Review: Hunted by Ellie Ferguson
Ellie will be awarding a digital copy of her romantic suspense novel, Wedding Bell Blues to a randomly drawn commenter at each stop during the tour.
I like in the beginning of the second chapter when she’s worrying about what a cop would think because she doesn’t have a seatbelt on. Reminds me of the accident with my Sentra and my new glasses. I got rear ended and, though my car was totaled, I couldn’t stop worrying about my brand new glasses, which flew off my face in the accident.
In some ways, the book seems kind of flat, especially in the interpersonal relationships. But it makes up for it a bit with plot. I really liked the story. The story and the portrayal of shifters, though not overly original, was enjoyable.
The passion in the story is kind of lackluster. The author never really expresses the draw between the two adequately and the sex scenes leave much to be desired. Not “fade to black” and yet not gripping either. Too vulgar for the easily embarrassed but not enough for someone looking forward to those scenes. As they are, I feel like the author would have been better off writing the details leading up to each scene and omitting the rest. And this whole “completeness” thing seems so hollow, like its just words.
I liked the main character. I always like the tough-as-nails female leads. And I love her obsession with morning coffee, even though I don’t understand the appeal of the stuff myself. Brings a very human element to the story. I like the male lead as well. Alpha male without being too overbearing. Balances her strength to his own instead of being domineering.
Like with most novels, there were a few details that sort of threw me out of the story a bit. They make a plan to track her hunters using her cell phone, which they stole when they stole her bag. That’s all fine and good, but the plan requires her enemy (whom she knows the phone number for) calling the trackers on the stolen cell. This confused me for several reasons. Why couldn’t they just track the cell phone initially? You only need a modern phone (i.e. mandatory GPS chip) and that it be turned on for that. Why would her enemy call the trackers on the stolen cell phone? Why would he have the number and why wouldn’t he call them on their cell phones? Early on, she claims her only talent is drawing, and yet later on she’s suddenly a computer genius. When the author writes that she’s laying on her stomach, but prepping her “clavicle” for a tattoo. Clavicle (collar bone) is on your front. She was having the tattoo done on her shoulder blade (scapula). Also couldn’t figure out why everyone wanted to see her shift. I feel like that was never explained adequately.
Now, I fussed earlier about the romance and relationships in the story, but I will say this. I honestly felt like they were a good match, even if I felt the romance lacked some of the umph and fire usually seen in romance novels. For example, there’s a point where each tries to get the sister to promise to protect the other. They each care more about the other’s wellbeing and safety than their own. I loved that bit.
When Meg Finley’s parents died, the authorities classified it as a double suicide. Alone, hurting and suddenly the object of the clan’s alpha’s desire, her life was a nightmare. He didn’t care that she was grieving any more than he cared that she was only fifteen. So she’d run and she’d been running ever since. But now, years later, her luck’s run out. The alpha’s trackers have found her and they’re under orders to bring her back, no matter what.
Without warning, Meg finds herself in a game of cat and mouse with the trackers in a downtown Dallas parking garage. She’s learned a lot over the years but, without help, it might not be enough to escape a fate she knows will be worse than death. What she didn’t expect was that help would come from the local clan leader. But would he turn out to be her savior or something else, something much more dangerous?
About the Author
I’m older than 20 and younger than death and that’s all you’ll get from me about my age. After all, it’s not polite to ask a woman how old she is. I’m a mother, a daughter and was a wife. I’ve spent most of my life in the South and love to travel. The only problem with that is my dog always thinks I’ve abandoned him when I do and it takes weeks to reassure the poor thing and my cat resents the fact I came back before he could figure out a way to kill the dog and hide the body. My house is haunted — it is, really. I swear it. What else explains the table that plays music and the light that comes on by itself? — but it’s mine and I love it. Okay, I’m a little strange. But that makes life interesting.
If you enjoyed Hunted, please check out my other titles available through Naked Reader Press:
Free Surprise in Every Box (short story)
All she wanted was her morning coffee and sugar laden cereal. That’s all. Was it too much to ask? Instead, she gets the surprise of her life and a new appreciation for the thickest phone book she could find.