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This Halloween, love bites back… hard. Chastity Adofo knows a monster when she sees one. As soon as Luke Anthony wanders into her family’s coffee shop, she recognises the evil lurking beneath his charming smile and fantastic arse. The handsome werewolf is determined to have her—but she’s determined to cut out his heart. Little does she know, Luke’s plans for her are far mo This Halloween, love bites back… hard. Chastity Adofo knows a monster when she sees one. As soon as Luke Anthony wanders into her family’s coffee shop, she recognises the evil lurking beneath his charming smile and fantastic arse. The handsome werewolf is determined to have her—but she’s determined to cut out his heart. Little does she know, Luke’s plans for her are far more pleasurable than murder. And when the full moon rises, all bets are off… Warning: Mating the Huntress is 30,000+ words of red-hot, Halloween-themed romance. This novella contains one flirtatious, cursed creature of the night, one badass, knife-happy heroine, and forbidden lust at first sight. Please read responsibly!


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This Halloween, love bites back… hard. Chastity Adofo knows a monster when she sees one. As soon as Luke Anthony wanders into her family’s coffee shop, she recognises the evil lurking beneath his charming smile and fantastic arse. The handsome werewolf is determined to have her—but she’s determined to cut out his heart. Little does she know, Luke’s plans for her are far mo This Halloween, love bites back… hard. Chastity Adofo knows a monster when she sees one. As soon as Luke Anthony wanders into her family’s coffee shop, she recognises the evil lurking beneath his charming smile and fantastic arse. The handsome werewolf is determined to have her—but she’s determined to cut out his heart. Little does she know, Luke’s plans for her are far more pleasurable than murder. And when the full moon rises, all bets are off… Warning: Mating the Huntress is 30,000+ words of red-hot, Halloween-themed romance. This novella contains one flirtatious, cursed creature of the night, one badass, knife-happy heroine, and forbidden lust at first sight. Please read responsibly!

30 review for Mating the Huntress

  1. 5 out of 5

    K.J. Charles

    This was pure utter glee. Get it right now. I am not a PNR reader generally because I have strong opinions about a couple of the most beloved tropes, namely that werewolves/vampires are sexy rather than horrific bloodthirsty monsters (don't @ me), and the whole fated mates thing, which I find creepy and disturbing on a number of levels. I dislike these things so much that I hesitated for like ten seconds about getting this book even though it's Talia Hibbert. Fortunately, I had faith. a) He's a This was pure utter glee. Get it right now. I am not a PNR reader generally because I have strong opinions about a couple of the most beloved tropes, namely that werewolves/vampires are sexy rather than horrific bloodthirsty monsters (don't @ me), and the whole fated mates thing, which I find creepy and disturbing on a number of levels. I dislike these things so much that I hesitated for like ten seconds about getting this book even though it's Talia Hibbert. Fortunately, I had faith. a) He's a proper werewolf. He turns into a slavering murder biped with backwards knees and claws, and eats people's faces. Thank you. b) The fated mate business is handled superbly. Luke's drooling adoration, causing him to regard Chastity's efforts to murder him as an endearing quirk, is pure hilarity, but what really works is the fact that even though there is Overwhelming Need for Paranormal Sexytimes...Chastity still gets to choose. And she thinks. And she says no sometimes, and Luke listens. He listens to everything she says because his desire for her isn't a need to 'possess' her, it's a longing for her be happily with him, and even amid the fated-mateyness he knows perfectly well that's solely hers to give, not his to take. c) It's hilarious, with so many laugh-out-loud lines. One of the funniest books I've read in ages. I could have read Luke's hapless admiration of Chastity's extreme violence at three times the length. A joy, do not miss out.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Meags

    4.5 Stars Look, if you’re a romance reader and you haven’t read a Talia Hibbert book yet, do yourself a favour and get on it! This woman is like a glitter-dusted unicorn and a fierce battle clad Pegasus combined – she’s that f*cking magnificent. Not only is her writing strong and her stories effortlessly engaging (not matter the genre), but her characters are some of the absolute best in the romance genre today. In Mating the Huntress, Hibbert tries her hand at paranormal romance, mixing her own w 4.5 Stars Look, if you’re a romance reader and you haven’t read a Talia Hibbert book yet, do yourself a favour and get on it! This woman is like a glitter-dusted unicorn and a fierce battle clad Pegasus combined – she’s that f*cking magnificent. Not only is her writing strong and her stories effortlessly engaging (not matter the genre), but her characters are some of the absolute best in the romance genre today. In Mating the Huntress, Hibbert tries her hand at paranormal romance, mixing her own werewolf lore with the enemies-to-lovers trope and a tasty fated mates theme. Needless to say, she nailed it. With a fierce and capable female lead in Chastity and a love-struck werewolf hero in Luke, Hibbert delivered a perfectly matched mismatched pair in these two extremely likeable characters. Most importantly – at least for me – this story was funny AF! In fewer than 140 pages I highlighted at least 16 times – I would have done more but I was trying to rein myself in. I laughed a good deal, and not in a dainty, attractively polite giggle kind of way, but in a snort until you dribble kind of way. I was particularly tickled by Luke’s dreamy-eyed reaction when Chastity initially tried to kill him. The fact he was more in awe than ever when his woman proved all powerful and got all knife-happy was endlessly entertaining. I really hope Hibbert decides to write more PNR because she has an obvious knack for it. This novella proved to be a seriously fun and steamy read, and I’m certain this will be a favoured re-read of mine in the future. READ IT!

