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Hunting Julian (Gatherers #1)

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,678 Ratings  ·  95 Reviews

Jacquelyn Frank, New York Times bestselling author of the Shadowdwellers series, invites readers into a dazzling new world of unstoppable desire and danger..

As an Advocate for his colony, Julian Sawyer travels to Earth to bring back the Chosenwomen who possess energy potent enough to help revitalize his people. The stunning, silver-clad beauty who strides into his club one

ebook, 352 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Kensington Publishing Corporation (first published December 15th 2009)
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This is probably the most unromantic book I've read this year. There was just so much fighting between the characters and through most of the book, the heroine treated the hero like she didn't give a flying f*ck about him, trampling on his feelings when the guy obviously felt a deep connection with her. Not that I blame her, because being kidnapped and taken into a horrible world with very strict laws for the purpose of feeding people with her energy would have made me batty as well. I understan ...more
Sahara Hoshi
Dec 31, 2009 Sahara Hoshi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Queen Bee
This book is around 250 pages long. Not exactly sure on the number because of the way my Sony Reader figures page count... but my point is that it isn't a super long book.
I only gave the book 3 stars because I got really sick and tired of Asia's attitude and inability to view herself as the type of woman who could or would even want to have a relationship. Ms. Frank did a great job of conveying this as an issue for Asia and I was even able to logically relate, though where all her mistrust of
The worldbuilding is quite interesting and original, even if some things made me wince, like the sentence for women who break the law. But I didn't really care about the characters.
Okay, I understand the irritation of the heroine in front of her abduction and the reasons behind it, and the fact that her sister was gone without warning. But I think she is for too long narrow-minded and resentful without wanting to really understand what is happening around her. And she repeats the same arguments
Comicfairy (Leanne)
Jan 13, 2011 Comicfairy (Leanne) rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Kresley Cole and Larissa Ione
This is the first book in the Gatherers series and is a pretty good intro into the world Beneath. Fans of Kresley Cole & Larissa Ione should like this series.

Naturally, the female protagonist Asia has a killer body, "lean" yet with large breasts, needs no bra because they are "firm", etc. Similarly, her partner Julian is all that is gorgeous and perfect, etc. As cliche as that all was, I did roll my eyes, though it is certainly nothing new to the romance genre. I just happen to prefer books
Carolyn F.
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Shannon (Savhage Temptrest)
"Hunting Julian" by Jacquelyn Frank was an emotion driven paranormal romance between a human woman and a being from a different cosmic plane. It had all of the writing skills Ms. Frank is renowned for, but I found the story a little rushed and lacking of passion between both of the main characters.

Asia Callahan is a bounty hunter who believes her baby sister has been kidnapped and possibly killed by Julian Sawyer, an attractive gigolo who was the last person to see Kenya alive as well as twelve
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Jan 11, 2010 Jess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book turned out to be different than what I originally expected. I thought it was going to be similar to her other two series about demons and such. But in actuality it is an entirely different concept.

Julian is called a Gatherer and travels to Earth to find women who can help his colony survive. The way that Frank created this whole world was pretty amazing. It's beyond what I've seen or imagined in other books. The concept is different from her other books and yet similar. The romance is
Aaargh! Ugh. The book was good. It didn't have elements of greatness or anything, but it was good, enjoyable reading, with a fast and entertaining plot. Here's the problem, and the reason for the frustration. Asia. The heroine. Anybody read the Brothers of Destiny? Remember Kelly? Aaargh. By the end of the book I absolutely hated Kelly - I mean Asia. At one point Julian got fed up and let her have it. Don't think I wasn't cheering my ass off. I was actully hoping he'd give her a good - and I mea ...more
I picked this up on a whim out of my TBR pile. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but it wasn't a sci-fi novel featuring aliens from a different plane of existence. Despite my lukewarm feelings about the premise in the beginning, I admit the story sucked me in the more I read. I enjoyed the world-building. Frank's description of Beneath and the creatures that inhabit it were well done. I also enjoyed Julian. Though it was hard to take his actions in the beginning, I think Frank did a fairly cred ...more
Apr 10, 2010 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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As a huge fan of this author's Nightwalker and Shadowwalker series, I was beyond excited to discover that there was a new series coming out. I love the language use, characters, worldbuilding, and details from those books, so I figured I would get more of the same in this new series. While there are plenty of elements here that are definitely unique, overall I felt the finished product of the book lacked a little of the panache of the other two sets of novels.

First though, I will give props to t
Sep 15, 2012 Lorie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No Spoiler Here.

I am giving this book a 5 star with mixed emotions. Jacquelyn Frank created a world non like any I have read about in my past. It was a cross between Monsters Inc (Disney movie) and any Dr Seuss book you pick up. At times I almost wished the book was illustrated so I could compare my minds picture to the picture the authors wanted us to create. I wanted to love the main characters in this book....but at times I almost hated Asia. The author wanted to create a character that was s
Oct 04, 2013 Lori rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book is a signature Frank novel in that the construction of the story and world in which it is set in is unique and clever. Imagine a place that exists along side of our world in which strong emotional feelings can be harvested and used as fuel for a humanoid species. Sexual release or rage can be used as energy for an entire village if it can be harvested correctly and this is what our main character, Julian, does. He is a Gatherer.

There is a lot to like in this story. Julian is a selfless
Set in an alternate/parallel universe, Hunting Julian could have been a very good novel. The worldbuilding was very Frank-ish, which – for those who haven't read anything by her yet – means absolutely brilliant. I love what she comes up with. Demons who aren't demons at all, Shadowdwellers or in this case aliens, who need emotions to live, but can't produce enough on their own without weakening themselves.

