Raph lives by a code. Do not mess with the victim, but what is a monster hunter supposed to do with a woman like Bette?
Bette Spencer’s life has been shattered by tragedy not once, but twice. Her mother’s unsolved homicide still haunts her and the recent murder of her nephew has reopened old wounds.
When roughly handsome Raphael shows up at her doorstep claiming to be FBI, Bette is instantly suspicious. And attracted. He knows something about her nephew’s death that he’s not telling her.
Raphael Wilder is a sentinel, a hunter of things that go bump in the night. Over a decade ago he made a mistake that cost his father’s life. He’s hunted alone since that night, refusing to risk another life. But loneliness is starting to eat at his heart.
Desperate for closure, Bette pushes her way into Raphael’s life. Only to learn that the world is not what it seems and sometimes murderers are genuine monsters.
This story was really good. I enjoyed how Ms. Jayne took a local legend and made it her own. I love how she made this world of supernatural and paranormal with humans fighting for good. I would love to see more of the lore of the sentinels and their history. There’s more history with Raph’s family too. I hope this gets explored in the next books in the series.
I liked seeing Bette stand up to Raph when needed but also give in when it’s for her safety. That smart attitude really made me connect with her and like her. I felt bad for her with having to deal with two unexplained deaths in her family. Though her willingness not to let her circumstances drag her down was a wonderful character trait.
Raph was definitely a sexy character. He has his own demons to fight but I liked how he handled them the further into the story we get. His internal struggle to handle his emotions was really well written. I do want to see him explored a bit more and hopefully see his relationship with his family begin to heal and evolve.
This was definitely a first in a series and has great set up for more to come. I’m eager to read the next book and see these characters again and for others to get their happy ending. I’m also going to be keeping an eye on other works by Ms. Jayne since her voice is so strong.
Evie Jayne lives in the midst of the New Zealand rain forest. She’s been creating worlds and the characters that inhabit them all her life, writing endless beginnings of abandoned novels.
Then something magical happened, she discovered Paranormal Fantasy and a light bulb went off in her head. The words began to flow and she’s been riding the river ever since.
She masquerades as a part time artist, full time mother to two wild sons and in her spare time she rides the edges of her beloved forest on one of her far too many horses.