The Hunter's Mate (Iriduan Test Subjects #5)
Still haunted by nightmares about Hunter’s sacrifice to save the lives of her and her friends, the last alien Tarin expects to see on Akrellia is the Menops bounty hunter himself. She’s drawn to the dangerous male, despite his insectoid appearance, but chalks it up to their experiences together, unable to accept it might mean more—even as she decides never to let him out of her sight again.Hunter has spent his life searching for one thing and one thing only—a cure for imprinting. To that end, he joined the traitorous Iriduan, Halian, in a devil’s bargain that has him deceiving Tarin and her friends, and he’s not comfortable with that deception—or with his growing concerns about Halian’s plans. When the execution of part of Halian’s plan isolates Hunter and Tarin on an unknown alien world, far from help, Hunter’s problems grow even more complicated. An unanticipated metamorphosis leaves his body completely changed—in a way that makes it impossible to ignore his growing feelings for Tarin. But secrets, lies, and a past he can’t change form a seemingly insurmountable obstacle between them. Hunter must prove he’s worthy of his queen and earn her forgiveness for his past mistakes, but the consequences of those mistakes have yet to fully manifest—and when they do, no one will be safe.

The Hunter's Mate (Iriduan Test Subjects #5) Details

TitleThe Hunter's Mate (Iriduan Test Subjects #5)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 2nd, 2019
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GenreScience Fiction, Romance, Aliens, Fiction

The Hunter's Mate (Iriduan Test Subjects #5) Review

  • Mrs Zara
    January 1, 1970
    Well.......THAT WAS AWESOMEok I have just finished this book.I love it, kept me on the edge of my seat and kept thinking will this work.They not attracted to each other but then he changes and BAM....sexy time lol.I love the real changes in the characters.Also Halian story and Ava story can not come soon enough I am really excited to read them.I got a little confused when it kept hopping back and forth between characters and not showing the change it prospective which got confusing but otherwise Well.......THAT WAS AWESOMEok I have just finished this book.I love it, kept me on the edge of my seat and kept thinking will this work.They not attracted to each other but then he changes and BAM....sexy time lol.I love the real changes in the characters.Also Halian story and Ava story can not come soon enough I am really excited to read them.I got a little confused when it kept hopping back and forth between characters and not showing the change it prospective which got confusing but otherwise that is my only given.I would definitely recommend a read but read the others first or you will be skipping ahead and wont understand.
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  • Gale Albright
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this fifth book in the Iriduan Test Subjects book and look forward to the next one. It was an interesting twist on alien love.
  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    There and back again, a Tarin's taleTarin has been a 5th wheel, it feels like, this series so far. Dragged from Earth, tortured (although we never really learned what experiments week done on her) by the Iriduans, rescued by Akrillians, watched 2 fellow human rescues pair off with mates, returned to Earth, voluntarily left with remaining human rescue to save her mate, wandered Akrilla while said human and mate went through their story, during which time she fell for Halian- who, like every other There and back again, a Tarin's taleTarin has been a 5th wheel, it feels like, this series so far. Dragged from Earth, tortured (although we never really learned what experiments week done on her) by the Iriduans, rescued by Akrillians, watched 2 fellow human rescues pair off with mates, returned to Earth, voluntarily left with remaining human rescue to save her mate, wandered Akrilla while said human and mate went through their story, during which time she fell for Halian- who, like every other man, did her wrong. From birth she's not had the best luck with males in her life. Halian's betrayal was just par for the course. The one that hurt worse than she thought was Hunter. The giant ant-like alien got to her when they were on their rescue mission and his sacrifice, and apparent death, hit on something she hadn't noticed till he was gone: She had come to care for him. Only, now Hunter is back from the dead, has too many secrets, and they've somehow teleported to another planet. What fresh hell is this?Spoilers ahead.While I always enjoy the tales in Trombley's books, this one didn't do as much for me. I liked Hunter as a person. Lost without his colony, hiding from marauding queens, cluelessly literal, and naive enough to follow Halian's cause without understanding what it might entail. This is one where I didn't like the heroine at all. I get flawed. I get victim, survivor. I get anger issues. I get hair triggers, panic attacks, wariness and all of that. I do. But this is a human that has been among other species, seen violence on a massive scale, integrated into new societies. She has literally seen the power of love first hand- with her adoptive parents, her friends. She willingly jumps into bad relationships. Self destructive behaviors are one thing, but this isn't cliff diving to escape bad thoughts. This is "I want to die so I find guys that abuse me". She focuses so much on how Halian looks vs Hunter. Doesn't even consider