Taken on its own, 'The Renegade Hunter' is an enjoyable book. Jo Willan finds herself taking some fresh air at a party and is then unexpectedly attacked by an unknown man. She fights back but is soon rescued by another man, Nicholas Argeneau, who is on the run. Nicholas is a 'rogue', a vampire who has killed a mortal, and has been hiding from the hunters for fifty years.
But Nicholas recognises Jo as his lifemate and can't keep away, especially when Jo is being targetted by Ernie, another rogue. Nicholas tries to keep Jo safe which seems to involve them being on the run together. But why did Nicholas commit murder, and is there more to the story of his past than Jo or even he realises?
I enjoyed reading this story which focused very strongly on the relationship between Nicholas and Jo; they are together in almost every scene and we follow their conversations as they get to know each other. However I was left with the overwhelming feeling that, having read one Lynsay Sands Argeneau vampire series book, you've really read them all. The underlying story was very familiar and when lots of other vampire characters appeared in this book, along with their lifemates, I realised that I couldn't separate them in my mind - their stories had all merged, because they were so similar. I also found the end of the book rather disappointing as we aren't told what actually happened to Nicholas when he was found with the murdered woman; presumably this will be revealed in a future book but it meant that this one didn't feel complete.
Despite the large list of supporting vampire characters, the focus on Nicholas and Jo means that this book can be read by those who haven't read any others. In fact, with the repetitive nature of these stories, I think this book might work best for those new to the series - it's just too similar to the others to be enjoyed entirely.
Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2009