Book Review: Hunter’s Heart by J.D. Tyler

Hunter’s Heart by J.D. TylerTitle: Hunter’s Heart
Series: Alpha Pack, Book 4
Author: J.D. Tyler
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Sensuality Rating: Steamy
Source: review copy provided by publisher
Published: September 3, 2013 by Signet

A group of former Navy SEALS, the Alpha Pack is a top secret team of wolf shifters with Psy powers combating the greatest dangers in the world. And when the battle gets personal, their wild side is unleashed….

Ryon Hunter sees dead people—spirits that beg him for help in ways he can’t understand. He’d do anything to end the torment, until a beautiful spirit appears to him with a plea he can’t ignore: Help me…I’m alive. The woman is wildlife biologist Daria Bradford, mortally wounded after encountering a white wolf, calling to Ryon through a rare Psy gift.

When Ryon locates Daria in the Shoshone National Park, it is almost too late, but nursing her back to health at the Alpha Pack compound brings a new complication—Daria is his destined mate, and Ryon is afraid of what will happen when she discovers what he is, and what he had to do to save her life. But the biggest threat of all is still loose in the forest, leaving a merciless trail of death behind it. The Alpha Pack goes on the hunt for the mysterious white wolf, determined to stop the murderous rogue… only to find that the most lethal creature of all is the one they can’t see coming

Reviewed By: J9

In a Nutshell: This wasn’t my favorite of the series since Ryon’s psychic gift didn’t play into the story and the mate-trope didn’t wow me. Still, the romance was fine and the secondary characters of Ryon’s pack were stellar. Plus, it has a little something different sexually and no, I won’t tell you what except to say it is little.

The Set Up: Ryon is one of the Alpha Pack, a group of elite Navy SEALs with psychic abilities who were transformed into werewolves. Ryon’s ability is to see spirits and when he sees beautiful wolf biologist Daria, he’s desperate to help her. Daria is injured and uses her ability to call for help and gorgeous Ryon finds her. As Ryon nurses Daria back to health she and the entire Alpha Pack are at danger from a beast unlike any they’ve known before.

Why I Read this Book: I’ve enjoyed this series by a new author and looked forward to Ryon’s story.

What I Liked: I really liked Ryon and the Alpha Pack. Ryon is a gentle man though tough when he needs to. He’s committed to his pack and the good that they do in the world. He’s got an easy acceptance of Daria as his lifemate and his eroticism is delicious. His solo sex scene was the highlight of the book for this dirty girl.

I also love the Alpha Pack. Nick, the mysterious pre-cog leader has captured my attention, along with the mysterious white wolf who has it out for him and the sheriff who antagonizes him. I also love the surprise hint of who team member Phoenix’s mate will be (not who I thought!) The other Alpha Pack includes scarred and pill-addicted Micah who so deserves his HEA and other worldly Blue whose humorous observations on humanity is a perfect comic relief. I really love this cast of characters and can’t wait to read each of their stories.

What I Also Liked: The plot paced well here. Daria runs afoul of a mysterious beast and it’s up to the Alpha Pack to stop the beast. This unfolds quickly and kept my attention without diverting too much attention from the developing romance.

What I Didn’t Like: Two things reduced my enjoyment of this novel. First was the fact that Ryon’s psychic gift didn’t play into the plot at all. In the previous books the men’s abilities played huge roles in the plot and it also served to showcase the hero’s personality. This didn’t happen for Ryon and that bummed me out a bit.

Second, the mate trope was the romance here. It’s the classic set up and execution and has been done a million times. Ryon knows Daria is his mate, she resists since she didn’t have a say in it, only to get sexed into falling in love. This didn’t have any twists on the trope that the previous books had and that didn’t endear the romance to me at all.

IMO: Series fans should still read this installment. Newcomers should start at book one and see if they want to read this one when they come to it.

J9’s Rating:
2 1/2 Frogs

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  1. I...yes maybe I will pass on this one

  2. The cover definitely draws me in but your review makes me take a step back. I want to read this series but I'll do as you suggest and start with book 1 first :-)

    1. You should like book one...I did. This was was just a formulaic for me but it's still fine.


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