he will live much longer. Part of him feels like that might not be such a bad thing. One day, unforeseen events allow Leo to escape his horrible life, and he ends up falling straight into the lion-shifter, Maddox.

Maddox is unsure of what has fallen into his arms, but he knows Leo is someone special. As they grow closer, he knows that he will fight, fang and claw, to keep Leo safe. If that means taking on the entire vampire coalition… then so be it.

ISBN: 978-0-69249-276-5 / B012IDTAO8  

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Reviewer: Leigh

Review: This book starts off showing the type of hell Leo has been living in for the past several months.  The fact that he thinks his second “master” isn’t as bad as the first because he doesn’t get raped is sad.  Leo has really given up.  He hopes that one night a vampire will finally take too much blood and kill him.  Or that maybe the drugs they force on him will.

Take one traumatized man and drop him into the lap of his lion shifter mate and watch the fireworks.  Yes, things move fast considering the hell Leo has been through, but again it’s only a novella.  So some leeway has to be given.  I think the biggest part is that Leo finally felt safe with Maddox.  Plus, there was the mating heat. 

These two are cute together.  Leo is really cute totally deserved to have a big mate to protect and love him.  And really they are sexy hot together. There is even sex in the third shifter form.  Which is always interesting.

I first read this book when it was released in 2011.  I followed through on the others books in the series and was unhappy that the series didn’t continue when the publisher went defunct.  I am happy to see that Dawn H. Hawkes has found a new home and is releasing the series and hopefully continuing it. 

It was great to revisit this story again after so long and I look forward to re-reading the others.