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Review: Night Pleasures (Dark-Hunter series #2) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Review: Night Pleasures (Dark-Hunter series #2) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

by davincikittieJanuary 11, 2012


TLDR recap:

A centuries-old Greek general awakes to find himself handcuffed to a spirited, cute little human who thinks he’s a vampire and wants nothing more than to get away from him.  Not quite a vampire, he *is* immortal and allergic to the sun, and the daimon Kyrian is hunting thinks tying him (literally) to Amanda Devereaux will make for more fun sport in their deathmatch.  Desiderius is tougher prey than anyone would have imagined, though, and Kyrian and Amanda find themselves in the fight of their lives and in a battle for Kyrian’s very soul.  Night Pleasures is a GraveTells “must-read”!

Title: Night Pleasures
Series: Dark-Hunter book #2
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Prominent Characters: Kyrian of Thrace, Amanda Devereaux
Recommended reader age: 17+
Sexual content level: moderate

*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***


When Amanda wakes up to find herself handcuffed to a tall, blonde, and dangerous “vampire”, with a body built for sin and a sarcastic, overbearing attitude, you know you’re in for an entertaining ride. Um, pun kinda intended. *grin* Kyrian’s past is brutal and he is still haunted by it.  The one thing he cannot allow himself to do is trust a woman, but that is exactly what he MUST do if he’s to beat Desiderius, the daimon out for his life.  I like Amanda. She’s straightforward, smart, and impatient, and can do a little ass kicking of her own.  Plus, she has a large, meddling family who make for no end of comic relief and drama infusion.  Amanda is no wall flower and Kyrian is so loyal and pure of heart that it made my chest flutter. Never before in a book have I cheered on the hero to lose his immortality and live a normal human life.  Then there’s Nick Gautier (pronounced Go-shay), Kyrian of Thrace’s street-smart Squire with the big mouth and wise-ass attitude.  We’ll be seeing a lot of Nick in the coming books, and every time he pops up, I look forward to his dialogue (or inner grumbling monologue, depending on how angry he is).

I was anticipating The reunion between Julian and Kyrian so much that I stayed up an extra hour to read it, and it was so worth it. Bittersweet and emotional, seeing these two friends together was exactly what I wanted it to be. More! I loved Julian in Fantasy Lover, and I fell in love with Kyrian as I read more and more of his story. His wit, humor, sarcasm, cynicism, willpower, dedication… Complex and compelling, Kyrian is everything I look for in a PNR hero.

Some people consider this the first book in the Dark-Hunter series, but I recommend reading Fantasy Lover first. Referred to by some as the “optional book 0” about Julian of Macedon, Fantasy Lover will give you an emotional and touching introduction into Kyrian’s past and more insight into his close friendship with Julian. Reading Fantasy Lover first will greatly enhance your immersion in Night Pleasures and will definitely be time well spent. Plus, who doesn’t want to read about hunky Greek general Julian as a sex slave? Oh yeah, it’s that good!


Memorable quotes:

Nothing says “I’m over you” like a weanie roast!

“Why don’t I cancel with Grace tonight and the two of us can go do something? Have a symbolic itty-bitty weenie roast for Cliff?”


Ok, this makes vampires a whole lot less sexy.  Lawyers=Vampires?!  GEE, thanks Kyrian!

“Are you going to suck my blood?”

He arched a sardonic brow. “Do I look like a lawyer to you?”


So you’re Angelus?  That’s ok.  He was sexy too. *grin*

“So, you’re like Angel?”

He rolled his eyes at her. “You watch way too much television,” he muttered. Then louder, he said, “Angel has a soul. I don’t.”


*sings* I kissed a <blank> and I liked it…

“Oh God,” she breathed. “I just kissed a vampire!”

“Oh gods, I just kissed a human!”

Amanda narrowed her eyes at him. “Are you mocking me?”


Pesky biology, always getting in the way…

Amanda arched a brow at his weapons. “I thought only a wooden stake through the heart killed a vampire.”

“A wooden stake through the heart will kill just about anything. And if it doesn’t, run like hell,” Hunter said blandly.


Can I have your job? Seriously. One soul for sale, right here.

“Tell me how many jobs are out there where you get to play hero every night. My pay is astronomical and I live forever. What is there not to love about this job?”



