March 31, 2011

Review: Night Pleasures by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Night PleasuresNight Pleasures (Dark Hunters, book 1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Genre:Paranormal Romance
Dear Reader,

Have you ever wanted to know what it's like to be immortal? To journey through the night stalking the evil that preys on humans? To have unlimited wealth, unlimited power? That is my existence, and it is dark and dangerous. I play hero to thousands, but am known to none. And I love every minutes of it.

Or so I thought until one night when I woke up handcuffed to my worst nightmare: a conservative woman in a button-down shirt. Or in Amanda's case, one buttoned all the way up to her chin. She's smart, sexy, witty, and wants nothing to do with the paranormal--in other words, me.

My attraction to Amanda Devereaux goes against everything I stand for. Not to mention the last time I fell in love it cost me not only my human life, but also my very soul. Yet every time I look at her, I find myself wanting to try again. Wanting to believe that love and loyalty do exist.

Even more disturbing, I find myself wondering if there's any way a woman like Amanda can love a man whose battle scars run deep, and whose heart was damaged by a betrayal so savage that he's not sure it will ever beat again.

Kyrian of Thrace


"And the dirty joke fails," were my immediate thoughts after reading this book. Don't get me wrong Night Pleasure has the same fun humor that I enjoyed in Fantasy Lover, but in this case it felt stail. Like taking the same joke, but telling it differently. It doesn't quite make you laugh like the first one, and to be honest if it doesn't have a new spin what's the point of retelling it?

Kyrian has been betrayed to a point where he believes no one can truly love him or care about him. Amanda has never really been in love and her most recent boyfriend-- that she almost married--is a complete jerk. Which is pretty much the same build up for Fantasy Lover. In this case Kenyon had nothing new to bring to the story. The two get handcuffed together by the villain, they start pawing each other, they "fall in love," deny each other because they're not good enough for each other, seemingly betray each other, and then the happy ending. One can argue that the leading male isn't trapped in a book this time around, but really it's still the same story.

The only truly good part about this read was the shadow of humor from Fantasy Lover and a look into Kenyon's modern world of Greek mythology. The idea behind the Dark Hunters is truly awesome and the glimpse at the other characters whoms stories need to be told is truly a treat. Meeting the gods is fun, even though it was only one Goddess in the case of Night Pleasures.

In the end this book failed for me on an emotional level. It simply felt like a cheap imitation of Fantasy Lover. The only redeeming feature was that the reader gets a glimpse of Kenyon's Dark Hunter world. There are a lot more characters out there to be explored and mythology that I can't say no to. Even after this disappointment I'm ready to keep going with the series.

Sexual Content:
 References to rape and talk about raping. Full graphic sex scenes as well as graphic talk.

Rating: 2/5- Average/disappointing, library check-out

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March 30, 2011

Monthly Releases: April

Hot! Hot! Hot, books this month!! From Cassandra Clare’s City of Angles to Jenna Black’s new series.  Kelley Armstrong’s new YA series to Jennifer Estep’s latest Elemental Assaisan series!
It’s going to be a good month! (Side note, some of the dates for April 1st got a little missed up between sites.  Either way they are either out already, or will be by April 1st!)

April 1st

Con and Conjure by Lisa Shearin
Mass Market Paperback

Con & Conjure (Raine Benares)

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Eternal Rider (Lords of Deliverance, book 1) by Larissa Ione
Mass Market Paperback

Eternal Rider (Lords of Deliverance)

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Vampire Mine (Love at Stake, book 10) by Kerrelyn Sparks
Mass Market Paperback

Vampire Mine

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Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter

Born at Midnight (A Shadow Falls Novel)

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Entwined by Heather Dixon


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The Shadow Guard by Diane Whiteside
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The Shadow Guard

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Demons Are a Girls Best Friend by Lina Wisdom
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Demons Are a Girl's Best Friend

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Betrayal by Mayandree Michel

Betrayal (The Descendants)

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April 4th

Rage by Jackie Morse Kessler

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April 5th

A Hard Day's Fright by Casey Daniels
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A Hard Day's Fright (A Pepper Martin Mystery)

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Blood Sin (Awakened by Blood #2) by Marie Treanor
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Blood Sin: An Awakened By Blood Novel

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City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

City of Fallen Angels (Mortal Instruments, Book 4)

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Dark Enchantment (Dark Magick, Book 3) by Anya Bast
Mass Market Paperback

Dark Enchantment (Dark Magick, Book 3)

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Magic on the Hunt (Allie Beckstrom #6) by Devon Monk
Mass Market Paperback

Magic on the Hunt (Allie Beckstrom, Book 6)

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Mona Lisa Eclipsing (Monre #7) by Sunny
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Navarro's Promise (Breeds #24) by Lora Leigh
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Red Glove (Curse Workers #2) by Holly Black

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Shady Lady (Corine Solomon #3) by Ann Aguirre
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StarFire (DemonSlayers #3) by Kate Douglas
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Starfire (Demonfire)

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Deadworld by J.N. Duncan
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Teeth: Vampire Tales (Anthology)
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April 12th

Skeleton Crew (Underworld Cycle #2) by Cameron Haley
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After the Golden Age by Carrie Vaughn

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Enclave (Razorland #1) by Ann Aguirre


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The Gathering (Darkness Rising #1) by Kelley Armstrong

The Gathering (Darkness Rising, Book 1)

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April 19th

Defiance (Strange Angels #4) by Lili St. Crow

Defiance (Strange Angels, Book 4)

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Mercy Burns (Myth and Magic #2) by Keri Arthur
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Mercy Burns (Myth and Magic, Book 2)

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Bewere the Night (Anthology)
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Bewere the Night

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The Goddess Test (Goddess Test #1) by Aimee Carter

The Goddess Test (Harlequin Teen)

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The Restorer (The Graveyard Queen #1) by Amanda Stevens
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April 26th

Gods & Monsters (Shadow Inquiries #3) by Lyn Benedict
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Gods & Monsters

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Tangled Threads (Elemental Assassin #4) by Jennifer Estep
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The Hidden Goddess by M.K. Hobson
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Uncertain Allies (Connor Grey #5) by Mark Del Franco
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Abandon (The Abandon Trilogy #1) by Meg Cabot


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Dark Descendant (Descendants #1) by Jenna Black
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Dark Descendant

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Ascension (Dark Breed, #1) by Sable Grace
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Ascension: A Dark Breed Novel

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