Predator & Prey Series (book reviews)

The Predator & Prey Series was written by James D. Horton.  It includes 3 books (Predator & Prey / Beast / Control).  This book tour was organized by Book Partners in Crime Promotions.  I was provided with a copy of the books in exchange for an honest book review.  All opinions are my own.

About Book 1: Predator & Prey

Lily works the night shift at a radio station, taking calls from forlorn and damaged souls who can't sleep. She knows their pain and they find solace in her comforting words. The city is ruthless; nameless creatures roam the streets and prey on the lost and innocent.

As she leaves work one night at the crest of dawn, Lily comes face-to-face with depravity. She is a survivor at heart, but she is unfairly outnumbered and surrenders to her fate. From the shadows an ally emerges, the mysterious and alluring, Wolf. After coming to Lily's aid, he takes her to shelter.

The immediate danger has passed, but the incident is far from over. Wolf tells Lily she is not prey, and sets off into the night with her by his side to set a wrong right. What she sees when entering the dark heart of the city will change her existence forever. Has Wolf taken on a force too big? Will Lily survive the night?

Book 1: Predator & Prey

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My review of Book 1:

A REALLY quick read.  I'd barely even call it a novella.  While it's barely an introduction to Lily and Wolf... it's full of action and is intriguing.  Horton gives you just enough to make you rush right into the next installment.  I usually can't stand a story that doesn't give you enough character development... but for whatever reason not knowing enough about Lily and Wolf just makes me crave more of them.

About Book 2: Beast

It has been days since Lily killed the vampire responsible for her brutal attack. Now she and Wolf have been summoned by the Society to answer for her actions. Standing before the Regent, she learns she has tipped the human and supernatural scales. A new vampire is required to restore balance.

When she hears the penalty for her crime, Wolf protectively steps in and accepts a dangerous task in exchange for her freedom. He must find the rogue vampire who has been slaughtering citizens in their territory or risk losing Lily to the Society. And he only has days to do it.

As the night of reckoning fast approaches, Lily finds an unlikely advocate in a centuries-old, seductive vampire named Athene who gives her an ominous warning. Athene knows secrets about Wolf she won't divulge, which only complicates the mysterious revelation Lily has recently discovered about herself.

Screams, growls, and cries echo throughout the darkest, desolate streets of the city. The final showdown determines who is predator and who will become prey. One thing remains certain-no one escapes the night unscathed.

Beast is the much anticipated sequel to Predator & Prey by James D Horton.

Book 2: Beast

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My review of book 2:

There's still not too much history on either Lily or Wolf... but it still doesn't seem to matter.  Lily's unusual ability to sense or see the "beast" within vampires in a way no one else can is interesting.  I really loved the idea of the visual of the beast or monster being held/controlled and caged within the man.  I'd love more details if it's her mind seeing these beasts... her mind reaching out to touch and test the monsters within... and does it actually work sort of as an empathic quality?

While usually lack of explanations and details would annoy the hell out of me... somehow Horton makes it work.  It just makes me more curious about the details.  More of a mystery I want the answers to.

Athene is a wildcard of a character.  She slowly seems to be giving some insight into Wolf's past.  I'm hoping Lily's closer relationship with Athene brings out more details in the 3rd book.

About Book 3: Control

Two weeks have passed since Lily became a vampire and things couldn't be worse. She is starving, out of control, and Wolf has vanished. Her maker, Athene, is patient, but fails to help Lily tame the beast within. After Lily's introduction to Society goes horribly wrong, she is sent to train with Griogar, a narcissistic vampire with questionable tactics.

A powerful member of Society, John Genosoa, has secretly arranged for Wolf's mate to return. The distraction works. Wolf and Luna's reunion is passionate, yet laced with memories of insurmountable loss. Even so, neither is able to refuse the animalistic magnetism drawing them together.

When Lily reaches a new low during a session with Griogar, Wolf reappears. She's furious, but vulnerable to his charm and follows him beneath the City. Lily finds out Wolf has spent ages chasing a legendary tale of transcendence and discovers who has been keeping him away.

Lily is forced to put aside her heartache when Genosoa's plan threatens the City's inhabitants. Genosoa's magic is strong, but not strong enough to keep the existence of vampires a secret from humans. He needs souls to sacrifice.

Wolf, Lily and Luna are dispatched by the Keeper and must act fast to stop the killing of innocents. Screams of agony and a scene of destruction greet them, but they are confronted with a much more sinister obstacle and it's too late to turn back. What begins as a battle turns into an all-out war for their very survival.

Ancient histories are told, myths are revealed and dangerous paths are taken in Control , the highly anticipated third installment in the Predator & Prey series by author James D. Horton.

Book 3: Control

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 My review of book 3:

More details about the path each of the characters have been on and where their mindsets are.  It was kind of interesting to me to see the different types of (almost) mentoring Lily was getting from the random vampires around her.  The more of this series I read... the more it feels like a sort of coming-of-age story.  Lily is new to this life and society she finds herself a part of.  While she's seeking knowledge and answers from all of those older than her... she's also really feeling out her own path and seems to pull what she learns from everyone to really build who she is becoming.

I had thought the story would end with this book, and have some closure.  But, this book has very obviously left the series open for another installment.

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About the author:

James D Horton is the breakout author of the Predator & Prey series which features an urban fantasy setting with a paranormal romance story. Lily is the star who falls in love with enigmatic Wolf, who is not a nice vampire. The story starts in Predator & Prey, continues in Beast (Predator & Prey, #2), and in the newly released Control (Predator & Prey, #3).

James is also the author of two popular non-fiction books which focus on relationship advice presenting the successful actions that he and his fiancé use to make their relationship better every single day with their six children.

He is currently working on the next installment of the Predator & Prey Series.

He lives in Lamar, MO with his fiancé and their children, plus the ever annoying Spock, a Yorkshire Terrier Chihuahua.

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