Dawn of the Hunter - Book Two

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Donna is on the wrong end of a high-power assault rifle, with a 4000 year old demon’s trigger finger on the other. He’s promised to blow her brains out if she gets any closer.

She takes a step…toward the monster.

Dawn of the Hunter book two in the Midnight Hunter Trilogy. More

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Published: Dec. 03, 2011
Words: 92,200
Language: English
ISBN: 9780983827238
About Bonnie Bernard

I'm the proud birth-giver to The Midnight Hunter Trilogy - a paranormal, suspense-thriller that features a dash of romance, a sprinkle of mystery, an occasional murder, and a full, fun cast of Underworld characters. Some of them are kind, others are wicked - but all of them will tug at your heartstrings.

The Midnight Hunter Trilogy is published by Fin-S Press and is available in softcover and most ereader-device forms.

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Reviews

Review by: Roxanne Kade on Nov. 26, 2012 : star star star star star
Wow! Wow! Wow! Just when I thought this series couldn't get any better, in walks Howie Evil *wicked grin* Damn, if anyone could make a crude, foul-mouthed, human hating demon so delectable, it's Bonnie Bernard!

I was a little disappointed that Hunter was scarce from the beginning of the book, but thank goodness Howie was there to fill the "sexy as hell" gap and for some reason, every time Howie made an appearance in this book, I pictured Joe Manganiello!

Now I know some people may look at Howie to be a disgusting, underworld demon who loves to beat the crap out of stupid humans, but there were definitely times when I wished I was Cassie, or even poor Donna! I wouldn't mind getting to know Mr Evil a whole lot better, especially after a few drinks *wicked, wicked grin*. But Howie isn't only sexy, he is funny. I loved his quick witted remarks and comebacks. For all his faults, there was just nothing to dislike about him!

Okay, enought about Howie *sigh* Evil, and back to my review :) The second book in The Midnight Hunter trilogy upped the ante in so many ways and it was another exciting ride alongside the much loved character from book one. Donna is forced to team up with Howie *sigh* Evil in order to save her daughter from Stephen and this sets off a whole bunch of events that could mean the end of the world as we know it. A war looms between the forces of darkness, one that will tip the scales of Order and Choas. It is up to Cassie, the bullheaded human, who blabbed about her Underworld prophecy discovery all over her blog, to give the answers. Only Cassie is anything but a willing participant in the whole mess.

Hunter is still as alluring as in the first book but he tends to be a little too overprotective. Although he has Donna's best interests at heart his stubborness pushes her into even more dangerous situations. I really love how real their relationship is. They have all these real emotions that come with loving someone with all your heart and soul. There was jealousy, on both ends, fear of losing your soulmate, they got angry at each other and Donna even went as far as telling little white lies just to find the breathing space she needed. On the flip side there were some really warm and fuzzy moments. Moments that were just so perfect that the love between them was palpable.

There are many exciting twists in the plot - from Jacqelina, to Howie's true "dual-sided" nature, and to top it all off, the heart breaking surprise delivered to Donna and Hunter regarding Lucinda's soul. There are also some fantastic fight scenes in this book as well. For all their differences, it was great to see Human, Vampire and Demon alike, stand together when it was most needed to fight for what was right.

This book is filled to the brim with action, love and sexy, underworld men. I've lost my heart to these amazing characters, and I'm over the moon excited to read book three.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Books4Tomorrow Reviews on Aug. 29, 2012 : star star star star
I loved the first book in this series! I loved the author’s wit and quirky writing, loved the characters and especially loved Mo. Naturally, I was looking forward to reading book two and I wasn’t disappointed.

Meeting up with now familiar characters from the first book in this series, was a blast! In “Dawn of the Hunter” the reader also gets to meet bad-ass demon Howie Evil – a last name which suits him perfectly. Howie is mean, favors guns to humans, has an appetite for human souls, is touchy about his ride, and his favorite demon is…well…Howie. Like it or not, Howie grows on you and soon he was one of my absolute favorite characters. I especially enjoyed his and Mo’s sarcastic, confrontational interactions.

Donna once again proved to be a strong, take-charge character who kicks demon butt and who is a pillar of strength for her family. I absolutely adored Mo’s character in the first book because of her spunk and cynicism, and in this book she manages to take it up a notch, especially with Howie now in the picture. Cassie is another new character the reader will either love or hate. She hiccups when in distress, and is the proud owner of Thrasher – the meanest cat this side of hell.

