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The Hunt (Hunter's Mate) [Mass Market Paperback]

Anne Marsh
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1 Oct 2009 Hunter's Mate

No matter how they try to flee, the virgins who enter the twisting tunnels of the Guardians are destined to be caught. Actually, most don’t try too hard. The stories of warriors who can take on Cat form, of lovers who can make a woman scream with pleasure, are just too enticing.

But Miu is no virgin, and she’s joined the Hunt with her own agenda. After she steals the moonstone necklace she’s been sent for, she has no intention of becoming some Cat’s tasty morsel. Too late she discovers these Kitties have some deliciously kinky habits, and the dark hunter on her trail isn’t about to let impudent thievery go without punishment of the most exquisite kind.

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"Funny and explicit, THE HUNT will tempt the most finicky reader into an afternoon of reading delight." —Fresh Fiction

“The love scenes scorched the pages throughout the book.” —Book of Secrets

"This story is filled with submission, humor, and lots of excitement...an excellent read, from author Anne Marsh." —The Romance Studio

A 2010 RomCon Readers’ Crown finalist and Top Reader Rated book!

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Love-Spell,U.S.; Original edition (1 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 050552824X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0505528247
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 11 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,639,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A professional technical writer, Anne discovered that getting laid off was actually A Very Good Thing. While looking for her next writing gig, she picked up her pen (well, okay, she used her writing as an excuse to buy a new Apple laptop) and started writing. She soon discovered that writing was uncomfortably similar to sit-ups: add a few more crunches each day, wake up sore, but, by God, you will fit into that bikini. Or finish the book (she’s still working on the bikini). Now she cranks out software manuals during the daylight hours– and writes about alpha shapeshifters the rest of the time. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By sharon
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Miu is half demon, no virgin but a thief on her 100th job, the one that will release her & sister from the 'Master', but only after stealing the moonstone necklace from the catacombs of Temple of Anrub Ra. An alternate world, which houses warriors (who each have big cat form)who protect the temple & all treasures housed there & to dispatch with violence any that manage to get through the portals.....
For a cheesy smutty novel it has a better than average story line for this type of erotica - though she definately crosses more boundaries than others of this genre, that I must admit made me feel uncomfortable & cringe a little. So if you are uncomfortable with voyeurism, graphic sex, mild bondage & mild S&M maybe, it's not for you....it's all huge hunky tough guy's & cheeky, stroppy , female protagonist, with a thick sensual in your face on the verge of perverse under current, which happens fairly frequently throughout..

Her next release is called Bond with Me
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read: shifter novels, smokin' hot heroes and feisty heroines! Oh, my!! 29 Sep 2009
By Bookaholics Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
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The Hunt by Anne Marsh
Paranormal Romance- Sept. 29th, 2009
5 stars

The Hunt is a thrilling story that leads the reader in directions that are surprisingly unexpected and absorbing. The cast of characters are intriguing and the imaginative world and culture the author has created are captivating.

Miu is a beautiful thief, her powers with the moon make her an ideal candidate to steal the prized moon necklace from the Cat Temple. This attempt is suicidal but Miu is determined because the price of failure is her sister's life. But the only way to enter the Cat Temple is to participate as a bride of the Hunt. In the Hunt virgin females are given a dowry and in exchange are hunted by the Cat men as potential mate. Miu decides to pretend she is one of the many brides, it is the perfect way to disguise herself, steal the necklace and escape. She definitely doesn't want any mate must less one of the fierce Cats.

But Mui's arrogance makes her stand out among the crowd. The leader of the temple orders Jafar, one of his most trusted Guardians to find out what mischief she is up to. And that is when trouble and passion collide! Jafar has already spotted Mui and although he is intensely attracted to her he doesn't want any female especially after the last female he picked endangered the temple. Jafar follows Mui but because he doesn't have the usual Cat men markings she mistakes him for a mercenary. (Jafar is a special Guardian that protects a hidden doorway to a dangerous world.) As the 2 become close Mui realizes Jafar has deceived her and although she has grown to enjoy his company she must finish her quest no matter the cost. But Mui doesn't count on Jafar's possessive nature and steely determination. Because he has other ideas and they all involve Mui!

