Book Review: Midnight Hunter by Kait Ballenger

Midnight Hunter
Execution Underground #3
Author: Kait Ballenger
Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Paranormal Romance | Urban Fantasy
Released: 1st September 2015
Review Source: Harlequin | NetGalley

Hunters of the supernatural, The Execution Underground are an elite group tasked with protecting humanity…but can dark temptation destroy good intentions?

Occult specialist and witch hunter Dr. Shane Grey is called upon to investigate a string of crimes that bear all the hallmarks of black magic. But he can't take on this daunting assignment for the Execution Underground alone. He'll need the help of Vera Sanders, a witch with a dark past—and a woman who disturbs him as much as she intrigues him.

Vera is determined to ignore the dangerous chemistry between herself and Shane so she can prove her loyalty to his cause; otherwise she risks the wrath of the Execution Underground once again. If she can't make Shane trust her, they won't stand a chance in hell of defeating the evil that's terrorizing their city. No easy task, considering old habits die hard…and Vera may be the very person responsible for luring Shane into a killer's trap.
This is an Adult romance novel recommended for ages 18+ due to sexual content and mature subject matter.

Someone's causing trouble and it's big enough to catch the Execution Underground's attention. Shane, the witch hunter/magic specialist slash genius, is called to deal with the resident trouble maker when the dead are being brought back to life, and husbands are being murdered by their very dead wives. But he can't do it alone, so he asks one of his students for help.

Vera is one of Shane's students who knows all too well about dark magic and the damage it can do. She still has the buzz from her former addiction of dark magic and it's kept her in the loop with it all these years and keeps the flame lit for her addiction. When Shane asks for her help it's the perfect opportunity to redeem herself from the dark she's practiced. Falling in love with the wonderfully nerdy Hunter was just a bonus.

Shane and Vera's story was sweet. Shane's a true gentleman (but can be a a total badass when acquired) and Vera's a lot softer than she looks (but will put you in your place if you underestimate her). They're a very unconventional couple but their pairing was perfect. Shane's definitely my favourite guy so far. He wasn't the typical guy you would expect to be working with the Execution Underground, but Shane was the brains of the operation. He may not be all fists on the job but he didn't need to be. He makes smart sexy.

It combines a student/teacher romance, zombies and my favourite kind of hunter crew all in one book. Although it was a student/teacher romance, it wasn't an expected New Adult type. It was only a minor factor in the book. And the zombies and hunter crew? Awesome.

I don't know who's next (but I have heard Damon's book is going to be last which is killing me) but I really look forward to whatever is next.

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