Hunter (Maya’s Review)

Title: Hunter
Author: J.V. Speyer
Publisher: self-published
Release Date: November 20, 2018
Genre(s): Suspense, Paranormal
Page Count: 282
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


Luis has spent his career chasing the darker side of life. First a vice cop, then an FBI profiler, now he lands in the Boston field office, and not by choice. He expects his case load to have a much lighter tone than he’s used to.

He wasn’t counting on New England’s dark history, or their pride in it. He didn’t understand how close-knit the old towns could be, or how protective they were of their own. He soon finds he’s going to have to count on every skill he ever used in his time at headquarters, and a few skills he didn’t know he had, if he wants to keep body and soul together.

Complicating matters is a new case Luis has just been handed, working with the Mass. State Police. Luis has history there, and ugly history too. Detective Donovan Carey is the guy who broke Luis’ heart over a decade ago. He wasn’t willing to even peek his head outside the closet, certainly not for someone like Luis. Can they put their history aside to deal with a mystery centuries in the making?

The story stars immediately and plunges into action almost for the first chapter as FBI agent Luis Gomes gets entangled in serial killer case. His life is a mess: his career took sudden downturn as he is transferred, he detests the city he now lives in and he still pines after an old lover, who, surprise, surprise, happens to be on the force in his new hometown. Can’t get any worse, right?

Donovan is surprised to see Luis again and by the intensity of his reaction to the man. It has been years since they were together and Donovan is still not out, so this is not something he either wants or needs. Their past creates pitfalls in their working relationship as the case they are working on grows more complicated.
The POV switches between two men so we get what they are thinking and how they are reaction to one another. There is heavy focus on the case and the plot moves slowly allowing Donovan and Luis to reconnect. It doesn’t go smoothly. Luis is damaged and Donovan is questioning his life choices. I think that part is handled well. Love isn’t enough and things don’t go smoothly for either man because they are in love with each other and willing to admit it. They are now older and wiser, but Luis is also more damaged and can’t get better overnight. I think complications with his colleagues were a little bit overdone, but it does make sense and fits with Luis’ backstory. (Maybe I just don’t like to think there are people who are such jerks).

Paranormal element came out of nowhere for me. It’s a ghost story. I’m not fond of those, but it’s not overt and it’s worked inside the story in a good way.

There is a lot of back and forth both in suspense and romantic plot. It slows down reading, but overall, I did like the story and I’m interested to find out if there is going to be sequel.

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Galley copy of Hunter provided by Author in exchange of an honest review.

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