I fell in love with this story and its characters! I loved the gutsy heroine and the very sexy, alpha male. The relationship between the main characters was much hotter than I expected. I really enjoyed how the hero stood by Miu. Miu is a tough character who is confident in herself and extremely focused. I liked her strong personality but as a consequence Miu has never had anyone who she could lean on before. I especially enjoyed the sections where Miu grows to trust and believe in Jafar. And readers, Jafar is irresistible! His protective and `animalistic' side which made me wish I was his mate instead of Mui! Jafar defends Mui but he is no one's fool. I liked how he recognized Miu's worth and believed in her even when she was unsure about herself. Miu never had a chance! As she slowly lets Jafar see her vulnerable side, their developing love and respect are a true joy to read. As a side note, Anne Marsh has written equally interesting secondary characters and I would especially like to know more about the darkly tormented Hebon. (Hint!)

The Hunt is: original, imaginative and surprisingly sensual. I am crossing my fingers that this is only the first in the series of Cat Guardian books. (I can't believe this is her first book!) This is a must read for paranormal fans especially those who love: shifter novels, smokin' hot heroes and feisty heroines!

Reviewed by Steph from the Bookaholics Romance Book Club
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lovin' Me Some Werecats! 17 Aug 2010
By VampFanGirl - Published on Amazon.com
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The Plot:

The Guardians: mythical Werecats that guard an ancient temple high above the Valley. In exchange for their protection from a dark evil, the inhabitants of the Valley send their virgin daughters to the Guardians to participate in the annual Hunt. There the females scamper like white mice through the temple's dark catacombs awaiting the pounce of a Cat and the opportunity to slake their primal lust. Some of the women will stay and become mates while others will surface with an accompanying dowry. But some, sadly, will perish in the temple's dark depths for it's said that a great many of treasures lie deep below and any thief caught poaching will never again greet the surface. Miu is one such thief but with a desperate motive of life or death rather than mere greed.

Deliver the necklace or Lore dies. Period. Not an idle threat, Miu is more than desperate to do as told by the Master since her sister's life most definitely hangs in balance. Utilizing her moon daemon half as well as being armed with a map of the temple's catacombs, Miu runs in the Hunt with every intention of not getting caught by some randy Cat. She's here to pull a job and while circumstances conjure sexual thoughts, she'll just have to combat her suddenly raging hormones. That is until a particularly handsome mercenary decides she needs a bodyguard with extra benefits.

A Guardian on a mission, Jafar is sent by the temple's leader Amun Ra to discover what this particular little female is up to since it's obvious that she's not typical of the sort that participates in the Hunt. Sure enough, Jafar's little Miu leads him on a merry chase through the catacombs guided shockingly by a map thus igniting all sorts of dangerous questions. Who was able to create such a map of the heavily guarded temple? What is Miu searching for? And the most important question of all: why does Miu stir up a raging primal possession within his Cat? Seizing the opportunity to try and gain Miu's trust to procure the answers he seeks, Jafar doesn't correct her mistaken assumption that he's not a Guardian because he lacks the facial tattoos that claim his race.

When the Cat's out of the bag (pun intended) Miu feels betrayed but accepting of the fact that Jafar lied about being a Guardian. It's expected that all men lie and Jafar merely proved himself to be no exception. It's no surprise then to Miu either when Jafar bargains with her that in exchange for being his "docile" mate, he'll help her escape the temple and the Guardians with the necklace she seeks as well as save her sister. More than desperate, Miu resigns to her fate and accepts the bargain all the while telling herself that the deep seeded desire she feels for Jafar has no bearing whatsoever on her decision. Uh yeah, keeping telling yourself that sister! *wink* But truly, Jafar has a lot to make up for in Miu's eyes and he spends the rest of novel defying and destroying all of Miu's beliefs where males are concerned when finally, while gripping a dead body and suspended over a dark tube leading inevitably towards death, Miu accepts that she loves her Cat. But can that love save Jafar? The Guardians are after him for his betrayal. He chose Miu over them then proceeded to sully that betrayal even more when he stole their necklace. All of which he'll be mortally punished for if Miu doesn't come up with a plan quick, one that might miraculously save them both and grant them a much deserved Happily Ever After.

