Review: Hunter by Night – Elisabeth Staab

Posted 29 July, 2014 by Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 9 Comments


Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Hunter by Night – Elisabeth StaabHunter by Night by Elisabeth Staab
Series: Chronicles of Yavn #3
Published by SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca on 3 June 2014
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
3 Stars

She wants out
Party girl Alexia Blackburn is only hanging around the vampire compound until her best friend—the queen—has her baby. After that, nothing is going to stop Alexia from getting back to daylight, safety, and feeling like a normal human being. But leaving the vampire world has one big catch...
He needs her to stay
Head of vampire security Lee Goram has hated and distrusted humans for centuries. Feeding on vampire blood has kept him strong...but now it's killing him—and he's horrified to discover that Alexia may hold the key to his cure. He'd rather die defending his king than admit his weakness, but time is running out for the great vampire warrior...

*I received a free ARC of Hunter by Night from Sourcebooks Casablanca via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*

Hunter by Night is a pretty typical vampire story, in which the relationship between a human girl and a tough vampire warrior is the main subject.

My Hunter by Night review:

I think the fact that Hunter by Night is not all that different from a lot of other paranormal romances made me not completely into it, as I thought I would be. Lee is several hundred years old, and for most of those years, he has hated humans because of what they did to his family way back when. Alexia is staying with the vampires only because her best friend is the vampire queen, and some old enemies have re-appeared, thus making it difficult to keep everybody safe.

Lee didn’t behave like such an old vampire most of the time, and Hunter by Night felt a little flat to me because of that. I had a little trouble believing he could fall so utterly in love with Alexia, even if she is a good female character, there wasn’t really anything special about her, except for the fact that her blood was very rich. The old enemies turned out to not be as dangerous as they seemed, at least in the few fight-scenes that were shown to me.

I don’t know if I would have enjoyed Hunter by Night more if I had read the first two books in the series before this one, but I found it to be too similar to many other vampire stories already out there. The writing is good, though, and the steamy scenes are definitely hot. I may go back and read the prior books in the Chronicles of Yavn to see if I feel differently once I know more about the other characters that are part of the plot.

Some of my favorite Hunter by Night quotes:

An ominous click when the central air kicked into action made Alexia’s ticker go staccato. She paused, hearing nothing but the rush of white noise as a prickly agitation and a layer of goos bumps covered her bare arms.

In a sudden moment of overwhelm, Alexia slapped at Lee’s hand, backing against the door. God, if he kept running his fingers all over her, she’d lose her mind.

Lee pressed his lips together. Leave it to Alexia to use ice cream as an analogy under pressure.

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9 responses to “Review: Hunter by Night – Elisabeth Staab

    • Yeah, I think it would be a great idea to read the first two books. It’s always difficult when I get an ARC for a later book in a series, because I really don’t always have the time to catch up, if I’m not up do date already.

      Thanks for stopping by, Braine.

    • Yes, I think that’s definitely part of my problem, Naomi. One day, I just may go back and read the first two books.

      Thanks for stopping by.

    • It is, but maybe I would have still enjoyed it more if I had gotten to know the characters from the beginning 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by, Brandi.

  1. Sounds kind of meh, for me, since I’m really all about the characters. It really frustrates me when a character doesn’t fit – if he’s an ancient vampire he should act like an ancient vampire! And I like some twists and originality. Oh well, really good review Lexxie:)

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    • Yeah, I love getting to know the characters really well, too, Berls. I might have gotten that if I had read the first books in the series, though…
      Thanks for stopping by.

  2. I haven’t read Elizabeth Staab before, Lexxie. But your description of this book leaves me feeling ‘meh’. I’m glad the writing was good and that it had good steamy scenes…sounds like that might have been its only redeeming features. Nice review, as always. 🙂

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