Taming the Hunter by Michele Hauf

The vivid imagination of Michele Hauf once again took me on an extraordinary journey into her world of the paranormal, where those beings that supposedly do not exist seem so real. In her new series called Decadent Dames, four witches run a brewery in Anoka, Minnesota, an actual place known for how it celebrates Halloween. TAMING THE HUNTER has plenty of humor for which Ms. Hauf is well known, and her characters come across as particularly genuine every time they make an appearance. I loved the supernatural aspects in the story, while the romance is convincing and often touched me on various levels.

Since he is a scientist, Dane Winthur enjoys his present career choice working for a group called the Agency. The organization collects information about possible paranormal activity, and he uses his scientific knowledge to prove whether certain weapons actually have supernatural capabilities associated with them or if they do not. When the hunt for a dagger with a personal connection to him is located, Dane goes to Anoka, Minnesota to learn the truth about the weapon.

There is a delay in inspecting the dagger, so Dane spends his first free night in the city by attending a winter festival. Some of the liquid refreshment is provided by the Decadent Dames brewery, which is owned by four witches. One of them is Eryss Norling, a woman who is hoping for a good future in this lifetime. She has experienced numerous lives in the past, and the same man has been there with her every time. Eryss begins to think Dane could be the one meant for her in this lifetime, yet worries if they could ever get along because of his beliefs. But she feels he is worth the risk to her heart.

One of the things I enjoy about Michele Hauf’s books is the fact that characters from her previous releases are often featured. It is wonderful to revisit some beloved individuals, and their presence still adds to your reading pleasure if they have not been met before. This story contains two werewolves whom I truly adore. Several details pertaining to the witches make them distinctive, yet their behavior had me thinking they could easily be living next door. What is going on in the lives of Dane and Eryss is also very cleverly conceived and executed. Tension associated with what will happen to them gradually builds as the story progresses, and I became extremely anxious about their fate before all was finally revealed. The dagger’s part in their lives is especially intriguing.

TAMING THE HUNTER is believable at all times. Whether something paranormal is going on or the relationship between Dane and Eryss is being explored, I felt as though the situation could really take place.  Ms. Hauf has a way of making her paranormal stories seem like fact instead of fiction, and her first Decadent Dames story is entertainingly realistic. I really liked Dane and Eryss from the moment each was met, and how these two interacted with one another had me wanting them to find happiness together. Both are very appealing, and they are witty yet sensitive to the needs of the other. When a new challenge came into their lives, I got insight into their personalities. I am counting down the days until the next book comes out.

I voluntarily reviewed the book and all comments are my honest opinion

Series:  Decadent Dames

Publisher:  Harlequin Nocturne

Releases:  May 1, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/lhllzfu

Genre:  Paranormal

Author website:  http://www.michelehauf.com/

Rating:  5 Stars

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