The Dark Hunter series is my favorite paranormal series and this is one of my favorite Dark Hunter books. I love Talon! And Sunshine is one of my favorite heroines. Of course, I also love Ash and there are some GREAT scenes involving him. Good storyline, great smut (you gotta love Talon hanging upside down from his exercise bar), great insights into Ash and his history. This is one that I keep by my bedside and read parts over again often! Enjoy!
This book took me forever, I mean FOREVER to read. I actually feel bad for Talon. Why, you ask? He had to follow up Kyrian's story, which totally rocked. This book fell flat for me and I really didn't want it to. I didn't feel the romance was the main focus of the story, and even though I loved the fact that Talon and Sunshine had a great connection, I did not get that dreamy, Ahh, after finishing it. I immediately put it on PBS for a book credit. Don't get me wrong, I love the Dark Hunter series, and this book makes Archeron even more of a mystery, building up his book, which is still oodles away. I am slowly making my way there. I have Dance with the Devil, Zarek's story from the library in my possession. Can anyone tell me if it's better than Talon's story? If you read Night Embrace book, let me know what your thoughts were!
NIGHT EMBRACE is the story of Talon, an immortal Celt, who (for nefarious reasons unknown to him) is reunited with the reincarnated soul of his dead wife, Nynia. Nynia has been reborn as Sunshine Runningwolf, a modern-day starving artist. Sunshine is the kind of heroine who is easy to relate to: she's made a few mistakes in life, yet she is also independent, realistic, and easy to get along with. Her responses to Talon, a hunky vampire hunter, are genuine (I could imagine myself thinking those same thoughts if I met a guy like him). Talon is also an interesting hero with an interesting back story, and you can really see him fall in love with Sunshine. The best part of NIGHT EMBRACE, however, isn't the romance so much as it is the adventure that revolves around the secondary characters, which include the always fascinating Acheron, a psycho good guy named Zarek, and some were-creatures (not to mention the various Greek and Celtic gods). Reading about these guys made me want to go out and buy the rest of the Dark-Hunter series, just to see what happens to them. This is also impressive, because I had almost decided to give up on Kenyon as an author since her first two novels seemed WAY too dopey and silly to me. NIGHT EMBRACE redeemed her, in my mind. I'm looking forward to the next novel in the series, now.
This is my favourite so far! I accidentally read them out of order with Fantasy Lover, then Kiss of the Night (number 5) then Night Pleasures and Night Embrace and this is by far my favourite. I'm not too fond of Sunshine, but Talon... mmm mmm! This is a great series altogether but this installment by far gets 5 stars!
Out of the 3 Dark Hunter books I've read, this one was not my favorite. It was still a good read, but I had trouble with the first few chapters getting into the book. I still recommend this as a must read in the series. The second half really picks up steam. It gives you more back ground into the Dark Hunters, Ash, and the other paranormal packs. Now on to #4!
I really enjoyed reading Talon and Sunshine's story. I thought the passion and sexual tension between the two got hot early and kept up a great burn through the book! I have a little bit of a literary crush on Talon and Sunshine appeals to the hippy in me! I love the way the two of the mesh and both infuriate and inflame each other. Great read! I was somewhat indifferent to this series until this book and I am now furiously hunting down the rest of the series eager to see what else Kenyon can show me.
I love the Dark Hunter Series. Talon and Sunshine were 2 good characters but my fave so far is Julian and Grace. (Book 2) Each story has been unique, but need to be read in order, because they tie in together. Like everyone else, I'm working my way to read Acheron. Kenyon keeps giving you glimpses into his "life" but I cant wait to see what she has in store for him. I all ready know he is going to be my favorite.
Soul-less immortal vampire warriors, created by the goddess Artemis, who don't kill humans - but do hunt another race of vampires who DO kill them...In their very long and lonely lives a woman who truly loves them can redeem their souls...if she is strong enough.
