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Monday, April 12, 2010

Night Pleasures by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Night Pleasures (Dark-Hunter, #2) Series: Dark-Hunter, Book 2

Genre: Paranormal

Copyright: 2004

Pages: 336

Rating: 3.5 Crowns

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 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. 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.

Kyrian of Thrace


Night Pleasures is a good book to read if you're just starting out with the paranormal genre. Simple, quick and pretty quirky.

Amanda Deveraux is an accountant in a family of witches, vampire hunters and psychics. She likes her life normal and supernatural-free. Until she gets mistaken for her twin vamp slaying sister and gets handcuffed to a gorgeous blond vampire. Kyrian of Thrace was a fearsome general who fought the Roman empire. Now he's a Dark Hunter - a soulless creature of the night fighting the soul sucking Daimons who prey on humanity. Betrayed by the woman he loved, he's lived centuries with the pain of the betrayal and execution at the hands of the Romans, with only his Dark Hunter duties as his guide.

These two individuals are as far apart as it can get, and yet through Kenyon's quirky and sometimes cheesy lines, you'll see them fall for each other. Now there's a super Daimon on the loose and he has it out for both of em. Kyrian has to keep Amanda safe while trying not to fall for her at the same time.

I loved the lil bits of history in this book. Although the second book in the series, this is actually where the series begins. So if you haven't read book 1, Fantasy Lover, it won't really matter.
This is a good book to pass the time. I didn't really connect with the characters since a lot of their situations were a bit hard to be believable, not to mention the monologues are a bit sappy. The rest of the supporting cast is pretty dramatic and entertaining tho.

There's some pretty good scenes in the book that you'll like, like Amanda's attempts to erase the memories of Kyrian's torture and execution. There's also a sense of bonding among the Dark Hunter's that Kenyon manages to push through, which is why i'll probably pick up the next book to see where this series goes.

You can read the review of the first book, Fantasy Lover here

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Alaine - Queen of Happy Endings said...

This sounds like a great read. I really would like to read this series.

Book Junkie said...

I must admit that I do not like all of Sherrilyn Kenyon's books, but this one in the series I really enjoyed!
Great review!

Chas @ LLL in the 808 said...

I've read various books in the series... out of order and have no problem following the story line. But I really want to read all of the series and this one soundsgreat!!=)

Sarah said...

I loved this book when i first read it. When I went back to reread it, I did not like it as much. I guess my taste has changed over the years :)

Elena said...

This is a series of books that I've quite enjoyed several times.

Dwayne said...

Aww, too bad you didn't connect well with the characters, as I really enjoyed Fantasy Lover and am hoping this one is as good if not better! Thanks for the review!

K said...

I Really did like this book the first time i read it. That was when i was just getting into para-romance, and i thought it was great. But 100odd para books later, re-reading this i did feel a disconnect with the characters and didn't think it was as great as i initially thought.
I still like the book tho.
I'm going to read the series through only to get to Archeron's book :)