The Hunted

Vampire Navy SEAL: Sam & Layla Book 1

Romance - Paranormal
286 Pages
Reviewed on 02/08/2022
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Author Biography

Bestselling author S.B. Alexander writes paranormal, new adult, and young adult romance. Her writing is emotional, angsty, and character driven, and features hot heroes stealing hearts.

S.B. or Susan as she likes to be called is a navy veteran, former high school teacher, and corporate sales executive. She’s a lover of sports, especially baseball, although nowadays you can find her on the golf course.

When she’s not writing, she’s a full-time caregiver to her soul mate of twenty-three years who got a bad deal in life when he was diagnosed with ALS. Her motto: “Life is too short to waste. So live every moment like it’s your last.”

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Hunted is a work of fiction in the paranormal romance, suspense, and interpersonal drama subgenres and was penned by author S.B. Alexander. It was written for the adult reading audience owing to the use of explicit language and the presence of sexual content throughout. Part of the Vampire Navy SEAL series of romances, this enemies-to-lovers tale focuses on Layla, a vampire hunter who is well-practiced at her job. But when she lays eyes on the muscular bloodsucker Sam Mason, everything changes. Layla needs his help to save her sisters, but can she keep her conflicted feelings for him under control, or will Sam get everything he wants from her?

Author S.B. Alexander certainly knows how to pitch a romance to keep her readers turning page after page. To begin with, this is a highly intriguing crossover combination where military precision in battle combines with supernatural deadly forces to produce some really exciting action scenes and a solid character basis for Sam. From there, Alexander’s intricate portrayal of the tough and hard-edged Layla, and her journey as she slowly loses her inhibitions around the tempting vampire SEAL, offers readers a chance to really sink into the tension all around her. So when the pair finally come together, the payoff is all the more enjoyable and emotive in all the right ways. The dialogue was also a strong point of The Hunted, serving to give a clear sense of the characters whilst also cutting in with some very slick humor and strong romantic themes. A highly recommended read for PNR fans everywhere.

Rylanne Burdette

In rotating perspectives from Sam, a vampire, and Layla, a human vampire hunter, The Hunted by S.B. Alexander is a spicy and intense paranormal romance. When Layla’s job brings her into contact with Sam, a vampire with powers that are unique from most others, the two immediately hate each other but also cannot help but feel a strong attraction at the same time. They end up begrudgingly working together after Layla’s sister gets kidnapped by a bad vampire and she needs help to get her sister back. Will the two enemies be able to resist the visible chemistry between them in the process?

From page one, I was hooked on this story and could not wait to see what happened between Sam and Layla. Although I did find their relationship and feelings to be a bit too instant for my normal liking, I could tell that there was something different about them that caused their bond to strengthen so quickly; will we get those answers in the second book? I certainly hope so! Romance is one of my favorite genres, and I love seeing characters have true chemistry with each other. I felt that with Sam and Layla; their banter and passion were amazing, and I cannot believe the book ended where it did! S.B. Alexander’s The Hunted was a wonderful book that kept me turning pages, wanting to find out what was going to happen next! There was a bit of mystery and intrigue sprinkled throughout the plot, and I cannot wait to see the series be continued!

Rabia Tanveer

The Hunted is the first novel in the Vampire Navy SEAL: Sam & Layla series by S.B. Alexander. The perfect example of enemies to lovers, the story is as intense as the name suggests. Layla is a vampire hunter who is fantastic at her job. Being a vampire hunter is all she knows since her family has been doing it for centuries before her. Killing the bloodsuckers is simple, but not Sam Mason. The Vampire Navy SEAL is just as smart as he is handsome, and before Layla knew it, he had outwitted her. However, nothing could have prepared Layla for the time she would need Sam’s help. The lives of her sisters are in danger, and Layla alone cannot keep them safe and fight off the danger. She needs help and it turns out Sam is the best one out there who not only can help her but also make sure the danger never comes back again. The only problem? She is falling for his deadly charms and the sizzling chemistry between them.

I love a good paranormal romance with a fantastic storyline and fascinating characters. Author S.B. Alexander knows how to write a story with authenticity, an incredible plot, relatable characters, and a charm that makes readers fall in love. I have read quite a few novels by Ms. Alexander, and every story is unique, intense, and remarkable, to say the least. Out of all the novels that I have read of hers, Sam is by far is my favorite character. He is sharp, intense, and has an undeniable allure. Layla is feisty, a little too stubborn, and almost too strong-headed, but they make a great couple. The bantering is hilarious, they butt heads quite often, and the dialogues between them had me thoroughly entertained. The story itself is extraordinarily good and actually makes sense, something you don’t find often in the paranormal romance genre.