  3. 4 out of 5

    destiny ♎ [howling libraries]

    Most of you are surely already aware of how much I love Talia’s writing in general, but her stories are usually contemporary romance—which she excels at, don’t get me wrong, but I’ve been in such a paranormal mood lately that, when I heard she was releasing her first ever paranormal romance novella, I was freaking pumped. They were fated, after all. They were written in the stars. Mating the Huntress is a short little story about a woman from a family of werewolf hunters, who’s in for quite a Most of you are surely already aware of how much I love Talia’s writing in general, but her stories are usually contemporary romance—which she excels at, don’t get me wrong, but I’ve been in such a paranormal mood lately that, when I heard she was releasing her first ever paranormal romance novella, I was freaking pumped. They were fated, after all. They were written in the stars. Mating the Huntress is a short little story about a woman from a family of werewolf hunters, who’s in for quite a shock when she learns that a local Were has not only taken an interest in her—he’s recognizing her as his fated mate, destined to fall in love and live happily ever after with him in his adorable little woodland cottage. I mean… it’s precious. In typical Talia Hibbert fashion—and, as you can guess from the synopsis, no doubt—Chastity is not having it for a while. She’s been raised to view Weres as these blood-crazed, murderous beasts, and she’s content to keep viewing them that way, even if the Were who’s just asked her out on a date is incredibly handsome… and sweet… and funny… I digress. Chastity is a self-assured, sexy, intelligent, angry, and slightly violent woman, and I loved her, even though I occasionally wanted to smack her upside the back of her head. Now, for the first time, he knew loneliness. Felt the gap of her absence. Felt true hunger. Fun plot, kick-ass heroine, and atmospheric setting aside, it wouldn’t be one of Talia’s novels without a devastatingly adorable, lovable, sweet hero. Having dealt with anger issues in his younger days, Luke’s an artist now, using his wood-carving skills to keep his rage at bay—and doing a damn good job of it, considering how calm he manages to stay while Chastity is calling him names and, er… trying to murder him… Seriously, though, these two characters are so damn cute, and I loved watching them gradually connect as Luke manages to show Chastity and her family of huntresses that things aren’t exactly what they’ve assumed them to be in the world of Weres. The entire “mating” aspect was one that might sound peculiar if you’re not accustomed to fantasy romance stories, but if you are, Talia pulls it off really well and keeps things perfectly consensual and fun. No gross, pushy alpha males in this pack! (Not that there really is a pack, because Luke is kind of a loner, and, well… I’m getting off topic again, aren’t I.) She wasn’t sweet or gentle or biddable. She was a bloodthirsty fucking murderer. His heart sang. If I had to pick one single favorite thing about Mating the Huntress, I’m pretty sure it would be how ridiculously enamored Luke is by Chastity’s violence and general bloodlust. I know it sounds odd out of context, but there are multiple moments where Chastity is just being this rage-filled little monster, and Luke is left swooning over her, and it’s just downright adorable. Alternatively, her outbursts tend to create a lot of tension, which leads me to my next point: as always, Talia’s steamy scenes are well written, with a refreshing focus on mutual pleasure, consent, and a little dominance with a lot of love behind it. If I had to make any complaint, it would be that I wish this story was longer! I would absolutely love for this to have been written as a full novel, which would have given Chastity a little more time to believably overcome the prejudices she’d been raised in (and more time for Luke to be an angsty, lovestruck puppy). Then again, does wanting more of a story even count as a complaint? I adore everything I’ve read by Talia so far, and I’m positive I will continue to do so in the future! All quotes come from an advance copy and may not match the final release. Thank you so much to the author for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Elena

