His Darkest Hunger opens with Jaxon Castille stalking Libby Jamieson, the woman who betrayed him three years ago. Libby tore out his heart and played a part in the destruction of his team. He’s intent on making her pay, and even stages a little reunion at the diner she works in. To his disappointment, Libby does not seem to remember him or their time together. She’s a shadow of the woman he knew, but he doesn’t get the chance to mull over the implications. A sniper takes a shot at him, and a plot unfolds that endangers both Jaxon and Libby. The pair is forced to go on the run together: Libby shaken by this strange, handsome man who seems to hate her yet ignites a fire inside her she can’t ignore, and Jaxon, determined to exact his revenge and prove Libby to be the charlatan he knows her to be.
The dynamic of His Darkest Hunger changes dramatically about halfway through the book. As expected, Libby gets her memory back and she is ready to crack some skulls—specifically Jaxon’s. Things aren’t as cut and dry as he thought, and Libby isn’t the monster he and the surviving members of his team thought her to be. The real villains are still out there, and they won’t stop until their mission is accomplished.
“I love you, I hate you, let’s get busy” relationships are my least favorite kind, so it takes something extra, something new to make me like them in a romance novel. His Darkest Hunger by Juliana Stone had that extra spark. I loved it because one half of the relationship didn’t know she hated the other. She didn’t know much more than her first name, and when she finally remembers she goes out for blood. There was no hemming and hawing about propriety, no, she went straight for Jaxon’s guts.
Libby and Jaxon’s relationship was akin to jumping out of the fire into the frying pan. Even when they didn’t like each other, there was this spark that lit the pages. You could tell they cared about each other deeply, and that’s why the supposed betrayals hurt so badly.
The supporting cast was just as amazing as the main players. I can’t wait to uncover Declan’s secrets, but I’ll have to wait and let Jagger have his turn. I know, I know, it’s such a hardship!
- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Avon; 1 edition (March 30, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061808776
- ISBN-13: 978-0061808777