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Welcome to the Sherrilyn Kenyon Dark-Hunter Re-Read. From the first time Simi used barbeque sauce… to listening to the Howlers play Sanctuary …to Ash (need we say more?!), this is where you can re-live the great moments of the series. Delve into posts written by DH experts and super fans picked by Sherrilyn, talk to your fellow Menyons, and earn points with the Kenyon Rewards Program all while enjoying a walk down memory lane, Dark-Hunter Style.
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Sit down with a nice cup of chicory coffee and beignets and I guarantee you'll never finish either when you begin reading Night Embrace. As the story begins, Talon—who we first met in Night Pleasures—isn't able to finish his warm cup of caffeine and sugar sweetened doughnuts either. The six-foot-six, blond biker, Pez carrying, alligator tamer never knows what hits him when he tries to save Sunshine from soul-sucking Daimons who are attacking her. The Mardi Gras float that renders the highland Celt unconscious also lands him right smack in the middle of Sunshine's bed. The often forgetful, free- spirited Sunshine, with her New Orleans drawl and artsy ways couldn't possibly know she'd just taken home a Dark-Hunter—one of the men who traded his soul to the goddess Artemis in order to seek his own revenge for the death of his family and wife Nynia some 1500 years before.
This hero is now sworn to protect all humanity from the evils of the night. Talon quickly realizes his attraction to Sunshine is unique in ways at first he doesn't understand. The starving artist, Sunshine, with her short attention span has him spinning out of control. The health food eating brunette ends up being the reincarnated soul of his deceased wife Nynia, but there is just one problem—Talon has been cursed by the god Camulus , for killing his son, and anyone Talon chooses to love will die—including Sunshine. These two sizzle when together, but when the weird dreams begin, Sunshine realizes they do not belong to her, but to Talon's dead wife and her belief in reincarnation needs no more proof than the things she is remembering that she never experienced. It's the same for Talon, knowing Sunshine carries his wife's soul, but understanding that even though Sunshine is not Nynia, he had still found the owner of his long lost heart. But all too soon, the Dark-Hunter realizes that dark forces are surfacing. What else would bring together a group of Dark-Hunters, who seem to hate each other, a couple of Were-Hunters and even a Bear or two. Throw in Cupid and a number of has been gods trying to regain their lead and you've got all you need to turn New Orleans upside down. This novel lets us catch up with previous Dark-Hunters, solves some perplexing questions and introduces us to a few new intriguing specimens as Sherrilyn would put it, Dark-Hunters who get their story later.
Sigh...doesn't every woman desire to have her very own Dark-Hunter? That hero of the night that saves the day and then all but curls your toes? The answer for me is yes and Talon was one of my very first favorite Dark-Hunters from the beginning. The Celt with a heart of gold finally gets his happily ever after when he finds out that Sunshine has a direct blood line to the God's and she ends up saving him by giving him his soul back, but only after he gives all he has in trying to save her first. And their final curse? That they should spend the rest of their lives together for eternity. Not bad for a highland, gone Dark Hunter who carries a Snoopy Pez Dispenser. Gotta love a man who is lucky enough to gain a little Sunshine forever.Favorite Quote
“Does Fang have an off switch?” Talon asked Vane.
“You are the only warmth in my heart. The only sunshine my winter has ever known.” Talon
“Ewwww-eee-wwww. Hey Ash, you vant to suck my blud?” Fang
No, thanks. The last thing I want is to catch parvo from you, or some other freaky dog disease that makes me lift my leg around hydrants.” Acheron
“What were you thinking? You just met him.” Selena
I know. It’s so not like me, but I couldn’t help myself. It was just like that weird magnetic force that grabs me when I’m walking past the Frostbyte Café and makes me swerve in to get a triple scoop of Ben and Jerry’s Chunky Monkey. The power of temptation was just too much, Selena. I couldn’t resist it. He was a Chunky Monkey container and all I could think was, ‘Someone give me a spoon.” Sunshine
“Would you leave me alone, you walking pair of boots! Let go of my easel, you refugee from a luggage factory. If you need some wood for a toothpick, there’s a bunch of it on the porch.” Sunshine
Beth. What are you doing?…She says she was forcing you inside before it got dark and something decided to eat you.” Talon
Tell Swamp Breath I was headed this way. Why was she…Oh jeez, am I really have a conversation with a gator?” Sunshine
“Do you have any coffee?” Talon
Ew! No, that stuff will kill you. I have herbal teas, though.” Sunshine
Herbal teas? That’s mulch, not a beverage.” Talon
“You know, you say ‘not exactly’ a lot. You’re not exactly a vampire. You’re not exactly from Scotland, and you’re allergic to daylight. What else?” Sunshine
I hate bran muffins and grass.” Talon
- What did you think about the integration of Celtic gods coupled with the Greek mythology in the novel?
- In Night Pleasures, reincarnation is utilized. Where you surprised when you found out Sunshine was Nynia reincarnated? Kenyon adds another layer of depth and conflict for the hero to be faced with when he realizes this. What was your reaction? How do you think Talon felt?
- What are the differences and similarities between Sunshine and her grandmother? What powers does her grandmother possess? What would you do if you had those abilities?
- Kenyon is a master of the one-line zingers and in-depth, meaningful quotes. What was your favorite in this novel? Why?
- Talon is cursed by Camulus that everyone he loved would die. Can you imagine a worse curse? How does Talon overcome his fear and certainty in order to love again?
- Being an ancient warrior, Talon has lived for centuries and has many life experience. How does he differ from a regularly modern day character? What past experiences of Talon’s still have a lasting effect on his character in modern times?
- How does Sunshine cope when she finds out who and what Talon is? What is her reaction? What would yours be?
- Who is your favorite Dark-Hunter and what reasons do you have for them being your favorite?
Kim Turner writes western historical and contemporary western romance, and discovered her passion of writing at the age of eight by writing poems, short stories and journals. Kim graduated from Clayton State College with her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and later completed her Master’s Degree in Adult Education from Central Michigan University. Working as a registered nurse educator for over twenty-five years she enjoys studying the medical treatments of the old west and keeping up with the latest western movies and television series. While she loves reading anything from highlanders to pirates, she claims to have an unquenchable thirst for the American cowboy when choosing her reads. Kim’s childhood memories include playing girls softball, the drums in band and spending summers on her grandfather’s dairy farm, where her passion for cowboys first began. Kim spent her single years traveling the road with a large group of girlfriends following the country music group Alabama. Later she spent time traveling to New England where she taught the crew of a whale watch vessel CPR in exchange for passage out to see the whales, dolphins and porpoises of the North Atlantic. Kim lives south of Atlanta with her husband and calls her greatest accomplishment the birth of one daughter and the adoption of another from China-neither of which came easy. The family shares their home with three dogs and two fish. Often referring to herself as the midnight writer, Kim’s writes at night when the house is quiet. Kim is a member of Romance Writers of America, Georgia Romance Writers and calls her critique group from Southside Scribes the best thing that ever happened to her writing, that and a pretty wonderful group of beta readers. Sawyer’s Rose, Kim’s first manuscript recently received an honorable mention in the Unpublished Maggie’s for Historical Romance. The same manuscript was recently contracted by The Wild Rose Press. Kim’s motto: IT’S ALL ABOUT A COWBOY AND THE WOMAN HE LOVES.