Title: Unleash the Night
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Narrator: Fred Berman
Series: Dark-Hunter, #9
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Macmillan Audio (Imprint of Macmillan)
Date Published: December 27th, 2005
Edition: Audiobook (Unabridged)
An orphan with no clan that will claim him, Wren Tigarian grew to adulthood under the close scrutiny and mistrust of those around him. A forbidden blend of two animals—snow leopard and white tiger—Wren has never listened to anyone when there was something he wanted. Now he wants Marguerite.
Marguerite D’Aubert Goudeau is the daughter of a prominent U.S. Senator who hates the socialite life she’s forced to live. Like her mother before her, she has strong Cajun roots that her father doesn’t understand. Still, she has no choice but to try and conform to a world where she feels like an outsider. But the world of rich and powerful humans is never to meet the world of the Were-Hunters who exist side by side with them, unseen, unknown, undetected. To break this law is to call down a wrath of the highest order.
In order to have Marguerite, Wren must fight not just the humans who will never accept his animal nature, but the Were-Hunters who want him dead for endangering their world. It’s a race against time and magic without boundary that could cost Marguerite and Wren not just their lives, but their very souls…
For Unleash the Night I decided to go with the audiobook version to listen to while working. I wasn’t entirely sure how I would like it. I haven’t read very many audiobooks, but from the ones I have read I know that the narrator can really make or break how enjoyable the experience is. Thankfully, Fred Berman does a fantastic job on all the voices, male and female – which I find amazing by the way.
As for the story, I enjoyed it. Wren is really sweet and broken and needed the love of Maggie so badly. Maggie is strong yet caring at the same time. She thankfully wasn’t one of those heroines that seems to jump before thinking and so I liked that about her as well. It was nice to see them grow gradually in love and I could understand their easy connection because of the parallels with their relationships between their parents.
This wasn’t my favorite Dark-Hunter story, and though I liked it a lot more than the last book, I felt like it still wasn’t as strong as the books prior to the last one. We’re getting outside the sort of inner circle we started out with at the beginning of the series and I think that has a bit to do with it. I enjoy it when I meet the male in previous books before getting his book, so I sort of missed that with this one. I also missed Ash! He wasn’t in this book at all, which is so weird. We do get a fun surprise regarding an old character at the end of this book though which was nice. I knew it was coming just because I’m reading these well after they were published, but it was still cool.
Overall, this was good and I liked it. I feel like it’s still not as strong as the first six books in the series though. But it could feel like that because I listened to the audio. The audio was good though. Some of the accents were a little weird to get used to, but understandable given they’re in New Orleans. Also it was a little strange to listen to sex scenes instead of read them! lol I never really listened to an audiobook with sex scenes before so that’s something to get used to. But Fred Berman did a great job with the narration overall and I definitely will pick up future books in the series as audio.