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by Sherrilyn Kenyon
A guest review by Danielle Hill
Bride McTierney thought she would never recover from her broken heart
when her long-term boyfriend tossed her aside because her plus-sized
physique didnít fit his upwardly mobile lifestyle. Not until
two-legged wolf Vane Kattalakis seduced away her tears, anyway. She treasured
the experience as a sweet memory to ease her pain, thinking he was just
hers for one night. But her connection with Vane is destined to last a
lifetime, at least for him.
It turns out
that the most beautiful woman that Vane Kattalakis has ever laid eyes
on, a human woman at that, is his bride-to-be whether he likes it or not. And
he has but six weeks to convince her to become his true mate, or he will
spend the rest of his very long life neutered. For Vane is a Katagaria,
a wolf who can take the form of a mortal--and a powerful one at that.
But he has enemies that he must protect the sweet, vulnerable and sexy
Bride from until she decides whether or not to take him as her mate
Vane only hopes
that he can keep himself from falling in love with her as he struggles
to keep her alive.
What worked for me:
"Night Play" has snappy dialogue, enough humor to induce boisterous
laughter, and enough angst to drive you to tears. The dangerous
situations that the characters find themselves in make you hold your
breath, and the power of the love story causes your heart to beat
faster. Vane is a sexy, tortured hero with enough taste to appreciate
a real woman in Bride. He is tender and possessive and completely
captivated with her. She is sweet and likeable, a woman you would want
to be friends with in real life. The sex scenes are very sensual
but also emotional, serving to strengthen the connection between Bride
and Vane. I loved how there was no question that he found her to be
"Night Play" also has some really great secondary characters, some of
which are old friends from the previous books in the Dark Hunter
series. Kenyon also introduces new characters that definitely show
their capability of carrying their own novels in the future.
I also really enjoyed the deft way in which Kenyon played out
dysfunctional family dynamics and agonies with a uniquely dangerous
edge. Vaneís family really doesnít get along, to the point that they
want him dead. His mother actually nearly beat him to death when he
was a helpless puppy because of her hatred for his father. You hurt
for him that he truly feels alone except for his brother Fang, who
languishes in a coma. His family troubles truly put my own into
perspective. You want Vane to find happiness and tenderness with
Bride, little of which he has had in his long life.
Bride is a bona fide size eighteen, and Vane sees her as the most
beautiful woman in the world.
What didn't work for me:
There was nothing about this book that wasnít done right. I hated to
see it end.
I canít sing this novelís praises enough. If you want to read an
excellent story full of unforgettable characters, sizzling sex, and
humor, with a sexy hero and beautiful plus-sized heroine, youíve got
to go out and grab this one.
If you liked "Night Play" you might also enjoy the
Halloween reading list or one of
the other wonderful Dark Hunter series installments that reveal the
intriguing world of the Were-Hunter.
Spicy (but tasteful) love scenes, and there are some descriptions of
violence that might stir the mild-mannered reader.
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