Friday, April 29, 2016

Release Blitz + ARC Review + Giveaway: Predator by Michelle Horst

by Michelle Horst
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: April 29, 2016

All my life I’ve been hiding, until there is no corner on this god-forsaken earth left for me to hide. I have to pay for the sins of my father. No one with Ellison blood in their veins is allowed to live, and I am the last of my bloodline.

I am kept in a container waiting for my death sentence to be carried out, when he comes. He is only known as ‘Predator’. No one knows who he works for, only that he leaves no one alive.

His every breath is filled with the last gasp of his dying prey.

But for some reason he doesn’t kill me.

I don’t know which is worse, the death sentence hanging over my head, or being at his mercy.


With a book titled Predator ~ A Stand Alone Novel and the warning of dark theme, I was anticipating more action and suspense. But apart from the beginning of the story arc, the remaining part of the story read more like a contemporary romance.

Cara Ellison's life took a drastic turn when her family was killed in a boat accident and she was told to flee the country to USA to avoid being kill by the enemy. After living alone and skipping town after town for seven years, her luck is running out and she is finally being caught.

Predator aka Damian is a cleaner and was hired to retrieve Cara. The last thing he needs is to form any attachment to his job, but he decided that he can't return Cara to her rightful place.

What Cara went through is sympathetic, especially when she was captured and abused before being saved by Damian. I don't mind to read Damsel in distress and a woman who is in need of healing. But I find it hard to admire a heroine who spent almost the entire book breaking down in tears. Even until 90%, this woman can still find the will to cry.


As for the hero Damian, I think he was pretty selfless and admirable, though I did find his reason to keep and take care of Cara not that convincing. Also I don't feel like Damian had enough of page time being a Predator. The only time he looks absolutely kickass and badass was when he went to rescue Cara. I miss seeing him in action. I rather read about him killing villains than to read about Cara having a pity party. 


Overall, I would like to have more suspense to match the overall tone of the story. I think there is too much focus on the heroine's problem and healing and lack of the hero being in action. For a romance to work for me, I need actual romance happening at least by 50% mark. No point beating around the bush, having all the push and pull until towards the end. It just makes me running out of patience for these two.

“Look at me, Cara,” and he waits until I do, “love is such a flawed thing. You can love someone but still leave them. What I feel for you goes way beyond that one word. I’m addicted to you. I feel protective of you. I breathe for you.” His eyes caress my face and follow the tears into my hair. “Love is really such a flawed word for what I feel. I live for you.”

Michelle Horst is from a small town in South Africa.

She's been in love with reading from an early age. She has a passion for books, quotes and animals.

She first tried her hand at writing in early 2009 and as the first words started to form into a book, she knew she was hooked.

Dreams spilled onto pages, and that was the beginning of a wonderful journey. A journey filled with joy, passion and heart stopping moments. Most of all, it's filled with such pride and peace as a story comes to life, and characters fill your life, living in the very walls of your mind, living in the minds of your readers. 

Thank you to each and every reader and for choosing to escape in one of my books.

Michelle ;)

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