Passably well written...this is the story of Talon & Sunshine (Zarek is introduced here and his book is next), also introduced - Vane the Werehunter, who gets his own book with Bride later. Also, more is revealed about Acheron's mysterious origins...
While I feel the series as a whole is mediocre and repetitive, this is one of the stronger offerings in it. The Dark Hunter series in general always ends with a bit too much deus ex machina for my tastes - things are always wrapped up in a neat little bow by the end - usually due to the "waving my magic wand" sort of thing by the gods or goddesses of one pantheon or another.
I liked Zarek's book better, and Fantasy Lover (Julian's book)...didn't like Kyrian's book as much either!
I am finally getting used to Kenyon's writing style. It was difficult at first, the way she switches between the character point of views, mid-paragraph. It is not something I am a fan of, but I have learned to deal with.
Also, this book was even more confusing than Night Pleasures, which I thought was just a lead in for future books. I had a very hard time with trying to keep everyone/everything straight. We are introduced to gods, goddesses, dark-hunters, were-hunters, were-panthers, were-bears....and the list goes on. I found myself wanting to start a journal to keep track of all the names and what the heck they were and even who they were related to.
Nevertheless, it was an enjoyable story and I am off to start #4. With all the extra subplots, the story of Talon and Sunshine was still rather good.
Another great story in the Dark Hunter series - this one is about Talon and Sunshine. He is a Dark Hunter who has buried his emotions for 1500 years - She is a woman who is full of life and sees life for its possibilities. A great mix of action, adventure, romance and paranormal. This story just adds to the Dark Hunter series - you find out more about the Dark Hunters overall, as well as more information about the individual Dark Hunters, i.e. Zarek, Ash, Valerius, etc. Can't wait to read the next one!
If you have never read Sherrilyn Kenyon or a Dark-Hunter story...give it a try. Amazingly detailed stories that connect together. You put one down and go searching for the next. This series is so awesome...my husband requests my retelling of the stories as I finish reading one. -V. Garber
This book was really good. I like the fact that Sunshine knew what she wanted from the beginning and was not whiny about it. Talon was a good hero and they made a very good match which made really good reading. Out of the Dark Hunter Talon and Ash are my favorite one's yet. The good thing about Sherrilyn and her Dark hunter books is that you really don't have to read them in order to know what is going on. She lets the reader know what's going on without having to write pages and pages of it. I read this one out of order and read Ash's story out of order and did not make a difference.
Dark-Hunter novel. This one is the story of Talon of the Morrigantes. At night he is the baddest thing in town and for centuries he has protected the innocent. All he wants in return is a hot babe in a red dress who is only interested in one night with him. Instead he gets a Mardi Gras float that runs him down and a beautiful woman who saves his life and puts his $2,000 custom-made leather pants through the washer and dryer. Humorous, sexy, imaginative and as always, the war between the Daimons and the Dark-Hunters with interference from the gods.
This was the first Kenyon book I read, and I have to say I was hooked thereafter...and have tried to read and obtain every book since. If you like the ideas of vampire hunters, complete with fangs, and lots of steamy sex, read on...
Sunshine was an idiot! (Gets lost in a city she's lived in her whole life, dries leather pants in the hot dryer (oops they shrunk!), leaves a wallet out in plain sight at a public laundromat, and is shocked (shocked I tell you!) that someone took it!). Duh-oh! Strangely though, even as I shook my head at her stupidity, I liked her.
Definitely interested in Zarek and his story (next book!). The supporting cast is what kept me reading this book.
I loved this book. Sherrilyn Kenyon is a writer that grabs your attention right away, and keeps it all the way through the book. The book in turn made me laugh, cry and gasp with surprise. I would recommend it to everyone. It has something for everyone.
