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review 2017-06-29 18:48
Hunter of Demons (SPECTR #1)
Hunter of Demons - Jordan L. Hawk

This is an odd one. I'm going to give it four stars, because I do think it deserves it, but I'm going to put a huge caveat on that, which I'll get to in a minute.

 

Ms. Hawk certainly has a grand imagination. All her worlds, whether I can get into them or not, are well-detailed, well-thought out and the world-building is pretty smooth, giving you want you need to know when you need to know it without burying you in extraneous details. That is the same here. She's put a different sort of twist on vampires here. Certainly, vampires actually being demonic spirits isn't new, but in this world, vampires are thought to not actually exist. Ghouls and werewolves, sure. But vampires? Hah! Except they do. It's the method of transfer from one host to another that differs, and I quite thought it to be more complex and have the potential for more conflict that in typical vamp lore. We certainly get to see those conflicts emerge here and start to be explored, and since the way the possession works, you can still sympathize with Gray while understanding why Caleb is justly upset by all this. Neither of them asked for or wanted this; they're just going to have to find some way to make do. End of series spoiler:

And since this whole first series and part of the second series is already released, I know that Caleb and Gray aren't able to be separated, so I assume they will have to and do eventually come to some mutual understanding/acceptance of their fates.

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I really enjoyed all the stuff that gets explored here, though I did think Caleb's trust issues with SPECTR and with John went away or started to fade just a little too quickly. I would think Caleb would be more suspicious than he ends up being, and would therefore be looking for more ways to manipulate the situation and John - but that doesn't happen. Of course, he's forced to stick around since they're hoping John will figure out a way to get Gray out of Caleb's body, but that doesn't mean that someone like Caleb, raised with a deep distrust of the system, would thaw out as quickly as he does. 

 

Now for my caveat - obviously, this is M/M(/U) (Caleb considers Gray to be "male" but Gray really doesn't have a gender), and romance is a must. There's no real romance in this first book, which is fine because that would've been misplaced. There's plenty of lusting and lusty thoughts, of course, and John gets a little too handsy with someone he's supposed to be protecting/holding in custody. John gets a wee bit unprofessional, but doesn't cross the line into totally unprofessional until they finally have sex in the last chapter. I have a couple of issues with this that prevented me from being able to like the scene, aside from the extreme unprofessionalism:

1) While they just came from a horror show of a death match with the lycanthrope and their adrenaline would be high, causing them to act rashly, I just couldn't stop thinking that Caleb's breath and mouth must've tasted like blood. Gray had just drunk a lycanthrope dry, and Caleb didn't even stop for mouthwash. Plus, even with near-instant healing powers, Caleb would've had some blood from his own injuries sustained during the fight. Shower first?

 

2) Holy consent issues! Caleb wants John and vice versa, but Gray was obviously way uncomfortable with all this and had no idea what was going on. Even though Gray's an unwanted hitchhiker inside Caleb, and Caleb was desperate to get laid for a variety of legit reasons, that still means that Gray hasn't given his consent to this. At this point, we don't know much about how this possession works. We know that sometimes Caleb is aware of Gray and can carry on discussions with Gray whether aloud or in their head, and sometimes Gray seems to "go away." But we don't know if Gray is "there" all the time or has the ability to "check out" or just makes it appear like he's checked out. Gray's had access to the memories of all his prior hosts, including their sex lives, but those were always in sepia tone, if you will, and this is the first time he's experiencing it firsthand and in technicolor with stereo surround sound. That he's subdued and quiet afterward probably just means he's processing and trying to make sense of what just happened, versus being traumatized by it, but I hope this is resolved before Caleb and John boink again. For now, I'm labeling it dubcon. YMMV.

