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REVIEW: Seize the Night – A Dark-Hunter series novel # 7 by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Seize the Night is the Dark-Hunter story of Valerius and Tabitha. 

I always check out the excerpt before reading a book.  When I realized this story would be of Valerius and Tabitha, I was somewhat bummed.  I honestly didn’t care for either character.  It’s always nice to look forward and say YES! when you are about to read a book you’ve been waiting for.  This book didn’t give me that feeling.

Fortunately, I was pleasantly surprised.  Valerius and Tabitha are perfect for each other.  I appreciate their character progression and relationship almost as much as Vane and Bride’s.

Valerius had a brutal childhood.  Brother to Zarek, and son to the man who tortured and crucified Kyrian, his life isn’t any easier.  Zarek, now a god, continues to sporadically shoot Valerius with bolts before surrounding him with antarctic cold.  All of the Dark-Hunters, especially Kyrian and Julian, despise Valerius so that he is more alone now than he was when mortal.

Everything changed…When Tabitha stabbed him.

“You are worthless.  I weep for the day Mother bore you into this world.  I’m only glad that she died before she could see what an embarrassment you are to the family.”

Tabitha is the resident vampire hunter of New Orleans.  Hunting Daimons in order to protect the humans she holds dear, she lives an interesting life than tends to alienate her.  No one takes her seriously.  Except of course, the Daimons.

Surviving a vicious attack by Desiderius, she was left with a harsh scar on her cheek.  Running herself into he ground, she is exhausted but refuses to give in to the fear that is constantly beating at her. 

Mistaking Valerius for a Daimon or a lawyer, she accidentally stabs him.  And who says pain isn’t romantic? 🙂

“Don’t worry, Otto,” she said with a smile.  “I’m an acquired taste.  Most of my best friends had to know me for years before they could even stand my presence.  I’m like mold, I usually grow on you very slowly.”

“You didn’t have to say that, Amanda.  You know, I’m really tired of being the brunt of the family jokes.  I’ve never understood why I’m the weird, crazy one when Tia dances naked out in the bayous in voodoo ceremonies; Selena chains herself to fences; Karma is a bull inseminator; Aunt Jasmine is trying to splice a Venus flytrap with kudzu to make a man-killing plant to devour her ex-“

Opposites attract.  Valerius is a stick in the mud.  Tabitha is a goth babe on steroids.  Patrolling the streets for Daimons, running from a scary ghost that leaves chills running along her skin, and submitting to the explosive and delicious passion between each other, Tabitha and Valerius will leave you smiling. 

This is an excellent book.  It is most definitely in my top 5 favorites in this series.

I recommend this book to any mature adult in need of a fun-filled experience into fantasy and desire.  Moderate to hello there baby violence and sexual content.  This book is not to be read by immature adults or children.

Lines of the book:

“Something wicked this way comes…”

“I figure all of us misfits should hang together, that way we don’t swing alone…”


REVIEW: Night Play – A Dark-Hunter series novel # 6 by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Night Play is the Dark-Hunter story of Vane and Bride.

This is one of my favorite stories in this series.  Their relationship is inspiring and I found myself holding my breath as I read through wonderfully intimate (sexual and non-sexual) scenes.

Vane is a wolf.  The whole story behind him is a bit complex so I will leave well enough alone!  He’s a wolf.  He’s a man.  He’s sexy.  Bottom line.  Betrayed by their father, Vane and Fang are left hanging from a tree.  If the alligators don’t get them, the Daimons will.

Bride is a curvy woman with more kindness beating through her veins than an entire city.  Unfortunately, being a size 18 woman, men have treated her poorly.  The bastards.  Her boyfriend breaks up with her via letter that was delivered to her and charged to her account.  Just imagine being dumped with your own pennies.

Angry and crying as she cleaned her store, Vane walked by and *drum roll* his heart stopped at the sight of her.  Unlike most relationships, this one has far less struggle.  He likes her.  She likes him.  There isn’t a whole ton of what ifs during the foundation stage.

She couldn’t imagine this guy having trouble getting any woman he wanted.  Who on earth would say no to that?  On second thought, she hoped she never met a woman who attractive.  If she did, she would be morally obligated to run her over in her car.

