Quick to the Hunt by Cameron Dane is an emotional rollercoaster ride from start to finish. Normally, when I read I book I don't stop reading it until I reach the end. This was not the case with this book. I admit I had to stop several times just to take breaks from all of the angst and drama that the main characters went through. I'm not saying that Quick to the Hunt wasn't worth reading, but I will say that it's not for the faint of heart, nor is it something that should be read if you're looking for a light read. But, if you're in the mood for a tear-jerker, angsty, violent, drama-filled book with a happy ending AND you are a Cameron Dane fan, this book will definitely be for you.
When Hunter Tennison returned home from a long military stint, he came back a changed man. He's aloof and quiet and closes himself emotionally from his friends and lovers. Hunter has lost a lot in his life. He fought in both the Afghanistan and the Iraq wars and has been injured in more ways than one. Hunter has a severe case of PTSD. He deals with flashbacks and survivors guile on a daily basis and believes that everyone that loves and cares for will end of dying and leaving him. To deal with this pain, Hunter has turned into self-mutilation and has withdrawn into himself.
The moment that Alex Quick meets Hunter Tennison he feels a connection with him. The normally practical Alex doesn't understand why he's so fascinatedly drawn to Hunter, but he also knows just by looking at Hunter that he's a broken man. But as Alex's own world falls apart, he suddenly wants something meaningful in his life and his heart urges him to do what he can to wipe out the darkness and despair out of Hunter's eyes and possibly have the love of a lifetime that both men so desperately crave.
I love Cameron Dane's books. Her characters are always likeable, realistically written characters that live long after her books are finished. All of her characters are all flawed and have issues that they have to work through in life to achieve happiness in their life. Ms. Dane's main characters always have an emotional connection that is often quite beautiful to read. Even the sex between the main characters has an emotional drive and intensity between them that never fails to heat up a room on a cold night. Quick to the Hunt had all of these elements within the story that will make any Cameron Dane fan jump for joy.
Having said that, I do believe that this book will not be for everyone. It's much darker than Ms. Dane's previous books and the violence and self-mutilation will unfortunately turn some readers off. Even though I really loved this book, I admit there were times I disliked it just as much. It's not an easy read, and as I read the book, I found myself wondering how much more agony could these characters go through. It felt like it was too much agony and pain and not enough.well.breaks of a lighter moment in between.
Although Quick to the Hunt is the seventh book in the Hawkins Brothers/Quinten Montana series, this could be easily read as a stand-alone book. But, because this is an amazing series with some wonderful and memorable characters, I highly recommend reading these books in series order.
The Hawkins Brothers/Quinten Montana Books in series order are:
Quick to the Hunt
I've read the entire series and I enjoyed every book. Even though Quick to the Hunt is a darker read, I think it's a great addition to a much loved series. Ms. Dane also has a very informative website. You can check it out here: http://www.camerondane.com/
Genre: LGBT Contemporary Western
Length: Novel Plus
Series: Hawkins Ranch; Previous Book: Becoming Three
War veteran Hunter Tennison returns home physically and emotionally scarred. Unable to bear feeling anything, Hunter uses pain to quiet the chaos and to keep his emotions from destroying him. Hunter dare not risk falling in love. He can’t let anyone get close enough to see the violence inside him.
In business and relationships, Alexander Quick is practical and rational. The first time Alex looks into Hunter’s eyes, he sees the damaged soul within, and adamantly tells himself not to get involved. Too many things could go haywire with a volatile man like Hunter, and Alex doesn’t enter into relationships where he cannot predict the outcome.
Then Alex learns his mentor is ill. The news sends him reeling. Alex suddenly sees his life isn’t as perfect as he thought. An ache for something meaningful stirs in Alex, and Hunter’s broken soul draws him in like a beacon on the blackest night.
Two men, one running like hell from love and the other opening himself to the emotion for the first time, collide. Hunter and Alex begin a darkly sexual relationship bound to explode. In the aftermath, can Alex make Hunter believe their love is powerful enough to heal his scars?
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: male/male sexual practices, self-injury, spanking.