Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Night Pleasures - Sherrilyn Kenyon

Night Pleasures
Sherrilyn Kenyon
St. Martin's Press
Copyright: 2002

The Amazon.com product description:
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.
Night Pleasures, the second book in Sherrilyn Kenyon's world of the Dark Hunters is the story of Amanda and Kyrian of Thrace. I have to say it's not the best introduction (at least for Amanda), but it certainly is amusing: she wakes up to find herself handcuffed to this handsome stranger in an unfamiliar room. For Amanda, who just wants an ordinary life, this is the start of her introduction to the hidden world all around. The world her sisters believe in. It's a world populated by ancient Greek gods, shape-shifters (the Were-Hunters), Dream-Hunters, Dark-Hunters, Daimons and so much more). This is also a dangerous world.

Although Night Pleasures is the second book set in this world, it really does feel like the first. Fantasy Lover, although a good read, doesn't have the Daimons, Dark-Hunters or any of the other mainstays of the series in it. This is the book that introduces so many of the characters from future books to us: Tabitha, Talon, Sunshine, Nick, Acheron and others.

There's non-stop excitement in this book, as well as many amusing moments. One of my favorites is when one of the other characters phones Amanda and asks her to check on her dog, saying that all she's doing is reading the latest Kinley MacGregor (Taming The Highlander). Why it's so amusing to me is because Kinley MagGregor is the other name that Sherrilyn Kenyon writes under.

Night Pleasures is a romance novel, so the general plot is fairly predictable. You know right from the start that Amanda and Kyrian are going to get together by the end of the story, it's just a question of how. And, the odds do seem to be stacked against them.

This isn't my favorite book in the series, but it's a good one nonetheless, and one that I've read several times. I do recommend Night Pleasures along with the rest of the Dark-Hunter world to any fan of paranormal romance novels.

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