Hunter until he's basically human, something I didn't like at all. Metamorphosis, sure. Adapting to environment, sure. But a human in the desert? The exoskeleton would have served him better. Skin loses too much moisture. He could have modified like Thrax, chiton overlay. More on that later, back to Tarin. She was just so selfish. She literally attacked Hunter several times. Irrationality, jealousy, just flat anger over past deeds. If she'd grown any before the romance started, or after, maybe it would have felt better to me. But she screamed at him because he, naively, asked when they were going to start a colony of their own. Something that, he's a Menops no matter the skin, was a logical question. It is the sole purpose for a Menops male. Instead, because she's afraid of losing it around a child, she screams at him and loses it at him. All her therapy and she shuts him down, loses her head and he, poor guy trapped by biology, takes it. The only kind thing I can say about her is that she didn't kick him to the curb to wither and die due to lack of pheromones when she realized he had bonded. But, from the very beginning, when she refuses to talk in ways he can understand (she only speaks in sarcasm and slang, then mocks him for not understanding) to the scene where she screams at him over kids, she never grew. That was @75-80% of the book. I only finished it because I held out hope that things would get better for Hunter. They, sort of, do. Tarin doesn't so much grow as cave to romantic ideals. Things happen that free Hunter (no big spoilers), but he chooses to stay. The last few pgs slap a HEA bandaid on a woe is me tale. I did love the mythology angles. It's one of the pervading and underlying themes that draw me in. I loved that Hunter's people undergo metamorphosis. I just didn't care for his almost totally human body. Especially in the environment they were trapped in. Water conservation, sunburn, skin is too soft, his whole body became a liability. I thought the point was advantageous adaptation? His eyes didn't change from insectoid, but she never went into whether they saw like non human eyes. The exoskeleton made sense as a wanderer in hostile environments. The wings were fascinating, especially as he was described as fairly heavy. I would have loved to see how they transferred from insectoid to humanoid musculature. The multiple stomachs was touched on, but how "human" did Hunter become? How much changed inside? I loved the gift of his cocoon. That was sweet. I just wanted a better "queen". Be that a healing Tarin who could behave better towards others, or otherwise. But, Trombley loves to revisit characters, and I have hopes for Tarin's growth. And with the taunt of Halian's and Ava's tales, there's a chance to see it happen.
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  • Tiblu
    January 1, 1970
    I was indifferent to Tarin in Tirel and Theresa's story,she was a minor player and didn't hold my interest one way or the other. I'd have NEVER guessed she would be this immature and petulant and moody ,and down right selfish as she flip flopped between emotions and wants and desires more often that a fish flopping around on a boat deck.... When she first meets Hunter she's put off by his appearance and while I can get that interacting w/what sounds like a giant sentient ant would be a bit off p I was indifferent to Tarin in Tirel and Theresa's story,she was a minor player and didn't hold my interest one way or the other. I'd have NEVER guessed she would be this immature and petulant and moody ,and down right selfish as she flip flopped between emotions and wants and desires more often that a fish flopping around on a boat deck.... When she first meets Hunter she's put off by his appearance and while I can get that interacting w/what sounds like a giant sentient ant would be a bit off putting, of course it would. Just like someone who is said "ant" who is trying to break away from being a worker drone would find humans rather strange... Both being put off by the other and it made sense.... We tend to act like that here on earth just by ppl's differing customs and beliefs at times and this was far bigger... What got me was how Tarin,knew she was being shallow. She knew she mainly liked Halilian (or how ever that is spelled) for his looks and the same for Hunter but she did it any way. Then the "betrayal" happens.. I don't think he really did (betray her that is),I mean what did he do ? He pretended to be injured and then went down on the planet and helped them. They all got away. All be it in different ways. and the queen was captured. Other than the rescue.none of it had anything to do w/Tarin. But when Hunter picks one of the worst times ever to reveal this to her her first response is to run off in a hissy fit... I mean when your told you've been betrayed and that's it,isn't that what you do ? You don't stay and ask any questions do you ? Like ,aaaaa I don't know, why ? and maybe ,What exactly did you do to betray me ? Noooooo,because I've had issues in the past it gives me carte Blanche to run around having fits and jumping to conclusions like a silly immature child! dear gods I hated this stupid child of a person!She knows Hunter has his faults but he's mainly honest and except for the thing w/Halilian he's never lied or hurt or done anything to her... and it bothers me for the idiotic women to go from eeeewwww he's to alien for me to love, to jumping to conclusions and acting like their human men and making lame assumptions. Tarin goes from rejecting Hunter and running off,to coming back