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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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Family loyalty, really bad luck, snarky comebacks, high fantasy and dark, gritty urban fantasy combine to make Night Play one of my favorite Dark-Hunter novels. Ah hell, what am I saying? They’re all my favorites. It’s really hard to pick from them. But for different reasons.
This one opens with my two favorite wolves, smart-mouth Fang and ever-patient Vane hanging from a tree in a swamp where they’re about to die. As usual, Fang is working Vane’s last nerve and testing that brotherly bond with everything he has.
Their pack has turned on the Kattalakis brothers because they decided to help humans and the Dark-Hunters. Not a wise move given the fact that the Were-Hunters are cousins to the vampiric Daimons who make a meal on human souls and Dark-Hunters hunt Daimons down and kill them before those souls die. As a result, the law of the land is that Were-Hunters are supposed to play neutral and stay out of it.
But Acheron once saved their asses, so Vane returns the favor and it ends up costing them big. Their pack gets attacked by the Daimons and their sister and her pups are killed. The pack, which includes their father, turns on them and leaves them hanging as Daimon bait. Worse, the wolves are trapped in human form, which actually isn’t bad for Vane as he is a human Were-Hunter wolf. But for Fang who is a wolf Were-Hunter, it’s another story. Fighting for him and staying in human form isn’t easy. It’s painful and miserable.
When the Daimons come, Vane makes a radical move and saves them, but not before the Daimons do some lasting damage to Fang. Unable to care for his brother on his own, and knowing the pack will kill them if they find out they’re still alive, Vane has to den down at Sanctuary and pray he can get Fang to wake up before it’s too late (little does he know, his brother is caught in a hell realm and can’t get back to the human world).
Vane trades labor for shelter and struggles to hold it together and lay low while he does what he can for Fang. Until the day the Fates decide they haven’t screwed him over enough. The last thing a wolf on the run with a comatose brother needs is the pressure of a mate. But when a one night stand turns out to be permanent (unlike humans, the Greek Fates randomly decide when and who Were-Hunters are tied to), he is truly stuck in a hard place.
If he walks away, his enemies will find the human woman, Bride McTierney, and tear her apart in an effort to get to him. And he’s seen enough innocent blood spilled in this war. He wants no more of it. But how can he protect both?
Sadly, he has to put his faith in Fury. A brother whose loyalty is questionable at best. But it’s the best he’s got. Worse, with Fury on his team, he now has both his mother and his father in on the action of wanting him dead. Both parents have sent hit squads after them. And now Vane’s been thrown out of Sanctuary.
With no place to go, he’s forced to protect Bride or see her torn apart by his enemies. But when a demon snatches her back in time, all bets are off. Vane and Fury go after her and all hell breaks loose.
I don’t want to spoil the ending, but suffice it to say, it’s ass-kicking fun with some great trademark Kenyon one-liners. The thing I love best about the books, they always catch you by surprise. Even after thirty novels, they still remain fresh and no matter how many times you read them, you always catch something you missed the last time through. And with each novel, you catch another piece of the puzzle that makes up an incredible tale of the Hunterverse.
Donna and Corinne's Recap
Night Play is one of my favorite books in this series. I fell in love with Vane when he literally swept Bride off of her feet. After an awful breakup that left Bride reeling, Vane comes into her life. Vane was struggling with his own tragedies, not the least of which, the death of his sister and his brother Fang in a comatose state. When Vane spots Bride crying through her store window he can't stand the sight. It makes him angry that someone could make someone as beautiful as Bride cry and he was determined to make her feel better. He goes on to buy her a necklace, sweep her off her feet (that's the part I mentioned above), comfort her and then make love to her. He broke through her self-doubt and showed her how truly beautiful she was. Who doesn't want a sexy man to tell you that you’re beautiful and carry you off like a knight in shining armor?
Night Play was the first book I read where the heroine had curves and body issues. The ways Vane made Bride feel desired touched me deeply. Their love scene was one of the most beautiful I've read and it touched my heart. When Vane strips her down in the dressing room I think it was so emotional and vulnerable because Bride was seeing herself in the mirrors through Vane’s eyes instead of her own. He was worshipful in the way he made love to her. Vane had only had sex with other she wolves who are more violent when they mate, so Bride’s gentle caresses overwhelmed him and touched him deeply.
The mating mark appeared on their palms and that gave them 2 weeks to mate before the mark would disappear. Bride had no prior knowledge of the supernatural world and was thrust into it when Vane reveals that he was the wolf that had been guarding her. The wolf she thought was a stray she took in.