 

3) Actually, consent is a huge issue throughout the story, what with the forced possession. Caleb doesn't want to share his body with Gray; Gray didn't intend to inhabit a body that didn't stay dead, and in fact has no control over which bodies he does inhabit. So dubcon/noncon is just a fact of this premise. Caleb's miserable, Gray's confused and doesn't know what's going on. Neither of them are really happy about this, though Caleb's pain is clearly much more prevalent and pressing. Still, it's more or less a mutually distressing experience, until the climax. Gray overrides Caleb's consent when he decides to not just kill the lycanthrope but drink all its blood. Dude! Caleb's a vegetarian! :P And also, that's gross. Gray would've even gone after Caleb's SIL if Caleb hadn't begged him not to. So maybe you don't care about #2, because Caleb's free to do what he wants with his body without having to check in with Gray - and I would agree to that IF this series wasn't sold as an M/M(/M) romance. But it is, so my issue with #2 isn't so much that it happened in this instance - because like I said, Caleb's desires were totally valid - but concern about how this is going to be handled in future installments. If you want me to believe this is a mutual romance among all three, then at some point - preferably sooner than later - the various issues of consent need to be addressed.

(spoiler show)

 

The writing is strong enough, and the characters and premise are interesting enough, I'm willing to at least give the next book a try and see how this develops from here. 

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review 2015-05-18 03:51
Hunter of Demons by Jordan L. Hawk - My Thoughts
Hunter of Demons - Jordan L. Hawk

This is the first book in the SPECTR series and it is available right now as a free download from Kobo Books.  There is Caleb, the unregistered paranormal,  Gray, a wandering vampire-like spirit who becomes trapped in Caleb's body and John, the federal agent/exorcist.  There is a case of a murderous demon that needs solving.  Throw this all together with Jordan Hawk's easy to read style of writing and BAM!  We have a winner.  So much of a winner that I was barely 3/4s of the way through it and I was back at Kobo buying the rest of Series 1.  

 

So.  Much.  Fun!

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review 2014-12-15 00:00
Hunter of Demons (SPECTR, 1)
Hunter of Demons (SPECTR, 1) - Jordan L. Hawk I enjoyed this intro to a new series. It was interesting and I can't wait to read more about John, Caleb and Gray.
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review 2014-09-23 00:00
Hunter of Demons
Hunter of Demons - Jordan L. Hawk [b:Hunter of Demons|16281053|Hunter of Demons (Spectr, #1)|Jordan L. Hawk|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1354855047s/16281053.jpg|22382845]
Off to a good start....Jordan is an amazing storyteller. Brad is an awesome narrator. Off the book# 2
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text 2014-09-02 19:21
My August in books and fics and more...
Bliss - Heidi Belleau,Lisa Henry
A Case of Possession - K.J. Charles
Flight of Magpies - K.J. Charles
Dynasty of Ghosts - P.L. Nunn
Hunter of Demons - Jordan L. Hawk
Master of Ghouls - Jordan L. Hawk
Reaper of Souls (SPECTR) - Jordan L. Hawk
Eater of Lives - Jordan L. Hawk

After reading just one book in July because I've been obssessed with fanfics lately, I made the good resolution to only read a long fic after reading a book. And it is working quite well at the moment. And I managed to read some very awesome books in August too. Yeah!

 

My reading highlight in books was Dynasty of Ghosts by PL Nunn. This story hooked me with everything, the MCs, the magic, the ghosts, the gruesomeness of the world, the hot sex and the wonderful love story.

My reading highlight in fics was The Lotus Eaters by aldora89. My first Kirk/Spock fic and a very intruiging one. It had the most wonderful OC character called Longclaw. And I loved how they fell for each other and (of course) Spock was totally spooked by all the feels. LOL

 

Yep, I haven't been around much lately. I was busy finishing my third fic and know I'm working on the next. So, I don't think it will change so much over the next months. But I try to write some reviews and I'm screening my dashboard. I still love it here, even when I'm busy with other things and these adds are getting on my nerves. Someone posted a way to get rid of it, but I can't remember who it was. I really should reblog the things I might need someday.

Maybe the one could leave a comment and then I'll come and search your blog. :D Would be awesome. <3

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