If you liked Night Pleasures of the Dark-Hunter series…

You will almost certainly like the Black Dagger Brotherhood books.  Lots of hunky warrior men who are immortal badasses with quirky and commanding attitudes, and the beginning of some overarching story threads that could lead to future big bads = a PNR fan’s bread and butter.  Buy Dark Lover, read it, love it, become obsessed like the rest of us!  Seriously though, there are a lot of parallels between the BDB and the DH series.  Both have powerful leaders with secrets and dark pasts.  Both feature playboy heroes who melt your heart and can still kick some major ass, early in the series.  Both have a tortured, dark, nearly unredeemable warrior who is the male every woman wants to tame and care for.  Both have multiple story arcs and secrets continually being uncovered and teased.  If anything, DH is much larger in scope than the BDB, but the emotional commitment feels very similar in the early stages of each series.

If you like Sherrilyn Kenyon’s style of writing and character development and don’t mind going a little out of the genre, check out her SciFi/fantasy League series (starting with Born of Night).  The characters will draw you in just as much as the DH men, and the action is just as hair-raising, their dark pasts even darker and more tortured, and the love stories just as strong.


Final thoughts:

The Dark-Hunter lore is well developed and seamlessly integrated into historical Greek mythology. They are vampires but not, behaving differently from the slew of cliché vamp series out there… sometimes in ways you expect and sometimes catching you off guard. This book paves the way for a uniquely refreshing and addictingly compelling PNR series, and since so many books in it have already been published, you won’t even have to wait to get your next fix or four.

I didn’t get more than 15% into this book before I realized I was in trouble. As soon as I met Talon, I knew this series was going to be a new favorite of mine, and 3 books later in as many days… I was right.  *wink*  Night Pleasures is a GraveTells “must-read”!

Rating: Night Pleasures
Gravetells Must-Read!

Pssst – click here to read my informal review of Fantasy Lover (Dark-Hunter #1) on GoodReads!


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About The Author
Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for Sue has been shamelessly pimping book boyfriends since 2010 and has won several blogging awards with GraveTells. Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at
  • January 11, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Great review! I enjoyed reading your thoughts on it. Kind of like revisiting an old friend. I read this book years ago, shortly after it was first released, and fell totally in love with the series. And like you, I was so glad to see Julian and Kyrian’s reunion. Fantasy Lover is a favorite of mine, too! Sherrilyn Kenyon’s books are definitely on my keeper-shelf! 🙂

    • January 11, 2012 at 2:10 am

      Hi Tricia! Thanks for the comment! <3

      You know, I'm actually glad I didn't discover this series until recently. I have a thing for series, especially really good long ones (hmmm that came off a little dirty LOL), and having to wait for THIRTY books to come out would have made me nuts! I do love Sherrilyn Kenyon's style. I read a few books in her League series last year and was really pleasantly surprised to find them so deep and emotional.

      Mmmmm Kyrian. That man is yum-cakes. I think I have a new book boyfriend to add to my harem. *grin*

  • January 11, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    This is a really great review. I’ve been looking for something good to get at Amazon, and I just couldn’t make up my mind. I think I am going to start this series. Thanks!

  • Sophia Rose
    January 11, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    I have not read this series, but I’m always a sucker for worlds that include mythology. I am so amused by this human/immortal tension going on between the two main characters. Sounds good!

    Thanks for the share!

  • January 11, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Thanks guys! I’m so glad ya’ll enjoyed the review! Now that so many of us are reading it, we can all gush together about these sexy DHs! =D

  • January 13, 2012 at 9:41 am

    OMG! I’m sooo mad at you right now. Dammit! I’m going to go broke on these books!

    Why do you keep finding such good ones?

    /snicker – <3 you

    Can't wait to get my hands on these. The Captain needs gift cards for her birthday, people!

    Those quotes are hilarious!

    And Angelus was my favorite. Always. I loved his evil ass. I really loved Spike. And his abs….mmm. He was recently on Supernatural, BTW. Him and Cordelia as a pair of bad ass witches. Hilarity ensued.

    • January 13, 2012 at 1:57 pm

      I absolutely loved this book. It was SOOOO awesome. The first 4 books in the series (including Fantasy Lover) are homeruns. And the drama just keeps coming too. I accidentally-on-purpose read the blurbs for some of the more recent books and learned a boatload of things I SO wish I had not! *Sigh* Getting from here to there is gonna be a trip though! Can’t wait!

      And Kyrian is seriously one of my favorite heroes. I would love to have a whole series just about him.

  • January 13, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    I had put this series off for so long since there were so many books out for this series… mostly because I was afraid I would like it and get sucked in for too long 🙂 I have to say that I am LOVING it! I just finished book 12. I love all of these guys, but am really intrigued with Acheron. You get more and more of his story as the books go on – what a mysterious man that one is. I’m glad you’re liking them. I can’t wait to see what you think of the rest 🙂

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