Hunter is a romantic suspense with paranormal elements, but it’s also a second chance romance. I love second chance romances. It’s my favorite romance trope to write and it’s my favorite to read. I find that hilarious, because anyone who knows me personally will tell you I don’t do forgiveness or second chances. Once it’s over, it’s over.
Then again, my relationships haven’t generally ended for the same reasons the characters in second chance romances have either. Moving to opposite sides of the country for work is a whole lot more of a forgivable “offense” than, say, staging a mock engagement for no reason other than to humiliate you.
And the great thing about second chance romance is that it offers a wonderful glimpse at so many of the “what ifs,” right? Second chance romance gives us redemption. Second chance romance isn’t one character rolling over and submitting to second-class status. It takes moments that were obviously terrible for at least one if not both characters and at least makes progress toward healing them.
In Hunter, Luis and Donovan are thrown together on a case more than a decade after they split up. They split up when they graduated college. Donovan, who came from a deeply homophobic family, was expected to return to Boston to go to the police academy there. He was hardly going to come out to his parents, at that point in his life, and tell them he was going to defy their expectations to live with his college boyfriend and become a Florida cop instead.
The only problem was, he didn’t share any of this with Luis, who found himself suddenly without a partner, and without a home. He’s a little bitter.
Now they’re thrown together again. They’re still attracted to one another, but obviously there are issues. Luis, for one, hasn’t had the easiest time in life or in love since he and Donovan split up. He’s given up on romance entirely and chooses to focus on more or less anonymous hook-ups. He’s focused completely on his career, which is shocking to Donovan.
Donovan can’t understand why Luis would be angry with him. He has no idea what happened after graduation.
What was fun for me, in writing their reunion, wasn’t just clearing up the misunderstanding between these two detectives. I liked watching them build something stronger than what they had in their first relationship.
Their first relationship lasted four years, but Donovan never felt he needed to come out and tell Luis he was going back to Boston after graduation. He never felt he needed to, and he never considered staying, either. Conversely, Luis never asked him to stay. They both have their issues, and Luis’ are a little more pronounced than Donovan’s. If they want to succeed in their relationship, they will need to find their way to an understanding in which they communicate better and they center the other partner.
Second chance romances offer hope in a way other romances don’t. They give us a chance to see redemption at work, and it moves me to tears every time.
Luis has spent his career chasing the darker side of life. First a vice cop, then an FBI profiler, now he lands in the Boston field office, and not by choice. He expects his caseload to have a much lighter tone than he’s used to.
He wasn’t counting on New England’s dark history, or their pride in it. He didn’t understand how close-knit the old towns could be, or how protective they were of their own. He soon finds he’s going to have to count on every skill he ever used in his time at headquarters, and a few skills he didn’t know he had, if he wants to keep body and soul together.
Complicating matters is a new case Luis has just been handed, working with the Mass. State Police. Luis has history there, and ugly history too. Detective Donovan Carey is the guy who broke Luis’ heart over a decade ago. He wasn’t willing to even peek his head outside the closet, certainly not for someone like Luis. Can they put their history aside to deal with a mystery centuries in the making?
Available in eBook or paperback Nov. 20, 2018