Night Pleasures (Dark-hunters) (英語) マスマーケット – 2002/10/1
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A handsome immortal finds himself drawn despite himself to the prim and proper Amanda Devereaux, a smart, witty, and conservative young woman who wants nothing to do with the paranormal, in the first novel in the Dark-Hunter series. Original.
"Kenyon is the reigning queen of the vampire novel." --Barbara Vey, Publishers Weekly
"An engaging read." --Entertainment Weekly on Devil May Cry
"Kenyon's writing is brisk, ironic, sexy, and relentlessly imaginative. These are not your mother's vampire novels." --The Boston Globe on Dark Side of the Moon商品の説明をすべて表示する
There is good chemistry between Kyrian and Amanda, and I liked that Amanda cares about Kyrian as much as he cares about her. Kyrian is not the smartest male character romance literature has ever seen (Desiderus tricks him quite easily), but he is honorable, generous, and loyal - characteristics that make him extremely lovable.
As the first of the dark hunter series (followed by Night Embrace, Dance with the Devil, Kiss of the Night), quite a few pages are devoted to the background information. If you have gone to the author’s homepage, where she actually has the whole background set up, you may be able to skip this part.
Overall, this is a good read, especially if you like paranormal and hot Greek men!
Amanda was mistakenly abducted at her sister Tabitha’s house, transported to a warehouse and handcuffed to an unconscious vampire, Kyrian. Author establishes they don’t know each other. When he wakes up he inhales her scent and says, “You’re not Tabitha Deveroux.” She asks, “You know T?” He makes a comparison in his thoughts between her & her sister Tabitha. Nothing supported the jump of him assuming she was Tabitha’s sister.
. Author established in 1st chapter that Amanda’s sister’s husband was a Greek demigod, whose brother & parents were Greek gods. The demon holding them tells them they’ll never get rid of the magical cuffs as they can only be opened by a god. The demon then releases them, telling them they have until sunset before he starts hunting them. They spend all day hidden in a friends morgue/office making calls & plans for their escape, while still wearing the cuffs. Amanda only mentions once, in passing, that she may be able to help with the cuffs, but that’s it. Kyrian doesn’t follow up on that or ask questions. Amanda waits until sunset to call her sister and doesn’t tell her what she needs, just makes sure her sister & demigod husband will be home so she can talk to them about “something”. The only suspense is why they are so stupid and wait all day before even talking about or working on a plan to get the cuffs off. Apparently it makes a better fight scene when they are attacked & still cuffed together.
. Kyrian says Amanda will be fine at her sister Grace’s house because the demons can’t enter a home unless their invited-but the demon attacked her earlier in her sister Tabatha’s house. Author never explains how the demon was able to enter Tabitha’s house.
. Kyrian says Amanda only needs to stay at Grace’s that one night because by the next night the demon will be dead (by Kyrian‘s hand). Kyrian immediately goes home to sleep because the demon has gone into a safe zone & won’t be able to come out for several days. Why did Kyrian think he’d kill the demon before the next night when he knew the demon was locked away for several days? Author doesn’t explain the inconsistency.
. The above are all in the first 25% of the story. It actually got somewhat better or maybe I just started over looking all the discrepancies. I’ve never read anything else by this author and I can’t imagine anything inducing me to read her work in the future.