    Read for the URR Halloween 2018 Reading Challenge: a romance about werewolves. I like paranormal romance. Well, I like the idea of it, but as it turns out most of the PNR books I've come across over the years just ended up pissing me off. The problem I have with the genre is that it seems to be permanently stuck in between the most aggravatingly sexist tropes and clichés the romance genre has to offer (romance authors apparently have a neverending reservoir of the stuff) and the minimum amount of Read for the URR Halloween 2018 Reading Challenge: a romance about werewolves. I like paranormal romance. Well, I like the idea of it, but as it turns out most of the PNR books I've come across over the years just ended up pissing me off. The problem I have with the genre is that it seems to be permanently stuck in between the most aggravatingly sexist tropes and clichés the romance genre has to offer (romance authors apparently have a neverending reservoir of the stuff) and the minimum amount of characterization skills required of the authors of that sub-genre of urban fantasy sadly marketed at women... you know, that type of UF where the heroines are all (unknowingly) sexy, (generically) badass and - most important of all! - "snarky", whatever the hell that means since most of those chicks are barely able to string a couple of sentences together... ... sorry, I digress. What I meant to say is that after the latest excruciating PNR disappointment *side eyes Pestilence* I swore off the genre entirely. It lasted about a week and then I came across K.J. Charles's review of the wonderfully titled Mating the Huntress: An Interracial Romance and since I couldn't pass up the opportunity to indulge myself while having the chance to blame someone else for the inevitable disaster it would have been silly of me to ignore the reading advice of such a dependable, smart author and reviewer, I grabbed a copy of the book and started reading. The night would have been pitch black if it weren't for the light of the waxing moon, close to full and pure as pearl. Beneath the haunting gloom lay a forest soaked in secrets, and at its shadowed maw, a little cabin. Inside that cabin lurked death. He, also known as Luke, was trying not to fidget. The fidgeting monster is waiting for his date which, unbeknownst to him, just so happens to be part of a family of werewolves hunters - a high-risk job and life-mission passed down the female line (the Adofo males keep busy baking, working at the family café and/or healing those in need). The fidgenting monster is positive that the girl is his fated mate and he's ready to charm the pants off her with spooky movies (it's almost Halloween of course) and red velvet cupcakes... not a bad combo and definitely a more considerate seduction plan than what you usually see around reading PNR. Unfortunately the lady has other ideas, namely to torture some information out of him, kill him, rip his heart out and present it to the matriarch of her family to finally gain her approval as a huntress. Hilarity ensues. Then some steamy moments. Then some more fun. Then some adorable exchanges between the fidgeting monster and the blood-thirsty huntress. On repeat. In short, this book is a complete delight. Not only that, but a 100% guilt-free pleasure: I can count on the fingers of one hand the times I've read any kind of romance without having to repeat in my head like a mantra "it's ok to enjoy problematic stuff now and again as long as you recognize what's problematic about it, it doesn't make you a bad person, you're not a bad person, yourenotabadperson, yournotbad, ect." But, fu*k it: that's no way to live, is it? Comes to my rescue Talia Hibbert (thanks for existing, not to be a creep or anything but from now on I'll doggedly follow you around like I'm a were and you're my fated one), who wrote an incredibly fun, sweet, steamy gem of a little story, playing with genre tropes and subverting them, crafting a lovely, realistic and immediately likeable cast of characters and hilarious and touching dialogues. A PNR that you can enjoy without feeling the need to bleach your brain once you're finished with it: a delight. So basically, what I wanted to say is that... *dun dun duuun!* THERE IS GOOD PNR OUT THERE FOLKS!!! Read for the URR Halloween 2018 Reading Challenge: a romance about werewolves.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Anne Boleyn's Ghost

    So if there was ever a weekend that I needed to read about a werewolf who ate rapists, it was this weekend. Wait, did I write "ate"? My bad. It was "enthusiastically kill them with his mouth." Yes, this was CLEARLY a delight. But what else would you expect from Talia Hibbert? Her voice is fresh and unique, and her stories are well-crafted and quirky. Mating the Huntress is no different. I loved this. A lot. It has: *A strong heroine in Chastity, the huntress determined to claim her birthright, and So if there was ever a weekend that I needed to read about a werewolf who ate rapists, it was this weekend. Wait, did I write "ate"? My bad. It was "enthusiastically kill them with his mouth." Yes, this was CLEARLY a delight. But what else would you expect from Talia Hibbert? Her voice is fresh and unique, and her stories are well-crafted and quirky. Mating the Huntress is no different. I loved this. A lot. It has: *A strong heroine in Chastity, the huntress determined to claim her birthright, and a hero strong enough for her in Luke, the werewolf who pulls off covetous without creepy *A fierce yet precious pairing, from Luke's claws and pumpkin carvings to Chas' daggers and cupcakes *Humor in spades. Mating the Huntress was one funny (like laugh aloud funny) gem *Deliciously dirty and sweet sexcapades *Halloween, the best holiday ever 🎃👻🧡🖤 I hope that this is not Hibbert's only foray into paranormal romance. But if it is, I will take it. It made me laugh after a hellish week for my country and my soul. That is good enough. Read for SBTB October - December 2018 Quarterly Challenge: A paranormal romance.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Hollis

