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Book CoverSandy M’s review of Hunting Julian (The Gatherers, Book 1) by Jacquelyn Frank
Paranormal Romance published by Kensington 29 Dec 09

Once I discovered how good Ms. Frank’s books are when I began reading her second series, The Shadowdwellers, I was determined to keep up with that series and anything new she has to offer in the future. She’s just too good to miss, as I’ve done with her debut series, The Nightwalkers. She has once again left me spellbound with this newest series and in awe of her talent.

Asia has been doing her own investigation on Julian Sawyer, a handsome playboy who she suspects of kidnapping and killing women, the latest victim her sister. She’s been the only one to put the pieces together and now she’s so close to proving her suspicions. Assuming the airs of the type of woman who attracts Julian, Asia puts her plan in motion, but she couldn’t be more surprised at the outcome when all is said and done.

Trying to save his colony and his people, Julian takes willing human women to his world where they are revered. As he’s forced to take Asia home with him when she learns too much, he realizes she’s his kindra, the one meant only for him. Now he has to make sure she acclimates to his world which is so very different from hers, fraught with danger at every step. Asia, however, doesn’t need anyone, especially a man as domineering as Julian, but she finds out very quickly she just may need him in this strange land where she has no choice but to leave her previous life and now make the best of things as an alien among stangers.

Since I began reading Ms. Frank’s Shadowdwellers series, I’ve been simply amazed at her imagination. She always gives readers something very different from the norm in paranormal romance. This new series is no exception. Julian’s world is several layers beneath the Earth’s crust, a world where one misstep will send someone spiraling to their death, a world that is ruled by energy and the beings who have learned how to harness it. Asia ends up doing quite well in his world due to her independence and defense training and, of course, Julian’s love when she finally lets it consume her.

This is another series I’ll be waiting for book by book to see what happens next. I have a feeling at this point every book or series Ms. Frank writes will be like that for a lot of readers out there. Each book is definitely worth the wait.

SandyMGrade: A+


As an Advocate for his colony, Julian Sawyer travels to Earth to bring back the Chosen—women who possess energy potent enough to help revitalize his people. The stunning, silver-clad beauty who strides into his club one night radiates a sensual magnetism unlike any he’s encountered, and Julian realizes that Asia Callahan is not just Chosen, she is his kindra: his one true mate.

For months, Asia has tracked the beautiful and mysterious Julian across the country, convinced that he’s behind the disappearance of her sister and a dozen other women. She’s prepared to believe he’s a ruthless killer, but when she presents herself as bait, she discovers that the truth is far more shocking. Taken to a strange, hazardous realm she never knew existed, Asia will face the ultimate choice—between abandoning the life she’s always known, and forsaking a passion as dangerous as it is powerful.

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