I enjoyed the story, the plot twists, the action, the in-your-face humor, and getting to be part of these characters’ lives again, I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Imajica Snow on Aug. 02, 2012 : star star star star
Dawn of the Hunter- Book two in the Midnight Hunter Trilogy

I was not very impressed with this second story, it seemed that alot of things just didn't add up. I believe the story line was good but it was missing too much to fill it out. I still don't like Hunter or Donna, but still love Mo and Howie. There was alot of little things that made this book not great in my opinion. Alot of people may not see it or over look them but to me it's very important, for instance Lucinda's growth but yet her grandfather sees none of this, or she is still sleeping in a basinet? The fighting scenes were not really impressive and was hard to imagine. The parts where Jacqueline was involved just threw me, is Donna really that pathetic? I could go on about her but like I said I really don't like her at all. The war was not any kind of war at all, it was a small little fight that was quickly over and ended just to easily. I know that alot more details could have went into this and wish it had. I still enjoyed it cause I like to read between the lines and see what could have been written in there. I know sometimes authors have to cut things and I truly hate that! So with that all being said, I am still glad to have had the chance to read this and will gladly read the final story. I again just believe that this story had alot more potential but was not put into it for whatever reason.
"I have received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review"
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Claire Taylor on July 24, 2012 : star star star star
I received this book from the author on a read to review basis.

This is the second book in the Midnight Hunter Trilogy, and starts off a few months after book one ended.

Vampires, demons, the minions, the underworld and a goddess - all the characters are back from book one, and some new ones have come out to play. The characters have all greatly evolved, and there is much more action this time around. A prophecy turns everyone's world upside down, and places it in danger.........can Donna be the warrior she needs to be to save everyone she cares about? There are so many twists and turns, keeping you gripped right up until the end.

The relationship between Donna and Howie, the 4000 year old demon keeps you wanting to read more, and he strangely enough becomes one of the characters you'll want to survive.

Only down side is that there is a part of the story that you learn about second hand. It would have been nice to have gone through it as it was happening, maybe through Hunter's eyes, as it was quite a major piece of the puzzle.

Despite the above, I thoroughly enjoyed the story, more than I did the first and looking forward to finishing the trilogy with Final Hour of the Hunter
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: kelly jones on June 29, 2012 : star star star star star
Where do you begin when everything about a book is just too good to miss even the smallest parts ? That is how good book 2 of the Midnight Hunter series was for me. The second book is full of all the wonderful characters from the first book, Hunter is still moody and controlling, Donna is still very innocent, although her eyes are opened towards the end of the book, Mad Mo is still as abrupt and hilarious as ever, in only the way someone with her style of bluntness can be.
I love how there is more time to get to know the suave healer Dante, with all his charm and what almost seems like magic, and Trent with his almost casual laid back charm, he is almost Mo's exact opposite. There is also the chance to get to know the unusually grumpy Howie and all his "charms". Howie plays an integral part in this book and his abruptness is so amusing that it becomes his endearing quality. I love how he refers to nearly everyone as stupid human or Donna as virginal human, and also Cassie as the bullheaded human.
Cassie I would say is a demonologist with some special abilities which Howie puts to good use to help unravel the prophecy and in the process finds himself becoming friends with the "stupid human" he claims to hate the most.
This book has so much action in it, and Donna as usual is right at the heart of all the usual disturbances and chaos, as she just isn't one to be told what to do. I love her and Howie's friendship and I also love that divine intervention is required to mend Howie's injured male ego, which definitely put a smile on my face.
The anticipation of what was happening with Lucinda's brightness had me on the edge of my seat and the fear of what would become of her was almost too much to bare.
Big guns, the end of the world, lots of action and a jar of pickles....I would definitely recommend this series to all my friends. Thanks Bonnie Bernard for introducing me to these great characters.
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: christine bonner on June 28, 2012 : star star star star star
his is the second book about Dawn,Hunter and the others.
You have Cassie, Dawn baby and Mo baby in this one as well
the book is centre around Dawn and Howie who owns the gun shop that sells things to Vampires and demons.
He hate humans and has a name for all of them, but you will grow to love him
There is a sex scene in it which funny with Cassie and Howie
Also you will be laugh when Mo has to empty a cat litter tray and feed the cat

The book is a page turner in in my case a thumb turner on the e reader, Love the book and cant wait to read the 3rd one

i had this book brought for my from a friend for doing them a good turn and i am glad that i have them
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Ever Star on June 20, 2012 : star star star star star
I was given this book from the author for an honest review.

The second book in the Midnight Hunter Trilogy was a book I could not put down. Bonnie has done it again with another amazing book. Dawn of the Hunter was just as intense as the first one.

