Hunters, A.M. Burns
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Genre: YA, LGBT (G), Fantasy/Paranormal
A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title
Bigfoot hunters prowl the forests of Cripple Creek, Colorado. That doesn’t sit well with Thom Woodmen—a Bigfoot—albeit the runt of his family. Being the smallest has advantages; Thom, in disguise, gets to attend high school, and he’s not expected to accomplish much in life. All that changes when he comes across a distressed human in the forest.
Ben Steele is new to Cripple Creek High School, and after a harrowing experience in the woods near his new home, he quickly falls in with Thom Woodmen and his circle of friends. So what if they like to hang out with nature? Ben’s got nothing better to do. Trouble is, Ben can’t seem to stay out of it—trouble, that is.
However, in saving young Ben’s life, Thom inadvertently kick-starts a bonding process that’ll change both their lives forever. With the support of family and friends, Thom learns to accept bonding with the human boy. But with the danger overrunning Cripple Creek lately, Thom may be cut down before he can confess his secret and his love.
I really enjoyed this book. While it may not have been my favourite YA book ever, and it wasn’t a five star read for me, I thought it was a pretty fun, entertaining read and it left me wondering how things would go. I adored Thom and Ben as characters. They were both really likeable guys, they were cute together, and I also liked the fact I could feel the chemistry between them.
This book could have been angsty. Actually, after I started reading it, I was expecting there to be an issue with Thom’s sexuality. But there wasn’t and it didn’t really take a lot for him and Ben to become a couple. Apart from a little bit of nervousness and doubt on Thom’s part, nobody had an issue with him and Ben. Thom’s family were accepting and it really was a non-issue for them. They loved their son and, as they said, their species don’t have the same hang-ups humans do.
The whole Bigfoot thing was interesting and it really did add to my enjoyment of the book. I was always wondering how Ben would react, if maybe he knew on some level, and if it would cause a rift between the boys. If you want to know how Ben takes the news, you will have to read the book because I’m not going to spoil that part. Honestly, I liked how A.M. Burns handled the whole thing and it didn’t feel totally unrealistic, but Ben’s reaction wasn’t really drawn out either.
Overall, Hunters was a very enjoyable book and earned a very strong 4 stars. The only reason I didn’t give it 5 is because I didn’t fall in love with it. However, it had a very cute, sweet couple and it kept me reading. The cover is really attractive and it’s what originally caught my eye. Also, it was really nice to read something without a lot of issues with the couple in the book.
This book was provided by Harmony Ink in exchange for a fair and honest review.