and seeing a female w/him offering to help Hunter w/something Tarin had promised she would do and jumps to a conclusion and runs off again.... He finally calms her down and then they had a two chapter sex scene (more details that were needed).Then the poor B tells her he wants to have kids w/her.... gods you just gotta feel sorry foe the fool then... Then like some outrageous queen,she says no and goes off on him when he dares to ask why. She'd said No! discussion she didn't want to explain herself. I just couldn't after that.. I was over 1/2 thru a book where the h was a self pitying brat, and where the MC's spent more time in their heads than speaking to each other,where even though Tarin KNEW,KNEW Hunter didn't get human expressions and took everything seriously and she'd been living among st aliens for over a year now but she still did it.... GrrrrrI just had to quit. I cut to the ending and was thrilled Hunter got his babies,but both him and them deserved better... just like I did... This writer is wonderfully talented in my opinion but like someone else said she's hit and miss for me as well and for me w/a h who was as big a dud as this one was,not only did this arrow miss it's marl for me,it didn't even land in the same forest...
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  • Rainbow_Unicorn
    January 1, 1970
    **Rainbow_Unicorn Reviews**SPOILERS AHEADNothing creepy crawly about this heroFirst few pages in and I'm totally digging this story! There are a shit tonne of communication issues and both Hunter and Tarin are repulsed by each others appearances. I love this, its hilarious and written in a way that is not frustrating to the reader at all.Hunter is an insect like being called a Menops. He is quite robotic with his interactions and initially has an agenda that serves only himself. As the story un **Rainbow_Unicorn Reviews**SPOILERS AHEADNothing creepy crawly about this heroFirst few pages in and I'm totally digging this story! There are a shit tonne of communication issues and both Hunter and Tarin are repulsed by each others appearances. I love this, its hilarious and written in a way that is not frustrating to the reader at all.Hunter is an insect like being called a Menops. He is quite robotic with his interactions and initially has an agenda that serves only himself. As the story unfolds, he starts to develop emotions which confuse him - this just adds to his growing charismatic personality.Tarin has discovered that Hunter survived their horrifying experience from book 4 and has flown to Akrellia with information. She is over the moon he survived, slightly surprising herself.Hunter is secretly working for Halian, but during his deceptive activities both himself and Tarin are transported to another world where Egyptian Anubis type creatures live! Hunter is mortally wounded and creates a cocoon to heal... when he emerges he is a super super hot insect man who has imprinted on Tarin. Did I mention super hot?Hunter admits his deception to Tarin and she basically assaults him in her anger and storms off. Tarin really gives me the shits, she behaves like a spoilt brat always yelling and abusing people... damaged heroines are getting tiresome.Anyway.. Skipping ahead we are faced with a marathon sex scene, multiple chapters of sexual activity that will make your eyes boggle. You will need to pack an esky for this one, just when you think it's over BAM more probing! (view spoiler)[Halian makes a return and almost kills Hunter after making a few alterations on him. But luckily the test subject crew are there to kick butt. Tarin and Hunter set off on their new life together floating around in space, popping out a few kids and just being an adorable couple (hide spoiler)]This was an enjoyable read with a good amount of action and romance. Each new book in this series just gets better and better. The author is able to world build with such creativity, captivating the reader for hours on end. 5 stars *****
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  • Sally
    January 1, 1970
    Some trigger warnings There's some domestic violence in this book, not just memories. I had a but of trouble getting through that part. Tarin's response when she's stressed and feeling bad about herself is to lash out instead of challenging it, this includes violence. Fortunately she is smart enough not to justify it. She actually gets the right help. Trauma is the big reason she's so afraid and that often needs a specialist. I understood her behavior but it was still annoying how she made assum Some trigger warnings There's some domestic violence in this book, not just memories. I had a but of trouble getting through that part. Tarin's response when she's stressed and feeling bad about herself is to lash out instead of challenging it, this includes violence. Fortunately she is smart enough not to justify it. She actually gets the right help. Trauma is the big reason she's so afraid and that often needs a specialist. I understood her behavior but it was still annoying how she made assumptions. She grows throughout the story and chooses to do better. She's definitely not her "dad" or "mom". Hunter could probably be a therapist. He's supportive and patient, and able to talk Tarin through what are essentially tantrums. He understands change more that most. He's also bad ass. Reading about his reaction to his new squishy body was hilarious. The two complement each other pretty well. The Jackel people were cool, I really like the inclusion of Egyptian lore, Anubis, Anpu, Inepu all being names for the same god.