As soon as you go to the first page you are already hooked, Dawn of the Hunter takes place a few months after the first book. Donna and Hunter's daughter Lucinda is born, a new character gets introduced,and another character gets some book time and Donna fights for her daughters soul. I can say I was surprised about Howie and Cassie actually getting together.

The relationship between Howie the weapons dealer and Donna is quite funny, because if though Howie is this demon well half demon I should say he puts on this front. And you can tell Donna cares for him in a friend type way, because she sticks up for him and even listens to him call her a stupid human. Hunter in this book makes me a little upset at him, because he thinks Donna can not take care of herself, and is overly-protective. But at the end he comes to terms that Donna can take care of her self, and her family. She is not a weakling. At the end of the book I am excited to see about Howie and how he will react to what happened.
I can not wait to read book three in this trilogy. Bonnie is an amazing author.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kitty Boodles on June 19, 2012 : star star star star star
Dawn of the Hunter by Bonnie Bernard (Book 2 of the Midnight Hunter Trilogy)

I devoured book 2 as fast as I could! Howie (the demon) is horrible, nasty, and rude, but I was fascinated by him, laughing out loud by some of his dialogue as the story progressed. A demon you love to hate, that's Howie!

Dawn of the Hunter (Book 2) brings you right back into Donna's world which is filled with vampires, demons, minions, Gods and Goddesses, and much, much more. People you were previously introduced to in Book 1 (Midnight Hunter) return, people like Hunter and Mo, and you get to meet Lucinda. Oh, and Howie - him and his Rules.

It's a great read, and the world that the author creates feels very real. Very well written, I can honestly say that I enjoyed book 2 thoroughly, and if possible, more than the first book. I could not stop reading until I found out what happens next... and there is a lot of that in the story! I can not wait to start book 3!

Who would have thought a simple thing like a trip to the grocery story could turn into a nightmare revisited...Make sure you get this whole Trilogy, it is a MUST READ.

This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review - and it was fantastic!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Kitty Boodles on June 19, 2012 : (no rating)
Dawn of the Hunter by Bonnie Bernard (Book 2 of the Midnight Hunter Trilogy)

I devoured book 2 as fast as I could! Howie (the demon) is horrible, nasty, and rude, but I was fascinated by him, laughing out loud by some of his dialogue as the story progressed. A demon you love to hate, that's Howie!

Dawn of the Hunter (Book 2) brings you right back into Donna's world which is filled with vampires, demons, minions, Gods and Goddesses, and much, much more. People you were previously introduced to in Book 1 (Midnight Hunter) return, people like Hunter and Mo, and you get to meet Lucinda. Oh, and Howie - him and his Rules.

It's a great read, and the world that the author creates feels very real. Very well written, I can honestly say that I enjoyed book 2 thoroughly, and if possible, more than the first book. I could not stop reading until I found out what happens next... and there is a lot of that in the story! I can not wait to start book 3!

Who would have thought a simple thing like a trip to the grocery story could turn into a nightmare revisited...Make sure you get this whole Trilogy, it is a MUST READ.

This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review - and it was fantastic!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Ema Volf on June 18, 2012 : star star star star star
It's now 3:30 in the morning and I just now finished Dawn of the Hunter by Bonnie Bernard. This is book 2 in The Midnight Hunter Trilogy. Why am I still up at 3:30? Because I couldn't put the darn thing down! That's why! I'm hooked!

This book starts up a few months after the point where we left off in Midnight Hunter. We don't get an easy introduction either. Right off the bat we find that Donna and Hunter's infant daughter, Lucinda, was stolen by Stephan, Hunter's brother who was previously thought to have been killed.

Donna was visited by the goddess Alicia and instructed to seek help from the weapons dealer that I mentioned I wanted to meet in the last book! And I have to say, I wasn't disappointed! He is exactly as fascinating as I'd imagined, if not more so! On the way to their rescue mission, we are informed that a woman named Cassie has also gone missing. Cassie had found the lost copy of an Underworld Prophecy, and was able to translate it, making her a target for Underworld creatures.

One of the things I found most interesting was watching that prophecy unravel. When I started to really learn about it, and the characters that were foretold to be involved, I couldn't help but wonder how in the world the author was going to pull it off without either having the characters destroy each other or having the whole thing be completely unbelievable for the reader. Yet again, I was pleasantly surprised. The author pulled it off beautifully.

This book was much more fast-paced than the one before it. It had much more action, but not so much that it leaves the reader overwhelmed or confused. Just the right amount. It definitely kept my mind wondering and guessing what could possibly happen next, and definitely not in a bad way.

