This post contains summaries of all of the novels in this series: publisher's back-cover blurbs for novels 1-8 and my summaries and reviews of novels 9-11.
Here's an interesting literary connection: In German, Jäger-Sucher means Hunter-Seeker, which is also the name of one of the weapons in the Dune cycles of Frank Herbert. Following is an explanatory quotation from the Wikipedia article entitled "Terms of Dune Cycles": "The hunter-seeker is a small arrow-like drone, to movement and sound responding. It is remotely controlled from the surrounding area and is often used to kill aristocrats and their children. The hunter-seeker bores into the body and destroys vital organs."
The books are classic soul-mate romance stories, with the lead couple falling into lust at first sight and then going through a series of miscommunications and misunderstandings that put them on an emotional roller coaster right up until the very end.
UPDATE: Handeland has resurrected the Jäger-Sucher and some of the main characters from the NIGHTCREATURE series in her 2015 series entitled SISTERS OF THE CRAFT, which features three witchy sisters who have time-traveled from the 1600s to the 21st century and are being pursued by deadly hunters. Click HERE to read my review of that series.
NOVEL 1: Blue Moon (Publisher's Back-Cover Blurb)
For over a century there have been whispers of a werewolf in the Crescent City. The recent discovery of bodies in the Honey Island Swamp draws cryptozoologist, Diana Malone, to Louisiana.
NOVEL 9: Marked by the Moon (My Review)
Julian Barlow, an extremely powerful werewolf with some extra magical talents, leads a civilized pack that kills no humans and lives peacefully next to an isolated Inuit village in the Alaska north woods. Some years ago, Alexandra killed Julian’s wife, so he hunts down Alexandra and punishes her by changing her into a werewolf, the thing she hates most in the world. Julian wants to make Alexandra understand that werewolves maintain their human qualities after they are changed over.
Most of the book follows the ups and downs of Alexandra and Julian’s relationship, but there is a thin plot involving a possible rogue werewolf who kills some of the Inuit villagers. This book could definitely be read as a standalone.
NOVEL 10: Moon Cursed (My Review)
In the tenth novel, Kristin Daniels goes to Scotland to prove that the Loch Ness monster is a fake. Kristin produced a public television show (Hoax Hunters) that debunked ghost and monster stories until it was canceled due to low ratings. She sees this trip as a way to attract international attention and get her show back on the air. On her first evening in the quaint, but touristy, village of Drumnadrochit, Kristin (unbelievably) follows a mysterious man into a ruined castle and gets kissed—thereby setting off the love story.
Liam Grant (the kisser) is a handsome sexy man who seems to hang around the Loch a lot, but the townspeople claim not to know him when Kristin asks about him. On Kristin's second night in Scotland, she stumbles over the body of a dead girl who has drowned in the Loch and learns that a serial killer is on the rampage. Soon, Kristin is attacked by the unknown villain, but is saved (twice) by Liam.
How—you might ask—do Edward and his Jäger-Sucher fit into this plot? Well...Edward serves as a semi-deus ex machina. He shows up in the village, talks Kristin into working for him as a spy (an improbability), and then pops up on her computer screen for several chats in which he feeds her clues and magically provides her with weapons. But why is Edward even interested in these crimes? Think about it: big lake monster + serial killings—for Edward this equals a shape shifter gone bad. Yes, Edward suspects that Nessie is a murderous shifter. Someone had to write a Nessie shifter story, and this is it. The plot plays out like romantic suspense. We don't even have a shifter scene until just before the climax and resolution. The identity of the bad guy is predictable, as is the identity of the shifter, but Handeland always tells a good story.
NOVEL 11: Crave the Moon (My Review)
Mateo (aka Matt, aka Teo) Mecate is trying to salvage his late mother's reputation by proving that her theory about a hidden tomb of an Aztec super warrior is really true, and he is certain that he can find the answer on Gina's land. Matt visits Gina's ranch under an assumed identity, and the two fall in lust with each other, but the situation blows up in Matt's face when Jace jealously outs him and Gina kicks him out. Matt soon devises a way to get back to the ranch, where he and Gina make up (and make out).
This is where the supernatural aspect kicks in big time. Gina had a weird experience during the horrendous cave-in that killed her parents, and ever since then she has heard her named howled in the winds that sweep unceasingly across the desert. Needless to say, everything goes wrong when Gina and Matt begin investigating the cave-in area. The Jäger-Sucher leader, Edward, leaps into the story near the end to save the day so that Gina and Matt can have their HEA.