Review: Shadow Hunter by Kait Ballenger

Posted June 19, 2013 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 2 Comments

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Shadow Hunter by Kait BallengerShadow Hunter by Kait Ballenger
Series: Execution Underground #0.5
Published by Harlequin on June 25th 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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See where it all began in this exciting prequel to The Execution Underground, Kait Ballenger’s sexy paranormal series about the men who hunt evil and the women who love them.

Vampire hunter Damon Brock’s first assignment with the Execution Underground is Rochester, New York. But he isn’t the only hunter in town gunning for vamp blood. Tiffany Solow is ruthless when it comes to slaying the monsters that destroyed her family—and she works solo. But when she meets the mysterious hunter who wants more than just her turf, the line between good and evil blurs as they must decide between their lifelong beliefs…and their newfound desires.

Set Up:

Supes are unknown by humans with the exception of the Execution Underground, think special ops warriors that hunt all kinds of supes.


Damon is a member of the Execution Underground and it specializes in hunting vampires. And he is Über sexy! He is looking for one bloodsucker that killed his partner. When he finds where the vamp is, he hopes to not run into her.


The her being, Tiffany. Tiffany is the little sister of Damon’s dead partner. The two wrote letters to each other for years as part of a program the EU forces on their warriors when they are in need of making a personal connection so that they don’t go all killer. Damon chooses Tiffany as his “pen pal” since she is the little sister of his partner, thinking she will be a safe choice since she was only 16 at the time.

I also like that the heroine is no whiny chick. After the death of her brother she starts hunting vamps in hope of killing the bloodsucker that caused her brother’s death.

What I liked:

I liked that Damon and Tiffany had a connection that was built over a few years. So it’s believable that they are in love with each other. We don’t get that instant-a-love thing. We do get instant-a-lust the first time they meet face to face.

What I wasn’t too crazy about:

Another 22 year old virgin. (eye roll) After reading Tiffany and Damon’s story I guess it’s plausible that she could still be a virgin at 22 when you see that she is in love with Damon before she even meets him. No other man peaks her interest so it’ could be that she is subconsciously saving herself for Damon.

Will I read this author again?

Yeah. I’m looking forward to reading Twilight Hunter and I hope we get answers to the cliffhanger we’re left with at the end of Shadow Hunter.



About Kait Ballenger

Kait Ballenger is a full-time paranormal romance author, wife, former professional bellydancer, and soon-to-professor. She lives in Central Florida with her husband, their doggie-daughter Sookie (like Charlainne Harris’ character), and two kittens, Elliot and Olivia (like the SVU characters). Kait believes anything is possible, and one day, she hopes people name their pets after her characters, too.

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After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.

While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).
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2 responses to “Review: Shadow Hunter by Kait Ballenger

  1. It took me a bit to get into this one. Even with their connection, it was way too fast for them to jump into bed together after all of Damon’s “I can’t sleep with her blah blah”. The Cliffhanger was just mean and cruel! I need to read the first book to find out more about Tiffany!