25 February 2015

The Lycan Hunter by Kelsey Jordan

Hey everyone,

The publishers sent me a copy of The Lycan Hunter by Kelsey Jordan in return for an honest review. Its a paranormal romance where the hero and heroine are on opposite sides of the Forever War and in my opinion it has a pretty awesome cover.

The book:

When Alexis James arrives at her first assignment in months, she anticipates the danger and violence rife in her calling as a Lycan Hunter. What she doesnt expect is a handsome, blue-eyed wolf saving her life and kidnapping her. Surrounded by the enemy, Alexis must not only survive her prisoners but the bonds of a different sort that begin to form against her will.

Mikko Kyran was chosen by the gods to lead his pack, and he has made it his mission to end the eight thousand years of war plaguing his people. The Alpha never suspected that the key to the prophecy ending the Forever War would be held by a smart-mouthed, sexy Hunter determined to kill him.

Can two people from different worlds set aside everything they know about one another long enough to survive retribution from the Hunters, the pack, and the gods? Or will their difference start war that neither can win?

My thoughts:

As previously mentioned this is a paranormal romance, and yet in some ways it felt more like a fantasy romance, purely because of the incredible and complex world building. Kelsey Jordan has not only created two ‘species’ in the form of her Lycans and Hunters she has imbued them with an entire back storying, a religion, God and Goddesses, specific rituals and even a language. I personally haven’t read a paranormal romance with such in-depth world building for quite some time and it was surprisingly refreshing.

Although this was set in (I assume) the contemporary world, regular humans and the world beyond the Forever War rarely intruded. It allowed you to be drawn in and become absorbed in the story. Handily the book contains a glossary that allows you to keep track of everything!

The first in a new series, The Lycan Hunter focuses on the romance between Alexis and Kyran, a Hunter and a Lycan Tala (Wolf) who meet while she is on an assignment. As soon as they meet Alexis and Kyran have a connection, they are intrigued by each other, even though they won’t acknowledge it. 

Kyran is so caring towards Alexis, constantly looking out for her and protecting her, even when she claims to not need it. Having someone looking out for her was perhaps the biggest adjustment for Alexis. She came from a family, a unit, that only valued people who were strong. To enter a pack, even as an outsider, that values everyone regardless of rank, skill or usefulness was difficult. Throughout the book we watch her develop, learning to trust both Kyran and his extended family.

Don’t get me wrong, Alexis isn’t the warm cuddly heroine, in fact her favourite hobbies include training and fire arm practice. Yet around Kyran, and through her love for him, she was able to break-down some of her defences and reveal aside to herself that had previously been denied.

In many ways while reading this I was reminded of Romeo and Juliet, two star-crossed lovers torn apart by their families war. I loved how Kelsey Jordan chose to portray how the Pack didn’t instantly accept Alexis has Kyran mate. It made it more believable and also showed how important Alexis was to Kyran as he was willing to deny his ‘family’ to be with her.

I would recommend The Lycan Hunter to readers who enjoy their paranormal romances with highly developed world building and a fast-paced action packed story.

My rating:
Happy reading everyone and see you next time!