Reviewed by Donna
TITLE: Archie’s Accidental Kidnapping
SERIES: Hounds of the Hunt #1
AUTHOR: Toni Griffin
PUBLISHER: Mischief Corner Books
LENGTH: 267 Pages
RELEASE DATE: November 8, 2017
Long nights hunting supernatural beings means little time for love in Adze’s life. He and his pack mates are what protects Melbourne, and Australia, from the things that go bump in the night—very real spirits and demons who prey on humans.
Every day Archie’s life is consumed by work as he desperately tries to pay back his student debt and a loan a boyfriend took out in his name. Tired and alone, he dreams of a future with someone to love and hold him through the night.
One fateful encounter with a nephilim gone bad changes both their worlds forever. Now Adze just has to convince his heart mate he didn’t actually kidnap him.
There are so many paranormal shifter type books out there in the m/m world that they tend to blur together. When I’m not in the mood for something gritty and emotional, these books are my go to, so it’s safe to say that I’ve read a lot of them. And every now and again one will stand out from the rest. Archie’s Accidental Kidnapping was that for me. Let’s be honest. I’m not claiming that it’s a great literary work, but it delivered exactly what I was in the mood for. The hot alpha demon/shifter. The cute yet sassy human. The pack of studdly (and I assume gay) hellhounds fighting to protect humankind. It covered every cliché I expect from a shifter story, but it did it with just the right levels of humor, sexiness and adorableness to make this story memorable to me.
I loved this group of hellhounds. I loved their names, I loved their personalities and I loved that setting them on fire made them feel like they’d just spent the day at a five star spa. Adze and his team were all born in hell, but for the last two hundred years they’ve been assigned to earth to protect against paranormals who have turned bad. I’m assuming that each of these guys will get their own story, and I can’t wait. But the true star of this book, in my opinion, was Archie. His feisty personality was geared exactly to my preferences, which I guess is a personal thing. Some readers might find him absolutely annoying, while I just wanted him to keep talking. I loved his reactions to being “kidnapped” and the way he couldn’t help but snark at his alleged kidnappers. Even when he’s actually kidnapped by the real serial killer, he can’t keep his mouth shut.
Adze and Archie together were just too cute for words. I think my favourite scene in the book is where Adze takes Archie on a picnic in an attempt to woo him. How can anyone resist a big, tough, deadly hellhound when he’s planning such romantic gestures and buying his man cuddly toys? There’s such chemistry between our two main characters that when they end up in bed at the end of the book, I was shocked to realize that that was their first sex scene. It hadn’t even registered that they hadn’t actually slept together yet.
I’ve heard other readers talk about this author before, but until now I haven’t read her books. I think I’ll have to check out what else she’s written while I wait for the second book in the Hounds of the Hunt series.