Tuesday, January 6, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: Hunter & Prey by Kira Barker

From Goodreads: Penelope Thompson loves her life. She has everything she wants. With her beauty, charm, and intelligence, she is at the top of her game and is one of the most sought after escorts at her company. She chooses her clients carefully and provides them with much more than just a great time between the sheets. Yet now at the age of 33, she is questioning just how much longer she has in the business. Life might be great, but sometimes it gets lonely to only ever be what others want to see in her, without true intimacy.

Darren Hunter has made a killing by being one of the best lawyers in Chicago. Renowned for winning any case, he has built up quite the reputation. He has a new beautiful woman attached to his arm every few months and is what every guy desires to be: wealthy, intelligent, successful, and has the looks that kill. 

It is now time for Darren to choose his new "flavor of the season" and it seems as if Penelope has caught his eye. As things heat up between them, Penelope starts to feel as if life is turning into a fairy tale—if not for the fact that one by one, evidence is mounting up that the elusive Mr. Hunter has his own skeletons in the closet. Will his past come to catch up with her? And why do all the women in his life suddenly disappear?

Genre: Erotic Suspense/Horror
Length: 320 pages
Price on Amazon: $2.99 or Free w/ Kindle Unlimited

R.E. Hargrave's Review
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I finished reading this novel a little over a week ago, but have put off sitting down to put my thoughts on paper … simply because I don’t know where to begin. It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Ms. Barker’s writing style, no matter the genre she tackles, and with Hunter & Prey my opinion has not changed. In fact, my adoration has only grown to borderline fangirl levels. Not exactly pretty for a woman of my age! 

Barker writes with such a fluid pen that the reader has no choice except to be swept up and taken along for whatever ride she lays out. You get involved with the characters to the point that their hopes and dreams become yours. When they hurt, you hurt. And when their betrayals are revealed, you feel the world disappear beneath your feet.

Penelope Thompson and Darren Hunter are two such characters. They both have a clear passion for life and don’t regret any of their life choices. When a clear romance begins between them, taking them past the lustful business arrangement that initially brings them together, your heart soars because they are a perfect pair. Or are they?

The plot thickens, the pace picks up, and before long you, the reader, will be wondering who can be trusted out of the expertly crafted ensemble of characters, both supporting and main. Does Penelope’s madame really have her best interests at heart, or is Penelope just a cash cow? The geeky neighbor down the hall is on house arrest, but is it for more than his hacker and technology skills? What about the socialite who seems to be the only one to understand Penelope and not judge her for being a dirty secret to so many of the country club-type males? What of Penelope herself? Or the suave and sexy Mr. Hunter?

This is a tale of hot sex, deep romance, and twisted alternatives. Make no assumptions and be prepared to get caught up in Barker’s web of words. 

*I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

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