Thursday, February 21, 2013

Review: Night Embrace by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Night Embrace (Dark-Hunter #3) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Synopsis (Goodreads):
Dear Reader,

Life is great for me. I have my chicory coffee, my warm beignets, and my best friend on the cell phone. Once the sun goes down, I am the baddest thing prowling the night: I command the elements, and I know no fear. For centuries, I've protected the innocent and watched over the mankind, making sure they are safe in a world where nothing is ever certain. All I want in return is a hot babe in a red dress, who wants nothing more from me then one night.

Instead, I get a runaway Mardi Gras float that tries to turn me into roadkill and a beautiful woman who saves my life but can't remember where she put my pants. Flamboyant and extravagant, Sunshine Runningwolf should be the perfect woman for me. She wants nothing past tonight, no ties, no long-term commitments.

But every time I look at her, I start yearning for dreams that I buried centuries ago. With her unconventional ways and ability to baffle me, Sunshine is the one person I find myself needing. But for me to love her would mean her death. I am cursed never to know peace or happiness— not so long as my enemy waits in the night to destroy us both.

—Talon of the Morrigantes
My Thoughts: Well, hellllllo there, Talon! I'm sorry but a guy who loves his coffee and beignets as much as Talon does earns extra awesome points in my Big Book of Heroes. So. This book is kind of one of those pivotal books where you meet A LOT of characters you'll see later in the series and the groundwork is laid out for all sorts of shenanigans down the road. Zarek's actions during the celebration have direct bearing on his book (the next in the series, WHEE!) (Randomly, I realize that I have a soft spot for [literally] tortured characters who go by Z - Zsadist from the BDB books and Zarek. Huh.), Valerius learns a shocking truth that will carry though a couple of books, and Ash's deep dark secrets are (slowly) being revealed. Added plus, we get to see just how ridiculously petty the gods can be. Which is always fun. Except for Artemis. Her pettiness isn't fun. It's just mean.

Talon and Sunshine. I liked how scattered Sunshine was. I liked how Talon found her absent-mindedness amusing. I liked... a lot of things, really. I love the interactions between the Dark-Hunters. They are ridiculously territorial and they have ISSUES. Lots and lots of issues going on there. They way they'd attack one another and refuse to bend was very junkyard dog-esque. THIS IS MY PATCH OF GROUND AND I WON'T CEDE IT TO YOU OR ANYONE ELSE! LET'S GO KILL DAIMONS! Issues, guys. Which makes sense because you normally don't sell your soul unless your issues are monstrously large. Amirite?

Highly enjoyable reread. I did think it bogged down a bit in the flashbacks of Talon and Nynia but that was mostly because I wanted Talon to *see* Sunshine. Still, I liked it and I'm super excited that my boy Z is up next!

Books in the Dark-Hunter Universe
1. Fantasy Lover
2. Night Pleasures
3. Night Embrace - Paperback | Kindle
4. Dance with the Devil (Dark-Hunter #4, Were-Hunter #1)
5. Kiss of the Night
6. Night Play (Dark-Hunter #6, Were-Hunter #2)
7. Seize the Night
8. Sins of the Night
9. Unleash the Night (Dark-Hunter #9, Were-Hunter #3)
10. Dark Side of the Moon (Dark-Hunter #10, Were-Hunter #4)
11. The Dream-Hunter (Dark-Hunter #11, Dream-Hunter #1)
12. Devil May Cry
13. Upon the Midnight Clear (Dark-Hunter #13, Dream-Hunter #2)
14. Dream Chaser (Dark-Hunter #14, Dream-Hunter #3)
15. Acheron
16. One Silent Night
17. Dream Warrior (Dark-Hunter #17, Dream-Hunter #4)
18. Bad Moon Rising (Dark-Hunter #18, Were-Hunter #5, Hellchaser #3)
19. No Mercy (Dark-Hunter #19, Were-Hunter #6)
20. Retribution (Dark-Hunter #20, Were-Hunter #7)
21. The Guardian (Dark-Hunter #21, Dream-Hunter #5, Were-Hunter #8, Hellchaser #4)
22. Time-Untime (Dark-Hunter #22, Hellchaser #5)
23. Styxx

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  1. You're making me want to start this series over :)

  2. HOLY FREAKING SERIES! Look at all the books! I've heard really good things about Sherrilyn Kenyon -- I might have to try her one day!

    1. The series is massive! There are spin-off books and a young adult series that ties in and... and... and... they're so GOOD!I can't wait for this year's book to come out. It's going to be wicked!

  3. This is my 2nd favorite book in the series. Sunshine though is my favorite female in the series. She is just VUNDERBA!

    1. I *just* read Night Play yesterday (Vane and Bride's story) and I had forgotten how much I LOVE those Were-Hunters. This world is so freaking HUGE! Every book brings new facets to it. *head is spinning* *in a good way*

    2. The weres are my favorite :) Now you mentioned my favorite book in the series LOL

    3. I *seriously* loved their story. SO GOOD! AND VANE IS SO YUM! LET'S KEEP HIM!