Title: Seize the Night
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: Dark-Hunter, #7
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Imprint of Macmillan)
Date Published: December 28th, 2004
Valerius isn’t a popular Dark-Hunter-he’s a Roman, which means that the largely Greek Hunters have a major grudge against him and his civilization for superceding them. To make things worse, he’s very conscious of his aristocratic background and breeding. So it serves him right when he runs into Tabitha Devereaux. She’s sassy, sexy, and completely unwilling to take him seriously. (Not to mention that she’s the twin sister of the wife of former Dark-Hunter Kyrian-Val’s mortal enemy.) What Tabitha does take seriously is hunting and killing vampires-and soon she and Val have to grapple with the deadliest of all Daimons-one who’s managed to come back from the dead, and one who holds a serious grudge against both of them. To win against evil, Val will have to loosen up, learn to trust, and put everything on the line to protect a man he hates and a woman who drives him nuts.
Gosh darn it I just love these books. Sure they may be super cheesy at times and most of the time the endings are completely unbelievable. But even so, Sherrilyn Kenyon just knows how to write a fantastic paranormal romance. She just does. Heroes (and heroines) you can easily love, lots of action, a conflict that’s actually interesting, and steaminess too hot to hold. It’s all there.
In this one we have Valerius and Tabitha. Poor sweet, unwanted and shunned Valerius. Like his brother Zarek, he’s definitely not very popular among the Dark-Hunters. I don’t know what it is about the tortured reject bad boys. But I love them the mostest. When we first meet Val in the previous books he seems pretty cold and stand-offish. But as we get to know him through Tabitha’s eyes he just makes your heart melt. He’s such a sweetheart and he’s never had a chance to really embrace that side of himself. This is what awesome PNRs are made of people. Tortured heroes who are gradually expelled from their shell by a worthy woman. Does it get any better? I think not.
As for Tabitha. Loved this chick. She’s awesome. Strong, kind, funny, and teasingly adorable. Poor Val didn’t stand a chance against her. He was bound to fall fast and hard. Hell, even I did. Although I have surprisingly liked most of the Dark-Hunter females thus far, Tabitha is probably my favorite. Of course, I’m sure that’ll change with every new book I read in this series. But even so. That’s what I love about these books too. Sometimes heroines can be hit or miss in PNRs. Sometimes they’re too whiny and insecure or on the opposite end of the spectrum, too full of themselves. But Kenyon knows just the right mixture and she does it perfectly.
But what made this book more special from the other Dark-Hunter novels so far is the action. To me this one just seemed more fast-paced than the others were. Don’t get me wrong, once we get down to the conflict in any of these novels, it’s pretty good. But in this one I just felt more on the edge of my seat. Some of the things that happened in this one…Wowzers. Can’t wait to see what comes of some of it. Of course a few pretty unbelievable eye-roll-worthy things happened at the end. But I was still happy for them anyways.
Overall, this is just a fun series and I’m having so much fun reading it. I’m actually kind of glad that I’ve been pacing myself with this series too because I still have so much more to look forward to. Also whenever I read another new PNR that I’m not a big fan of, this one reminds me that I’m still a PNR fan, but not all writers have the good stuff when it comes to this genre. I don’t think the really good PNR authors get enough credit sometimes. It takes a special blend to get it just right, and the Dark-Hunter series by the lovely Sherrilyn Kenyon definitely has the recipe down pat.
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