Night Pleasures - Dark-Hunter, Bk 2 Author:Sherrilyn Kenyon Dear Reader: — Have you ever wanted to know what it's like to be immortal? To journey through the night stalking the evil that preys on humans? To have unlimited wealth, unlimited power? That is my existence, and it is dark and dangerous. I play hero to thousands, but am known to none. And I love every minutes of it. — Or so I thought until one... more » night when I woke up handcuffed to my worst nightmare: a conservative woman in a button-down shirt. Or in Amanda's case, one buttoned all the way up to her chin. She's smart, sexy, witty, and wants nothing to do with the paranormal--in other words, me.
My attraction to Amanda Devereaux goes against everything I stand for. Not to mention the last time I fell in love it cost me not only my human life, but also my very soul. Yet every time I look at her, I find myself wanting to try again. Wanting to believe that love and loyalty do exist.
Even more disturbing, I find myself wondering if there's any way a woman like Amanda can love a man whose battle scars run deep, and whose heart was damaged by a betrayal so savage that he's not sure it will ever beat again.
This was my first Dark Hunter book and I fell in love with the series. Kyrian is a great character (an ancient Greek general who was betrayed by his wife and later crucified). Now he spends the nights wearing yummy leather pants and saving humans from the dark creatures of the night (who happen to be sinfully good looking as well). Then he meets Amanda, the accountant, and he gets a bit distracted. I love how Ms. Kenyon develops her heroes (with flaws) and the secondary characters are as interesting as the main ones. You can't wait to read about them as well! And the smut is pretty good, as well. Love the scene where Amanda gets Kyrian over his fear of having his arms immobilized (as in being crucified) by tying him to the bed and ...(involves whip cream)! Great stuff! Each book in the DH series gives you more pieces of the puzzle that is the DH world, and you leave each book hungering for more. Enjoy!
Follows the novel Fantasy Lover (Prequel) and the novellas The Beginning (in Sins of the Night) and Dragonswan (in Tapestry Anthology) [if you want to read them in order]. Ties into Fantasy Lover with character overlap which I really enjoyed. I liked this book better than Fantasy Lover, because it starts introducing the Dark-Hunter characters and the role they play in controlling the Daimons who threaten humanity. Very, very hot sex scenes between the main characters. What a lucky girl!!
Kyrian is 65 --Have Mercy! He is truly one of my favorite heroes. Actually, this couple is a favorite of mine. They both have big hearts and are very likable. Now that Ive entered the world of the Dark Hunter, theres a lot of information pumped into this book. I knew I had a lot more books to read in the series, so I really tried to pay attention to the whos and the whats. Night Pleasures and the world of Dark Hunter, is packed full of adventure, survival and passion. I enjoyed all of the characters in this book and it was a great story- the romance very real. I can see why so many are reading this series. I didnt want to wait for the librarys copy for the next book, so, I went out and bought Talon the Celts story, Night Embrace. The best thing about this series, is that its like an action packed show that you can start and stop at any time. And there are still more books coming out!
This is the first book in Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series. I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to finish this book. During the first 150 pages, I kept thinking that if I have to read the descriptions of Kyrian's "luscious body" one more time, I was going to barf! It was just waaaay to heavy on the romance for my taste! But since this book is the first of a very popular paranormal series, I wanted to at least be able to reserve my judgement until after I've read the first book in its entirety.
With that commitment made, I plodded on, often putting the book down for a longer length of time than usual and not wanting to pick it back up, seriously considering starting on something else instead. I guess it was finally around halfway through that it started to get a little more interesting. I don't know if the author got sick of going on for 2 pages describing Kyrian's 6 pack, or if I just got used to it, but any of that overly-descriptive gushing seemed to become slightly less at any rate, and I was able to enjoy the rest of the story somewhat.
Other reviewers talked about the sex scenes, and though there were plenty, they were kind of blah, not graphic enough for my liking. I think the author was afraid to use words like p3nis or pu55y, and instead used all kinds of flowery terms instead. I don't mean to offend anyone by saying this, but if you're trying to write like erotica, then just do it, don't pussy-foot around! (Pun intended *grin*) Otherwise, if it's not erotica, as this book really isn't, then keep the sex scenes toned down a bit.
"Night Pleasures" is a fun read. Kyrian of Thrace is a Dark-Hunter - one who kills vampires who prey on humans. He wakes up one day handcuffed to what he calls his "worst nightmare", Amanda Devereaux. She looks conservative, dressed in a button-down shirt, buttoned all the way up to her chin. As he gets to know her, he finds her smart, sexy, and witty. However, she wants nothing to do with the paranormal which includes him.
Little does he know that Amanda comes from a family of 8 girls where she is the youngest and the only one not involved with the paranormal. All her sisters are either witches, forture-tellers, vampire-hunters, and such. Thus Amanda's attire and strivings to be as conservative as possible.
Meanwhile, Kyrian has some super evil god after him that he has to not only kill but protect Amanda from. To make matters worse, Amanda's twin is a vampire-hunter who's determined to kill Kyrian thinking he's one of the evil vampires, a Damian, instead of a Dark Hunter. As Amanda starts falling in love with Kyrian, she gets more involved in his battles, including the one with her sister.
Kyrian started falling in love with Amanda shortly after he met her. But he's afraid to get involved because he became a Dark Hunter because of his first wife's betrayal a couple of thousand years ago.
There's lots of suspense and plenty of humor underlying the plot. I loved the characters, especially Amanda with her ability to take things in stride and her compassionate nature.
They DO keep getting better! The second Dark-Hunter was a fun, sexy and dangerous guy that was enjoyable to get to know; a believable story that had you pulled back in again and again and enjoying every sentence of the way.
I love anything by Ms Kenyon, but this will always be one of my favorites. All of the Dark-Hunter books (Were-hunter, Dream-Hunter) are stand-alone books, but the stories will tie together if you read them all. You don't even have to read them in order. Kyrian of Thrace is an immortal vampire ("Daimons" in this series) hunter who ends up handcuffed to Amanda, who REALLY wants a normal life and is forced into a super-natural world. Many parts are very funny, but there are some steamy love scenes, too. I would recommend this to anyone who like paranormal romance.