    Once he figured out how to ask a human woman on a date, Luke would mate her and fuck her and live happily ever after as her devoted swain. [..] But he was getting ahead of himself. He should probably say hello first. Where are my PNR peoples at? You need this book. Just the other day he'd googled How to ask a woman out on a date without making her fear for her life -- but the results hadn't been particularly helpful. Okay, so it's a novella, yes, but whatever. This was perfectly paced, perfectly pl Once he figured out how to ask a human woman on a date, Luke would mate her and fuck her and live happily ever after as her devoted swain. [..] But he was getting ahead of himself. He should probably say hello first. Where are my PNR peoples at? You need this book. Just the other day he'd googled How to ask a woman out on a date without making her fear for her life -- but the results hadn't been particularly helpful. Okay, so it's a novella, yes, but whatever. This was perfectly paced, perfectly plotted, perfectly sexy and funny and sweet. Hibbert straddles the line between poking fun at the fated mate trope while also offering something new and kinda fresh to the concept. Honestly as a whole MATING THE HUNTRESS is kind of a love letter to the genre while still being a little silly, too. I have more quotes than I do review but oh well. "You're very sexy when you're trying to remove my vital organs." Despite all my good intentions otherwise this is my first read by this author and the reason it skipped ahead of the others on my tbr was both because it was seasonally appropriate and short. And also saved me having to pick another ARC to read. Win win win win and forever winning. "If it's any consolation, 99% of Werewolves are raging arseholes anyway." "That is not a consolation." "Sorry. I'm not good with morals."

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Annie

    This book was like Christmas in October for me! *happy dance* I'd been following the author, Talia Hibbert, on social media for a while but hadn't jumped into her books yet as I don't read Contemporary Romance all that often. When I heard she'd be releasing her first foray into Paranormal Romance, I was stoked! I snatched this novella up on pre-order and with every tease she posted on Twitter I became more impatient to read this story of a besotted werewolf and the huntress trying to prove herself This book was like Christmas in October for me! *happy dance* I'd been following the author, Talia Hibbert, on social media for a while but hadn't jumped into her books yet as I don't read Contemporary Romance all that often. When I heard she'd be releasing her first foray into Paranormal Romance, I was stoked! I snatched this novella up on pre-order and with every tease she posted on Twitter I became more impatient to read this story of a besotted werewolf and the huntress trying to prove herself to her family by killing him. (An amazing idea for a meet-cute, btw!) The MC's per Ms Hibbert: (view spoiler)[ https://twitter.com/TaliaHibbert/stat... (hide spoiler)] *heart eyes* Mating the Huntress doesn't follow the "typical" PNR formula with some baddie threatening this or that and the couple fighting for their lives, for the world, etc etc. This book is more...intimate? And in a good way! The focus is on the characters' relationship with each other (kinda like many CR's) and the push and pull of them getting their HEA. And Luke (despite the whole were thing, lol) is such a good bean. He gives Chastity the space she needs to figure things out, never pushing her or pulling the alpha card. Chas, of course, can hold her own due to her huntress lineage, but it's a welcome change in this genre for a big bad wolf shifter to actually respect his mate's boundaries. Oh, and the form he takes when he shifts is more classic movie werewolf than large canine which is kinda different and pretty neat. The scenes with him as his rather monstrous alter ego also manage to be quite endearing, which is a feat in and of itself. XD Sexy, smart, and often sweet, I truly hope this becomes a series. With many huntress sisters and her brothers as "healers", there's plenty more to dig into and I hope to read future books about the Adofo family. Chas' brother Justice, a man of few words, is a character I'd definitely like to learn more about. I feel there's an intriguing backstory there... If you're looking for a relationship-centric PNR with quick-witted humor and a book boyfriend-worthy hero, I highly recommend this novella.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Celestine

    I generally don't read too many shifter romances - the set-up seems hokey and derivative to me, usually. My one exception is dragons, probably because they have a medieval flare for some of them. But wolves, packs and werewolves never make it into my reading pile. Then I read a review from a friend who laughed her way through this, and the tongue-in-cheek humor tickled my funny bone. So I tried this - and laughed. It was short, played the fated mates card, and featured a strangely sensitive mons I generally don't read too many shifter romances - the set-up seems hokey and derivative to me, usually. My one exception is dragons, probably because they have a medieval flare for some of them. But wolves, packs and werewolves never make it into my reading pile. Then I read a review from a friend who laughed her way through this, and the tongue-in-cheek humor tickled my funny bone. So I tried this - and laughed. It was short, played the fated mates card, and featured a strangely sensitive monster. Plus, it works for the "werewolves" category in my Halloween Reading Challenge. Unfortunately, there wasn't enough character development or action-based plot for me. However, others have enjoyed this book, and if you are looking for something light, fun and steamy for Halloween, you might give this a try. Book source: Purchased.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rhode

    Quick, fun, feminist and frothy. Low angst, high sweetness.