The Heroine:

A consistent character, Miu's bravery, stubbornness, and vital sarcasm never weavers from beginning to end. Instead her character growth boils down to trust. Bred on survival, the only being she trusts is herself. But when faced with Jafar, Miu is thrown through a loop. Her instincts war within her and while Jafar proves his loyalty time and again, Miu's heart demands the ultimate sacrifice. Interestingly enough, it comes down to Miu making that sacrifice. Not unlike the fact that no one has ever done anything for Miu without their own personal gain, Miu herself has operated under that same thought until Jafar. For the first time in her life she sacrifices herself for another, so that he - Jafar - can live.

The Hero:

Jafar is a gentleman through and through. Sure he's got some skeletons in the closet and yes he's killed countless times, all in the name of protection and the destruction of evil of course, but in essence, Jafar's just a good guy with a good heart.

While he's had some bad luck with the fairer sex, it doesn't hold him back from wanting to protect Miu. She immediately tugs at his heart strings and he's soon wrapped around her finger. Brave, courageous and determined, he never gives up on winning Miu's trust even though she makes him work damn hard for it. Any man willing to turn his back on his leader and his brothers, to give up the life he knows all to save one slip of a girl he barely knows makes him a definite keeper. Thank goodness Miu figures that out.

My Thoughts:

THE HUNT, while a superbly entertaining action romance, left some unfortunate confusion in its wake. Let's start with the setting, does it take place in some alternate Egyptian reality or on a seperate planet all together? My confusion on this knew no bounds and I blame it on the mention of such names as Amun Ra and Jafar as well as elemental magic and the sparkle of treasure. All of which painted an Aladdin landscape that I had diffuclty dispelling. Further research uncovered that yes, THE HUNT does take place on another planet. This was discovered after locating the single, one and only sentence of this fact mentioned in the first chapter...

Then there was the lack of information regarding character aspects, the most glaring being Jafar's lack of Guardian facial markings. I waited endlessly as for why but discovered that while its convenient for the plot, the reason was never unveiled to my knowledge. Obviously not too determinental to the plot but for me, the lack left lingering questions.

And finally, I was more than shocked that Miu risks her life time and again for her sister but in the end, we never meet her. Instead she's rapidly wisked away at a pivital moment with nary a description. Why? Why go through all this trouble and continuous near death experiences just to end the book with no resolution between the two women? This above everthing gave me the most pause.

In summary, THE HUNT is a fun and fast paced action adventure. Its a great summer vacation read that gives just the right amount of entertainment to hurry along an otherwise slow afternoon. As debuts go, its pretty damn good but for this seasoned reader and reviewer, the questions never ceased.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Has It's Moments of Fun (B- Grade) 6 Nov 2009
By Katie Babs - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Miu is on a dangerous mission to steal a precious necklace that is hidden somewhere in the temple of Amun Ra. The temple is overrun with Guardian warriors who can turn into feral cats at a moment's notice. Miu is so daring because she is a thief who is under control of Lierr who holds Miu's sister captive. Miu has a week to bring the necklace to Lierr or he will make her sister suffer. Miu is going to have a very difficult time because the only way for her to enter the temple is to participate in the bride hunt. For the hunt, virgin females are given a dowry and are hunted by the Guardians, and if caught they will be their mates. Miu is no virgin, but she's good at pretending to be something she's not. She thinks if she pretends to be a hapless virgin, she will have an easier time in locating the necklace.

