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Posted August 16, 2012 by Buffy Kennedy in All Reviews
 
 

Review: Hounded (Shifter Town Enforcement #1) by Sadie Hart

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TLDR Recap:

Lennox is a Hound from Idaho’s Shifter Town Enforcement, and she’s on a mission to arrest a lion-shifter. Without back up, she finds herself outnumbered by Kanon and Tegan and ends up believing Kanon’s innocence. None of them have any idea why he would be framed for murder, but they’re in big trouble that gets worse by the minute and they’re only way out is to work together. Along the way, all three of them discover an unrivaled passion, but it could lead them to ruin if they lose sight of the killer hot on their tails. Lennox will have to learn to trust beyond herself in order to survive the danger that lurks closer than she ever imagined. GraveTells recommends Hounded!

  • Title: Hounded
  • Series: Shifter Town Enforcement book 1
  • Author: Sadie Hart
  • Prominent Characters: Lennox, Tegan, and Kanon
  • Recommended Reader Age: 18+
  • Sexual Content Level: Strong

*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***

Thoughts:

Despite the serious danger that definitely lurked in the background at all times in the story, it was actually a fun book. I loved the banter among the characters, the world building was nice and progressive, character development had good depth, and story was well paced to keep constant interest. There’s a nice variety in the types of shifters, which is always nice, because shifters stories tend towards big cats or wolves a lot of the time. There’s also magic in the world making it a well rounded urban fantasy.

One thing that bugged me a little is that unless there’s a really good reason (and I’ll admit it was pretty good here), I kind of hate reading from the villain’s POV. It was a little aggravating at times, but for the most part, this author’s style definitely added a level of mystery and kept you guessing as to his identity until the moment he’s revealed to characters in the book. It was also disappointing that until the last few pages, there was actually little to no shifting, but there is still plenty of mention of the animals just beneath the surface to remind you what lurks under the skin of them all.

At first I was a little nervous about the romance aspect of the book. There are times where PDA and such were viewed so casually that it didn’t feel “special”. That gets better quickly though as the connection between Tegan, Kanon, and Lennox grows. There’s tons of sexual tension for a while, taking the anticipation up a notch, and it’s just… gloriously frustrating! When they finally get down to business, it’s worth the wait.

Memorable Quotes:

Sound logic to me…

“Kanon,” Tegan whispered, his voice drying up in his throat as Kanon rocked into him from behind. The tap water in the bathroom stopped.
“I figure if she reneges on our deal and turns me in, I might as well get you one last time.”
“It’s not going to happen.”
“Having you, or her breaking the deal?”
“She won’t break her word.” Tegan twisted his head around to press a kiss to the corner of Kanon’s lips. “And you always have me.”
Kanon gave a satisfied groan, and cuddled closer.
“You are not screwing each other outside that door.”
Kanon pressed another kiss to his pulse and then called out, teasing, “Not yet, honey, care to join?”

Yes, best to learn that early!

Then he slipped into the crowd behind Lennox and slowly angled his body around hers to steer her towards the bar. Her lips thinned a little, but he led her straight for the curve of marble countertop, pulling out a stool for her. Lennox neatly sidestepped and gestured to it. “Have a seat.”
She yanked out her own stool, a predatory flash in her eyes.
“All right, big girl can take care of herself. Gotcha.”

Again I say very sound logic!!

Melody grunted. “You can say that again. If you don’t take them up on their offer soon you’re not going to be allowed to blame me for straddling them in the middle of the night.”

If you liked Hounded…

If you enjoyed Hounded, you should check out Pride Mates by Jennifer Ashley. It’s also about a feline shifter in some legal trouble and the woman trying to help him gets herself and her companions in over their heads.

Another good one is The Woodcliff Shifter series by Jennifer Dellerman (starting with Shifting Positions). I’ve only read one of the books in the series, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It focuses on wolf shifters in a town where they’re able to live a pretty good life while keeping a low profile. It’s pretty light hearted with sweet and sensual romance to cap it off.

Final Thoughts:

This book is full of fun, suspense, blazing ménage, and heartwarming romance. Loyalty and the bonds of friendship are tested, leaving you on the edge of your seat through the last few chapters. GraveTells calls this a recommended read!

Rating: Hounded

Recommended



Buffy Kennedy

 
Soon to be author of the young adult Earthbound Angel series, with more to come for both adults and young adults. I'm 25 years old and married to my high school sweetheart. If you put 'sweet tooth for Skittles, Twizzlers, and fruit smoothies', 'book addict', 'music junkie', and just a dash of 'movie and TV craver' into a blender, you'd end up with me!