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review 2015-11-16 18:38
Night Pleasures (Dark-Hunter #1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Night Pleasures - Sherrilyn Kenyon

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The Dark-Hunters are ancient warriors who have sworn to protect mankind and the fate of the world is in their hands. . .

He is solitude. He is darkness. He is the ruler of the night. Yet Kyrian of Thrace has just woken up handcuffed to his worst nightmare: An accountant. Worse, she's being hunted by one of the most lethal vampires out there. And if Amanda Devereaux goes down, then he does too. But it's not just their lives that are hanging in the balance. Kyrian and Amanda are all that stands between humanity and oblivion. Let's hope they win.

 

 

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This book got recommended to me by the awesome Yodamom. She always has some good suggestion for books. This was no different.

Most of the time I really dislike books with Insta love and or lust. But when done right and the book being more than about the lust for each other it can be a great book.

This was the case with this read. While there was an instant connection between Amanda and Kyrian (Hunter) and they pretty much lusted after each other the moment they meet, the book and characters is so much more. Both of them have a lot of depth to them and seem pretty real and likeable.

The overall story is also great, it has plenty of action and some nice twists in it. It also leaves it open to continue with other people. There is also plenty of snarky humor in it, which I like in books.

I liked Amanda, she never really loses her cool and or gives up. Though there are times where she is more than not happy or frightened by things but that made her that much more likable.

Kyrian, was also great and very likeable. He had multiple layers of him and I was glad that we go to get those peeled away. While he thought he lost it all and thought there is no hope for him, he started to believe again.

I thought they made a perfect couple and balanced each other out very nicely.

Overall, it was a very enjoyable read, with lots of action, twist and turns, emotional roller-coaster with some pretty hot smexy scenes.

I rate it at a high 4 ★

 

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text 2014-12-16 17:44
Reading progress update: I've read 270 out of 325 pages.
Seize the Night - John Ajvide Lindqvist,Michael Koryta,Kelley Armstrong,Leigh Perry,Seanan McGuire,Rio Youers,Lucy A. Snyder,Robert Shearman,John Langan,Joe McKinney,Brian Keene,David Wellington,Tim Lebbon,Charlaine Harris,Dan Chaon,Scott B. Smith,Laird Barron,Lynda Barry,

This made me acutely aware of how much Kyrian's situation sucks. Talon is still immortal, along with Sunshine; Zarek's a freaking god, along with his sweetie; Wulf was subject to a huge-ass loophole. Only Kyrian truly became mortal again after he lost his Dark-Hunterness. No wonder the man is a neurotic mess! At least he has Julian.

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text 2014-12-14 19:04
Reading progress update: I've read 128 out of 325 pages.
Seize the Night - John Ajvide Lindqvist,Michael Koryta,Kelley Armstrong,Leigh Perry,Seanan McGuire,Rio Youers,Lucy A. Snyder,Robert Shearman,John Langan,Joe McKinney,Brian Keene,David Wellington,Tim Lebbon,Charlaine Harris,Dan Chaon,Scott B. Smith,Laird Barron,Lynda Barry,

Tabitha! And Valerius! This was one I was really waiting for because she used two characters I was delighted got their own story, and it is not disappointing so far!

 

And I've officially read these past the Southern Vampire Mysteries now. And way past the Anita Blake books, LOL! I'm marathoning them like I would a TV series on Netflix! they're that addictive.

 

Hey, a black DH! Can we have her story? Pretty please?

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review 2014-12-14 19:01
Review: Night Play by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Night Play - Sherrilyn Kenyon

In some ways, this book took me back to the beginning of the series, which is apropos, since it's the beginning of it's own sub-series about the Weres. It had the simplicity of Fantasy Lover and Night Pleasures, being more heavily about the two characters than the over-arching story, which I personally prefer, as much as I love the lore and the action.

