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Twilight Hunter

(Execution Underground #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  361 ratings  ·  90 reviews
Hunters of the supernatural, the Execution Underground are an elite group tasked with protecting humanity...but what happens when danger collides with desire?

Jace McCannon has one loyalty: the Execution Underground. Despite his mixed blood, his hatred for the werewolves he hunts is legendary. But in his search for a sadistic killer, Jace finds himself face to face with a s
Mass Market Paperback, 376 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by HQN Books
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Jon Ballenger
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A very promising beginning to what is going to be a fabulous series. Ripe with tension and raw sexuality, the first book of The Execution Underground envelopes the reader in the seamy underworld of Rochester, NY's paranormal scene. Not to be missed!
Dani Marescotti
A good book dazzles you with it's complexity, ingenuity and prose.

A bad book dazzles you with it's bullshit.


Following a common theme in mysteries, women are turning up mutilated and raped posthumously. Our bull of a hero (not literally, folks), Jace, is on the villain's trail, tracking the murders through the street of Rochester. Jace works for a division of the Execution Underground (aside: my favorite part of this book was probably that name), specializing in the slaughter of werewolves des
All Things Urban Fantasy
Oct 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

Coming off the high of SHADOW HUNTER, TWILIGHT HUNTER, the first full novel in the Execution Underground series, had a lot to live up to. Unfortunately, Jace and Frankie just didn’t do it for me in the way that Damon and Tiffany did, though I did enjoy the book. If you were looking for any kind of resolution of the cliffhanger that SHADOW HUNTER left us with, don’t pick up TWILIGHT HUNTER expecting any answers. What you will find, however, is a hot rom
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've got to be honest. I love a book and ultimately an author who can show you one thing and then give you something even more than expected. When reading the synopsis, I see that a werewolf hunter falls in love with a werewolf. But what Kait delivers is so much more than that. There are not only layers to the romance aspect but to Jace's character as well. Not one character (secondary characters included) in this book who are one dimensional. Heck, even the bad guy in this story comes out of no ...more
Mar 23, 2014 rated it really liked it

First Impression:

Great start to a series featuring ass kicking band of brothers in arm hunting supernaturals.

Plot and Characters:

Jace is our hero. He's the best werewolf hunter on the East coast. His secret is that he has a nose for tracking wolves. Literally. Only one other member of the Execution Underground  knows Jace is a werewolf half-breed. His mother was human and his father a werewolf. Thanks to Jace's abusive father he hates werewolves. That is until he meets our heroine, Frankie.


Aug 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr

Twilight Hunter has a interesting world, even if not much in it is fresh or new. If you want to be positive you can say that, even if the world-building is very light, this same "lack" avoided the info-dumps or the lull that the first books in a new series usually suffer from.

I loved the first half, but I was growing more and more bored with the second. There are so many time that the misunderstanding trope can be used before it became stale. Here it was used every few chapters, creating a v
May 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wow. Not only do I have a new book boyfriend in the incredibly smexy and alphalicious halfbreed, Jace McCannon, I also have a new must-read series in Kait Ballenger's Execution Underground. Not only was Twilight Hunter fast paced and super duper smexy but it also features one of my favorite supernatural/mythological beings, the berserker!!! Oh and the heroine was pretty kick ass as well. Certainly can't forget about Frankie no matter how ferociously hot the hero was. Mmmm Jace!!!

I knew from the
Angie Whitehead
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
WOW!!! I won this ARC in a giveaway and I am so glad I did. This lady has amazing talent! Half way through the book I knew I would buy the whole series as it came out, and by the end of the book I knew I would probably get everything Kait publishes lol. I read a lot and so many books follow the same path and sound so similar. This isn't one of them. I couldn't put this down. I love Jace and Frankie and I can't wait to read about the rest of the Execution Underground. This is going to be my new f ...more
Lori {Romancing the Dark Side}
Originally reviewed on Romancing the Dark Side:

Kait Ballenger delivers a sexy romance with plenty of suspense and humor in the latest addition to the Execution Underground series!

As a member of the Execution Underground, bad boy and half-breed Jace McCannon lives to hunt and kill werewolves. While tracking a vicious killer on assignment, he encounters a beautiful alpha female werewolf and goes against everything he stands for when he lets her live and brings her to his home. Frankie isn’t just
◊♦ Naomi

After reading Shadow Hunter, I was really excited to read Twilight Hunter. Kait wrote a great story with great characters in Shadow Hunter and she did the same in this one, it was a really good read.

