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Hunters' Watch Brigade: The Game

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Sam the daughter of Poseidon is a member of the Hunters Watch Brigade she uses the trident of Atlantis to protect humanity from monsters. Max is her partner and guardian he must go on the quest of Bast to face the guardians curse and keep his remaining  lives to guard Sam. Sam had her own problems facing her ex Alex a wizard after the arrowhead of Artemis. A game is developed for the first treasure hunter to the prize wins 1 million. There are plenty of twists and turns in this game which becomes a matter of life or death. This is a thrilling fantasy which will have you wanting more.
I was given an ARC of this book by Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Just like Initiation, book 1, The Game is a fun book filled with mythological creatures, action, and a bit of romance. I enjoyed all of the elements that the author wove together. Part witch and the daughter of Poseidon, Samantha is part of the Hunters’ Watch Brigade, a group of monster hunters who protect humans from the supernatural creatures who go rogue. Sam is sassy, independent, strong, and maybe a touch too stubborn. Sam has a penchant for killing first and then trying to ask questions, much to the dissatisfaction of Shade, her boss. 

Max is her Main Coon familiar with a toolbox of skills. Since his shift from familiar to guardian, Max and Sam’s relationship has switched from one of witch and familiar to one of heat and romance. Off to get a week’s work of rest and recreation, Sam and Max are disrupted, however, when evil bombards the city in the manor of a scavenger hunt app. 

The app brings a lot of monsters into town, including Alex, Sam’s ex. His desire? To find an ancient Greek relic that will afford him control over all the witches. In order to keep the city safe, the vacation is cancelled as Sam hunts Alex and the all-to-powerful relic alone, after Max is sent to deal with is family’s curse before it’s too late.

Danger abounds as tries to get ahead of Alex and retrieve the relic herself. Having it get into Alex’s hands will put the entire world in danger, not just the witches he will be able to control. It’s a good thing Sam has a shifter protector, a vampire, and Poseidon in her back pocket. She’s going to need them.

The author is very creative with the contents in The Game. The characters are interesting and well-developed. There is continued world building and I was able to visualize the story. The magical trident Sam carries with her at all times is wicked awesome. The story is fast-paced, flows well, and kept me engaged. The Game is an excellent book.
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I did like this book. It is always great to see a strong heroine in a book and Sam was no exception. I loved her sense of self was a confident person but with enough flaws to make her seem human amidst all the supernaturalness that the book contains. Max was also one of my favourite characters and I loved to see how he grew and was sup[porting and loving sam throughout the book. My only complaint I guess is that of the switching PROV's. I normally don't like a book that has them as I believe they take away from the story as a whole as they tend to be very individualised plots within the main plot but this book was able to make it work which was great. I will defiantly be reading more by this authoring the future.
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DNF. Obviously this book was not for me. I found the dialog and interactions a bit sophomoric. 5 chapters in, I gave up.
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This is the second book in the Hunters' Watch Brigade series.  I haven't read the first book yet but this works well as a stand alone.  i enjoyed the story quite a bit even though some of the actions of the characters were a bit off.  The premise is that there are a group of supernatural beings, the Hunters' Watch Brigade, that are taxed with policing other supernaturals who are up to no good. Demigod Sam and her guardian protector Max are on their way to take some vacation time when they are tasked to do just one more job.  Things get fouled up and the vacay is cancelled.  An old flame of Sam's has developed an exciting new gaming app to help him recover a powerful artifact that was stolen from Artemis, Sam's cousin.  The artifact in the wrong hands could be used to control the world.  Sam must retrieve it before anyone else gets their hands on it. Unfortunately, at this critical time, Max must go on a quest of his own in order to learn how to control his own magic.  Max and Sam are used to relying on each other but have to learn to work separately to conquer their individual journeys.  It's a fun book if you don't take it to seriously. I will probably go back and read the first book for fun.  
I received an ARC from NetGalley for a fair and honest review.
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So this is the second book about this supernatural police force that Sam is a part of. As the story begins Sam and her lover/partner Max are all set for a break away but get called in for one more case before they leave. Well obviously it doesn’t exactly go to plan meaning holiday plans are off and the monster hunting duo need to find a very valuable item that ironically has ties to Sam in more ways then one but my lips are sealed !
I found the idea of Sam being a demigod with Poseidon as her father very interesting. Plus her mum is a witch with ties to the local coven which allowed the author to expand her world building. Interesting supporting characters in particular vampires and shifters but I did struggle with what I thought was a terribly obvious enemy that unfortunately didn’t get caught. 
The overall story fell into two parts really with Sam chasing the artefact whilst embracing her heritage and then perhaps less central was Max and a quest that gave him adversaries of his own to tackle. If I’m honest I thought both storylines had action that entertained this reader although clearly it’s Sam who is the main character and what she discovers will surely continue into another book . 
So a very quirky idea with a couple who in this story at least don’t spend that much time together but that did allow the author to focus on Max and exactly what he is . The overall story wasn’t that original with bad guys chasing an artefact that could steal powers but the way it was done with a Pokemon style game app I found to be fresh and very modern . If it’s passion you seek then I have to say although the couple are intimate this didn’t feel particularly adult and initially I wasn’t too keen on the constant toing and froing from character to character as the author changed scenes but I got used to it. A solid urban fantasy that is my first read from this author and I will certainly look out for more from her.
This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair
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HWB: The Game is not your typical story—it’s a fascinating literary hybrid of mythological fantasy with strands of reality. Reading the book itself was a pleasant treat to yourself;  A story you will surely love from beginning to end. 

