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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Book Review ARC: Hunter by Night (Chronicles of Yavn #3) by Elisabeth Staab + Giveaway

Hunter by Night (Chronicles of Yavn #3)
by Elisabeth Staab
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (June 3, 2014)

She wants out
Party girl Alexia Blackburn is only hanging around the vampire compound until her best friend—the queen—has her baby. After that, nothing is going to stop Alexia from getting back to daylight, safety, and feeling like a normal human being. But leaving the vampire world has one big catch...

He needs her to stay

Head of vampire security Lee Goram has hated and distrusted humans for centuries. Feeding on vampire blood has kept him strong...but now it's killing him—and he's horrified to discover that Alexia may hold the key to his cure. He'd rather die defending his king than admit his weakness, but time is running out for the great vampire warrior.

Emotionally delicious! I love Staab’s snarky dialogue and no character does it quite like Alexia, the human trapped in a mansion of vampires for her own protection. Add in Lee, the vampire warrior who has hated and mistrusted humans his whole life, and you get two people who secretly want each other, but hate the fact that they do. Trading verbal jabs at each other to cover up their feelings builds a lot of sexual tension and you know what happens then…hubba hubba! I'm a sucker for this kind of troupe.

Oh, there’s some other stuff going on in the book like an evil monk from Lee’s past trying to bring another plague on the world, the Vampire King’s wife is having a baby, and a sweet secondary love story finds a conclusion. All good stuff! I have really enjoyed the Chronicles of Yavn and would recommend the series to any PNR lover. They can all be read as stand alones, but why cheat yourself?

Let’s get back to Lee and Lexi. I like to highlight favorite quotes as I read, but by page four I had to get a little pickier because there were too many to use. Here are some of my favorites to give you a taste of what fun these two are:

“Her tank top and cargo shorts had been just fine outside in the sticky August air. Inside the royal vampire estate where they kept the lights down and the temperature meat-locker fabulous? Not so much.”

“Listening to Lee talk was like getting buffed all over by a loofah in a hot shower. Abrasive and raw, but at the same time decadent and delicious.”

“On a good day, Lee and Alexia managed to push each other’s ‘don’t make me cut you’ buttons in ascending order. This time he had taken the opportunity to insult everything from her skills helping Anton navigate on the way to the hospital, to her desire to hit the Starbuck’s drive-through on the ride home…erm, back to the estate. In return she’d insulted his hair, his wardrobe, and his need to wear SPF-one billion.”

“It was all he needed. Lee did something that he’s never done in centuries of living. Not for any vampire, any enemy, or any human. Lee surrendered.” 

(and yes, this means exactly what you think it does!)

4.5 “lalalala, I can’t hear you” sheep


Lee closed the gap between them. An awareness of warmth and clean sweat cut through the anxious confusion his last statement had injected into her stomach. “Frankly, it’s safer here,” he said. “I’d leave you if I could. However, I’ve received word Isabel is having contractions and insists on having her birth coach.” The wave of his hand conveyed his apparent belief that such an idea was preposterous.

Alexia stepped close, craning her neck to meet his arrogant stare. “What, you think the queen’s birth coach isn’t a priority?”

Lee’s large hand rubbed his forehead like it ached. “In my youth, females gave birth. No birthing tub, no special class, no self-hypnosis CDs, no coach.”

What. A phenomenal dick. “Excuse me.” She poked a finger that was supposed to jab into his chest, but anger and her refusal to break eye contact effed up her aim. She ended up poking at the firm, fine muscles of his belly. Pride kept the finger in place as if the landing had been intentional. “First of all, no uterus, no opinion. Second, Isabel got completely fried this morning, so it’s kind of a special circumstance. Third, quit being an asshole. Fourth? Quit being an asshole.”
It bore repeating.

“Fifth, Isabel’s the queen. She can request whatever the hell she wants.”

Lee dipped his chin. “Yes.” His fingers closed around the one still sunk into his abs and pulled it aside. “She can. So. In spite of the fact that we may have an insane plague-spreading nutcase bearing down on us at any given moment, it’s royal baby time. Let’s move.”

Again… What the fuck?

She opened her mouth but Lee pulled her forward before she could speak. Alexia ignored the tremor that traveled from the place where their hands touched, along her arm and down her body, landing a quiver of want deep in her core. Any time now, it would be fan-fricking-tastic if her body could stop reacting to him like he’d been double-dipped in her favorite brand of pheromones.

She reached for her blue JanSport backpack, just next to the bedroom door. He made no move to let go or get out of her way, and she was forced to squeeze past his tree-trunk thigh in the process. She failed horribly at ignoring how frigging huge those legs of his were. How the vee of her thighs brushed his leg when she passed, and how her body temperature climbed. Stop staring at his ass. “Right. Got everything ready to go, right here.” She cleared her throat.

“Great. I’ll drive,” he grumbled.

Did he realize, as he tugged her down the hall, that his fingers were still wrapped around her hand?

About the Author:
Elisabeth Staab started hunting mutant hedgehogs back in 1842… Oops, wrong bio… Elisabeth Staab digs coffee, saucy stories, and sexy things that go bump in the night. Once, she ate dinner in a jail and liked it. She lives in the Washington DC area with her incredible family and does her best to juggle life while ignoring the laundry.


  1. Thanks for the great review and fab giveaway!

  2. I just started this book last night. It was the only thing that could hold my attention after reading The King. I am absolutely loving it and Lee! Great review.

    1. thanks. Yeah, I love the snarky banter between the two. Alexis is hilarious!

  3. Nice review Sharon, thank you. One day I will have to start reading this series. Perhaps when I win the lottery and give up my dayjob to read full time :)

    1. if you do, invite me and we can do together! :)

  4. This series sounds fantastic! I'd love to read them all - thx for the giveaway!!!!

  5. Oh I hope I win as I love the way this series sounds. Can't wait to read it. Thank you for the great giveaway.

  6. I have already read the first two in the series, can't wait for this one.