Hunting Adeline by H.D. Carlton is the second book and conclusion to the Cat & Mouse duet. I reviewed the first book Haunting Adeline last week.
This is a much heavier book than Haunting Adeline. Where Haunting Adeline was dark because the tropes and Zade being a creepy stalker at times, it wasn’t heavy like Hunting Adeline. The novel picks up right where the first book left off, with Addie kidnapped. Addie is kidnapped by The Society, a human trafficking ring that had their sights set on her in book 1 and Zade had been working to take down.
I will tell you that Addie is not rescued/she does not escape right away (and H.D. Carlton makes note of this) so if you’re reading it you need to be prepared for the trauma Addie will endure for the first half of the book. The first half of the book is difficult to read with all of the things Addie goes through as she is abused and groomed for her buyer. I won’t go in to detail on that, but while she is going through all of that and trying to survive and keep herself sane, Zade is also trying to find her. The second half of the book is about Zade and Addie trying to find more of the people behind her abduction and the ring and get their revenge. It’s also a lot about Addie’s recovery. The bright spot in this dark, heavy novel is seeing how much Addie and Zade love each other. How even when she pushes him away because she feels like she’s “dirty” and doesn’t want anyone to touch her, he’s still with her every step of the way making her understand that nothing could make him stop loving her. Their unconditional love is what made the book for me.
As a side note: I think the insanity of the character Sibby is so funny. I can’t wait for her spinoff book and I hope Zade and Addie make appearances in it.
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