By: Kait Ballenger
Publish Date: April 1, 2014
Publisher: HQN Books (Harlequin)
Format: eARC, 268pg
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: 2nd book in Execution Underground series; 0.5 Novella ~ Shadow Hunter (in After Dark), 1st Book ~ Twilight Hunter
Recommendation: Yes, you'll follow David and Allsun now. See what happens to them. A romance in a paranormal world.
Hunters of the supernatural, the Execution Underground are an elite group tasked with protecting humanity...but at what price?
As an exorcist, David Aronowitz grew up the target of demonic assassins. Now he’s a member of the Execution Underground and hellspawn everywhere fear his name. But when a demon slips into the seductive body of the only woman he’s ever loved,
David must confront the heartbreak of their past to save her. The piece of her heart Allsún O’Hare gave to David so long ago left her trapped between two worlds: the Fae and the human. And when David comes to her rescue, fate reunites her with her greatest temptation—and her biggest mistake.
Now, as they’re swept together into a wicked game with the demon who controls her, David must decide if saving Allsún’s life is worth sacrificing his own—and the future of humanity itself.
David Aronowitz unsheathed his dagger and steadied the weapon.
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Rochester's demons are never as quiet as they have been since the child's murder two weeks ago. Now they are stirring again, possessing and killing young children. David knows they are up to something. David is on the hunt for the demon that possessed the doctor caring for his ex-fiance who's laying in a coma for nearly a month now, after the events of Twilight Hunter. Demon's being the chatty bunch, David fears the demon after Allsun already told others of her. Meaning her secret is out. Allsun wakes and her fae instincts kick into overdrive. She is compelled to save someone from the demon attacking, so no other will have to suffer as she did. The past of trying to protect the other haunts David and Allsun.
This second book in the Execution Underground series focuses on David and Allsun. We meet both of them in Twilight Hunter. We do see the other hunters around David as well. Jace and Frankie from Twilight Hunter along with those in their group. We do get to see how Jace and Frankie are doing being that Jace and David are such good friends, and Allsun and Frankie too.
David's an exorcist professional and demon's hate it. David feels the pain in his damaged leg is justified for what Allsun lived through, and for failing her. We know much of David and his reasons, or thinking, as to what happened between him and Allsun. David will do anything to keep Allsun save. Anything. Allsun carries her reasons for leaving close to her, secrets she keeps tight from all.
Allsun is the last fae creature outside the Isle of Apples. Fae are demon's only true natural enemy. Allsun has her own internal demons to fight. Especially with David so close. Demons on her trail leave her with one thought, return to the fae home. But Allsun needs the half of her light she gave away, and there's only one way to get it back. Allsun doesn't think she can do it, not with the feelings she still has.
This was a quick read for me. A pleasure read. The story is a romance of rekindling love set in a paranormal world, which brings dangers and draws lives together. A light romance read to curl up with. The demon attacks are rough, but draw on things within David and Allsun to bring out something they need to discuss. But it's great seeing them work together, both with the power that makes them special and super in the field of demon exorcism.