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  • Jannie Cv
    January 1, 1970
    A fascinating story!Well. Tarin is human, Hunter is a Menops male (insectoid, a bit like a giant ant). Tarin is quite brave to be talking to someone so large, with such a threatening appearance. She is also very emotional, prone to emotional extremes. Each develops a regard for each other. I am fascinated with the imagery the author creates as Ixcera (Hunter) views humans, particularly Tarin. His perception often makes me laugh; sometimes shiver in revulsion as he does. When they encounter each A fascinating story!Well. Tarin is human, Hunter is a Menops male (insectoid, a bit like a giant ant). Tarin is quite brave to be talking to someone so large, with such a threatening appearance. She is also very emotional, prone to emotional extremes. Each develops a regard for each other. I am fascinated with the imagery the author creates as Ixcera (Hunter) views humans, particularly Tarin. His perception often makes me laugh; sometimes shiver in revulsion as he does. When they encounter each other again, Hunter has much to make up for. He wasn’t honest about what was about to happen. It’s truly delightful watching their relationship develop; there are many pitfalls and triumphs along the way. The most amazing changes come for Hunter. Of course there is a ‘bad guy’ to throw a wrench into the works (Hunter, it’s a saying). The romance is divine! You’ll have to read it to figure that out. I think you will enjoy this book as much as I have. Read on and enjoy!
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  • Iso
    January 1, 1970
    A Great Series I have been following this series since I stumble onto the first book. At first I was weirded out that any women would find a bug man attractive. However, Susan does such a good job of building her characters that you don't notice what they look like. I also like how in this story she shows just how weird human would look like to an alien too and be just as grossed out by us like we might. I found myself laughing at Hunter's description of how flesh moves and his shivers. This was A Great Series I have been following this series since I stumble onto the first book. At first I was weirded out that any women would find a bug man attractive. However, Susan does such a good job of building her characters that you don't notice what they look like. I also like how in this story she shows just how weird human would look like to an alien too and be just as grossed out by us like we might. I found myself laughing at Hunter's description of how flesh moves and his shivers. This was a great book and I like how each book builds or reveals more about the world. I like how there is a bigger conflict than what the couples are facing. I can't wait for the next books.
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  • erik howard
    January 1, 1970
    Tarin and Hunter's Story !I loved all of this series of books ! This continuation of Tarin and Hunter just adds to the Sci-Fi fantasy woven by Susan Trombley . This is an honest review without any reparations from the author or publisher . I am reading it on kindle unlimited for free . I've read the authors Dead all series as well . This is well written and shows her love for the characters in her book . Give it a try . This can be read as a standalone but better if read in order due to building Tarin and Hunter's Story !I loved all of this series of books ! This continuation of Tarin and Hunter just adds to the Sci-Fi fantasy woven by Susan Trombley . This is an honest review without any reparations from the author or publisher . I am reading it on kindle unlimited for free . I've read the authors Dead all series as well . This is well written and shows her love for the characters in her book . Give it a try . This can be read as a standalone but better if read in order due to building of background history and storyline . Definitely for adults only due to sexual content . ENJOY !!!!!