Because Miu is too cocky for her own good, she catches the eye of Amun Ra who rules over the temple and the Guardians. He thinks Miu is up to no good and orders Jafar, a much skilled Guardian, to keep an eye on her. Jafar isn't too thrilled with the babysitting job. But as he stalks her in the shadows, his inner cat calls out for Miu, as it would if it spotted his mate. Jafar doesn't want Miu as his mate, even though he protects and helps her get out of scrapes as she roams the dangerous winding tunnels.

Miu mistakenly thinks Jafar is another thief Lierr sent in case she wasn't successful. She offers a compromise and Jafar goes along with her. But then Miu finds the necklace and if caught, her crime is punishable by death. Jafar has fallen hard for Miu and the only way he can keep her safe and alive is to make her his mate and bond with her for all eternity.

The Hunt takes place in an alternative universe that is very reminiscent of Dara Joy's past romances. The men here are very alpha and sex-driven and the women, such as Miu, are no-nonsense and prickly. I let out a few chuckles because Miu really does keep Jafar on his toes and annoys him so much that he doesn't know what to do with her because she is always outwitting him. These two are very strong-willed but also stubborn. Because of that they get into more problems than they could have ever imagined. Watching Miu try to talk her way out of things was one of the reasons to keep reading.

The lust Miu and Jafar act upon wasn't as heated as I thought it would be. The buildup between them has its moments, but when they finally quench their desire for one another, I found it to be a bit flat. There are more than a few sex scenes here but they just didn't excite. I was more interested in how Miu was going to rescue her sister and the banter she shares back and forth with Jafar.

Anne Marsh has some nice world building in The Hunt, but at times I couldn't figure out if she was trying for a dark, angsty read or a more lighthearted one. For a freshman novel I would say the author has done an acceptable job. I would be interested in seeing possible future books that take place in this world Ms. Marsh has created. I think Ms. Marsh has some great potential as a paranormal romance author who can build up a fan base.

The Hunt has some fun moments with a hero and heroine who make a great team, even though they drive each other crazy.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very HOT !!! 6 Oct 2009
By C. Stone - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Fantastic!! Paranormal romance. This was great. I wasnt expecting much from this novel. A good shifter romance. I was surprised and in a good way which is why I gave it 4 stars. Miu is a thief sent to steal a charmed necklace from the Cat People. Jafar is no ordinary Cat man. He is a guardian especially assigned to protect the treasures of the Cat People and to guard a doorway against evil demons. This was a great 1st book by Anne Marsh. Miu is a heroine that you can love. While her actions to save her sister make her rash at times you have to see how sincere she is about rescuing her sister. Jafar is a sensuos hero that teams up with Miu in her efforts. Dont want to give up to much of the story but a worth read that will keep you engaged from the great beginning to the fulfilling ending. My only downside is that it is short. Only about 280 pages
4.0 out of 5 stars exciting romantic fantasy 3 Oct 2009
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
At the Temple of Amun-Ra, Miu hesitantly enters the tunnels. Her quest is to save her sister and to complete a loyalty pledge she made to her employer the thief master Lierr. She must steal a powerful moonstone necklace from the crypt and escape the legendary Guardian warriors who are said to be shapeshifters; although she believes they are mortal warriors only everything she heard is no female ever escaped THE HUNT.

Jafar the Guardian notices Miu and concludes she will prove to be a pest as she refuses to undergo the standard virginity test. Amun-Ra orders Jafar to follow Miu to learn why she is here confident and disobedient unlike the other frightened females. Jafar does not know how much trouble she causes as he catches her stealing a necklace and begins to believe she is his mate, but she deserves a stiff penalty as he was betrayed once before by a female.

The moment Miu breaks the laws by entering the tunnels this exciting romantic fantasy gets its claws into the audience who go in with her and never let's go until the final confrontation with Amun-Ra. The key to the Marsh mythos is realm of THE HUNT seems genuine as the author provides enough lore interwoven nicely into the (too many) subplots for readers to believe in its existence. With a nod to Egyptian mythology and a strong support cast, fans will cheer on the lead pair through action to the nth degree while each has doubts about a relationship between them.

Harriet Klausner
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