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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.
For you newbies, welcome to your new life because with the Dark-Hunters, it’s more than a series, it’s a world.
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Night Pleasures marks the first official book in Sherrilyn Kenyon’s exceptionally popular Dark-Hunters series. Though some characters such as Julian of Macedonia and Grace Alexander appear in the earlier Fantasy Lover, it wasn’t until Night Pleasures that we were launched into the world of the Dark-Hunters, those protectors of the night who gave up their souls to the goddess Artemis for a chance at revenge and who now spend their immortal lives fighting the forces of evil to protect mankind.
The first of these incredibly strong and sexy Dark-Hunters we meet is Kyrian of Thrace, who has been walking the earth for 2,182 years when Night Pleasures takes place. Before his death, brought about by his wife Theone’s betrayal of him to the Romans, he was a successful and feared soldier. He and his army were on the verge of taking Rome when he left the field to race home to his beloved wife, thinking her life in danger. Little did he know this one action would lead to his own death followed by centuries fighting armies of Daimons and Apollites, who endanger the very souls of humanity.
Kyrian’s world is turned upside down when he’s kidnapped by the Daimon Desiderius and wakes up handcuffed to Amanda Hunter, who believes she was mistaken for her twin sister Tabitha when she was taken from Tabitha’s house. Amanda for years has tried her best to be an average accountant, to stay far away from all the supernatural craziness that runs rampant in her family. So of course, what happens? She’s kidnapped by a Daimon and handcuffed to a Daimon-hunting vampire. As she’s pulled farther into a world even she, with her supernatural-leaning family, couldn’t imagine, the biggest surprise of all is that she finds herself falling for Kyrian. The more she falls in love, the more she wants to show him that he can trust her with his heart despite the fact that Theone shattered his ability to trust in that way.
And Amanda isn’t the only one falling. Kyrian loves Amanda but knows that them being together is hopeless since Dark-Hunters are forbidden to have romantic relationships. But when there is a love this strong, there’s always a way. On the way to defeating Desiderius, Kyrian has to learn to trust again. Amanda has to be stronger than she’s ever been. And the two of them get a little outside help when perhaps the series’ most beloved character, Acheron Parthenopaeus, finally arrives on the page.
As Kyrian and Amanda find a way to be together and Night Pleasures comes to an end, we’re left eagerly awaiting the next installment from the world of the Dark-Hunters. And that feeling of finishing a Dark-Hunter novel only to start eagerly awaiting the next book continues to this day.
Amanda: “I thought only a wooden stake through the heart killed a vampire.”
Kyrian: “A wooden stake through the heart will kill just about anything. And if it doesn’t, run like hell.”
Kyrian: “I hate when you commune with the dead in front of me.”
Talon: “Are you the asshole who sent the ‘I See Dead People’ T-shirt to me?”
Kyrian: “That would be Wulf.”
Amanda: “So you’re the infamous Acheron.”
Acheron: “Lord and Master of the great barbarian horde that roams the night.”Conclusion For more about the story behind Night Pleasures, visit Sherrilyn Kenyon's site for The Story Behind the Story, Bloopers, Book Benies and more! Discussion Questions
- What is it about Night Pleasures that spoke to readers and propelled the series to the success it’s had with fans?
- Though we see little of Acheron in this book, were you immediately drawn to him? Or did it take a few more books?
- Kyrian lived in Roman times, and as the series continues we see glimpses of the pasts of other Dark-Hunters. If you could go back to any time in history as an observer for one day, when and where would it be? What time period/place hasn’t yet been used as a Dark-Hunter’s background that you’d like to see?
- Dark-Hunters have a vast array of supernatural abilities. Which one would you choose to have if you could?
- Amanda eventually realizes that her life as an accountant is boring and she decides to embrace the person she really is instead of trying to suppress it. Have you ever experienced a life-altering moment such as that where you decided to go down a different path to who you truly are?
- We also meet Nick Gautier for the first time in Night Pleasures. He’s become a fan favorite, in large part because of his snarkiness. Did it surprise you when Sherrilyn launched an entire young adult series, The Chronicles of Nick, about Nick during his teen years? Have you found that reading those books has enhanced your enjoyment of the Dark-Hunter series?
- If you are a twin, have you ever been mistaken for your sister/brother? Any funny stories?
- Dark-Hunters also tend to love their cars. If you could have any type of car in the world, what would it be? What color?
Trish Milburn helps out on Team Kenyon by managing the direct messages sent to Sherrilyn through Facebook, making occasional posts, and being a Girl Friday at some signing events. She is a published author with more than 30 novels, novellas and short fiction published in the romance, young adult and women’s fiction genres. She’s published with Razorbill/Penguin, Harlequin, Amazon’s Kindle Worlds and Bell Bridge Books and has indie published several titles. Her next release from Harlequin American Romance, The Doctor’s Cowboy, will be out in March. Visit her website at www.trishmilburn.com or follow her on Twitter at @TrishMilburn or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/trishmilburnauthor.