Published by St. Martin's Press on April 1st 2010
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Supernatural, Mythology
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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 the 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 then 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 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 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.
—Talon of the Morrigantes
“Tell me, is it better to know love and have lost it or to have never known it at all?”
Night Embrace is the third book in Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunterverse, and the second book in her Dark-Hunter series. I found myself even more invested in this book, because Talon was a character I’d met before, and his love story was different from the other two. When his character was first introduced in the second novel, I was quite intrigued by him. He seemed different from Julian and Kyrian, but there was also something familiar about him that I liked. Not only did I like Talon as a character, but I enjoyed how different his romance turned out to be, and got excited for the introduction of the Were-Hunters.
Talon is a tough guy, much like Kyrian and the other Dark-Hunters, but he’s profoundly lonely. His path as a Dark-Hunter has kept him from forging any bonds outside of his secret society, and a curse put on him centuries ago has kept him from getting too close to the people within his inner circle. When Talon meets Sunshine it seems like Kismet. Sunshine is an artist who is headstrong and independent. I really loved how much passion she had for her art, and how she didn’t want to give it up for anyone or anything. This set Sunshine apart from the many damsels in stresses that normally plague the paranormal romance genre. As the two became close and began to develop feelings for each other, Sunshine’s refusal to make Talon her entire world was the best thing about her as a character for me. In fact, the female characters in Kenyon’s stories are likable for their independence.
What I enjoyed most about their relationship was that it didn’t follow the same cookie cutter pattern of the previous relationships. Both Talon and Sunshine’s problems stemmed from the fallout of the stories in the first two novels. This helped to open up the Dark-Hunterverse even more. Threads I thought left loose or tied up are picked up again in Night Embrace and helped create a larger story at play. Readers get introduced to new characters that were mentioned in the other novels as well as get introduced to the Were-Hunters. These new characters were really cool, and I can’t wait to learn more about them. Not only that, but it was interesting to learn more about their history with the characters we’ve already met.
I definitely recommend this series. It’s steamy, fun, and hard to put down. My main problem with it is that I’m flying through them faster than I can get them from the library, and there are too many to buy them. If you decide to check this series out, just know you’re in for quite the commitment. Especially if you’re reading the entire universe (like me), and not just this one series. Like the other two books, this book is definitely for adults. In fact, I think it may be the steamiest one yet.