  10. 4 out of 5

    ambsreads

    Thank you to the publisher as I received an eARC of Mating The Huntress by Talia Hibbert. This in no way impacted my thoughts, feelings, opinions or rating on the book. FIND MY REVIEW FOR MATING THE HUNTRESS ON MY BLOG If you know me or have been on my blog this year you probably know that Talia Hibbert is my favourite romance author to ever exist. Her books make me swoon and they typically fall in the contemporary genre. Mating The Huntress changed that game and if Talia Hibbert doesn’t continue Thank you to the publisher as I received an eARC of Mating The Huntress by Talia Hibbert. This in no way impacted my thoughts, feelings, opinions or rating on the book. FIND MY REVIEW FOR MATING THE HUNTRESS ON MY BLOG If you know me or have been on my blog this year you probably know that Talia Hibbert is my favourite romance author to ever exist. Her books make me swoon and they typically fall in the contemporary genre. Mating The Huntress changed that game and if Talia Hibbert doesn’t continue down paranormal romance I will send her a vial of my tears. I was a big paranormal fan about ten years ago – around the time I first read Twilight. Over the years it is clear that werewolves and vampires have died off from mainstream books and no one really goes near them too much. Talia Hibbert needs to bring back them because that woman has an utter skill that highlights them. Honestly, if you haven’t read one of Talia’s books, what are you doing? Mating The Huntress follows a dual perspective of Luke and Chastity. Luke is a werewolf and Chastity is from a long line of female werewolf hunters. Except Chastity isn’t actually trained to be a werewolf hunter due to a prophecy that was told when she was born. Literally, someone busted into the room she was being born and gave her parents the prophecy. I guess that adds to the weirdness when Luke starts romantically pursuing Chastity. It is definitely not something that fits the norm and Chastity is desperate to prove herself to her family. However, these things never go to plan and Chastity learns things that have been forgotten in the history of werewolf hunters that change her perspective. Honestly, this is such a short read that it is worth your time. It is the perfect story for Halloween, even if you are like me and don’t celebrate it (I live in Australia, it isn’t that weird). As much as I did love this book it did have a few flaws that I would be betraying myself if I didn’t talk about. I think the first thing about Mating The Huntress that kind of threw me off was the lack of world building. This is an incredibly short book but we are basically thrown into a world with no idea of what is happening. The prologue really sets the scene but apart from that…nothing. I think what factored into that was the fact that this was so short. Talia definitely focused on the romance, but it really left the paranormal aspect to this story feeling a little lacklustre. I have no doubts that if Talia continues to write paranormal (which I hope she does) that this will improve. My other problem is a whammy, the fact this was so short. It really did make aspects of the book feel rushed, including the romance. I felt like I got whiplash from the drama at one point and the resolution coming so damn fast. Again, I understand the length of this book heavily impacted that but it still would have been nice to have at least 50 more pages. I really loved the family dynamic of Chastity’s family. The Adofo’s are incredibly close family. One that supports each other no matter what and is willing to take on board new information – even if it counters everything they know. It was incredibly sweet to read the dynamics between siblings since the Adofo’s are a big family. Finally, this book had the kickass female characters that I love from Talia Hibbert. Chastity is own voices in the sense that she is plus size and black, which is always such a great inclusion. Chastity is also incredibly sassy and just well written. Her personality is the highlight of this book and I found myself laughing incredibly hard at the character dynamics. Overall, despite its minor flaws Mating The Huntress is another knockout by Talia Hibbert. I have literally read all her works and I will continue to read them. They are worth every second and are just excellently done.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Saly

    This one was hilarious, sexy and sweet with an awesome hero. I wish it had been much longer. I like this author's voice a lot.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Sexy as hell fated mate romance between a werewolf and a huntress set during Halloween so perfect for October reading. Luke was sufficiently growly and possessive of his new found mate but he was also sweet, tender, and respectful of her feelings. He was too darn cute for words. And Chas was tough, kind and intelligent. Really well done! (as usual with this author)

  13. 5 out of 5

    m.a.

    I love this because it made me laugh but also Thirsty.

  14. 4 out of 5

    MrsJoseph

    3.5 stars This was cute but without some of the character building that she does that makes me swoon. Still, very cute.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mandi Schreiner

    Quite short - I wish it had been longer. And the hero goes from barely being able to pass as human to very charming very quick - but it's super cute! And made me laugh. Review to come

  16. 5 out of 5

    ⚔ Silvia ⚓

    I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the author for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. Honestly?? Leave it to Talia Hibbert to write a romance between a werewolf and a human and make me fall for it hard. Y'all know paranormal romance isn't my cup of tea but I trust Talia with my life and she didn't disappoint. So, this book is about Chastity, a fat Black woman from a family of werewolves hunters, who's been forbidden to hunt since birth because of a prophecy. But her instinct I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the author for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. Honestly?? Leave it to Talia Hibbert to write a romance between a werewolf and a human and make me fall for it hard. Y'all know paranormal romance isn't my cup of tea but I trust Talia with my life and she didn't disappoint. So, this book is about Chastity, a fat Black woman from a family of werewolves hunters, who's been forbidden to hunt since birth because of a prophecy. But her instincts are still those of a huntress, and she knows that the new customer at the cafe where she works is not a human but a werewolf. So she decides to take her destiny into her own hands and prove herself to her family, but things don't go as planned when the werewolf doesn't hurt her and is instead kind to her and wants to please her in every way possible. This is a novella of a little bit more than 100 pages in its physical copy I believe, and yet both main characters were developed so well. The insta-lust is definitely explained and it makes sense in-universe so it wasn't a turnoff at all. I also loved how awkwardly sweet Luke was at the beginning when he was trying to ask Chas out, honestly how can you not love a grumpy, artsy werewolf who has learned to control his violent instincts and is only trying to be with his mate? Yes, after the first two times the word mate was used I managed to stop cringing and actually enjoyed this aspect too. Key - not overusing it, which Talia didn't. Also, she did everything right. Consent was always there, the fact that Chas is his mate didn't make him feel entitled to anything she might not have wanted to do, and everything that happened between them was in human form. I also loved how low on external conflict this was, and the fact that the family was so open about the whole werewolf thing. It made me enjoy the romance without being worried about anything else coming up. This also takes place around Halloween so if you're into that and into romance this is definitely something you should consider reading around this time of the year. I 100% recommend it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    MsKingsPens

