by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: Dark-Hunter #2, Dark-Hunterverse #3
Published on July 13, 2006 by St. Martin's Press
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance, Romance
Life is great for me. I have my chicory coffee, my warm beignets, and my best friend on the cell phone. Once the sun goes down, I am the baddest thing prowling the night: I command the elements, and I know no fear. For centuries, I've protected the innocent and watched over the mankind, making sure they are safe in a world where nothing is ever certain. All I want in return is a hot babe in a red dress, who wants nothing more from me then one night.
Instead, I get a runaway Mardi Gras float that tries to turn me into roadkill and a beautiful woman who saves my life but can't remember where she put my pants. Flamboyant and extravagant, Sunshine Runningwolf should be the perfect woman for me. She wants nothing past tonight, no ties, no long-term commitments.
But every time I look at her, I start yearning for dreams that I buried centuries ago. With her unconventional ways and ability to baffle me, Sunshine is the one person I find myself needing. But for me to love her would mean her death. I am cursed never to know peace or happiness— not so long as my enemy waits in the night to destroy us both.
—Talon of the Morrigantes
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Talk. About. A. Struggle.
I’m three books into Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunterverse (two into the Dark-Hunter series) and I’ve gone from hooked to sinking fast. Night Embrace continues the story with Talon, a ferocious Celtic warrior who had to fight to earn respect from his clan back in the day. After an accident with a parade float, he meets Sunshine, an artist with some short-term memory loss issues. Standard set-up for a Dark Hunter novel so clearly she’s his soulmate. That’s just how these books (and most romances) work.
And hey, what’s a romance without a few steamy sex scenes? Talon could go all night with Sunshine. All day. Maybe longer but they don’t get to test that particular theory. Because that’s what their relationship consists of: lusty heated sex. Want to see Talon and Sunshine go shopping? Nope. Maybe they’ll get dinner? Not unless one (or both) of them are naked). I really wanted to like Talon because he seemed so interesting in Night Pleasures but all he did was lust over Sunshine, who’s bird-brained nature drove me up a wall after about half the book. Though at least she had the sense to tell Talon to back off — for a little while — to get some answers.
So what started as hot and heavy between them became dreaded scenes of not again and let’s get back to the story, okay? Except this wasn’t their story except at the very end. Sure, Talon had his moment and Sunshine has a deeply rooted connection to his past that makes things all the more interesting. Yet when they’re not getting it on, the plot shifts to other characters. Archeron gets quite a few and became more interesting than the main characters. Especially his backstory. I’m excited to read his book (because let’s face it, if a Dark Hunter appears in the book, he’s going to get one of his own). I reached the point of skimming the “amazing sex” Talon and Sunshine had in favor of another Dark Hunter. Hell, any character.
Once again I was glad I read in order as Julian and Kyrian came back to play.
Also, what’s with every hero being blond and over 6’5″ specifically, while also having some complex involving a woman in their past life? Literally describes every male protagonist so far.
This book just followed the pattern of the first two with a male protagonist who had a personality in previous books as a minor character then quickly lost it over a girl. The girl in question had to be one of the most annoying characters I’ve read in a long time. The plot went in so many different directions that I wasn’t sure what this book was actually about. And hey, we get it. Both characters have a seriously amped up sex drive. You don’t need to show us half a million times. Outdated and poorly written romance. Little focus. Barely interesting.
I really just wasn’t impressed by this book.