Shifter’s Coven: Hunter by Marteeka Karland
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (54 pgs)
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Xeranthemum
Simon is the lead hunter of the pack and most trusted confidant and advisor to the Alpha. He's also one of the most feared wolves in pack history, and no one has ever known his equal. Now he must hunt the most powerful enemy he's ever encountered before she destroys the one most precious to him.
Adopted daughter of the Alpha, Sasha is a powerful shifter in her own right. She's only now coming into her heritage as a witch, but her power rivals that of Simon's prey, Deloris. She knows Simon's hunt is important to the pack, but never suspects it might all be a trap to draw her into Deloris's deceitful web of malice.
A wolf shifter and a cat shifter not only getting along but having to fight for their lives and love made for an exciting tale that kept me riveted with fascination.
Sasha is an improbability. I realized that this is a series after I started reading it and I never felt left out or lost in the story, however, Sasha was a surprise. Her character’s existence is unique, intriguing and very interesting. I think she’s a magical creature and as such, I could accept her role and importance to the story. Of course that is a good thing because I thought she was the perfect counterpoint to Simon as she is as strong and willful as he is. I liked how she knew her own mind and what she wanted. Even though Simon is classified as a hunter, in this story he was Sasha’s prey and he didn’t stand a chance -- which I thought was a lot of fun. I liked how the author wrote her character.
Simon is a man torn between duty, friendship and intense mating needs. He is so conflicted that it was fun to sit back and watch him fall. He’s a strong man and one a person can depend on but he just can’t seem to say ‘no’ to Sasha. Of course, from Sasha’s internal dialogue a reader will find out why it’s hard for Simon to resist her. It seems guys in love are the last to know and I found it hysterically funny when I found who else knew he was the right guy. Sometimes I think men need to communicate a bit better with less shades of gray and expectations of ESP from the people around them. Then again, miscommunication or lack thereof would deprive me of some entertaining conundrums that heroes and heroines have to muddle through. This story is no different and was better for it.
I have to mention a few editing blips that editors missed but by no means did it detract from the story. Sure it hiccupped and I noticed so I have to mention it. They were the only things that prevented this book from being perfect.
The external conflict sounded like a dangling thread from a previous event. I’m glad I got to see the action and I enjoyed the drama and suspense of it. The confrontation also showcased Sasha and Simon’s mutual talents and I had a great time reading the whole scene because the author did such a wonderful job of describing the altercation and bringing it to life.
Shifter’s Coven: Hunter is an exciting and page-turning romance filled with gripping action and emotions from the heart. When Sasha and Simon are finally free to express their desires and the deepest needs of their hearts, it’s passionate, explosive and really hot. I was thoroughly engrossed in the story and rooted for their happily ever after. I am a very satisfied romance reader.