Healing Hunter's Heart
Author: Charlie Cochet
Title: Healing Hunter's Heart
Series: A Little Bite of Love 2
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Rating: One Petal
On the Author's Website:
Months after being forced to leave his lover and mate Ari Jannsen behind, Hunter Devin settles into his role as Enforcer for the newly formed Deagan Clan under the rule of his new Alpha and best friend Tristan "Trip" Hagan. Along with Hunter’s brother Boone, their nephews, sister, and mother, Hunter finally has the family he’s always wanted, but without his little rebel Ari, his heart is incomplete.
The Hagan Clan is unable to accept the Deagan Clan’s betrayal for walking away and taking the clan’s pups with them. War looms. As both clans plan their attack, a greater enemy plots against them. But Hunter is determined to get his Ari back. Bonds are put to the test and unexpected alliances are made as Hunter and his clan set out to protect their own and end the spreading heartache.
To say that this book was disappointing is a great understatement. The first book in the series, An Intrepid Trip to Love, was fun, lighthearted, yet contained enough serious struggles that it didn't dissolve into fluff. Healing Hunter's Heart lacked everything that made the first book great.
I should have realized something was wrong from the start. This ebook was severely overpriced. $6.99 for a novella is ridiculous and I finally bought the ebook only once it was on sale. It should only have been $3-4 given the length.
The next disappointment was that it was so poorly written. I do have to question whether this book saw an editor at all. The prose was stilted, the flashbacks awkward, and the flow almost non-existent. The romantic relationship between the characters felt criminal, like an adult perving on a child, because it was never fully fleshed out. Ari felt like a high school student trying to escape from his mother's overbearing clutches the way any teenager might, while Hunter was the thirty year old man who couldn't let go of his own childhood and was taking Ari down with him. The struggle the two characters had to go through to finally be together felt fake and insincere. The mother was supposed to be a truly evil character, not a teenage drama creation, but the author failed in setting that up properly.
All the wonderful potential left at the end of the first book was squandered in this one. In fact, I'm considering going back to the review of the first book and removing one petal from it; I scored it highly because of that potential and it never panned out.
My only problem with the first book was that the wide world the author created was ignored. Only what the characters experienced in their own packs was allowed to flourish and it felt small and insular. This second book made that infinitely worse.
Healing Hunter's Heart was a terrible disappointment. It's not worth the cost and doesn't fulfill the promise of greatness from the first book. I cannot recommend this book.
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