    My last read was trash and I needed a pick me up. Usually, I would re-read something I know I love but I took a chance on this. Mission success! This was so much fun. Chastity was a complete badass. Luke was both scary (a legit, people mangling werewolf) and adorable. Their banter was great, their flirting was natural and the sensual/sexual stuff was done well. I hope Chastity's sisters get books. I would love to read more about them, especially Victory. I own another Talia Hibbert book and it jus My last read was trash and I needed a pick me up. Usually, I would re-read something I know I love but I took a chance on this. Mission success! This was so much fun. Chastity was a complete badass. Luke was both scary (a legit, people mangling werewolf) and adorable. Their banter was great, their flirting was natural and the sensual/sexual stuff was done well. I hope Chastity's sisters get books. I would love to read more about them, especially Victory. I own another Talia Hibbert book and it just shot to the top of my to read list. Completely Safe. (view spoiler)[ No other people, he's a virgin (he hasn't even had an erection before he sees her) and we get no details on her past except that she is experienced but doesn't have an extensive history. She pushes him away because he's a werewolf, lol. But she quickly comes to her senses, apologizes and makes it up to him. They are mated and have exchanged ily at the end. Warning there is overuse of the words c*nt and clit, lol. (hide spoiler)]

  18. 4 out of 5

    Book Minx

    Holy fuck this was hot. Also huzzah for fated mates that need a lil time to reconcile cuz star-crossed <3 I deeply appreciate that the werewolf in this is a monster. He’s not a sexy wolf. He’s not a cuddly though predatory larger than normal wolf. He’s a fucked up man-wolf hybrid thing cuz lycanthropy is a fucking curse. His wolfly urges? Not those of an alpha-hole who’s constantly overcome by his beast. We’re not asked to excuse his shit behaviour since he’s all domly and sexy and has a magica Holy fuck this was hot. Also huzzah for fated mates that need a lil time to reconcile cuz star-crossed <3 I deeply appreciate that the werewolf in this is a monster. He’s not a sexy wolf. He’s not a cuddly though predatory larger than normal wolf. He’s a fucked up man-wolf hybrid thing cuz lycanthropy is a fucking curse. His wolfly urges? Not those of an alpha-hole who’s constantly overcome by his beast. We’re not asked to excuse his shit behaviour since he’s all domly and sexy and has a magical penis. He put in a ton of work to get his temper and his urges under control and he ruthlessly locks his shit down TIGHT when he needs to cuz consent is a thing and that is sexy af. I want more. Maybe someday this won’t be a stand-alone but the first in a series about these bad ass huntresses and the monsters and paranormal world they keep safe. Side note - totally dug that the prologue was told from the perspective of a peripheral character.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Roxana-Mălina Chirilă

    If K.J. Charles hadn't recommended this, there would be no way I'd be reading something with a title as cheesy as "Mating the Huntress: An Interracial Romance" - I'm new to romance, I come into this madness unprepared! Well, it's as cheesy and sweet as the title suggests. Chastity comes from a long line of monster hunters who name their kids stuff like "Victory", "Justice" and, of course, "Chastity". There's about a billion brothers and sisters and they aren't mentioned much, so it's all in good If K.J. Charles hadn't recommended this, there would be no way I'd be reading something with a title as cheesy as "Mating the Huntress: An Interracial Romance" - I'm new to romance, I come into this madness unprepared! Well, it's as cheesy and sweet as the title suggests. Chastity comes from a long line of monster hunters who name their kids stuff like "Victory", "Justice" and, of course, "Chastity". There's about a billion brothers and sisters and they aren't mentioned much, so it's all in good fun. There's one problem with Chastity: a prophecy at her birth foretold that if she went monster hunting, the first monster she'd kill would rip out her heart. Naturally, this being a romance novel, this actually an quite predictably means that she'd kill her soulmate and metaphorically rip out her own heart. Luke is a werewolf and the male lead, which means his inner thoughts are somewhere between those of a nice young man and those of an overenthusiastic puppy. There isn't much by way of plot or world building in this one. Nor deep psychology, either. Nor subtlety. It's mostly filled with the two characters being sexy and stabby at each other (to be honest, it's mostly Chastity who does the stabbing, Luke merely defends himself). It's light-hearted steaminess and, while I wouldn't necessarily want more of the same, I'm not sorry I read it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    Thank you, Santa’s Kinky younger sister, for the gift!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Veronika

