Title: Night Play
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: Dark-Hunter, #6
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Imprint of Macmillan)
Date Published: August 3rd, 2004
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.
Yet another fantastic Dark-Hunter novel! I’m pretty sure at this point that Sherrilyn Kenyon can do no wrong in my eyes. lol She’s seriously just an awesome writer. Even though these stories could all end up feeling like much of the same, she manages to create something different with each book and I still have a hard time putting them down each time I pick one of them up. Plus she’s such a tease when it comes to Ash. Even though you feel like you’ve gotten to know him throughout the books, a lot about him is still such a mystery.
In this Dark-Hunter story Vane and Bride inadvertently start the mating process that a Were can go through once in his lifetime. Before Bride even knows what Vane is the mating is already set into motion. Now, if he can’t get her to accept him for who and what he is within three weeks, then let’s just say he won’t be “mating” with anyone else ever again. Talk about dire consequences! In the meantime, Vane’s family is out to kill him and with Bride as his potential mate, he’s putting her in danger as well.
This was great. Every time I meet a new Dark-Hunter hero, I think I can’t possibly love the next one any more, and yet I always do. I loved Vane. He is such a sweetheart and when this man falls, he falls hard! I loved that. He’s had a rough life and I liked that some of his family issues were dealt with in this as well. In the last book, Kiss of the Night, I felt like we didn’t get enough of a background for Wulf. So I liked that we got to know Vane better than we did Wulf in the last book.
Also I liked Bride for the most part. Sometimes she was just a little too self-conscious for her own good. But what woman isn’t? It’s tough to watch it from the outside looking in though. I know a lot of women (hell, most women) are insecure to a certain degree. But reading about it is a different story. So that was annoying at times, but I can also sympathize with how that can be. On a side note though, I HATE her name! Sorry, but I just kept getting really confused. Whenever I saw her “name” I had to mentally tell myself that it was a name and that she wasn’t Vane’s “bride”! lol
As for their relationship, it was really sweet! They both fell for each other right from the beginning and most of the conflict was on the outside of the relationship. I actually really liked this and it speaks to Kenyon’s writing that she can create a PNR without very much conflict surrounding the actual relationship. I mean, there was some, but not really in terms of their feelings towards each other.
As for the side characters. I absolutely loved Fury and can’t wait to read his book. I also loved Otto! I know he’s just a Squire so he probably won’t get a book or anything, but he was just so funny. I hope we get more of his antics in Val’s book next. I also, of course, loved the Ash/Simi moments. Gotta love Simi, how can you not? lol
So overall, another great Dark-Hunter novel. Lots of potential setups for new couplings in the future books, some new characters, and of course the old characters that we know and love. Definitely still loving this series and I absolutely adore this world. It’s a top notch PNR and I only wish I would’ve discovered it sooner so I could’ve been talking about each of them more with others when they came out! But oh well, better late than never!