Title: Dance With The Devil
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: Dark-Hunter, #4
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Imprint of Macmillan)
Date Published: March 1st, 2003
Zarek’s Point of View:
Dark-Hunter: A soulless guardian who stands between mankind and those who would see mankind destroyed. Yeah, right. The only part of that Code of Honor I got was eternity and solitude.
Insanity: A condition many say I suffer from after being alone for so long. But I don’t suffer from my insanity-I enjoy every minute of it.
Trust: I can’t trust anyone…not even myself. The only thing I trust in is my ability to do the wrong thing in any situation and to hurt anyone who gets in my way.
Truth: I endured a lifetime as a Roman slave, and 900 years as an exiled Dark-Hunter. Now I’m tired of enduring. I want the truth about what happened the night I was exiled-I have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Astrid (Greek, meaning star): An exceptional woman who can see straight to the truth. Brave and strong, she is a point of light in the darkness. She touches me and I tremble. She smiles and my cold heart shatters.
Zarek: They say even the most damned man can be forgiven. I never believed that until the night Astrid opened her door to me and made this feral beast want to be human again. Made me want to love and be loved. But how can an ex-slave whose soul is owned by a Greek goddess ever dream of touching, let alone holding, a fiery star?
I really love this series. I know I’m one of the very few PNR fans out there who hasn’t read this series in its entirety yet. But, I’m glad I discovered it later than never! Every time I pick up one of these books I’ve forgotten how much I enjoy them, but I always have trouble putting them down once I’ve dived in.
I was really looking forward to Zarek’s book because I’m a huge Zsadist (from Black Dagger Brotherhood) fangirl and Zarek seemed sort of similar to him. Not the same exactly, for sure. But, you know, the dark tortured hero with an even darker past. For some reason I’m a sucker for that.
But anyways, I was curious to see what kind of woman would break through Zarek’s hardened shell, and Astrid ended up being that perfect woman for him. I really liked Astrid as well. I thought she was a very sweet, caring, and kind woman, and all of those things were truly necessary to win over Zarek. He needed someone who was ultimately selfless and could love him enough to make up for all the years of torture he’s been through.
I also, of course, loved Zarek. I thought that Kenyon did a great job at gradually breaking down his walls. It didn’t happen all at once, which I was grateful for. But thankfully it did happen. I was also pleased with the bit of a surprise ending when it came to Zarek. I was expecting it to kind of go the same as the last two books, but I was definitely wrong there.
And of course there’s Ash. I really wish I could get through these books faster, if for nothing else than to get to his book. But, don’t get me wrong, I’m enjoying the ride and the small glimpses and secrets we get to learn about him here and there. I also refuse to cheat and read his book early. I think it’ll be so much better once I’ve been tortured a bit longer by the unknown. lol But in this book we got to learn who Simi was (who we first saw in the short-story, Dark-Hunter Christmas). We also learn a few more secrets about Ash and added a few more pieces to the puzzle that makes up his-sexiness.
Overall, this was another great Dark-Hunter novel. As usual, I loved the characters, story, and the world in general is just really well-built. I’m also very excited to hear that the series is set to go to the big and small screen (movies and TV). That definitely gives me more motivation to plow through these. I can’t wait to see these guys come to life! :]