Night Play - Dark-Hunter, Bk 6 Author:Sherrilyn Kenyon Bride McTierney has had it with men. They're cheap, self-centered, and never love her for who she is. But though she prides herself on being independent, deep down she still yearns for a knight in shining armor. — She just never expected her knight in shining armor to have a shiny coat of fur... — Deadly and tortured, Vane Kattalakis isn't what he... more » seems. Most women lament that their boyfriends are dogs. In Bride's case, hers is a wolf. A Were-Hunter wolf. Wanted dead by his enemies, Vane isn't looking for a mate. But the Fates have marked Bride as his. Now he has three weeks to either convince Bride that the supernatural is real or he will spend the rest of his life neutered--something no self-respecting wolf can accept...
But how does a wolf convince a human to trust him with her life when his enemies are out to end his? In the world of the Were-Hunters, it really is dog-eat-dog. And only one alpha male can win.« less
I'm having trouble parting with this book; I enjoyed it so much. Vane Kattalakis is a Were-Hunter wolf who is wanted dead by his enemies. He isn't looking for a mate but the Fates have marked Bride as his. Now Bride is a wonderful, loving woman. When her latest boyfriend had no more use for her he broke up with her. So Bride has sworn off men but deep down inside she still yearns for a knight in shining armor.
What makes Bride special is not only her personality, character and long auburn hair and porcelain skin, but the fact that, by today's standards, at a size 18, she is overweight. For a large woman to be the heroine of a romance book was quite brave of the author. She is also quite feminine though she can be tough when she needs to be. She's no hard, skinny heroine out to kick someone's butt. In almost all of the paranormal romances I read, the woman are either fashion model thin, underweight, tall and willowy, have perfect figures, etc. and often have hard personalities. I could immediately identify with Bride because of her imperfections. In fact, her weight was why her last boyfriend broke off with her. He used her trust and giving nature against her.
Then along comes gorgeous Vane and he sees Bride through her shop window and is smitten. Whenever Bride is shown through Vane's point of view, you see how beautiful he sees her; how turned on he is by her; how much he wants her despite her humanity. Vane sees her preparing to close up, vacuuming and crying. Her tears move him and he enters the shop. And then we're in for some steamy sex....
When he leaves, Vane thinks he'll never see her again. That it'd be better this way. But again, the Fates intervene. He has 3 weeks to either convince Bride that the supernatural is real, not an easy task since Bride thinks the supernatural just doesn't exist. If Vane fails to convince her, he'll end up neutered. Meanwhile, his brother Fang lies in a comatose state because of their enemies, and Vane's enemies continue their attempts to kill him.
This story has it all and is especially strong on character development and an action plot. It's my favorite Night Hunter book so far. I couldn't put it down and read it in one evening.
I was looking forward to Vane and Bride's story since they first meet! I was even more excited with the excerpt from the book!! It paled in comparison to the actual read! I sat down and read it in one night! I love the chemistry between Bride and Vane, the characters are well sensitive and flawed without being overly whiny. There are a couple slightly cheesy revenge scenes but even those are at the very least fun. I've already gone back and read it twice more.
I think that this is my favorite Dark Hunter story. The Heroienne is not a thin, toothpick thin blonde. He thinks she's perfect. In the end, she saves herself from a would be killer. The sex scenes are hot.