His Darkest Hunger Mass Market Paperback – Mar 9 2010
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“Fantastic, fresh world--impossible to put down.” (#1 New York Times bestseller Christine Feehan)
“Christine Feehan’s fans will devour this steamy paranormal treat. Juliana Stone rocks!” (Ann Aguirre, national bestselling author of Doubleblind and Blue Diablo)
Jaxon has raised my darkest hunger for more of Juliana Stone’s intriguing, sexy heroes!” (Eve Silver)
Newcomer Stone wastes no time establishing her ability to tell an enthralling story. Passions run dark and deep in this tale. Stone introduces a world that holds plenty of treachery, ensuring lots of danger and heart-stopping adventure. Can’t wait for the next installment. (Romantic Times BOOKclub)
Interesting mythological lore, intense action & attention to detail set this book apart. (Fresh Fiction)
From the Back Cover
Jaxon Castille: jaguar shifter, warrior, assassin. He has long hungered for the chance to make his former lover, Libby Jamieson, pay for her deadly betrayal. After three long years he's finally found her. The hunt is over . . .
But the Libby that he finds is not what he expected. She has no memory of their tumultuous affair, of her treachery, of anything beyond her own name. A shadowy and deadly clan has marked them both for death, and in an instant, he game changes: the hunter has become the hunted.
On the run, with the ghosts of their past between them and a dark, desperate hunger quickly reclaiming their bodies and souls, Libby and Jaxon must discover the truth behind the dark forces working against them. Together, they must grab hold of a destiny that has the power to either heal them or destroy them.
But the truth is far more shattering than anyone could imagine . . .See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
This is the first Juliana Stone book I have read. His Darkest Hunger is a shifter suspense story. The first 120 pages or so cover the back story for the book and in my opinion should have been edited down. I found there was a lot of repetition that just did not need to be there. It also caused confusing for the Libby/Jaxon relationship. First he hates her, then she hates him. I found them wishy washy. The suspense portions of the book were where Stone really excelled. When she got into the groove of the suspense plot I was riveted. The underlying story was good. Libby and Jaxon are on the hunt for the men that kidnapped and tortured her for three years. They also stole something much more important from Libby that may just destroy her. His Darkest Hunger had all the right elements and parts of the book are great, but wading through the rest made for slow going overall. The ending had a couple of really great twists to it that I did not see coming - which I loved - and it does end in a cliff hanger. I think Stone has great potential in the suspense genre and I will be giving His Darkest Embrace a try.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Fairly good action scenes
Fairly decent writing - a little too much prose at times
Good world building
The Bad - The Improbable & Unbelievable
After knowing that the lead female protagonist has been tortured for a good length of time, the other characters ignore it and proceed to treat her worse than a prisoner at times (at least most prisoneers taken by the good guys can expect to be fed at times.)
There was some plain lust scenes but they stretch the limit of believability - not because of the position or anything kinky - but considering that Libby is dealing with broken ribs and is in pain most of the time (mentioned quite frequently) - it seemed rather improbable.
I got the impression that the sex scenes were added so that the book could be considered a romance.
The Downright Ugly - Where's the Love?
The story revolves around the central theme that the hero hates the heroine (because he feels that she betrayed him) and then the heroine turns around and hates the hero because of what she had to endure because of him.
While it was an interesting concept - so much negative emotions between the two characters all the way to almost the very end of the story - made the "romance" part feel fake! Even in a Sci-Fi or PR, you can only suspend your belief so much.
After so much hate, mistrust and downright cruel treatment between the two main protagonists - the so call HEA felt contrived and abrupt.
If you are interested in a paranormal/shifter story with pretty good action scenes - maybe you might enjoy this novel - but don't except any real romance to be involved.
Deciding to face Libby before he kills her he soon realizes she has no idea who he is, she is poor health and something is very wrong. When a sniper takes a shot at him in the diner while he confronts Libby, Jaxon realizes he has been set up and he is the target. He also realizes that his feelings for Libby are far more complicated than the anger and hatred he's harbored the past three years. Instead of killing Libby, he takes her to his compound where he assembles his former teammates to track down and discover who has put out a hit on him and what it has to do with Libby.
Juliana Stone has written a story that truly encompasses the saying, "There's a thin line between love and hate." Jaxon is angry to the point of hatred toward Libby but at the same time is fighting his physical attraction to her. Disgusted when his body responds her to, he becomes angry and at times takes his frustrations of his own weaknesses out on her. He seems torn between his dedication to vengeance and romantic feelings he thought died with Libby's betrayal.
Libby also feels some attraction to Jaxon, but has no idea if they had a relationship in the past. She is confused by Jaxon's hot and cold behavior as he rides a range of emotions from lust and occasional tenderness to anger and animosity. She seems to think he is the key to helping her regain her memory and is basically at his mercy. She feels herself being drawn to him, but then put off by his conflicting behavior.
