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Night Play (Dark-Hunter World Book 7) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B002XA6IW4
- Publisher : Piatkus (3 December 2009)
- Language : English
- File size : 470 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 386 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 19,994 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The werehunters in this series aren't your typical "on the full moon I change into some half wolf-half human creature. These guys are COOL! Werehunters are hybrids of human's and animals using Appolite magic. And the combination resulted in two beings, one being with the heart of a human that can change into it's respective animal and one with the heart of an animal that can change into a human. And these guys live for centuries; literally they hit puberty at 50; can control magic and can time travel! If you don't think that's awesome I don't know what will.
Anyway, onto the story and why I love it. Other than my obvious nerd getting a super cool hit factor with the whole werehunter thing. So Vane is currently residing in a kind of supernatural "safe house" with his brother Fang who is comatose in wolf form. While out trying to get help for his brother from Grace (you may remember her from Fantasy Lover) Vane saw Bride through her shop window and remembered her from a chance meeting he had during Talon and Sunshine's book. Vane being the typical horny guy that he is, he goes in talks to her and ends up seducing her. Too bad for him that sparks the "mating mark" to appear on their palms. This mark is the Fates way of choosing who they will have children with, they only get one chance for this and it's completely the woman's choice if they accept the man. And if they choose not to accept them they are left barren and the men are left impotent.
So obviously Vane is scared of this happening since he will lose the use of his magic if he can't have sex, but at the same time doesn't feel worthy of Bride so wants to let the 3 weeks pass and leave Bride to go on with her life. So he does the creepy stalker thing to make sure Bride stays safe and follows her around in his "wolf" form. One thing leads to another and he beats the crap out of Bride's awful ex and ends up winning her over.
They do take a bit of a detour into the past when Vane's mum kidnaps Bride. But girl power all the way, Bride beats the crap out of Vane's mum in response to her stupid move. Even though Vane's mum thought she was doing the right thing for Bride she really wasn't. I believe all of us go through phases where we hate our parents for thing's they've done that we perceive as having "wronged" us. At the time we feel that we are 100% right and they are 100% wrong, however with time, maturity and perspective we begin to see that maybe they weren't all that wrong.
But I also believe sometimes parent's need to take a step back and let their kids make mistakes. Obviously it depends on the mistake as to whether the parent should intervene but I gotta say. My parents raised me to be independent and from the age of 15 I'd pretty much taken over the internet and phone contracts for my dad (my parents split up when I was 13 and I stayed with my dad when my mum moved out when I was 14). But even though I was completely independent by 18, my parents were there to support me and help me through the tough times when I called needing help. To me that is awesome parenting. Set your kid up with the skills to tackle whatever it is they need, but be ready and there for them when they stumble to support them. Not take over. Not do everything for them. But to guide them through the difficult time so that they learn.
I'm not saying that this will work for everyone, but I know it worked for me and I'm thankful. I know I have the skills I need to look after myself. But I have those skills because my parents set me up right. Unlike Vane who persevered even with both his parents out to kill him. And he came out of it a better person (or should I say werewolf?) than either of them ever was. And he's set up to pave the way for a new, better, more inclusive future for both the human hearted and wolf hearted packs his family is a part of.
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This is the sixth book in the series and features the Were Hunter Vane Kattalakis and Bride McTierney. Vane and his brother Fang are punished by their wolf pack for helping the Dark Hunter's in Night Embrace and after escaping with their lives barely Fang is severely injured and remains unconscious. The pack is still after them and Vane ends up seeking refuge for himself and his brother in Sanctuary. Vane is then torn between two places as after a steamy night with Bride in one of her dressing rooms in her shop finds out that she is his mate. Once mated the couple end up with matching marks on their hands and the woman also ends up with the males scent therefore making it easier for enemy's to track those that are precious and leaving Bride in danger. Bride can still decide not to mate with Vane but if she does he will become impotent and never be able to mate with another woman or have children until she dies. As the pack is still after them Vane must find a way to protect his brother and also protect his mate.......
It took me quite a while to get around to discovering this series as when you look up Sherrilyn Kenyon on Amazon and these books in list order it actually shows Dragonswan as being the first book (but it's not) and Dragonswan is never ever available to buy! As a girl who likes to read all books in a series and most definitely the first one in a series, thinking that I couldn't get the first book did actually stop me starting the series. I have only just discovered that the first book is actually Fantasy Lover, read this and have now proceeded to order the rest of the series:) Sherrilyn has now joined the ranks on Gena Showalter and Kresley Cole on my favourite authors list and I can't wait to read the next one.
We also get introduced to some of the other characters we know will be in other DH novels, which makes us want to read more and connect the dots. And Acheron, the first of the Dark Hunters, features in all of them. Great marketing strategy. It must work as I've read most of them.
What endears me to this particular book is the fact that our heroine, Bride is a 'normal' woman. She's a size 18 (14/16 UK?)and curvy. She has a total lack of confidence in her appearance, especially as Taylor, her ex-boyfriend is so condescending of her. So she doesn't understand why this beautifully 'masculine man' (she thinks that a lot) finds her not only attractive, but beautiful. He doesn't understand her self deprecation as he adores her just as she is. He re-introduces her to her femininity in a really loving way. And I love the way he 'deals' with her ex...
Yes, I know it's a little bit cheesy, and there's a lot of our hero saying: "I'd rather cut my arm off/die than see you hurt" stuff, but the DH series are pure, unadulterated fantasy after all, and the ecapism is great, so Dammit! Why shouldn't the good guy fall in love with a good girl, make hot love to the good girl, vanquish the bad guys, make love to the good girl some more and dance the Macarena with a demon and a load of other Were-animals in a club? Bring it on!!!
If Ms. Kenyon's other books are as good as this one, then my bank-balance will be taking a hit over the coming months... because I'm going to have to read them all!
The characters in this book carried around a lot of hurt, were shaped by their life experiences and had things they still needed to learn. None of them were perfect. At the same time, the characters valued the relationships they had with those around them and they worked hard/made sacrifices to provide the love and safety that those closest to them needed. That really resonated with me, layering the story with enough emotion to keep me turning those pages. Sherrilyn Kenyon made me 'care' about what had happened and would happen to her characters, to the point that I finished the book and immediately started thinking about all the characters I'd 'met' within those pages but hadn't found out about yet.
It takes skill to write a story that leaves the reader satisfied by the MCs, overall plot and resolution, whilst at the same time creating an emotional link to other characters and a need to know more that will, ultimately, pull the reader on to other titles.
Sherrilyn Kenyon is definitely a skilled author and, after reading Night Play, I'm looking forward to downloading another of her books... once I can decide which one to pick! :)
These books could be so, so good. As it is, they're stuck around the 'fun' mark.
Although, it was a nice break from the norm to have a shifter as the leading man instead of a Dark-Hunter this time. ALSO, Bride? Amazing! It's about time the voluptuous woman got her time in the lime-light as well as her hunky man. It's nice to shake things up.
Being five books into the series, I have to say that Acheron is, without a doubt, my favourite character. I'm looking forward to getting to his book, but I still have a way to go.