Hunting Adeline By H. D. Carlton

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Hunting Adeline (Cat and Mouse Duet Book 2) By H. D. Carlton

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Book/Novel Author: H. D. Carlton

Book/Novel Title: Hunting Adeline

 

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AN AMAZON TOP 50 BESTSELLER!The conclusion to the Cat and Mouse Duet is here…The DiamondDeath walks alongside me,But the reaper is no match for me.I’m trapped in a world full of monsters dressed as men, and those who aren’t as they seem.They won’t keep me forever.I no longer recognize the person I’ve become,And I’m fighting to find my way back to the beast who hunts me in the night.They call me a diamond,But they’ve only created an angel of death.The HunterI was born a predator,With ruthlessness ingrained in my bones.When what’s mine is stolen from me in the night,Like a diamond hidden within a fortress,I find that I can no longer contain the beast.Blood will paint the ground as I tear apart this world to find her.And bring her back to where she belongs.No one will escape my wrath,Especially not those who have betrayed me.Warning: This is the second and final installment to the Duet. You must read Haunting Adeline first.
Hunting Adeline is dark and graphic, but lord have mercy is it good. This was the most anxiety ridden ride a book has ever taken me on and I loved every moment of it.
This book finishes up Zade and Addie’s unconventional love story. It’s not for the faint of heart, but if you like super dark, dangerous romances and don’t have triggers, this might be for you! Loved this story!
First let me say there was only 1 thing I didn’t love about this book & it has nothing to do with the MCs, writing, author, etc. Just isn’t my flavor. I didn’t care for the spice in this book. Literally only because it is too bizarre for me, & I don’t enjoy reading a ton of foreplay just like I don’t enjoy it in real life. So do with that information what you will. I just skipped through it & watched for any important quotes then moved on & the book STILL flowed just fine. The scenes were well written, if a bit too long, but they just aren’t my jam. And that’s okay! Maybe they’re yours. This book was **chef’s kiss** without the spice. The emotions that this book evoked in me.. I cried so much. The books contains traumatizing content but it’s so well written I HAD to continue through it. Not only so I could get to the HEA, but because like Zade & Addie always say, you can’t turn a blind eye just because it’s hard for you to watch. This is a work of fiction but I have ZERO doubt in my mind that these situations are real for someone. Part 1 of the book (it’s split into 2): Excruciating. Painful. Heart-wrenching. Tear jerking. Suspenseful. It was all those things but so much more. I broke with Addie. That is how deeply I felt when going through Part 1 of this book. The things that she endures (you’ll know if you responsibly read TWs & you definitely should in this one) are the worst that humanity has to endure. She is not only SA’d multiple times, but hunted by predatory men, tortured to feed another man’s kink, & she eventually breaks. When she draws a smile on her face with lipstick, & whispers to herself that she just wants to remember how to smile… I wailed like a baby. & when we get to read from Zades POV, I cried some more because seeing a man like that broken over the woman he loves more than life…. that would break down anyone. The key thing in this review is that even though the book is long, the writing never felt tedious. Everything flowed, everything stayed at a good pace, & I’ll be darn if the author didn’t have me laughing every so often too. The other key thing, and maybe the most important…. the way this author handled Addie’s trauma, PTSD, etc. was so responsible. Bravo to H.D. Carlton for shining light on the aftermath of S.A. I won’t lie (& maybe you don’t feel this way & that’s fine) but I cannot stand when an MC experiences SA & the FIRST thing they do after being reunited with the other MC & love interest is BEG to be touched & have s**. It’s always framed to be a “erase his touch” kind of thing. Maybe some victims feel that way. I didn’t & neither did my sister & I was so relieved that I didn’t have to grit my teeth through that crap once again. The anger that ebbs & flows, the anxiety, the distrust, disgust with herself, depression, numbness, & just overall internal battle that Addie faces in the face of freedom is everything I could hope for when someone takes on the HUGE responsibility to discuss a topic like this in a fictional book where you also are trying to write an entertaining story. She didn’t run into Zades arms & begged for physical contact. She hated him, hated herself, hated that she was no longer a sexually unrepressed woman… the journal entries were exceptional & dove so much deeper than even reading from Addies first person POV. I can’t recommend this book enough IF you can stomach the darkest parts of it. I had a feeling, based on book 1, that I was going to love this book no matter what I had to grit through to finish it & I was right. There is no shame in respecting the TWs that the author has listed & choosing not to read. These situations are graphic, Addies pain is real for many women, but if you want a story of a survivor who proves you CAN heal & love & accept love in return no matter what happens to you then take a chance on this book. On both books.
I dont even know where to begin with these books.. I know I want more of everything H.D. Carlton has to offer. The first book took me on the ride of my life, making me fall in love with stalker romance. THIS BOOK….. This book took me by my imaginary balls and hasn’t given them back yet. Adeline tore me apart with everything she went through. Her strength and courage during her kidnapping, made me want revenge in the worst ways. Once again H.D. Carlton spun my mind into a reality that is very real and happening right now. I just can’t with this world. Also just saying… I NEED MORE SIBBY!!!!
I loved the first book in this season; however, I feel as if the second book was unnecessarily dark. The plot was good but I felt it became solely about the plot and less of the story of Addie and Zane. There story seemed to get lost in an effort to really zero in on the plot. Not bad but not as great as the first.
I don’t think I’ll ever recover from this series. The second book (this one) definitely had very hard parts to read, but my heart couldn’t put this book down. I have never cheered for another story like this in my life, and I’m not even sure I ever will again. I wish I could reread this book again, and again and experience it for the first time each time because this series broke and rebuilt me. The kinks I never knew I needed. The love story I didn’t believe in at first. The happy ending we all needed and wanted. This was everything I needed. Thank you

 

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