 Hunter’s Watch Brigade: The Game is the second book of the HWB Series. The book is under the urban fantasy genre, with paranormal romance elements.

So, let’s slowly dissect the information in this novel. The characters somehow were many, they were obviously, presented in the first book, and a few additional characters in the current book. The good thing about this book is they were able to introduce the characters in a way that even if you missed the book one, you won’t get lost. As for the additional, they were slowly presented, with characteristics that you won’t confuse.

The storyline, however, is not just your typical urban fantasy with magic, death. Well, kudos to the author, but this is the only book that tackles about a phone application that will somehow affect everyone, and the protagonist, Sam, was all-out, questioning the internet that we, millennials, or the generation today just disregard for the sake of just being in “trend.” In the books I previously reviewed, I never ever read a book that raises awareness about the bad effects of sharing information on the app or just plainly on the internet. I mean, who does that? Only Ms. Paula is bold enough to raise and write a book about it, and I bet, Kitty Rara and Sam will not always be around to save the day.

The book will surprise you with every turn of the page; somehow Ms. Paula created another book that will catch your attention and you will surely not let go.

So, if you’re going to ask me, will you recommend the book to other readers, hell yes. Was it good? It was perfect. At the rate how things are going, you could stay that this book is a one of a kind indeed. A little bit of mythology, sacrifice, and love—it’s truly a perfect book. Oh, mind you, the rated scenes from the first book was almost toned down that I can definitely recommend this to readers around 15.
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My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 Unicorns - I loved it!!! 
***I choose what I read and review based on what intrigues me!!  Yes, I got a review copy of this book, but no one tells me what to think, feel, or write about any book!  Love this series!  I will be buying the whole series when I can!

The cover is beautiful and eye catching…at least to me it is!

This is the 2nd book in the series, and it is for adults only due to the steamy content and violence.  I highly recommend reading the books in order, so you understand the world and characters.  This is an amazing world, and you don’t want to miss any of it!

I love how feisty Sam is, and she is always wanting to do things her way.  Sam and Max get into some trouble with Shade where Shade places all the blame on Max.  His powers are still wonky, and he needs to deal with the family curse.  Max likes to protect everyone, and he loves Sam.  There is all sorts of adventure in this book.  It is a page-turner that I couldn’t put down.  I love books like this that are packed with action where you never know what will happen next.  I don’t want to give anything away, so read this series!

I highly recommend to any paranormal fan because this book has it all!  There is magic, witches, vamps, shifters, gods & goddess (both Greek and Egyptian), demigods, and a lot of awesomeness!  I can’t wait for the next book!!
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In the debut for this series, Hunters’ Watch Brigade: Initiation, I was introduced to Samantha Silverton and her familiar Maximillion Ra. They were a quirky pair of monster hunters and an unlikely romance combination but their chemistry and fighting skills worked well together both on the field and off. In this book, Hunters’ Watch Brigade: The Game, Max has just graduated from the Hunters’ Watch Brigade basic training and both him and Sam had some scheduled R&R they were excited about taking. Since their relationship had gone from partnership to intimacy they had not had much time to just enjoy each other’s company and they were looking forward to spending two weeks in Manhattan. Unfortunately, nothing is every that easy for Sam and Max. 

Turns out that a blast from Sam’s past was ramping up a scavenger hunting game that was set to wreak havoc on the non-magical and magical alike. This was not a good time for this type of situation to be occurring, one because Sam really wanted this vacation and two, because Max was having shifting issues. In order to deal with those shifting issues he was going to need to set out on a vision quest, which meant that he would have to leave and that was not something that he would even consider. Sam’s safety meant everything to him, but if he was honest with himself he would admit that his inability to deal with his shifting magic was making his ability to protect her more harmful then helpful and that was a hard pill to swallow. 

