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Alexei
When Marcus Church brings his brother Claude in to help solve an unusual murder, I’m positive he did it just to disrupt my monotonous life. None of my coworkers in the Vampire Related Crimes unit seem to understand that I want to keep a wall between me and everyone else - especially Claude, who does everything he can to break through it with an annoying smile. After more vampires begin to die, Claude pinpoints the actions of the killers to a group of vampire hunters, leaving us in a race to stop them. When I discover that I have a target on my back, I’m surprised that Claude insists on staying by my side, even when things go from bad to worse. I’m determined to keep him out - I’ve lost enough people in my life - but I can’t stop feeling something every time he breaks through. 

Claude
When I reunited with my brother, I never imagined it’d throw me right into Alexei Karsynov’s path. He’s short-tempered, stubborn, and dangerously adorable whenever he smiles - he just doesn’t realize it yet. When Marcus asks me to help with a case, it gives me the excuse I need to get closer to Alexei, but what I discover threatens to change everything. Suddenly, I find myself wanting to do anything to protect Alexei and to see him smile, despite his efforts to keep his distance from others. I’m determined to show him that he can’t live in the past when his future is so much brighter. 

How to Lure a Hunter is a 107k word book that contains: clothes so bright they could cause retina damage, a ridiculous amount of gifts showered on a reluctant recipient, a cranky Russian with a soft spot he tries to hide, a library full of books that need to be treated with the proper respect, some possibly unhealthy sibling teasing, and a sunshiny 300-year-old vampire with an unexpected protective streak.

©2020 Alice Winters (P)2021 Alice Winters

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Fantastic Author & Amazing Narration

How to Lure a Hunter is book three in Alice Winters’ fabulous Vampire Related Crimes series. Here we finally get to know the elusive Alexei, who has played a prominent role in all the books so far. I read & listened to this book via Kindle Whispersync, and the narrator, Michael Ferraiuolo, once again did a fabulous job, especially considering much of it was with a Russian accent!

Alice Winters has created an amazing cast of characters, which is only heightened by the narrator, who has created a unique voice for each of them so even if you’re not reading along at that moment, you know exactly who is talking. It’s my opinion that the narration of this series has taken the wow factor from fantastic to amazing!

I loved how Alice gently weaved Alexei’s story into the main plot, primarily through flashbacks, we learn in bits and pieces why Alexei is so closed off and determined to not let anyone close to him. At about the halfway point, we have the major flashback that details exactly who and how the ultimate betrayal was acted upon Alexei. The language was so emotive and descriptive it was so easy to picture it, combined with Michael’s amazing job of expressing Alexei’s disbelief, sense of betrayal, his horror, and ultimately his desperation, brought tears to my eyes.

Alice Winters’ signature humour was very much present. Oh, the snark! The main group of characters all seem unable to express their feelings for each other unless in private. In a more public setting, it is teasing and snarky repartee that expresses their care for each other. These conversations are often hilarious, and I still giggle over the group text scene!

Alice Winters has outdone herself crafting such an emotive and intricate story that revolves around Alexei’s history, allowing us to see beyond the surface of the surly Russian vampire to the gem of a man beneath. Similarly, Michael Ferraiuolo did an amazing job of bringing Alexei, Claude and the entire cast to life. His heartbreaking vocalisation of Alexei’s devastated monologues made an already emotional text bring tears to my eyes.

I really wouldn’t recommend that it be read as a standalone. There is just too much history with the main cast, so that if you didn’t have it, it would be easy to become lost, and honestly many of the jokes would fall flat without this background information.

If you enjoy a story that will make you tear up one moment and snort in laughter the next, I’d highly recommend How to Lure a Hunter.

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  • Wonderland
  • 14-03-2021

Gold just pure gold

Alice Winters does it again. I knew I was going to love Karson's story from the moment we met him in book 1. Claude is the exact opposite of Marcus and he's perfect. Alexei and Claude are oil and vinegar and they go perfect together. Claude brings out Alexei's squishy side, and Alexei brings out claude's fangs and claws. I can never do my eyebrows the same again because I will forever laugh looking in the mirror. And fashion shows are forever changed. In fact that was probably my favorite scene in the entire book. How Alice Winters is able to bring so much comedy too serious matters is incredible.

Everything's not fun and games Alexei's past is coming back to haunt him and puts his entire life as he knows it at risk. But Claude and everyone at the VRC are watching his back.

Michael Ferraiuolo is fabulous as always. He brings these characters to life. I can't wait to listen to him narrate book 4.

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  • Natalie Nicole
  • 14-03-2021

She did it! Ms. Winters tops her second book! 😁

Book 3 is a fantastic follow-up! Book 2 of this series was truly mind-blowing and I wondered: How is Alice Winters going to top that? I'm delighted to announce that she did so beautifully and effortlessly, it seemed. Pairing the grumpy Alexei with the bright and sunshiny Claude, Ms. Winters gives us a book that is absolutely terrific! When encountering Claude in book 2, I thought he was all kinds of creepy. It didn't take me long to fall in love with his persistent optimism and softer side. Alexei was a character that I fell for straight away. His special blend of snarky and grouchy was such a glorious addition to Marcus Church's growly disposition as he sought to suppress Finn's happy, upbeat nature. The chemistry between Alexei and Claude was evident in book 2, but I never dreamed Ms. Winters would partner them. How glad I was that she did! The interactions and dialogue between them are hilarious, and at times so moving and tender! Alexei faces an incredible challenge and Claude distinguishes himself and a true friend, genuine hero, and attentive lover. The narrator, Michael Ferraiuolo does an outstanding job giving the book's characters life!