Vane's lack of dating experience was fun to experience. When he was just being himself instead of trying to make an impression he had his best moments. One of my favorite moments was when Vane showed up and confronted Bride's ex. It gave Bride more confidence and that is something we can all relate to. We all have one of those jerky exes we wish we had a hero to show up and take down. There were the little things Vane did like making sure Bride had enough to eat and did not deny herself food to try to lose weight. He loved her curves and that made me love him more. Bride finds herself in a lot of dangerous situations and Vane continued to come to her rescue throughout this story. I like that Bride found her own strength as well. She ultimately accepts Vane and loves him for who he is and for the way he loves her. I know I loved Vane too!Favorite Quote
“C’mon, Fang,” he said in the stillness. “Say something stupid for me.”
“I’m so sorry, Vane. I swear didn’t mean to get us killed like this.”
“Because it’ll piss off the old man. I hate him, he hates you so I guess that makes you my new best friend.”
“I’m just going to shut up now and stand here looking tough. That’s what I’m best at.”
“You wouldn’t like being a wolf, Nick,” Ash said. “You’d have to eat raw meat and sleep outside.”
Nick shrugged. “That sounds like a typical Mardi Gras to me.”
“Rules of Sanctuary,” he said quietly. “Vane gets a head start and if you try to follow, you’ll be limping… Permanently.”
“Any other freaky family traditions I need to know about? Bones hidden in the backyard? Crazy aunts? Fleas?”
“Fury,” Vane snapped. “You have enough to answer already. Don’t mess with the humans.”
“Or Tabitha either,” Kyrian said.
Yeah, they were just Jack and Jill Average climbing the hill to hell.
“Valerius isn’t a Dark-Hunter, he’s a life-sucking Daimon out to bleed me dry. No wonder his last Squire quit. I keep putting in for a transfer and my father keeps telling me to be a man and take my assignment with dignity. I swear that man better not get feeble or I’m locking him up in the worst retirement home I can find.”
But whatever you do, don’t tell Master Valerius that I ever stepped foot onto Princeton soil. He thinks I dropped out of the Barbizon School of Modeling.
“And your dad neuters for a living,” Fury said from behind them. “I think that’s the sickest thing I’ve ever heard of.”
“Otto’s right. Someone needs to take that stick out of your ass and beat you with it.”
If you ever threaten Vane or his brothers again, I’m going to show you just how human I am. I will don my camouflage, hunt you down and skin you while you screamConclusion For more about the story behind Night Play, visit Sherrilyn Kenyon's site for The Story Behind the Story, Bloopers, Book Benies and more! Discussion Questions
- Vane and Fang have lived in several time periods. If you could pick and time and place to live, where would you choose and why?
- Because they are cursed by the Greek gods, the Fates cruelly mate the Were-Hunters at the worst time and to the worst choice possible. How would you feel if you woke up all of a sudden and found yourself bonded for life to the worst person you could imagine? How would you handle it?
- Bride and her sister have a fight, and Fang and Vane don’t always get along either. If you’ve had a sibling, you know how hard it can be sometimes to get along with them. What’s the funniest fight you’ve ever had where your brother or sister remembers an event one way and you remember it completely differently? Who do you think is correct? Have you ever reconciled whose version is actually the correct one?
- Otto lives to pull pranks on Valerius. Have you ever pulled a prank on someone? Did it backfire or was it fun?
- There are two very different Thanksgiving celebrations in the book. What are some of the holiday celebrations that are unique to your family that you do every year to bring your family closer together?
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Reading in Pajamas: Corinne Nicar & Donna DeBoard
I’m a 34 year old woman living in Texas. I’m a geeky bookworm. My mom says she decided to have another child just so I would stop following her around waving a book at her, trying to get her to read to me. So apparently I have always been this way. I love all types of romance books! Paranormal Romance, Contemporary Romance, New Adult Romance, Erotic Romance, Historical and Urban Fantasy. I started Reading in Pajamas to try to bring readers together and have a fun place to discuss, recommend and review books. It’s fun to talk to other book lovers on the Facebook page and learn what everyone is reading and enjoying. This leads to my TBR list growing longer and longer!
I’m originally from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, fell in love with a military man and said I would follow him anywhere. So here I am in the beautiful mountains of Southwest Virginia. I’m 53 and have loved reading since childhood. I’ve always leaned toward paranormal and espionage and as I got older, adding hot romance was a given. I love paranormal romance, military/special ops romance, erotic romance and just plain romance. Cori was kind enough to ask me to join her on this venture and I am loving every minute of it. I love how everyone on the page not only shares their favorite books and authors, they also share their love of reading. So many books, so little time.