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  • Jennifer Turner
    January 1, 1970
    I love this series even if it is long winded at times This is definitely not your typical Sci-fi Romance novels most of all the novels I've read the men are usually pretty close to human only varying in skin color and most of the times they'll have horns but this series it goes full blown Sci-fi you have octopus man, giant snake man, giant ant man LoL and much more! My only complaint about this authors style of writing is she can go a little over board with the details. Which eventually causes m I love this series even if it is long winded at times This is definitely not your typical Sci-fi Romance novels most of all the novels I've read the men are usually pretty close to human only varying in skin color and most of the times they'll have horns but this series it goes full blown Sci-fi you have octopus man, giant snake man, giant ant man LoL and much more! My only complaint about this authors style of writing is she can go a little over board with the details. Which eventually causes me to get bored and I end up skimming, however the stories are still too good for me to ever give up. So I highly recommend you read this series!
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  • Lindsay Mokov
    January 1, 1970
    5 starsI was looking forward to Hunter's story and It did not disappoint! I liked his arc of growing away from being a menops who only cares about himself, growing into a more empathetic person who feels real remorse and sadness over the results of his last actions. I also liked how he loved Tarin. He balanced her out so well and just adored her. Now I'm excited to see what comes next!
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  • Sharon Gillman
    January 1, 1970
    Another terrific storyThe world of the test subjects is ever revolving with Iriduan machinations. This was an excellent and most needed story for Hunter and Tarin the last known female test subject from the start. This does not mean this was the last book of the series as Ms. Trombley has informed us that there are still at least 2 more books in the works as well as possible short stories involving side characters.
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  • Tina
    January 1, 1970
    The Hunter's MateI just loved Tarin and Hunter's story. The world building was outstanding and I really can't wait to read the next in this series. I love the overall story line it is so intriguing. Any one of the supporting characters would be awesome to read about. I would highly recommend this book and this series.
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  • Nicole Timmer
    January 1, 1970
    Great readI'm a big fan of Susan Trombley's books - keep writing! I liked _The Hunter's Mate_, though at times I was annoyed with the h's hangups, but we're all human (ha). Hunter himself was an awesome character and I'm sure many would agree. As usual, Halian is still in the picture and we'll see him again in future books.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    Another great book to add to this seriesI really love this series. Susan's ability to make the monsters loveable is quite a gift. I recommend downloading book one stat. Can't wait to read Ava's story!
  • Sandra Tougas
    January 1, 1970
    Amazing as alwaysAs with the other books in this series, I loved it! There are so many unique characters in this story and the world's are unbelievably fantastic. I cannot wait for the next book.
  • Shannon Tuttle
    January 1, 1970
    Another amazing bookI think Susan did another amazing job on this book. The characters were original and so was the story line. I love everything about her stories and how well they are written!
  • Stefanie
    January 1, 1970
    Loved the world building, the author really builds a fascinating street. Unfortunately I really hated the heroine and how she acted towards the H both physically and emotionally. It was very difficult for me to finish the book because of it.
  • Alynn
    January 1, 1970
    It was a bit too 'classic', there was nothing new to the romance itself and neither to the story and the drama with the 'bad' guy...which is not a bad guy anymore? Too bad, I was lookinng forward to read a anti-hero, oh well...
  • Bottom Of
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent character developmentI loved the way this book worked out. Reading about tarin from hunters perspective was fabulous. I read several passages to my husband, because they were great.
  • LuDena Radford
    January 1, 1970
    HunterHunter goes through more than one metamorphosis in this book . He turns from villain to good guy but he has a lot to make up for.
  • Nessa
    January 1, 1970
    DNF.I COULDN'T GET INTO THEIR STORY AT ALL. DIDN'T INTRIGUE ME.
  • Vanessa
    January 1, 1970
    OMG.. cannot wait for the next one to be released.
  • Nike
    January 1, 1970
    OMG Hunter!!I knew Ms. Trombley have something wondrous coming with Hunter but holy-cow! I was not expecting that
  • Leyns
    January 1, 1970
    Yeah nah. Wasn’t a fan of this book. Skim read through the ending. I found the heroine to be annoying, and the romance was somewhat lacking IMO.
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