Left for dead, his brother, Fang is comatose.  Once their pack realizes that Vane and Fang are indeed still alive, they fan out in search for them.  Hiding isn’t so easy when scents are involved.

After making love to Bride, mating marks are seared into their palms.  The meaning is unknown to Bride.  To Vane, time is now against him.  He only has so much time for Bride to accept him as her mate before he is doomed to an eternity of impotence.  Imagine all of that .. with a nice healthy dose of hiding from a pack of rabid wolves 😉

“I never knew softness,” he breathed.  “Not until the moment you touched me in your store.  My life is violent and dangerous.  It’s dark and twisted and no place for someone like you.  I have more people wanting me dead than I can count.  They will stop at nothing and you…”  He ground his teeth before he spoke again.  “You’ll never want again for anything in your life.  I swear it on what little bit of human soul I have left.”

This book is fast!  This book is fun!  This book is amazing!

I recommend this book to all mature adults in need of a good read.  Semi-severe violence including discussion of gang rape (little description).  Moderately delicious sexual content.  This book will not disappoint!

Line of the book:

The only way to have eternal love is to never let your heart forget what it’s like to live without it.

~Happy reading!

REVIEW: Kiss of the Night – A Dark-Hunter series novel # 5 by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Kiss of the Night is the Dark-Hunter series story of Wulf and Cassandra.

Wulf is your run of the mill Dark-Hunter who was betrayed.  Shocker?  A woman tricked him out of his soul.  Took his, gave him hers.  Now, he’s immortal and is cursed with something even more brutal than your usual oh woe is me.  Everyone who meets him, forgets his existence within 5 minutes.  The only person who remembers him is Chris, a direct descendant of his brother, his bloodline.

An over-protective Dark-Hunter sucks just a bit.  Holding Chris entirely too close and suffocating any chance at a real life, Chris is forced to suffer through his life as he’s pushed and shoved towards procreation.  He is the last of Wulf’s line and unless he produces children, Wulf will be left to live his pathetic existence alone.

Cassandra is a half-human half-apollite.  Watching her mother and sisters die one by one on their 27th birthdays, Cassandra has fought her entire life to survive those hunting her.  Rumor has it that her death will end the Apollite curse.  Daimons want her dead.  Apollites want her dead.  Dark-Hunters can’t stand her.  C’est la vie, eh?

“A plague to all who are Apollite born.  May you reap all you have sown this day.  None of you shall ever live past the age of my precious Ryssa.  You shall all perish painfully on the day of your twenty-seventh birthday.  Because you acted as animals, you shall become them.  Let you find your nourishment solely in the blood of your own kind.  And never again will you be able to walk in my realm where I will see you and be forced to remember what it is that you did to betray me.”

Cassandra and Wulf meet at a club while it is being attacked by Daimons.  They have an explosive kiss (Don’t they all?) in the alley and he walks away from her knowing he will be forgotten within moments.

Does she forget?  Yes and no.  Sucks, right?

They meet up in their dreams, assuming they are only dreaming and tend to one another’s oh so yummy lustful needs.  Facing each other ‘in real life’ they realize what they are to each other.  Enemies.  Both feel betrayed.  Seduced.  Manipulated.  Furious, Wulf is ordered to protect her.

Cassandra held her hands up and returned his glare with one of her own.  “Excuse me, Mr. Bad-Ass, but you will take another tone to me.  I’m not your bitch heel when you snap.  I don’t have to stay here.”

This book is loaded with interesting tid bits.  I don’t want to give everything away, so the big reasons behind it will be kept secret!  Neener.  Just know, Wulf and Cassandra fight alongside their friends, Chris and Kat to stay alive just long enough to die.

“Thank you for saving me again when I know it must burn every part that you did so.”

His look softened.  “It doesn’t burn every part of me, Cassandra.  Only you do that.”

I recommend this book to mature adults who are reading this series.  I honestly do not believe this book will make one bit of damned sense as a stand alone read.  Please read this series sequentially.

Violence galore!  Throats ripped out, bodies torn apart, hearts stabbed .. this book is a lot of fun.  Almost extreme sexual content (In comparison to erotica I read).  I strongly advise you keep this novel away from younger eyes.  It is inappropriate for immature kids and adults 😉

Line of the book:

“Law of the jungle.  The betrayee gets to eat the betrayer.”