Hunter's Way, by Justine Davis

>> Thursday, September 12, 2002

This morning, I started Justine Davis' Hunter's Way.

Blurb:

A Father's Search
Josh Kincaid
Profile: Hard-edged business tycoon. One point of vulnerability: Jason, his missing son.
Josh Kincaid would do anything to get Jason back, even work with unorthodox investigator Hunter Garrett. He'd spent a lifetime not needing anyone. This beautiful, intelligent woman soon became important to him in ways he'd never anticipated.

Hunter Garrett
Specialty: Finding missing children. Credentials: An impressive success rate.
Hunter Garrett knew too well the devastating emotional price of losing a child, and she vowed to prevent that tragedy from happening to Josh. She relied only on her uncanny instinct, but Josh stirred her other senses, unearthing long-buried desires. So she soon found her greatest challenge was to love again.

It looks good so far, but I found it incredibly distracting that Josh keeps lusting for Hunter as soon as he meets her, when his son has just been discovered to be missing. One would think he'd be preocupied about that, not about how Hunter looks!

Posted later...

I think I've found a new author to glom! This book was great, an A-. I had some doubts at the beginning, because I thought the whole internal lusting was too much for a guy who was supposed to be worried about his missing son, but it got much better soon afterwards.

The kidnapping subplot was intriguing, though I guessed who the kidnapper was much too soon. That's the problem with suspense category books: they don't have space for too many characters, so you have too few of them to choose the villain from.

I loved the characters here. Hunter was strong but compassionate, and though she had the backstory to be much more tortured, she had gotten over her problems. And Josh was great for her. Seeing him confront what he had become, a father whose own son is afraid of him, was very powerful stuff. Their relationship was lovely, and I liked how Josh could only let go with Hunter, and how Hunter contained him. Finally, Davis does internal lusting VERY well.

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