Hunters of the supernatural, the Execution Underground are an elite group tasked with protecting humanity…but what happens when danger collides with desire?
Jace McCannon has one loyalty: the Execution Underground. Despite his mixed blood, his hatred for the werewolves he hunts is legendary. But in his search for a sadistic killer, Jace finds himself face-to-face with a stunningly seductive packmaster…and longing for a night with his mortal enemy.
Nothing can stop Frankie Amato from defending her kind—or catching the rogue responsible for killing women in her territory. For that, this alpha female needs Jace's skills more than she wants to admit. But as their investigation exposes evil truths, need burns into a passion that dare not be fulfilled. For to do so will have deadly consequences for them both….
Newcomer Ballenger offers an extremely promising high-voltage start to her series about superheroes and their adversaries. Werewolf pack leader Francesca Frankie Amato and hunter Jace McCannon cross paths as they seek clues to a particularly perverse and sadistic series of murders in Rochester, N.Y., likely the work of a rogue werewolf. Jace conceals his supernatural talents (and serious emotional issues) from most of the rest of his team, and Frankie initially hides her rank from Jace, adding distrust to their already antagonistic relationship. Frankie is in her annual estrus when Jace takes her into custody, and they are unable to resist her biological imperative to mate. Readers will savor strong characterization, steamy animalistic sex scenes with dom/sub subtext, and an interesting series arc hinting at the romantic exploits of the other team members.