Published by St. Martin's Press on April 1st 2007
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Fantasy, Urban, Paranormal, Contemporary
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The Dark-Hunters are ancient warriors who have sworn to protect mankind and the fate of the world is in their hands. . .
He is solitude. He is darkness. He is the ruler of the night. Yet Kyrian of Thrace has just woken up handcuffed to his worst nightmare: An accountant. Worse, she's being hunted by one of the most lethal vampires out there. And if Amanda Devereaux goes down, then he does too. But it's not just their lives that are hanging in the balance. Kyrian and Amanda are all that stands between humanity and oblivion. Let's hope they win.
I started reading Sherrilyn Kenyon’s paranormal romance novels set in her Dark-Hunterverse this month, and am really enjoying them. Since this universe is comprised of novels from seven different series, I’ve been borrowing them from the library, which often means I have to get on a waitlist for the next installment. Luckily, that didn’t happen with this book, her second novel in the Dark-Hunterverse, and the first novel in her Dark-Hunter series, Night Pleasures.
In this novel, we meet Amanda Devereaux and Kyrian of Thrace (who was mentioned in the previous novel). Amanda is an accountant who just broke up with her boyfriend and a member of a very magical family. In fact, her sister is Grace’s best friend, and a well-known tarot card reader. Kyrian is Julian’s old warrior buddy, whom Julian thought to be long dead. However, Kyrian made a drastic decision once upon a time that caused him to live a life of servitude hunting vampires. One morning, these two find themselves handcuffed together in an abandoned warehouse, and discover that Amanda is being hunted by the very vampire Kyrian is hunting.
Amanda: “I thought only a wooden stake through the heart killed a vampire.”
Kyrian: “A wooden stake through the heart will kill just about anything. And if it doesn’t, run like hell.”
I think I enjoyed Kyrian and Amanda’s romance more than Julian and Grace’s because there wasn’t any moral dilemma involved in their pairing. It was just a straight romance with loads of danger and action. Plus, readers get the opportunity to learn what became of Julian and Grace as their characters are featured in this novel as well. What I enjoyed the most about this romance was that it seemed to develop naturally for the storyline. Of course, there were many obstacles standing in their way, but Kyrian and Amanda handled them like mature adults. I think that’s what I’m enjoying the most from this series so far. There is none of that lazy miscommunication that’s written between couples to cause unnecessary drama.
Aside from the romance, I also really enjoyed learning more about the Devereaux family, and this universe Kenyon has created. Readers meet more members of the Dark-Hunterverse, and Kenyon still uses the historical past of her immortals to add a bit of interest to the series beyond the usual paranormal. While Fantasy Lover only gave readers a glimpse of this world, Kenyon expands it in Night Pleasures and left me even more interested to read other novels set in this universe, and from the other series. Though there are a lot of books that take place in this universe, which would make reading them feel like a huge undertaking, I’m finding it well worth it. If you don’t want to take them in the manner I am, you can read her books one series at a time which would be more manageable. The choice is yours. If you’re interested in this series, you can check out the book list here.