Hunting Julian
Jacquelyn Frank
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Hunting Julian (Gatherers, Book 1)
Jacquelyn Frank
354 pages
January 2010
rated 5 of 5 possible stars

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Asia Callahan is rough, tough, battle-hardened and street-smart, but she is also the most beautiful and alluring woman Julian has ever seen. For her part, Asia can’t deny the instant attraction she feels towards this man, but she is out for his head, not his heart. This wanted serial killer has built a portfolio of victims that puts the world's worst to shame; odd thing is no one has ever found a body. Out to avenge the death of her sister, Asia is Hunting Julian.

How easily the tides of luck and fate turn. The hunter becomes the hunted and soon proves the most unexpected prey. Julian is a gatherer, not a serial killer, and to save his world he takes willing women from Earth to his plane of existence. Asia is even more special, though: she is his Kindra, his one true mate. Together, the energy of their life forces merge and become overwhelmingly powerful, feeding vast numbers of his world’s population and giving them both great powers.

In this world where women are the vast minority, communication is done telepathically. Julian is a King to his people, and the punishment for any crime is the life of a whore. Asia’s head is spinning and her heart responding oddly to the claims of her captor. The revelations of true love and an entire world’s dependence on her are only the start.

The threat Asia brings to important individuals in Julian’s life soon places her in perilous danger. Framed for murder and cast into the whorehouse of a prison to await her trial, Asia will soon see a side to this world and its people both heartbreaking and emboldening. With Julian's strength, passion and devotion completing her soul, she might be able to help so many - including herself.

Author Jacquelyn Frank is a New York Times bestselling author with a couple of series — The Nightwalkers and The Shadowdwellers — already under her belt. Hunting Julian is the first book in her new series, The Gatherers. Her previous novels justly earned their bestselling stamp of approval, so it is a surprise to find this latest addition to Frank’s works are something less than stellar.

Though definitely capable of keeping the reader’s interest, Hunting Julian is more on par with Harlequin romances than bestsellers in either the paranormal romance or urban fantasy genres. It’s hard to win with rather cheesy characters, anticlimactic plot twists and settings that bring Kevin Costner’s disaster of a film —Waterworld — crashing to mind. Regardless, when in a crunch and looking for a book to while away the time, Hunting Julian is still better than many hopefuls lining crowded bookshelves.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Sonia R. Polinsky, 2010

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