June 19, 2010

Night Play

Night Play (Dark-Hunter, Book 6)Title : Night Play
Author : Sherrilyn Kenyon
Reading Dates : 17 Jun - 19 Jun 2010

The Dark-Hunter Series. Night Play is the 6th book in Sherrilyn Kenyon's paranormal romance Dark-Hunter series. Check out the link below for a listing of the books in the series according to reading order.

Book Summary of Night Play.
For failing to protect their werewolf pack, Vane and Fang Kattalakis are condemned to die by the leader of their pack, their own father. Vane escapes to seek sanctuary for himself and his comatose brother but he knows its just a matter of time before they are found. Then, the hunters sent to kill them arrives. Only now besides a comatose brother, he's also got a new mate to protect.

Bride McTierney lived a relatively normal life until the day she meets Vane. Suddenly she's not only got a werewolf boyfriend but finds out that many of the things that go bump in the night are very real. Her closest friend's brother-in-law is a former vampire and one of her best customers is a demon. Worst still, her future parents-in-law have a history of attempting to kill their children and no compunction about using Bride to get to Vane.

Book Review of Night Play.
Night Play suffers from a similar complaint I had with Kiss of the Night. I had difficulty seeing why the hero and heroine ended up together. It seems to me as if Bride and Vane chose each other because of what they are rather than who they are. Bride because Vane, as a Were-Hunter could never cheat or abandon her while Vane hungers for the gentleness and comfort a female Were could not provide. So, wouldn't that mean that Bride would have been just as happy were she mated to another Were-Hunter by the Fates ? Earlier on Bride asks Vane if he loves her because of the mating mark or because of her. From what I saw, this question was never answered even until the end.

Another issue I had with the book was some minor discrepancies with the behavior or knowledge of the characters. Can you imagine a medieval time-traveler who knows nothing of modern pop culture but owns a romance novel from that time ? Or that a werewolf who has built a fortune through investments has no idea at all of acceptable behavior on dates ? There's probably more but these are the more obvious ones to me.

Once again, it's the supporting characters who keeps the story interesting. Acheron's appearances always makes one eager to read his story while Simi never fails to bring a smile to my face with her antics. Vane's newly discovered brother, Fury also injects some much needed humor through his interactions with the other characters. In fact, I liked Vane and Bride more than Wulf and Cassandra because Fury adds more depth to their characters.

Another one to read only if you're a Dark-Hunter fan.

1 comment:

  1. Great review! I have this entire series in my to-be-read pile, other than the first book which I read last year. I really need to make time to read more of these. They sound so good!


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