Hunter’s Trail by Melissa F. Olson

Rating: 4 stars

Series: Scarlett Bernard #3

According to the author’s website, this is a trilogy, which I hadn’t been aware of until finishing this book. This picks up shortly after where the second one, Trail of Dead, left off. Scarlett inadvertently caused some serious trouble for the local werewolf pack. The pack is now is a state of disarray and some of them are after her. The vampires are aware of Scarlett’s troubles and they enlist her friend Jesse Cruz who she has strong feelings for to help protect her. Also a werewolf that isn’t associated with the pack is trying to create new weres. Scarlett and Jesse have been called in to solve the case.

The mystery was entertaining. After a certain point in the book, I didn’t want to put it down. Jesse and Scarlett definitely have their issues since they have different perspectives on the supernatural world, which is called the Old World in this series, but they make a great team. Most of the book is from Scarlett’s POV, but some parts are from Jesse’s.

I really liked this book, which is why I gave it 4 stars. Being a trilogy there are some things that I wish had been done differently. To me this did not feel like an end but like another part of the story. Scarlett is a null, which means that magic doesn’t work when people are within a certain distance around her. How her powers work and exactly what she can do with them wasn’t completely explored.

Also the HEA was extremely disappointing. This series did involve a love triangle. After reading other reviews, it appears that most people were happy with the HEA. One love interest was the werewolf, Eli. He was the suitor that was more easy going. He did help Scarlett out of some binds, but she also had concerns that most of his attraction was because of her magical powers or because of a magical bond. Jesse was the other suitor. They clashed over how to deal with the Old World, which caused more tension between them. The romance was a subplot, so it did not ruin the story. Being a trilogy, I wish the HEA had felt more solid.

*****This is getting into spoiler territory. I won’t name the HEA, but it may not be hard to figure it out. You’ve been warned.*****

One of the suitors was practically nonexistent in this book. IMO the chemistry had always been lacking between them at least from Scarlett. He didn’t connect with her on an intellectual level either. She and the other suitor finally were getting to a point where they were in agreement about more of their issues. This was the suitor that clicked emotionally with Scarlett and urged her to improve her life and stand up for herself. They had much more page time, but by the end I guess I was supposed to have figured out that their time together was meant to show why they weren’t meant to be. I prefer to have more time spent on the people that will make it in the end. The guy she chose made a grand gesture at the end, and suddenly she loved him. It felt off to me. Her feelings for the other guy weren’t resolved either. It felt like the guy she chose was the easy choice instead of the right one.

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