Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Darkling Hunters: Fox Company Alpha
Author: Rhiannon Ayers
Series: Fox Company #1
Genre: MMF Paranormal
Length: 369 Pages
Release Date: February 12, 2018
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: For darkling hunters Dex Peterson and Sam Spencer, danger is just part of a regular work week. After working with the Darkling Eradication Agency for the past eight years, they’re used to tracking down soulless monsters and burying them in an early grave. But when their new assignment lands them smack in the middle of a darkling turf war, they realize their military experience and government backing won’t be nearly enough to survive the crossfire.
Enter Sydney Carpenter, a bad-ass, no-nonsense, wait-right-there-so-I-can-come-kick-your-ass warrior woman with more than enough experience to take down the darkling horde. She’s saved their bacon more times than they can count, and having her on their team will almost guarantee victory. If this was nothing but a routine mission, the three of them could wipe the floor with these depraved monstrosities and call it a day.
But this is anything but a routine mission. Love, lust, and deadly secrets have the power to destroy even the best-laid plans. For the three of them to survive, they’ll not only have to accept their unspoken need for each other, they’ll have to put it all on the line to save the mission—and their souls. And when Sydney finally reveals a terrifying secret, they’ll have to face the reality that nothing in their world is as it seems.
Review: This is an interesting new paranormal series featuring a somewhat unique trio. Dex and Sam are partners who work together to destroy darklings, or creatures who have had their souls taken. They believe they work for an agency whose purpose is to rid the world of the darklings. They’ve been work partners for a long time and are both in love with the same woman – Sydney, who is somewhat of a mystery even to them.
The guys have run into Sydney on various missions. She has saved them more than once and is quite the warrior, but every time they tried to get a little closer to her, she disappeared. While both have feelings for her, they have kept them to themselves. Until the latest mission puts them in her path again. It is then that Syd lays it all out that she is interested in both of them. Meanwhile, Sam has been keeping another secret – he has always wanted Dex as well. He takes a bit more convincing on this idea, but eventually comes around and realizes he has felt the same way but has been too afraid to do anything about it.
Aside from that relationship starting to take shape, the mission is still front and center. Only now, the guys are starting to question some things, especially as, little by little, Syd starts sharing some secrets of her own. They aren’t sure who to trust – the woman they love, or the agency they’ve dedicated themselves to.
I really enjoyed this first installment. It does a good job of building the world these characters are involved in and has a lot of details that fall into place as the story unfolds. It was exciting, mysterious and downright smoldering at times when everyone finally gave in. I can’t wait to see where this is headed and will definitely be on the lookout for the next book!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*