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.
Great book is Kenyon's fantastic Dark-Hunter series! After reading several DH books in a somewhat random order, I'd suggest that you do read the books in order as you will get a richer experience. Kenyon carries many of her characters throughout various books.
Also, the Acheron character (the powerful head Dark-Hunter) progressively develops in each book. We learn little things about him and his mysterious background along the way. He will have is own book in 2007.
Visit http://www.kinleymacgregor.com/hunter/intro.htm for DH info and book order.
Wow, I am finding more and more favorite authors!! In my opinion, this book was somewhat better than Fantasy Lover (#1), in that it develops more characters and creates more background for future novels. I love how it tied into the first book, and brought back characters and caught you up on how they are doing. And, even with all of this taking place, there was still so much of the story of Amanda and Kyrian that you were definitely kept on the edge of your seat. I can only hope the series continues this way.
I LOVE how it ties into ancient mythology and folklore. The only drawback to that, I am not familiar with the legends and such, and felt myself wanting to Google all these characters (Greek Gods and such) and acquaint myself with them and find the resemblance to Kenyon's version. I did get a little lost when so many character names were thrown in, in one chapter, but I know it is just a lead in for future novels. I was very satisfied with how Amanda was inquisitive and got very good details and explanations to how everything has come about to current times. I am confident I will enjoy the rest of the series and now I am anxiously awaiting #3.
I am intrigued with Kenyon's version of vampires (created by gods) and can't wait to read of the other "creatures" she has developed.
"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.
Bk2 in the Dark-Huntere series is the story of Kyrian of Thrace and Amanda Devereaux, a character continued from the previous book. The Devereaux clan of Mom, Pop, and 8 daughters are a weird (seemingly) family in New Orleans that figures prominently in the series. Characters are well developed, good story line, great read. Bring on book three!
wow! I can't believe that I just started reading these books 3 yrs ago. I'm already waiting and (panting) for the other books to hurry up and come out! I love sherri, she's the best paranormal-fic writer I've met! I'm one of her weird psycho followers called a "KenyonMenyon" it's great! go to her website www.sherrilynkenyon.com and check out all of her books, it even has a link to amazon.com for you to buy books.
A Dark-Hunter novel, this is the story of Kyrian of Trace destroys vampires, is immortal, has unlimited powers, unlimited wealth and loves every minute of his life. Until he wakes one night handcuffed to a conservative woman in a button-down shirt, or rather, one buttoned up to her chin. Not the type he is attracted to and she wants nothing to do with the supernatural, including Kyrian. So why is it so hard for him to forget her? Kenyon at her best as always.
I thought the prequel was a much better read, but I liked the premise behind the book! I thought there was a bit too much swooning going on, but I still wanted to find out how it ended. its the story of Kyrian of Thrace, aka Vampire Hunter, and his insatiable relationship with Amanda.
I am finding this series to be as enjoyable as Ward's Brotherhood & Adrian's Breeds. I was completely surprised by the connection between #1 & #2. I never would've guessed! This one set the stage nicely for the others to come, though the jump from #1 to #2 makes me wonder if she does something similar somewhere down the line. I'll just have to continue reading to find out!
Fun read! After going through all the Charlaine Harris/Sookie Stackhouse books, I found myself searching for some more paranormal romance novels. I must say, these books do not disappoint. I do feel as if I'm carrying around a pornographic novel, by the title and cover. But I'm sure I'll have finished it soon enough not to worry much longer. I am enjoying this more than Fantasy Lover, mostly due to the backstory and world Sherrilyn Kenyon creates. I like her combination of Greek mythology with vampires and other demons. Such a nice balance of action, adventure, mythology and romance. I'm not finished yet, but I find myself picking up the book every chance I get.
I did read one of the Dream Hunter books out of order, and I much more enjoy going back to the beginning of the series. Read them in order if you can. The world is built layer by layer, with a whole host of characters. Check out Sherrilyn's website if you get lost. I'm definitely happy to have found this series. I can't wait to read them all!
Loved that this book allowed Julian from the first book (Fantasy Lover) to meet up with his old friend who is the hero from this one. After reading the first two books in this series, I am getting to know some Greek history and the gods. Unbelievably, some of this information has come in handy when I work crossword puzzles. That aside, I must say I'm really enjoying the deep commitment and love that is ultimately described so remarkably by Sherrilyn Kenyon.
Kyrian of Thrace is an immortal, enjoying thousands of years of playing a hero, but known to none. When he wakes up one night handcuffed to a conservative woman--his worst nightmare--Kyrian's attraction to Amanda Devereaux goes against everything he stands for. The last time he fell in love, it cost him not only his human life but his soul. But every time he looks at Amanda, he finds himself wanting to try again.