They just keep getting better! This is Talon's story. I really like him and feel his pain through the entire book. Sunshine is ok--a little spacey--but not too bad. Its Mardi-Gras and Acheron has to call in reinforcements to handle the extra daimons that will be out during the festival. He sends for Zarek,the psycho, who has been basically banished to Alaska for hundreds of years. Zarek comes off as a bad ass you don't want to mess with, but I liked him. There were moments when you could tell he was wanted to reach out to people, but when he was rejected he just covered it up with rage. We also meet Vane, a were-hunter. Acheron has a very big role in this book, and we learn a bit about his past, he has an evil twin--Styxx, his relationship with Artemis, and more. I was happy to see they each get their own stories later on
Talon of the Morrigantes was an ancient Celtic warrior who incurred the wrath of a god and was cursed to bring death to every woman who loved him. Now in modern-day New Orleans, the immortal Talon meets a woman who, against his will, makes him love again.
The 4th book in Kenyon's series. The plot was great and brought in some new characters with different out-of-this-world skills. A romance between a slayer and a human with numerous twists and turns in the storyline. Can't wait to read the next one!
Good Story with lots of characters. The funny thing is here are all these mighty powerful scary characters that kenyon creates and then to our surprise when they get together they act like little kids fighting over toys which is so hiliarious and a compliment to her brillance for making them likable to us.
This is the 2nd book in Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series. Talon is a 1500 year old Celt who's cursed by the God Cumulus that anyone he loves will die. Therefore, he's lived the last millennium in solitude, doing his duty as a Dark-Hunter to save the human population from Daimons. Sunshine Runningwolf is an artist, with the soul of his long-dead wife, who just may be able to save Talon's soul, and break his thousand-year curse in the process.
I liked this book a bit better than Night Pleasures, the first in the series. Though some of the same things that bugged me about Night Pleasures still plagued me here as well. For instance, mostly towards the beginning of the book, Kenyon would drag on an on about how gorgeous Talon's body was, how sculpted his pecs, saying the same thing over and over and over.... Those parts read like some sappy romance novel to me and I find my mind wandering. I remember thinking, like I did with the first book, that if this didn't stop, I was putting down this book and not picking up any more in the series.
Fortunately, after the first 100 pages or so, the author must figure we've got the picture: Talon is a hottie! Okay, enough already! I guess you can't say that she doesn't develop her characters well... I just think it's a bit too well sometimes, and a bit too syrupy. But once all that has stopped, you can really get into the meat of the rest of the story, and the danger stalking Talon and Sunshine through the streets of New Orleans during Mardi Gras.
Unlike Night Pleasures, which left me unsure as to whether or not I want to continue reading this series, this one left me wanting more. :)
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This book was just as good as the first two in the series. Its got some great humor, hot guys, steamy sex, and pretty good plot. Now that the plots are starting to intertwine its getting even better, off to start the next book.
I liked this book. The Hero has some major stuff he has to work through and It was nice to see the Heroine work on not only accepting her personality but accepting the possibility that someone could accept her and love her without trying to or expecting her to change who she is. It was also interesting the Way the author introduced and dealt with one of the major aspects of their relationship. Strong "moving on in life and being who you are in the moment" theme
Life is great for me. I have my chicory coffee, my warm beignets, and my best friend on the cell phone. Once the sun goes down, I am the baddest thing prowling the night: I command the elements, and I know no fear. For centuries, I've protected the innocent and watched over mankind, making sure they are safe in a world where nothing is ever certain. All I want in return is a hot babe in a red dress, who wants nothing more from me than one night.
Instead, I get a runaway Mardi Gras flost that tries to turn me into roadkill and a beautiful woman who saves my life but can't remember where she put my pants. Flamboyant and extravagant, Sunshine Runningwolf should be the perfect woman for me. She wants nothing past tonight, no ties, no long-term commitments.
But every time I look at her, I start yearning for dreams that I buried centuries ago. With her unconditional ways and ability to baffle me, Sunshine is the one person I find myself needing. But for me to love her would mean her death. I am cursed never to know peace or happiness--not so long as my enemy waits in the night to destroy us both.