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  • AAR
  • 25-03-2021

Worth the Wait

This was beautifully narrated and well written, a great addition to the series. The narration was emotional which was what this story needed. A joy to listen to.

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  • Arista
  • 25-03-2021

5 stars

Perfect performance by Michael Ferraiuolo like always! This was by far my favorite book of the series!

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  • Texan2
  • 22-03-2021

Brilliant

Thus us my favorite so far in series,. The narration is always entertaining and epic

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  • Daisycat68
  • 19-03-2021

I love this series!

Great book from a superb series. Alexi and Claude are perfect together. Can't wait until DeGray's book!

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  • Sue 🎧
  • 16-05-2021

enjoyed it

Would I listen to it again: yes ✔
Did the story keep me engaged: yes ✔
Was I invested in the characters: yes ✔

📖 Story comment: Thoroughly enjoying this series. Good pace, interesting plot and entertaining characters.

🎧 Narrator comment: Michael Ferraiuolo does a masterful performance bringing How to Lure A Hunter to life. He has good rhythm, inflections and intonations and it's easy to distinguish the characters from each other.

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📌 Where does it fall on my personal scale? 7

• 1 not my thing • 2 didn't like the narration • 3 didn't keep my attention • 4 was good, but once was enough • 5 enjoyed it • 6 will listen again if i'm in the mood for the narrator • 7 goes on the "re-listen" list • 8 kept me up past bed-time • 9 recommended to family/friends • 10 own it in multiple formats • 11 keep a copy with me at all times
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  • hussfan
  • 21-04-2021

Loved It

I loved the VRC series from the first book, but this one is the first story I read first and then listened in audio. I loved the story when I read it, but listening to it was even better. I liked Alexei from his very first appearance in How to Vex a Vampire, but in this story we learn more about his backstory and how he became the sarcastic, untrusting, relationship avoiding detective. Claude was just a right kind of guy to be worthy of Karsyn. Narrator did an amazing job and I loved voice he gave Claude. I am super picky with narrators when they do voices for Russian characters since its my first language, most narrators do not do a very good job, but Michael Ferraiuolo did a perfect Russian accent and his pronunciation of the few Russian words was impeccable. This was a perfect listening experience and I cannot wait for more books by this author/narrator team.

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  • MonicaB
  • 09-04-2021

amazing story!

amazing stort! even when read. AMAZING narrator! each, I mean each, character has their own voice! he is amazing with them!

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  • Thomas
  • 08-04-2021

Wow

It is a beautiful story you will have to get it to find out more

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  • Book addict
  • 23-04-2021

Good book

I enjoyed this book and I liked getting to know more characters in this series. However, the line between teasing and bullying seemed a bit blurry at times, and left me feeling sadness and wanting to give them a hug.

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  • Sam Baker
  • 05-04-2021

Amazing narrator

As always Mr Ferraiuolo has done an amazing job with narration of this book. From accents to characterisation, just brilliant. This series of books is funny and exciting with a bit of mystery thrown in. Love em

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  • Ms. E. A. Thompson
  • 30-03-2021

A haunted past returns.

Another brilliant chapter with the VRC. Alexei and Claud work together, and as Claud tries to court Alexei, Alexei insults, annoys, contradicts him and is totally stubborn. But memories are powerful things, regrets and guilt even more so, and a haunted past becomes a haunted present that Claud will have to overcomes if they are to ever have a real relationship.

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  • AshPenny37
  • 22-03-2021

A Deserved HEA for Karsyn

Alexei and Claude's story is the third in the VRC universe and a great addition to the series. We've already seen the extent of Alexei's snark in the first two books and there's no change here, setting us up for the epitome of the grump/sunshine trope as Claude could not be any cheerier from his ridiculously loud wardrobe to his ridiculously gregarious nature. I loved this contrast.

The plot is decent. I guessed the identity of the bad guy in the investigation, but the storytelling is more than good enough make that not really of any consequence. I really liked the use of flashbacks to reveal Alexei's backstory - it makes you more sympathetic to him and reveals his character's depths... because you know he can't be that surly for no reason! The way in which Claude is written is just glorious. Again, although he is absolutely the most fabulous vampire that never sparkled, he has an interesting backstory whi takes in some of the challenges of being a more than 300 year old vampire and, more particularly, of being Marcus's (one of the MCs in the first two books) brother. Just try to mess with someone he cares for though...

I listened to the audiobook and Michael Ferraiuolo really does these larger than life characters justice...genuinely having me in stitches in the aisles in the supermarket (good job I was wearing my Covid mask!) and with a lump in my throat at other times. This is fast becoming one of my favourite author/narrator pairings.

All in all, I loved this funny episode in the Vampire Related Crimes world...looking forward to the next one! 4.5*

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  • Annikki Hankvist
  • 19-03-2021

Amazing

I absolutely loved every second of this book! Now I have a book hangover and don't know what to do about myself.

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  • Steven letson
  • 17-03-2021

Surprisingly good

I was a bit nervous about this book since it changed the focus from Finn and Marcus to Claude and Alexei but it turned out great. Really enjoyed their relationship blossoming although I did cringe a bit at Claude’s attempt to woo Alexei. Although he did make up for it towards the end with the wonderful gift he gives Alexei. I nearly cried when he got it!

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  • serentious7
  • 14-03-2021

Great funny and sweet addition to the series

This is a great addition to the VRC series. It has just the right mix and moderate peril, laugh aloud moments and heartwarming moments. The character development feels sincere and the slow-burn nature made me enjoy it all the more

The narrator is excellent as always making this an excellent buy.

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