Once again, I really have to give the author props for her characters. Bonnie Bernard definitely knows her characters, and she fleshes them out so well, they seem to hang around in your head long after you've put the book down.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Phoenix Fire Publishing on May 31, 2012 : star star star star star
What can i say other than Bonnie Bernard has out done herself yet again....I love these books. And Donna how could you not love Donna. She is strong willed and trying to balance normal with chaos...my kind of girl.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Cinamdere Autumnleaf on May 26, 2012 : star star star star star
What can I say, Bonnie has done it again! Blown my mind with another book that I just couldnt put down! This trilogy is such a must read... I cant get enough of the imaginative hodgepodge of fantastic charecters. I cant wait to read book 3 to see what happens! I would deffinatly recommend this trilogy to everyone who appreciates a good read, be it by a fire, at the beach, or even sitting on the couch ignoring your favorite TV show because you are way to engrossed in these wonderful stories (yep, this was me!)
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Cinamdere Autumnleaf on May 26, 2012 : (no rating)
What can I say, Bonnie has done it again! Blown my mind with another book that I just couldnt put down! This trilogy is such a must read... I cant get enough of the imaginative hodgepodge of fantastic charecters. I cant wait to read book 3 to see what happens! I would deffinatly recommend this trilogy to everyone who appreciates a good read, be it by a fire, at the beach, or even sitting on the couch ignoring your favorite TV show because you are way to engrossed in these wonderful stories (yep, this was me!)
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Jennifer Davis on May 15, 2012 : star star star star star
This is book 2 of The Midnight Hunter Trilogy. I loved this book as much, if not more, than the first one. As you know from book 1, Donna has a real niche for getting herself into a pickle, and continues to do so in this book. I am glad to say, she has become less naive and has actually grown a pair, thanks to my new favorite character, Howie. Oh Howie, he is such a bad ass with all his demonic dismay. He is one of a kind, kicking ass and taking names kind of guy, and may be the end of all humanity as we know it. All Donna wants is to live a normal family life, but who knew to do so, she must first save them and possibly save the world. This book is a real soul snatcher! I can't wait to read the final book in the trilogy and see if Donna will finally get her happily ever after, or if it will all end in a nightmare!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Jan Scott on Jan. 13, 2012 : star star star star star
This second book is a treat as the Hunter Adventure Continues! With New and Addictive Characters as well as Original Characters Growing in their roles, the twists, and turns will surprise you by the page! This book takes off in leaps and bounds and the excitement doesn’t end until the last page has been turned! I found the growth of the Characters both intriguing and enticing and the emergence of the new characters a wonderful balance that includes, unexpected Twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens next! I laughed, I had tears, and I wanted more. The shifting of the cast of characters from bit players to major characters is a refreshing and unique twist! The players in this book are well defined and detailed.
There are 4 Rules according to Howie, but he’s wrong, there are 5, and the Fifth one is “ You Never, Ever, Ever Mess with the Mommy!”, especially when her partner in crime is a Demon!
This Book is better than the first, I can’t say enough about this one without ruining the story for the next reader and that would be a serious disservice. Again I have to say I could not put this book down! I literally HAD to finish it last night! If you are looking for an exciting read that will not allow you to get bored, this is it! This Book grabs ahold your attention and does not let you loose until it is finished!
A great read! I am diving into the 3rd book in the series today and can hardly wait until I have time to start it!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Gena Robertson on Jan. 11, 2012 : star star star star star
Book 2 is just as good as book 1 - probably better because I lost more sleep since I couldn't put it down!
The introduction of demons and a goddess was a kick-in-the-pants fun ride! I laughed out loud at some of the antics going on :)
I am so glad that I found out about this series after it was already out because I don't have to wait to see what happens next. If I did, I think it would kill me!
Love this series, LOVE this author!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Gena Robertson on Jan. 11, 2012 : star star star star star
Book 2 is just as good as book 1 - probably better because I lost more sleep since I couldn't put it down!
The introduction of demons and a goddess was a kick-in-the-pants fun ride! I laughed out loud at some of the antics going on :)
I am so glad that I found out about this series after it was already out because I don't have to wait to see what happens next. If I did, I think it would kill me!
Love this series, LOVE this author!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: kristy whitt on Jan. 01, 2012 : (no rating)
wow, I thought the first book was great. Now the second one.... and I couldn't read it fast enough!! I was happy to see some familiar characters from the first book.. and they had more presence in this book!

I loved seeing the characters grow and evolve in this one. I loved the cool hidden stuff, the hints at bigger things, and how people grow.

Awesome reading. You get pulled in fast and taken on a whirlwind through the underworld... like a fantastic ride you pay tons for at a park. :)
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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