    Honestly, this was SO FUN. The hero was all "she is my SOULMATE, I love her so much!!" Meanwhile the heroine was fully occupied with collecting methods to KILL HIM. If that isn't your definition of a great romance, you're obviously wrong.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Vendela

    Tropes I normally hate. But delightful.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    The glory of this story cannot be overstated! Humorous, sweet, sexy, and just plain fun, this story is the perfect restorative for a week that was discouraging and downright heartbreaking. Talia Hibbert has crafted a truly soothing balm of a story. The story features my catnip: -A growly, besotted cinnamon roll of a hero who pines so sweetly for the heroine & puts her well-being above all else 🐺 -A strong, fierce, funny heroine with a talent for baking & a penchant for knife throwing I loved The glory of this story cannot be overstated! Humorous, sweet, sexy, and just plain fun, this story is the perfect restorative for a week that was discouraging and downright heartbreaking. Talia Hibbert has crafted a truly soothing balm of a story. The story features my catnip: -A growly, besotted cinnamon roll of a hero who pines so sweetly for the heroine & puts her well-being above all else 🐺 -A strong, fierce, funny heroine with a talent for baking & a penchant for knife throwing I loved it!!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Delilah Night

    This hot Halloween erotic romance can be devoured in one bite (pun intended). Chastity identifies the hot stranger who keeps coming into her family's coffee shop as a werewolf right away. But she doesn't warn her family of huntresses, or even any of the men in her family. When he finally asks her out, she says yes. If she can kill him, she'll prove to her family that she can be a huntress, too. The problem is that he's not a mindless beast, like she'd been warned. He seems like a....a guy. An art This hot Halloween erotic romance can be devoured in one bite (pun intended). Chastity identifies the hot stranger who keeps coming into her family's coffee shop as a werewolf right away. But she doesn't warn her family of huntresses, or even any of the men in her family. When he finally asks her out, she says yes. If she can kill him, she'll prove to her family that she can be a huntress, too. The problem is that he's not a mindless beast, like she'd been warned. He seems like a....a guy. An artist, even. Can a monster make art? Worse, can a monster inspire feelings other than hate....like lust? Luke is a werewolf. But like most weres, he's a solitary creature who likes his meat raw--and the forest behind his house keeps him perfectly happy via plenty of rabbits and such. But on a full moon, he's chased by a group of huntresses...only to catch the scent of something primal. His mate. But the woman wearing the sweatshirt isn't her. Instead she's this shy, sweet girl who works in a coffee shop. Or so he thinks...until she tries to kill him. Luke and Chas have chemistry that sparks right off the page. They're easy to root for because it's blindingly obvious that they should be together. Their banter is hot, and their fighting even more so. When they finally get together, I was squirming. I love the idea of huntresses being obsessed with killing mindless monsters versus the very civilized but solitary werewolf who just wants to meet and commit to his mate for life. The dichotomy makes their story sparkle. Luke is very much an alpha character. He doesn't hesitate to take control or make a move. But he's also committed to consent, which is really sexy. There's an instance where the consent is blurry and he pulls away immediately. This only makes him hotter. I wish it were longer, but I always wish a Talia Hibbert book were longer--she's such a talented writer that I am always sorry when the story finishes. There's such a great glimpse into the world of the huntresses and the world of werewolves. She has a unique take on what can be a really tiresome trope. Kudos, Talia!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Silvia

    I usually shy away from paranormal stories. I overdosed on vampires a while back and I've never been particularly fond of Weres, Shifters & Co. Then I stumbled across a reading rec from one of my favourite m/m authors on FB today...and as I've picked up quite a number of her rec'd books and never got disappointed, I picked up this one, too, and what can I say? It's great! It's a brilliant, quick read but it's anything but shallow, and it's not really missing anything, either. (I would have l I usually shy away from paranormal stories. I overdosed on vampires a while back and I've never been particularly fond of Weres, Shifters & Co. Then I stumbled across a reading rec from one of my favourite m/m authors on FB today...and as I've picked up quite a number of her rec'd books and never got disappointed, I picked up this one, too, and what can I say? It's great! It's a brilliant, quick read but it's anything but shallow, and it's not really missing anything, either. (I would have loved to read more but that's a good sign, right?) The main characters, Luke and Chastity, are really, really well written. Luke's not good with people. Or talking. Or talking to people. But he's trying so very hard to woo his future mate. And Chastity is anything but the shy, demure creature she's trying to hard to personify because, well, she sees Luke for what he is. Or does she? And she'd oh-so-gladly cut his heart out. Or...would she? Fun ensues. Great, witty dialogues ensue. Smut ensues--beautifully written, steamy smut that will make you fan yourself. A wee bit of angst (OMG can't do this because...WERE!). Slow burn. Instant fire. Not-good-with-words hero. Sassy heroine who can hold her own. Loved this story and slammed more of Talia Hibbert's books onto my must-read list. Highly recommended, and not only because Hallowe'en is coming on. Five out of five stars.