 

I knew I wanted to read about these two the moment they (almost) met in Night Embrace, and I was not disappointed. Vane was a likable hero, heavy on the angst, but not in a way that completely ruled the character or overshadows his relationship with Bride. And Bride. Wow. Not only does she not cop-out and make her "Hollywood pudgy" (she states she's a solid size eighteen) but the book deal with her insecurity in a very sensitive and realistic way. One of my favorite parts of the novel was when her sister snaps at her, and she handles it calmly, if a bit sadly; I think it illustrated how easily even the people we love can lash out at what they see as an easy target.

 

I saw someone call their relationship "insta-lust" which... is the definition of lust, but also rather unfair to the animalistic idea of mating, and in a larger, more romantic sense, the idea of soul mates that these books take for granted the reader will at least suspend disbelief for. I liked it. I like the romance, and I like that lust is shown as being a normal and healthy reaction to attraction, and of being in a relationship. I also liked that Bride had what she thought at the time was a one-night stand with Vane and felt no shame about it. Ms. Kenyon's novels shame slut shaming.

 

I do have a few nitpicks. She often introduces lore just to introduce it; it never comes back to be relevant in the plot. The thing with Weres and electricity--does Bride use this knowledge to her advantage in the climax? Nope! She just tranqs Bryani (which is extremely satisfying in of itself, and I'm happy they all cheer for her after her 'don't mess with my mate' speech!) But I'm sort of getting used to that as a problem in the series in general. Bride's complete denial about the fantastical... lasted a relatively short time, I suppose, and it was realistic, to a certain degree, but I had to wonder how long someone would actually believe themselves capable of a delusion that realistic and all-encompassing. Her disbelief was realistic and rejection, the way in which she handled it was not, and I sort of wanted to tell her, for the only time in the book, to get her shit together.

 

I love werewolves, and the lore of the Weres was fascinating; I loved how it was tied into the Apollites and Daimons. I can't wait to fully dive into other books featuring them, and the different types of Weres! Up there with my favorites so far.

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review 2014-12-11 19:06
Review: Kiss of the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Kiss of the Night - Sherrilyn Kenyon

This was a really fantastic middling entry into the series, a wonderful change of pace, running alongside the stories of the past couple of books, and centering around a character that was previously heard but not seen, and certainly not in great quantities (only in Night Embrace, I think? At the beginning, when Talon's talking to him on the phone, which this book recreates from Wulf's point of view.) And that lent it an air of novelty on its own, but the book also delves more deeply into the mythology of the books, expanding it to include some very interesting world building developments for the Apollites.

 

Cassandra was an interesting and sympathetic lead--and this did feel like it was her novel: as much as the others have shifted away from a balance between the hero and the heroine, in the hero's favor, Cassandra owned this book, with Wulf a sweet, engaging and funny love interest. I wish that Kenyon had shown more of the development of their relationship; it would have been nice to have seen instead have been told about the slower, quieter moments, those three weeks we're told pass with them becoming close and falling in love. Just one or two scenes to get an idea of it would have sufficed.

 

That said, the action's extremely well-paced, and this novel didn't lag in the middle for me the way some of the others have. There are some strange lapses in logic, judgment and thought processes (wait, did that Apollite just call Cassandra a whore? That's why Wulf attacked him, not for himself! But it's never mentioned again; we only focus on the fact that they dislike Wulf being there because they were raised to distrust all Dark-Hunters. Even though Dark-Hunters are forbidden to kill Apollites. Which it seems to try to get around quite a bit, or just forget about, until it needs to be mentioned. And there is a lack of the Apollites reacting to what Cassandra is and what she's carrying, which seems extremely odd, and like the biggest hole in the story.) But, overall, it almost feels like the most complete novel since Fantasy Lover.

 

And I adored the cavalry coming to the rescue at the end, with the five dysfunctional, snarky Musketeers! Acheron did show up again as a huge deus ex machina, as he is wont to do. I... wasn't entirely sure what happened at the end? Artemis... made Cassandra die because she was upset about losing Wulf? I think. And then, despite not having power over life and death, Ash brings her back anyway? Maybe? It was a good ending nevertheless, despite my confusion.

 

And the book was solid and entertaining. Not a groundbreaking entry, but loads of fun, and as always very sexy and romantic. Onwards, to the next!

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