Hello Avid Readers,
Last year, I decided that mini reviews were the way forward for this particular book blogger. This means that I only write full detailed reviews for the books I receive from authors, publishers and PR organiser (ARCs). When I read a book that I’ve bought for myself, I share my thoughts within a paragraph or two that I publish on Amazon UK, Goodreads and here on my blog.
So with that in mind, today, I want to share my thoughts about…
Sherrilyn Kenyon was originally one of the attending authors of RARE19 in London and so I bought half a dozen of the paperbacks in her Dark Hunters series. Unfortunately, due to some terrible things happening in her private life, Sherrilyn had to cancel her visit. 😦 I’m enjoying this series too much to stop reading them and I hope to meet her should she every come to another signing event in England.
Night Embrace (Dark Hunter #3) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Talon is a Celt warrior cursed by his ancient gods. After his sister was murdered he sold his soul to Artemis. In exchange for vengeance on his tribe he became a Dark-Hunter, fighting Daimons and rescuing the human souls they’ve captured. Now assigned to New Orleans, Talon lives in a shack on a bayou surrounded by his pet alligators. As with all Dark-Hunters, Talon is a major hottie, with a penchant for black leather.
Sunshine Runningwolf is a talented artist with a big heart and lousy taste in men. After being rescued by Talon from a Daimon attack, she becomes a pawn in the plot of a Celtic war god and a Greek god, to torment and kill him. She has to save the day, as well as trying to convince the Greek goddess Artemis to return Talon’s soul. Luckily her grandmother is even more powerful than the gods……
I am really pleased that I’ve finally picked up this series; why haven’t before now, I’ll never know. 😉 I love Ms Kenyon’s writing style; the prose she uses, the pace of her plots, the twists and turns she takes us on and how she concludes the main romantic aspect and imminent threats while still leaving some tantalising threads that lure you to keep reading the series.
I did enjoy Night Embrace and thought the story was good, but I want to explain why I didn’t rate it as highly as the previous books.
When reading paranormal romance, I need the female protagonist to be intelligent, resilient, resourceful, self-reliant and have plenty of gumption; while Sunshine certainly had all of these traits, there were a few aspects of her personality that irritated me. She was a beautiful soul, empathetic, loving and had a wonderful vitality but it was her hippy idiosyncrasies – flakiness, forgetfulness and less than tolerant issues with food that plagued me.
Talon was a male that ticked all my boxes too; he was definitely alpha, loyal, had depth and deserved the love that Sunshine had for him. I love cursed heroes but I found myself being more drawn to a couple of the other Dark Hunters. I want plot twists to surprise me. I don’t mind too much when they don’t but I found myself shouting at Talon, rolling my eyes and trying to contain my frustration when he didn’t pick up on the obvious clues: sadly, Talon seemed “all muscles and no brains” at times which was also a major niggle for me.
Due to the explicit sexual content and graphic violence, I would recommend this book to adults who are not offended by scenes of this nature who enjoy romance stories about the complexities of relationships, about trust, loyalty and betrayal and of course, insurmountable odds and soul saving love.
I am definitely engaged in the Dark Hunter world and I have already bought the next three books in this series and can’t wait to read more.
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Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my mini review.
Have you read this one? If not, I hope I’ve sparked your interest in this book and that you decide to add it to your every growing TBR piles. 😉
Bye for now,