Out of the shadows…
For more than a decade, Caro Barrett has had doubts about the death of her husband, who disappeared while looking for a tribe of day-walking vampires in an African rainforest. Now, their daughter is struggling through her teenage years without a father. Waiting in the wings is an ancient vampire ready to possess Caro’s heart–and to protect them both from harm. And, with her husband declared legally dead, Caro feels it is finally time to move on…
A hemisphere away in a windowless compound, an Ottoman vampire lies dying from a rare blood disease, which has made him vulnerable to the faintest bit of light. Yet he is determined to vanquish its power over him–to feel the sun on his face one last time. And in Caro’s darkest fears he will be lifted into the light of day…
The lovely folks at Berkley/NAL (Imprint of Penguin Group) contacted me about doing a review of Hunting Daylight. I went into it a little leary only because it is the second book in a series and I hadn’t read book one. However, the publicist assured me that the books in this series do great as stand alone novels so I decided to give it a shot.
Right off the bat, I was intrigued. The book opens with a scientist headed to the uncharted Amazon rainforest in Gabon and two things quickly become obvious. First, he’s been brought to the jungle for a much different reason than he was told. Second, there’s a chance he wont walk back out.
Hunting Daylight is INTENSE from the very first page! I was immediately hooked and proceeded to burn through this book in no time. There are several story arcs running at once in this book and the author writes in such a fashions that you never lose track of what is going on and all of the story arcs are intertwined so each segment provides you with a little nugget that plays into the next. It makes for one big story that flows perfectly.
The only thing I didn’t like about Hunting Daylight was the last two pages. I become so invested in one story arc in particular and it did NOT end the way I wanted it to. *smiles* Totally not held against the author but I was a little heart broken.
The real thing that I felt hurt Hunting Daylight a bit was the first 50% of this book contains some of the worst sexual frustration I have ever encountered in a book. As someone who reads a LOT of urban fantasy/paranormal romance, I am used to sex scenes and almost sex scenes being sprinkled throughout the book. My problem with this book was the almost sex scenes went so far, and there are a few of them prior to these two characters finally throwing down, that it was kind of distracting. Like to the point of tab a was inserted into slot b and then………………it just……………..wasn’t. It was actually distracting. And then I was baffled over the fact that I was distracted by a fictional character’s inability to seal the deal. Then I was distracted all over again.
With that being said (and my reader’s angst over the ending not wrapping up the way I thought it was going to), Hunting Daylight is an EXCELLENT book. Genuinely. I loved it enough that I plan to go back and read Acquainted With the Dark #1 at some point.
I definitely recommend this book. Hunting Daylight easily rocks 4.5 stars!