  26. 5 out of 5

    b.andherbooks

    I don't typically read paranormal romance, but I love Talia Hibbert and I've recently discovered that I'm over Christmas-themed romances (okay, not really OVER them, but they are so obvious) and all I really want are Halloween ones! A man has been visiting Chastity Adofo's coffee shop every day, but he isn't really a man. Well, he's definitely MALE, but he's also definitely a werewolf, and Chastity is out to prove to her family she's ready and able to live up to their family business, no matter w I don't typically read paranormal romance, but I love Talia Hibbert and I've recently discovered that I'm over Christmas-themed romances (okay, not really OVER them, but they are so obvious) and all I really want are Halloween ones! A man has been visiting Chastity Adofo's coffee shop every day, but he isn't really a man. Well, he's definitely MALE, but he's also definitely a werewolf, and Chastity is out to prove to her family she's ready and able to live up to their family business, no matter what a witch prophesied. So what if that witch prophesied Chastity's first kill would rip her heart out? If Chastity has anything to say about it, she'll be the one ripping out this were's heart from his hunky, delicious looking chest. Luke found his true mate's scent after being chased by a pack of huntresses, a scent which led him to Chastity. Determined to woo her and not scare her, Luke is delighted when he's finally able to get up the nerve to ask her on a date. What follows is a delightful, saucy, and funny dance between a woman out to murder a werewolf, a werewolf determined to seduce her even if he has to put up with a bit of stabbing. LOVE LOVE LOVE. Thank you for lifting my heart and spirits Talia!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jacki

    Let me summarize how this pairing works-- Hero: She's my soul mate and she's precious and she's everything and I will give her cupcakes until she loves me back. Heroine: I'm going to pretend to be attracted to this hot werewolf so I can slay him, but it's just an act. I'm not into him at all even though he's hot... Oh shit we made out. Hero: She wants to kill me. That is SO CUTE. She's SO PERFECT. Heroine: I'm not going to make out with him again, I am a serious killing machine... Shit, we made ou Let me summarize how this pairing works-- Hero: She's my soul mate and she's precious and she's everything and I will give her cupcakes until she loves me back. Heroine: I'm going to pretend to be attracted to this hot werewolf so I can slay him, but it's just an act. I'm not into him at all even though he's hot... Oh shit we made out. Hero: She wants to kill me. That is SO CUTE. She's SO PERFECT. Heroine: I'm not going to make out with him again, I am a serious killing machine... Shit, we made out again. Basically the cutest couple ever, the only werewolf romance except Shiver I've ever enjoyed, and very modern about consent and healthy relationships, attempted murder notwithstanding. She should expand it into a novel.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Critterbee❇

    Romance between a Werewolf and a heroine from a family who has historically hunted Werewolves. This is a short, funny, light, cute and very steamy romance perfect for Halloween! The hero Luke is a werewolf who has targeted rapists in the past, but otherwise does not kill humans. Our heroine Chastity is part of an enormous family that has hunted werewolves for generations. The conflict is obvious, and the interaction is straight B Horror movie hilarity, minus the gore. I like Talia Hibbert's writ Romance between a Werewolf and a heroine from a family who has historically hunted Werewolves. This is a short, funny, light, cute and very steamy romance perfect for Halloween! The hero Luke is a werewolf who has targeted rapists in the past, but otherwise does not kill humans. Our heroine Chastity is part of an enormous family that has hunted werewolves for generations. The conflict is obvious, and the interaction is straight B Horror movie hilarity, minus the gore. I like Talia Hibbert's writing, and this was a quick, fun read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Leigh-Ayn

    For some reason this was my first Talia Hibbert book. I have no idea how I have missed out on this author's amazing-ness. I was a little concerned at first as I don't usually read novellas but I thought this one sounded intriguing and was a good price on Amazon. I loved it! In fact I loved it so much I wished it was a full length novel! I wish that it was a series so I can read about Chas' sisters! The heroine is a kick ass woman that feels the need to prove herself to her family...by killing a w For some reason this was my first Talia Hibbert book. I have no idea how I have missed out on this author's amazing-ness. I was a little concerned at first as I don't usually read novellas but I thought this one sounded intriguing and was a good price on Amazon. I loved it! In fact I loved it so much I wished it was a full length novel! I wish that it was a series so I can read about Chas' sisters! The heroine is a kick ass woman that feels the need to prove herself to her family...by killing a were. Proving that she is a huntress just like all the other women in her family. The problem?? The were is her mate and she is drawn to him in ways she can not explain. The hero, Luke, be still my beating heart. He was alpha and beta and just plain yummy. The chemistry between the characters literally sizzles off the pages. Do yourself a favour and read this book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    This was a great start to October reading! Werewolf, werewolf hunter family, bakery, dating, attempted murder, and just all the good Talia Hibbert stuff. I am not a huge fan of the fated mate thing but it's so dang short it's fine.

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