The plot was really nice, it was an important part of the story, there was a lot of suspense, a lot of action but none of that was interfering with the romance. For me, the romance in a book is really important and I was glad that Kait wrote that book like she did. I hope that I'm expressing myself c
Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)

Ms. Ballenger did not disappoint. After reading Shadow Hunter (Execution Underground #0.5), I was anxious and excited to get to this installment. Ms. Ballenger’s introduction to this series was remarkable. Twilight Hunter has a gripping story line with nonstop action, suspenseful twists, and well developed characters. Just like its prequel, Twilight Hunter was an awesome read.

Left with no choice, Jace is forced to work with the very beings he hunts. There is a mystery to be solved , and this se
Jul 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Mon avis en Français

My English review

I’ve read the Kait Ballenger’s novella before having the opportunity to read the first novel and I admit that I was curious to see how the story would be. Yes I was looking forward to see if I would find the characters I met in the first volume but eventually I completely forgot the novella when started.

Jace is a hunter pursuing rogues werewolves, yet he is himself hybrid and would be killed if his partners learn the truth about him. However, he enjoys his j
I have a new favourite series, this book was amazing so much more than a paranormal romance, serial killers, self discovery and a whole new world set up so effortlessly at least while reading it (sure it was hard work writing it) and I can't wait for book 2.

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Set up, this book has a grisly start, a mutilated body, one of many and jace is there to find clues to the sicko killer. Someone else is lurking about too though!

Characters, Jace is a half breed werewolf, he hates werewolves and hunts them d

Da quanto non leggevo un bell’urban fantasy come questo.
Mi sono mancate le storie con creature superiori e dal temperamento dominante, alpha, come i licantropi. ;-)
È come essere in una puntata di Teen Wolf, ma con i ruoli capovolti. Azione e romance insieme. Suspense e dark horror in un colpo solo.
Nella storia raccontata da KAIT BALLENGER, ad essere una splendida lupa alpha è una donna. È lei la donna dal temperamento forte, dallo spirito indomito. La sua strada si incrocia con quella di un cac
Amarilli Settantatre

L’Execution Underground è una sorta di agenzia segreta dedita alla caccia e all’eliminazione di creature soprannaturali (malvage). La task-force di Rochester, New York, è capitanata in particolare da Damon, occhi azzurro ghiaccio, leader nell’annientamento dei vampiri, ed è poi composta dagli altri cacciatori Jace, David, Shane, Ash e Trent, con specializzazioni varie, dai demoni ai fantasmi.

Sebbene questa serie abbia parecchi punti in comune con altre già lette, de
Danielle Annett
Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
was sucked in right away. The book took off with a bang and didn’t let up. There was almost instant chemistry between Jace and Frankie and them fighting it made for an interesting story. I was able to fall in love with both characters. The story was fast paced, filled with twists and turns that kept me turning the page, and with a diverse cast of supernaturals that made me eager to learn more. The secondary characters were formed just as well as the main characters were which is always a diffic ...more
May 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS BOOK KAIT!!!!Jace is hot and standoffish and tortured and dark and good and so so yummy!!!And Frankie is an AWESOME Alpha Female with the hard ass attitude you would expect!!! Secrets, insecurity, and hurt are at the core of this story with adventure sex and terror thrown in. Let me just say ROBERT WILL FREAK YOU OUT!!! And David an Allsun will make your heart hurt for them!! This is a great well rounded story with a fabulous ending!! Thanks Kait for a great great read!! I ...more
Megan Riverina Romantics/Meggerfly
Rating: 4/5
Heat Rating: 3/5
Narrator Performance: 3/5
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
My rating: 3.5 stars: Liked it - recommend (B+)
Originally posted at That's What I'm Talking About
I received a review copy via NetGalley.

Jace is a were-hunter employed by the Execution Underground in their Rochester, NY region. The EU is a group of genetically enhanced men that function as supernatural experts and police. The Rochester team is on edge due to the presence of a supernatural serial killer who cannot be caught. Jace is the focus of much animosity from the region leader, Damon (who wa
Reviewed for:
Lets Get Romantical
Where the Night Kind Roam

Another great book from Kait Ballenger! TWILIGHT HUNTER is a sexy, dark, intriguing, action packed roller coaster ride of emotion and hard hitting action with a twist on my favorite supernatural species thrown in. The Execution Underground is an elite force to take out rogue supernaturals. Jace is the best werewolf hunter on the east coast, but this case is his hardest yet. Women are dying, and dying horrific death, mutilated beyond recogn
Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
*Sigh* What a breath of fresh air! Just before I started this one I read like 4-5 contemporary romance books that were all in the 3 star range and was just feeling down and out. :-( THANK GOD this book came at the right time to cheer me up!! Ever since Kait wrote a guest post (found here) about each of the members of the Execution Underground I’ve been intrigued by Jace. Here is how she describes Jace:

Jace McCannon
Occupation: Werewolf Hunter
Height: 6’4
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Eye Color: Emerald
Hair C
Sandy S
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
TWILIGHT HUNTER is the first full length novel (second story) in Kait Ballenger’s new paranormal romance series- Execution Underground – focusing on an elite group of warriors/hunters who protect humanity from the supernatural beings out to destroy or control the world. This is Jace and Frankie’s storyline. And in true paranormal style, not everyone is as they appear to be. Even the good guys are something ‘more’.

Jace McCannon is on the edge. With a string of unsolved murders that point at a vic
Talk Supe
May 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
Braine's Talk Supe review

What stood out to me the most was Execution Underground the agency. These group of men may have the same goal but they have their own cliques inside the group. It's every man for himself the Hunters loyal to the cause but not on each other. I love a solid brotherhood but we also know that men, Alpha males in particular, have big egos and KBallenger used that flaw to apply a little discord within Execution Underground. I am not a big fan of their leader, Damon Brock, an
Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
OMG! I love this new series from Kait Ballenger!

I had previously read Kait's E.U novella in After Dark and enjoyed it very much... rating it 5 stars. Therefore... I had high expectations for this book and Kait certainly has not disappointed me. Shifters, romance, fights... the passion and thrills will keep you on the edge of your seat. Warning! This is not a book to read to lull yourself to sleep!

Jace is a werewolf specialist with the EU, i.e., The Execution Underground. The EU is tasked with p
Cocktails and Books
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Twilight Hunter is a paranormal romance by Kait Ballenger. This book had a great storyline. There were so many different twists and turns of the plot that you never knew what was coming next. he surprises kept coming and none of what I thought was going to happen actually happened. When the last puzzle was revealed my jaw dropped and I had to reminded to close my mouth.

The characters and the romance were really lacking in this book. I felt absolutely no connection to either the heroine, Frankie
Lucy Qhuay

This was absolutely awful!

Poor writing, weak plot and messed up characters. Really, I don't know if there is anything good in this book.

Jace, the hero, was an half-breed asshole with daddy issues, who kept taking it all out on Frankie, the heroine, just because she was a werewolf and his piece of shit father was a werewolf as well.

Guess what, bitch? You're half werewolf too!

It was beyond ridiculous the shit he threw Frankie's way because her race was the same as his father's. The man was garbag
Full Review posted on Book Lovin' Mamas

I have been anxiously waiting to read Twilight Hunter by Kait Ballenger, and I knew I would not be disappointed at all because the minute I read the first page…I was captured into the Execution Underground world. I had a hard time putting down this book. My poor hubby and two girls were neglected for a day and a half because of reading Twilight Hunter. (I may have also snapped at the hubby when he tried to talk to me…he’s not talking right now because he’s
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jace: un nome, una conoscenza del proprio passato pari a 0

Libro godibile che si legge velocemente. La trama è abbastanza articolata, anche se in alcuni punti i protagonisti hanno perso un casino di tempo per non combinare nulla.
Certo, con un serial killer che gira per la città possiamo permetterci di perdere tempo a litigare con il promesso fidanzato dell'alfa, no?
Inoltre, come accennato nel titolo, Jace (non Jace di Shadowhunters dai mille cognomi) scoprirà la realtà su se stesso e sulla sua fa
Cyndi Delia
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
HOLY SMOKES! Boy, did I score with this ARC! (Twilight Hunter)

I can not say enough about how much I LOVED this book. In a genre where it can be hard to come up with something fresh, not to mention gripping and well- written, Ms. Ballenger has raised the bar.

I am a total fan girl!

After Dark: The Darkest Angel\Shadow HunterThis book is sexy and fast paced and best of all it has characters that are to die for! Throw in a heinous villain and well now..... you can see why this author is now on my au
R.J. Harris
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Though she's a virtual newcomer, Kait Ballenger clearly understands the paranormal romance category in addition to action and character development. Each character in Twilight Hunter, the first in her Execution Underground series, is three-dimensional, whether main or secondary characters. Male protagontist Jace has more layers than an onion, and refreshing female pack leader Frankie ensures that romantic tensions run as high as the main conflict. The result is an original spin on the ho-hum wer ...more
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