Harm no human…
A hired gunslinger, William Jessup Brady lived his life with one foot in the grave. He believed that every life had a price. Until the day when he finally found a reason to live. In one single act of brutal betrayal, he lost everything, including his life. Brought back by a Greek goddess to be one of her Dark-Hunters, he gave his immortal soul for vengeance and swore he’d spend eternity protecting the humans he’d once considered prey.
Orphaned as a toddler, Abigail Yager was taken in by a family of vampires and raised on one belief—Dark-Hunters are the evil who prey on both their people and mankind, and they must all be destroyed. While protecting her adoptive race, she has spent her life eliminating the Dark-Hunters and training for the day when she meeting the man who killed her family: Jess Brady.
A gun in the hand is worth two in the holster…
Jess has been charged with finding and terminating the creature who’s assassinating Dark-Hunters. The last thing he expects to find is a human face behind the killings, but when that face bears a striking resemblance to the one who murdered him centuries ago, he knows something evil is going on. He also knows he’s not the one who killed her parents. But Abigail refuses to believe the truth and is determined to see him dead once and for all.
Brought together by an angry god and chased by ancient enemies out to kill them both, they must find a way to overcome their mutual hatred or watch as one of the darkest of powers rises and kills both the races they’ve sworn to protect.
(Terra's Thoughts) This was such a delicious treat and I waited ever so long but ooh......it was worth it. The story has a Western US flair that includes more new creepies that what we've seen in previous books. A drawing on the Native American myths and legends gave this the oomph that it needed.
Jess Brady was a notorious killer back in his day. He was probably as bad if not worse than Billy the Kid. He trusted no one until along comes a woman who sees only the good in him and this gives Jess the daring to take the chance at trying to have a normal life. We all know how this one is going to go though don't we.
Abby Yager is a beautiful young thing with a chip on her shoulder and a vendetta twice as big as the Grand Canyon. Having seen her dear mama killed at a young age and then being kidnapped by the Dark Hunters enemies puts Abby in a pickle. Who do you believe when being told one thing but you could swear you seen something different? Who do you believe when presented with the supposed truth by those who kidnapped you but have been the only stability in your life for so many years? Abby has to make a choice between those she's loved for so long and the one man that she instantly falls in love with. A choice between dark and darker, evil vs. mega evil. Can she do the right thing?
I loved the way Sherrilyn Kenyon brought in legends and myths from the Old West and from Native Americans of that area. I found it quite refreshing to have a bit of something different while still running hard with the Dark Hunter story line. They say variety is the spice of life and this is so true with this story. Variety is what gives it the spice and a wonderful life of it's own.
What we have come to love with our beloved Dark Hunters is brought forward with lustre. Action packed with creepies galore, sizzling sex that will ignite that stick of dynamite in Jess's pants along with so much more keeps this fan happy as a pea. I can't wait to see what comes up next as I'm loving the little changes to the original theme.
Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (August 2, 2011)