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Release-Day Review: The Hunt by Chloe Neill (Devil’s Isle #3)

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The Hunt by Chloe Neill // VBCThe Hunt (Devil’s Isle #3)
Chloe Neill
Published: Sept. 26, 2017 (Berkley)
Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon
Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Reviewed by: Amy

Rating (out of 5): 4 stars

Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it will reference previous events. If you haven’t started this series yet, check out VBC’s review of book 1, The Veil.

After the Reveillon orchestrated the attack at Devil’s Isle that started the battle to save those within its walls, bounty hunter Liam Quinn was hit by magic. Afterwards, needing to come to terms with his new powers, Liam disappeared leaving Claire, and all that was growing between them relationship-wise, behind.

That was five weeks ago, and while Claire hasn’t seen or heard from Liam in that entire time, she does know that he escaped into the bayou with his grandmother Eleanor. For her part, Claire has been working with her team (called “Delta”) to continue rebuilding after the battle. When a Containment agent is found murdered in his home, evidence points to Liam as the prime suspect. Claire knows beyond a doubt that Liam is not responsible for the murder, but before they can figure out who would want to frame him, Claire will have to find the man in question before someone else does. As the hunt for Liam Quinn begins, an even more sinister plot is brought to light. A plot that will force certain members of Delta to look to the past for answers.

So, I was all prepared for this book to be all about Claire and Co. looking for Liam, and granted it does start off that way, but I wasn’t really thinking of the other twists and turns that the story would take along the way. Props to Chloe Neill for keeping me surprised throughout the read. Rest assured, Liam is not out of the picture for too long, which made me both happy and a little disappointed at the same time. Here’s why:

Happy, of course because, duh, I love Liam and Claire. I’ve really enjoyed the first two books and building up their feelings for one another. I always hate being in limbo when a character is “missing.” The need to find Liam drove the first part of the book for me.

Disappointed because Claire spends so much time ruminating on Liam and where he is, what he’s thinking, does he still have feelings for her, etc. All while in the background Claire has become a formidable badass with her powers. I feel like all that she was able to achieve on her own, while Liam was away hiding with his head in the sand, was pushed to the side to force the fact that Claire misses Liam. And, the way he continues to act towards her, and everyone, after he’s found, really made me want Claire to just say “screw you” and walk away. I just really wanted Liam to grovel for a while, and I’m not the only one as it seems every other character is on Team Claire. It also didn’t help that I personally didn’t feel the hurt of his disappearance as deep as Claire obviously does.

Other than the relationship strife, Claire learns a lot more about her past. Remember her father kept a lot of things from Claire. Most notably his little hidey-hole in the rundown gas station that Claire in now calling home, plus information about her mother. I liked that what we continue to learn about Claire seem like a natural progression for the series.

It’s clear that Chloe Neill has a lot more to tell in this world beyond these three books. I must say I love the world she’s created in Devil’s Isle, and the end of The Hunt opened a whole new assortment of problems for our characters to work through. Things just got (even more) interesting.

Sexual content: sex

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