Once Libby begins to regain her memory and the true circumstances of her betrayal and disappearance come to light, not only must Jaxon face his enemies but also the deeper feelings for Libby he has masked with his anger for so long. However with the return of Libby's memories comes the strength and determination of her former self. Jaxon is not the only one with enemies and she must find a way to face her enemies and to reclaim something taken from her far more precious than her own life.
Although the sexy Jaxon is pure alpha male, and quite a hero, Libby steps up as an amazing heroine in His Darkest Hunger. Based on her behavior early on in the story, I thought I'd be reading a story with a helpless heroine needing to be saved by the big aggressive alpha. However Libby is revealed as a strong, capable and very likeable heroine that does a little saving of her own. She and Jaxon become a very nice compliment to each other as they battle their enemies, realize things are not always as they seem, and discover a love that runs deeper than either of them ever knew.
The action is fast paced and the fight scenes are exciting with a nice mix of hand to hand combat and magic. What I really liked is although there is plenty of alpha male goodness, it's the women who really step up and kick ass when it counts. Go girls!
His Darkest Hunger is an exciting, sexy, fast paced tale of love and betrayal. Juliana Stone has created a dangerous and interesting paranormal world with characters that are flawed, but redeemable that will leave you looking forward to the next book in the series.
I like shape shifters, so the Jaguar shifting Jaxon was right up my alley. At the start of the story the shattered Libby inspires a great deal of sympathy for what she suffered and Libby becomes even more interesting as she goes through a dramatic transition/recovery, but Libby is so focused on her goals that she definitely has TSL moments.
The rest of the supporting cast offers a great deal of potential for future books - more shifters (jaguars and eagles), a mage and a vampire. With all the good stuff going on I expected to like His Darkest Hunger more but I thought the writing style was a bit on the dramatic adjective heavy side and the ending felt kind of abrupt (like "here's the HEA get those leads out of here so that we can get on to the next book"), so the book ended up more on the OK side.
Our heroine Libby Jamieson is a waitress. Well, at least she has been for the last two months. Before that? She finds that she can't really remember anything from her past. Yet, her former lover Jaxon Castille knows. Libby once worked with him on a team known as PATU (Paranormal Anti-Terrorist Unit). Their affair had been something that affected them both deeply, but then Jaxon discovered Libby betrayed their unit on a mission and played a significant part in the death of his cousin Diego. It has been three years since Libby and Jaxon have seen each other and he has only one thing on his mind: Libby's death. He has been order by PATU to assassinate Libby and after their rocky past, he is happy to enact his revenge. Little does he know, Libby has absolutely no idea who Jaxon is.
Jaxon realizes something isn't right and delays ending Libby's life until he can figure out what it is...or until Libby receives her memory back. It doesn't help matters that now someone if after them, wanting to kill them. Is there a higher power at work against them? Jaxon reunites the PATU team to find out, and together they realize nothing is what it seems. The more time Jaxon spends with Libby, the more his feelings for her emerge. He also realizes there is more to Libby's betrayal and the reason she has no memory, something no one ever expected.
The twists and turns throughout this story are why it's a fantastic read. His Darkest Hunger is the kind of book you pick up and don't put down until you finish. If you love paranormal and shape shifters, chances are you will enjoy this irresistible novel. It's an original story that grabs you in the beginning and pulls you along for a perilous, emotional adventure. The silent, heartfelt connection between the main characters will give you chills and bewitch you with its sincerity.
Libby was such an interesting character. The first half of the book she has no memory of her past, which is why Jaxon initially frightens and terrifies her. She doesn't understand how Jaxon could be so angry with her, why it feels like they have a past, and the reason she feels such a magnetic attraction to him. The point where she reclaims her memories is a true moment to behold. She transforms into a brazen, confident force of strength. Nothing and no one will stand in her way.
Jaxon is the alpha hero you have no choice but to swoon over. You can't help but find his macho, kick-butt attitude as the ultimate turn on. He mentality is to shoot first and asks questions later. All of this is why his attraction to Libby is so disconcerting. Libby shakes up his entire world, and while Jaxon wants nothing more than to hate her, he can't ignore his reaction to her. Jaxon is the loner who thinks he can never give his heart to any woman because it would be too dangerous. Which is ironic because Jaxon never appears to be intimidated by anything or anyone. He can take out any obstacle in his way except the woman who holds his heart.
The story is mysterious at first and action packed until the end. Libby and Jaxon share a past and a passion that both of them have to work to overcome. At times, it's a painful story filled with plenty of heartache because of the obstacles theses two individuals go through. Jaxon shuts himself off from his feelings for Libby because of her betrayal. When Libby has no memory of her past, she feels vulnerable, alone and scared. This is a novel about both people changing for the better, but first they have to face the truth and their feelings for each other.
Overall Rating: 4/5
Heat Level: 4/5
Lisa @ Once Upon A Chapter