Series: , Were-Hunter #1, Dark-Hunterverse #6
Published by Macmillan on August 3rd 2004
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Contemporary, Paranormal, Urban, Romance
Reading Challenges: 2017 COYER Summer Reading List
Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks
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 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.
"Move over, Anne Rice. Kenyon's Dark Hunter books are changing the face of the vampire novel, making it hip, darker, and all the more appealing."--Publishers Weekly on Dance With The Devil
“I think infatuation is like a garden. If tended and cared for, it grows into love. If neglected or abused it dies. The only way to have eternal love is to never let your heart forget what it’s like to live without it.
My obsession with Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunterverse continues with the sixth book in the series, Night Play. This book is also the fifth Dark-Hunter novel as well as the first in her Were-Hunters series. Readers get the opportunity to learn about Vane Kattalakis, a Were-Hunter first introduced in Talon’s story. Vane is in hiding from his pack who wants him and his brother dead, but that doesn’t stop him from being drawn to Bride McTierney. Bride has just broken up with her fiance. A new love isn’t on her agenda when she meets Vane, but something about him draws Bride in. Night Play was a hot romance that ties up some loose ends from previous books, while also introducing new characters and new problems.
I really enjoyed taking a break from the vamps and spending time with the wolves. They’ve popped up in previous novels, but it was fun to learn more about their world, their alliances, and their enemies. Aside from the wolves, Kenyon takes readers into the shifter world bu introducing many new characters who turn into different animals. Birds, bears, panthers… you name it. Each of the shifter tribes has their own rules, biases, and characteristics. I can’t wait to learn more about them as the series progresses.
Vane and Bride were both really likable characters that I wanted to root for. Vane is a fighter, but he’s also who loves his family and is grieving for the loss of his sister. His mother abandoned him, and his father wants him dead. It’s after he meets Bride that Vane really understands what it feels like to be loved. Bride is the polar opposite. She grew up in a loving home with parents who she can count on for anything. She has great friends, her own business, and except for her ex-fiance, lots of love and understanding. Neither of them was looking for love, but these two characters are perfect for one another.
Another highlight of Night Play for me was learning even more about Acheron. I’m dying to read his story, but have a long way to go before I get there, so these little tidbits will have to suffice. I was actually a bit surprised he showed up the way he did considering this novel is a Were-Hunter book, but I guess I need to expect him in every book in this series in some shape or form. However, I loved seeing how his relationship with the Were-Hunters differs from those with the Dark-Hunters. This is the sixth book I’ve read in this series, and I still feel as if I’m just scratching the surface of this world.