Review: Toni Griffin – Archie’s Accidental Kidnapping (Hounds of the Hunt #1)

Author: Toni Griffin
Reviewer: Diane
Publisher: Mischief Corner Books, LLC
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Summary:

Long nights hunting supernatural beings means little time for love in Adze’s life. He and his pack mates are what protects Melbourne, and Australia, from the things that go bump in the night—very real spirits and demons who prey on humans.

Every day Archie’s life is consumed by work as he desperately tries to pay back his student debt and a loan a boyfriend took out in his name. Tired and alone, he dreams of a future with someone to love and hold him through the night.

One fateful encounter with a nephilim gone bad changes both their worlds forever. Now Adze just has to convince his heart mate he didn’t actually kidnap him.

Please note: Archie’s Accidental Kidnapping has undergone extensive edits and rewrites since Toni is gearing up to continue the series. In addition, the series has been renamed so as not to confuse it with another.

The plot has changed, the world is different, 41,000 words were added, BUT the one thing that hasn’t changed is Archie and Adze.

Review:

Packs of hellhounds live in various parts of the world to protect humans from supernatural beings who mean them harm. Adze is the leader of the pack based in Melbourne, Australia. His team are Pyro, Cacus, Daevas, Oriox and Nicor, they are pack and bestfriends and have been very good at what they do, despite the fact that there seems to be no end to supernaturals gone bad! However, when out on a mission, Adze scents his Cor Coeunt or heart mate, that changes things! Archie is just trying to keep his head above water, an accountant during the day and waiter most of the evenings, he is weighed down with a debt from a previous boyfriend, and while he does not feel he has the time for a relationship, his dream man is a man with dark hair and amber eyes who seems not quite of this world. The story is told from Adze and Archie’s point of view.

If you read this book when it was originally published in 2013 as part of the Horns and Halos anthology, the characters are the same, but the story is significantly expanded with a lot of extra content, so I definitely recommend a reread! There is still the humor of the hellhound pack balanced with their focus on their mission. The spunk of Archie when he first meets Adze and the pack is still there, but the author manages to also bring a lot of tension with the stand off between the Nephilim they were tracking when Adze and Archie first encounter one another. Those scenes are a bit graphic, which readers should be aware of, but somehow, it also seems necessary for the plot to really have you feel what Archie and Adze are experiencing.

Archie is a regular guy, you can completely understand his reactions to waking up in the apartment of the hellhounds, how he feels when he seems to be targeted by the one Nephilim in the story. He’s a guy you cheer for, that you want him to get a break, find some happiness because you can relate to him. Adze is anything but a regular guy, but after his initial irritation of Archie’s accusations, realizes maybe he needs to show Archie he’s interested, while managing his duties as a hellhound.

This story has an interesting mix of action, paranormal characters, humor, romance as well as some sex scenes. By the sounds of it, this will be the first in a new series and likely all the hellhounds will be getting their own book, which I’m looking forward to and wonder if some of the secondary characters will make another appearance (like the police officer who wanted to know who had helped his sister?!?). If you are a fan of paranormal romance and a fan of Toni Griffin’s work, I think you will enjoy this story and likely this new series!

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