Kyrian of Thrace--immortal vampire hunter; incredibly wealthy and powerful--awakes to find himself handcuffed to Amanda Devereaux, a more strait-laced woman he had never met in the thousands of years he has been alive. Can the two live together?
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This book was sooo good. I have had it in my library for awhile and am mad at myself for not reading it sooner. I loved the mix of legend, folk-lore, and mythology. It had strong. bold characters, and it was amazing and fun to read. Oh, and it was STEEEAAMMMY!
First book by Sherrilyn Kenyon and it didn't disappoint. I liked both of the main characters, they complimented each other well. Good mix of action, romance, plot, and mythology. Will definitely be reading more.
well first off i am sooo loving the dark hunter books. this was an excellent book. i love both of the characters of kyrian and amanda. and what kyrian had to go through in his life. is astounding. i like learning about all of the dark hunters. and apollites and such. and when acheron came on the scene. wow. cant wait to read his book.
Loved this book!
We briefly met Kyrian of Thrace in Fantasy Lover. In this story he is a Dark-Hunter that goes after the really bad guys. He has traded his soul to seek vengence on his wife, but unable to kill her he now walks the world in the shadows of night. Amanda has powers that she is unaware of or unwilling to admit too. She does not believe in the supernatural, or dark things. These two unlikely people get paired together in a very unlikely situation. As a result there are laughs aplenty, great romance, and a lot of the supernatural! Hunter does not give his trust easily, and Amanda is not even aware of her appeal.
You will not be let down by this fast page turning read. Plenty of the trademark sensuality and humor that is Sherrilyn Kenyon can be found in this book.
Many of you know that Im re-reading the Dark-Hunter series in chronological order, something I wasnt able to do when I first read the series. Night Pleasures is the official first book in the series, and I have to say I enjoyed it just as much this time around! The book starts out with a bang when Amanda and Kyrian are unwillingly locked into magical handcuffs together, and it gets better from there. Night Pleasures is brimming with sexual tension, kickass daimon hunting (and one ass-kicking daimon), and laugh out loud humor that any paranormal romance fan could enjoy!
Hot! Loved Kryian and Amanda's story. The hardened centuries old warrior & the girl who tries to deny the existance of anything supernatural, despite the fact that all of her family believes in it. Great to see Julian and Grace in this story, especially since Kyrian was mentioned in their story. Some really great moments that made me laugh & cry.
I loved this author's "Fantasy Lover"
However, I'm not too keen on this book. Not sure exactly why. I LOVE the authors innovativeness. The story it self is good. I guess I just don't like how it's told and how it unfolded. She's a popular author so chances are you'll love it. But if you're anything like me, who has only liked less than a handful of the popular books everyone talks about, you may not like this book.
This is most definitely being reposted. I have a few more of her books I may or may not read. I even have the hard cover for Acheron. I'll probably read that one, and then post it. Unless it's really good. I have a feeling that she's the type of author that has some gems for books, and others are only rock.
A Dark Hunter Novel A sorceress who has continually denied her powers must finally accept who she is in order to protect her lover and help him gain his back his soul.
The Dark Hunter who saved her is now saved by her.
Sherriyln Kenyon definitely has a formula for her Dark-Hunter books! I have read the entire series, but I still go back and re-read books 2 and 3. The most addicting element to the series is that she reveals more and more about Acheron - his past, character, etc - in each book... and he is by far in my Top-Five literary characters of all time. There is one really annoying element to these books... while the male names are absolutely fantastic, she really is ridiculous when it comes to naming her female characters. Read the series, you'll see what I mean.
Great author and great book. The cover of this book isn't the one that I will be sending. The ISBN somehow bring up this book's cover instead of the one I have available. However, the copy availabe is NEW and haven't been read. I bought 2 copies without realizing it.
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.
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 minute of it.
Or so I thought until one night when I woke up handcuffed to my worst nightmare: a conservative woman in a button-down shirt. Or in Amanda's case, 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. Now 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 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.
I am a Dark-Hunter fanatic. These stories always have realistic female characters, in that they are not perfect size 5's, women with a little physical substance. I can better relate to these women and their fantasy stories.
Love, Love, Love the Dark Hunter series read this one and you will know why. You dont have to start with the first book in the series to know what is going on but read any book from the series and you will be hooked.
Have you ever wanted to know what it's like to be immortal? To journey through the night stalking vampires that prey on humans? To have unlimited wealth, unlimited power? That is my existance, and it is dark and dangerous. I play hero to thousands, but am known to none. And I love every minute of it.
Or so I thought until one 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.
My attraction to Amanda Deveraux 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.
This was another great read! Greek mythology and Buffy the vampire slayer rolled into one!
Have you ever wanted to know what it's like to be immortal? To journey through the night stalking vampires that prey 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 minute of it.
Or so I thought until one night when I woke up handcuffed to my worst nightmare: a condervative 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.