Also back in this story was Sam’s boss’s nemesis and he is still just as determined to kill Shade by any means necessary. Shade’s nemesis is a sociopath and in this story he meets someone who is just as nuts as he is, which does not bode well for Shade or the Hunters’ Watch Brigade. His involvement and Alex’s determination to use humanity at large to unearth a prized relic is creating chaos of the worst kind and bringing both the witches and the wizards of New York City into a turf war of epic proportions. All Sam and Max wanted was to enjoy each other’s company for a couple of weeks, not to have to be battling with bad guys who are determined to destroy everything that they hold dear, but when you are humanity’s last line of defense and duty calls what can you do?! 

I had a wonderful time reading this action packed urban fantasy that also included both Egyptian and Greek deities, dangerous monsters, and even some ooh la la paranormal romance! Though a large focus on this story is about Sam and Max, they are actually separated and dealing with their own issues for most of the time, which I liked because it gave more depth to the characters themselves. It definitely made Sam and Max likable as individual characters and not a mash up where you only saw them only as a couple. I also loved that this story was told from multiple points of view, the most common was Sam or Max, but I also read from the bad guy’s point of view and I always like to understand all the characters motivations, so that was nice.  There was so much to love in Hunters’ Watch Brigade: The Game, it was an exciting read from start to finish and the action was non-stop! There are villains, some crazy, nearly impossible, situations, and through it all Sam and Max developing as a couple. If you are a fan of urban fantasy I highly recommend both the book and the series to you!

*Thank you to ImaJinn Books & NetGalley for this eARC of Hunters’ Watch Brigade: The Game*

This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
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Hunters' Watch Brigade: The Game is the second book in the Hunters' Watch Brigade series, and we reunite with Sam, Max, Shade, Cyn, Helmina, Miss Daisy, Tex, and the rest of the crew. We start off in the thick of the action as Sam and Max try to stop a thieving wizard. It turns out he is just the start, as a game is being played that could have serious consequences. On top of that, Max is struggling. He only has six weeks from his shift to show his allegiance to Bast in the form of a vision quest. Until he does that, his magic isn't all it could be, and it puts Sam in danger.

This is a great continuation of the first book. Sam and Max actually spend much of this one apart from each other, but that just makes it all the better when they reunite. I would love to know more about Max's fourth level, but it looks like the third will just have to do. Sam misses Max, but has to learn how to work without him in the meantime. I loved her going to Olympus, and speaking with Artemis. I thought that was perfectly written, just how I would imagine the Greek Gods playing!

As usual, there were no editing or grammatical errors that jolted me from the story. With great characters and excellent world building, I found the pacing to be well timed, with the transition from one scene to the next smooth. I have no hesitation in recommending either this book, or the series so far. Can't wait to read more.
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Samantha "Sam", is a demi-god, a daughter of Poseidon. She is also a member of the Hunter's Watch Brigade, which is like supernatural cops. They keep people safe from paranormals who are intent on doing bad things. Sam is supposed to be on vacation with her boyfriend, Max, but their vacation is interrupted because of their highly-demanding jobs for the Hunter's Watch Brigade. 

While taking out a recent baddie, Sam learns there is more afoot than they first expected. It seems her ex is involved and Sam is nowhere near ready to deal with him. Unfortunately, her participation is required in a game that has the supes all abuzz. Sam must put a stop to the goings-on before anyone else's life is put at risk. 

HUNTER'S WATCH BRIGADE: THE GAME is mildly entertaining. In my opinion, this book should not be read as a standalone. I did not read the first novel, INITIATION, and I felt a little lost and just couldn't make a connection with the characters, possibly due to that fact. I liked the idea of the story, but it just seemed a better fit for the young adult genre due to the story-telling. HUNTER'S WATCH BRIGADE: THE GAME gets a 2.5 out of 5 stars.
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GAH!, Why did I NOT know this was book 2. it frustrates me when I am  20% in thinking am I missing something here... checks internet and yup I failed at all things. any who this was interesting, I really wished I read the first book first. but whilst that happened, my thoughts... Samantha is a demi god, and also a member of the hunters watch brigade, they protect the people. max is her cat shifting boyfriend who she teams up with to find out what game is happening now with all the bad shit. I enjoyed it, I love shifter, magic books. I defiantly will check out this authors previous work, I liked the storyline and the well developed characters. 3 solid stars
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Samantha , a demi-god is a member of the Hunters Watch Brigade. They protect people including paranorms from evil. Vampires, demi -,gods, shifters and Gods are aware of what's going on.  Some wizards and witches and other paranormal go bad especially when a prize is involved.  Someone has decided that playing  this game kind of like Pokemon would be fun but the prizes are so much more dangerous. Max is Sam's boyfriend who watches her back and is a child of Bast and cat shifter. The team get together and try to find out what the game is and try to stop it before anyone can get hurt or killed.  I received this book from Net Galley for an honest review and no compensation otherwise.
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The second book in the Hunters' Watch Brigade series, The Game is a really good read, the dynamic storyline and well developed characters makes this series a truly refreshing read. I am so glad I took the chance on Ms Millhouse and I will definitely be reading more of her books
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