Talon of the Morrigantes
This the second Dark-Hunter book I've read. I loved the myriad of character interactions: you've got Were-Hunters not to happy to work with DH; a Roman DH and a Greek DH, who never forgave the Greek/Roman wars, in the same city; all these Gods fighting with each other; a bar where everyone (DH, WH, Gods, Bears, oh my!) hangs out...
And Sunshine, she cracks me up! What a wonderful absent-mined artist, who *would* lose her head if it wasn't attached. :)
If you love the paranormal romace genre, then this is for you. This Dark Hunter series is so HOT and has you cracking up with laughter. I had to be talked into this by a friend because I don't prefer the paranormal, but am I glad I tried it! Now I rush right out and buy them new because they can be hard to find. I just can't wait for the next book because they get better and better. Try this and you will be hooked!!
Life is great for me. I have my chicory coffee, my warm beignets and my best friend on the cell phone. Once the sun goes down, I am the baddest thing prowling the night: I command the elements, and I know no fear. For centuries, Ive protected the innocent and watched over mankind, making sure they are safe in a world where nothing is ever certain. All I want in return is a hot babe in a red dress, who wants nothing more from me than one night.Instead, I get a runaway Mardi Gras float that tries to turn me into roadkill and a beautiful woman who saves my life, but can't remember where she put my pants. Flamboyant and extravagant, Sunshine Runningwolf should be the perfect women for me. She wants nothing past tonight, no ties, no long-term commitments.
But every time I look at her, I start yearning for dreams that I buried centuries ago. With her unconventional ways and ability to baffle me, Sunshine is the one person I find myself needing. But for me to love her would mean her death. I am cursed never to know peace or happiness-- not so long as my enemy waits in the night to destroy us both.
Even through the first part have many great parts there were some hard to fallow moments, but over all I did really like this one.
Talon has been level headed Dark Hunter that been living for 1500 years, but that whole time his powers are strong from him keeping his emotions buried so deep that he dont have to live with the pain, remorse, heart break and anger that caused his path to lead into vengeance. Talon's childhood has been many ups and downs but mostly downs since his father was killed, then his sisters dying at young ages and his mother dies of pox. Talon has his baby sister to care for and his luck was so down he had to beg his uncle to let his baby sister live and he didnt care what happened to him. But his uncle let him live but with consequences. Talon grow up fighting is way to earn his place as his uncles heir. But He also found his soul mate in the process since he was a young boy. While human Talon fought for is uncle, loved his sister and came home to his pregnant wife. But all that came crashing down when his uncle was killed, then his aunt but that was nothing to what he had to face. When his wife was in labor and delivered a stillborn son and then later Talon held his dying wife in his arms as well as their son. Next came his worse fate when his clan murderer his only living sister and him in fear of the Gods, that was his cry to Artemis. Since then Ash taught Talon to bury his emotions so deep that he would never have to face them.
Sunshine is Talons other half, she felt that the first time she met him. She doesn't back down to anyone, she is her own boss and he doesn't like anyone telling her what she can or cant do. She is also Talons wife. She has the soul of the woman that Talon loved when he was human and now she doesn't know if Talon loves her for her as Sunshine or that he loves her for the soul of his long died wife. She has struggled for this since she first felt love for this dark hunter. When her life is on the line she starts taking matters into her own hands and has to find a way to help Talon reclaim his soul and have a future with him or find a way for her to be something so she can be with him no matter what he is.
This book you also get a little look into Ash's life behind the Dark Hunter/God and see the struggle he has to deal with on a daily basic with his hunters and Artemis. Also this is were Valerius(?) shows up and also when Kyrian and Julian learn that the Roman is in their town as well as a few houses down from Kyrians home. Not a good time to be in New Orleans, when those two found out. If you know the story between the two Greeks and the Roman.