Julian is one of the guys who travel to earth and search for women who have enough energy.
Mrs. Badass
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Feb 23, 2010 Kayte rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who have never read J. Frank before
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I didn't really care for the beginning of yet another series from Ms. Frank. Mostly I wish she would concentrate on bringing us a continuation of the series that she's already worked on.

I didn't feel as though this series had nearly the richness that the other two do, mainly because of lack of history/content. It spent to much time proving that the heroine was a feminist/independent/but willing to succumb to her baser needs at any given time. And the hero, while being noble and blah blah blah,
Jan Lewis, Author Sidekick
I was very drawn to this book for some reason, so I decided to go ahead and pick it up. I initial read the first 2 chapters, but then had to go to sleep. Then last night before bed, I picked it back up. Needless to say, I stayed up way too late and finished it.
I don't normally read books with aliens, because I associate them with space, which I don't care to read about. That being said, there are aliens in this book, but the world the author has built is really more fantasy than sci-fi. These a
I am just having bad luck with my sci-fi romance. I think part of my problem is I like it when there is either a balance of romance and sci-fi in the novels or even if there's bit more sci-fi than romance in them that's okay. When it's more of a straight up romance I seem to have less luck. I thought the ideas here were interesting and I really wanted to like it. However for one, the heroine I couldn't stand. I'm all for kick-butt heroines and all but this was one of those where she wanted to sh ...more
Jan 03, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I give this a 4.5 purely because the lead females stubborness get a tad annoying towards the end.

But saying that I found this book completely gripping, the world building had me in awe and the realness of the personalities between the leads was brilliant, non of the typical, meet, greet shag' all within a minute going on in this story. I felt like i could relate to Asia, I would be damned pissed off too if i was kidnapped and had no way of getting home.....ever.

Was pleasantly surprised by the di
It was pretty good ,i love the worlds that she makes .

I loved Julian he is such a great character ,i really feel for him & his people but i have to look at it from both sides and some of the things he does in this book were a little upseting ,he has a good reason for doing them but i get where Asia is coming from.

I liked Asia and i understand that she would be upset after what Julian did taking her from her world and throwing her head first into his ,Julian helps her as much as he can but i
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Susan Ehrat-glenzinski
I liked this book. Many say there was too much fighting but the heroine is a strong character and I like that she made julian work to earn her and that to her at least it wasn't a forgone conclussion. it just seemed more realistic and gritty which helped ground me in a book where the setting is another world. I love strong female characters and Asia was a hard nut to crack. You could see her wanting to let go but her will and fear kept holding her back. Too often in Paranormal romances it seems ...more
Karen ~ Divhine
Not as good as Nightwalker or Shadow Walker series. Hard time finishing book. Will not buy more of series.
Jul 20, 2015 Paige rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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HUNTING JULIAN was enjoyable. I liked reading about this alternate world and all the challenges that came with it.

Julian Sawyer is a Gatherer for his colony. His job is to find viable women who willingly leave their lives behind to fuel the alternate plane of Beneath where they are dying out. Living off emotions, the colonies are in desperate need of women and thus value them as sacred. When Asia tips his hand, he’s forced to bring her across without her consent.

Asia has been hunting
Sandy M
Jul 26, 2011 Sandy M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once I discovered how good Ms. Frank’s books are when I began reading her second series, The Shadowdwellers, I was determined to keep up with that series and anything new she has to offer in the future. She’s just too good to miss, as I’ve done with her debut series, The Nightwalkers. She has once again left me spellbound with this newest series and in awe of her talent.

Asia has been doing her own investigation on Julian Sawyer, a handsome playboy who she suspects of kidnapping and killing women
Alicia J
Ugh! I feel so disloyal saying this, but I hated this book! I'm a huge fan of Jacquelyn Frank, so this is very hard for me to admit, but I have to speak the truth. I was so bored and annoyed with the heroine by page 100 that I had to force myself to skim the rest of the book just so I could say I finished it. Oh my god, was there ever a more annoying heroine than this lady?! Sure she got kidnapped, I get that, and yes she should absolutely be pissed off. But come on! How on earth is the story su ...more
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It's a shame we have the same tired romance trope, this time disguised as a supernatural fantasy. Because really, the last thing the world needs is a yet another boring alpha male with a heart of gold and comely female desired by all and so getting into trouble all the time and needing to be rescued.

There's nothing more of a turn off than a woman stupid enough to get herself into trouble all the time. Then just happening
May 26, 2011 Jess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am rocking between 4 and 4.5 stars. (can I have a 4.25 star???)

On one hand I am once again amazed at Ms Frank's imagination. There are very few authors at the moment that seem to be putting out completely original series.

I suppose its an a bit of a catch 22 problem. The more I read = the harder it is to surprise me.

The reason I have not rated this book 5 is because I never really learnt to like Asia - Yes I like a strong heroine (i usually demand it) but in this case she was such a tough cooki
Aug 19, 2010 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my GOD! Yet another excellent book from Jacquelyn Frank. I am so amazed by her world building. In the beginning I had some difficulty to get a grip on how the colonies looked but since Ms Frank continued to add information during the story, suddenly I saw the beautiful hanging cities.

I also admire her way of getting you to think. Think about injustice in our world, about selfishness, about fighting for you believes.

The characters of Julian and Asia were strong, even though I thought little of
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