Book Review of His Darkest Hunger by Juliana Stone

Title: His Darkest Hunger

Author: Juliana Stone

Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance

Release Date: March 30th, 2010

Jaxon Castille: jaguar shifter, warrior, assassin. He has long hungered for the chance to make his former lover, Libby Jamieson, pay for her deadly betrayal. After three long years he’s finally found her. The hunt is over . . .

But the Libby that he finds is not what he expected. She has no memory of their tumultuous affair, of her treachery, of anything beyond her own name. A shadowy and deadly clan has marked them both for death, and in an instant, the game changes: the hunter has become the hunted.

On the run, with the ghosts of their past between them and a dark, desperate hunger quickly reclaiming their bodies and souls, Libby and Jaxon must discover the truth behind the dark forces working against them. Together, they must grab hold of a destiny that has the power to either heal them or destroy them.

But the truth is far more shattering than anyone could imagine . . .

Summary from Goodreads.com

My Review: I have actually had this book sitting on my kindle for quite some time now and just could not get to it before. That cover really does not help, I am sorry. I know you are not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but these types of covers just really turn me off. I get that this is paranormal romance and therefore there is more than likely going to be a shirtless guy on the cover, I just wish I could redesign them. This of course has nothing to do with the author or the content of the book, it is just my personally opinion of this cover. Now that I have that out of my system, let’s get onto the book itself.

Almost every blog I follow that reviews paranormal romance raves about this book. I was craving a good book after coming off a couple of duds and turned to this book. After reading just the first chapter I was hooked. This book was fantastic! When I read a book I am always looking for that emotional connection to the characters and I was not disappointed in His Darkest Hunger. Libby and Jaxon are walking a very fine line between love and hate. They were involved in the past when the loss of Jaxon’s cousin led him to believe that Libby had betrayed him. For three years his life was filled with one thought: revenge. However, when he finally catches up with her, she looks like she has been through hell and back and he hesitates to take her out when he has the chance.

Libby has no memory of her life with Jaxon and can only recall what has happened to her in the past two months. She is a shell of a woman, who has no fight left in her and feels like she has no reason to live. She feels a connection to Jaxon when she meets him, but cannot place the reason for her feelings. Their journey was so emotional and I was a wreck right alongside them. They have both been hurt in the past and felt betrayed by one another in some way. This was almost an impassible barrier to cross, but it was one I desperately wanted them to be able to work through.

Besides the emotional turmoil that Jaxon and Libby find themselves in, there is also plenty of action to go around. From the moment the book begins, until the last page Jaxon and Libby are fighting for both their hearts and their lives. I struggled to put the book down for even a second as I let the outside world melt away and got lost in this book. There was never a dull moment as the mysterious enemy loomed over Libby and Jaxon. There is an obvious answer to who is tracking them, but the leader behind it all takes a while to reveal their identity. There were also a couple of twists that had to do with this person and I will be eager to see how that information will play a role in future books.

I also enjoyed many of the secondary characters laced throughout. Especially Jaxon’s brothers. I read that books two and three are about them and I will be interested to see where their lives will take them. I am more drawn to Jagger at the moment just because he is featured a little more and was hilarious. I also loved Declan and Ana, they were a part of Jaxon’s team in the past and come back to help him try to figure out what is going on with Libby and who is trying to kill both of them.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to any paranormal romance lover. It has the perfect blend of action, steamy romance and mystery to keep you up reading into the night. I look forward to more books from Juliana and will be reading Jagger’s book soon.

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