Zarek s Point of View Dark Hunter A soulless guardian who stands between mankind and those who would see mankind destroyed Yeah, right The only part of that Code of Honor I got was eternity and solitudeInsanity A condition many say I suffer from after being alone for so long But I don t suffer from my insanity I enjoy every minute of itTrust I can t trust anyone not even myself The only thing I trust in is my ability to do the wrong thing in any situation and to put a hurt on anyone who gets in my wayTruth I endured a lifetime as a Roman slave, andyears as an exiled Dark Hunter Now I m tired of enduring I want the truth about what happened the night I was exiled I have nothing to lose and everything to gainAstrid Greek, meaning star An exceptional woman who can see straight to the truth Brave and strong, she is a point of light in the darkness She touches me and I tremble She smiles and my cold heart shattersZarek They say even the most damned man can be forgiven I never believed that until the night Astrid opened her door to me and made this feral beast want to be human again Made me want to love and be loved But how can an ex slave whose soul is owned by a Greek goddess ever dream of touching, let alone holding, a fiery star My favorite one so far I love me a damaged hottie who just needs someone to love him in order to fix him.So, this is Zarek s story He had one messed up life but I guess they all did in order to become Dark Hunters Zarek was a whipping boy and then a slave during his mortal life He was beaten daily, to the point of being disfigured when he met Ash Luckily, Ash was able to restore his body before becoming a Dark Hunter Of course, no one could restore his soul Dun dun dun So, he turned My favorite one so far I love me a damaged hottie who just needs someone to love him in order to fix him.So, this is Zarek s story He had one messed up life but I guess they all did in order to become Dark Hunters Zarek was a whipping boy and then a slave during his mortal life He was beaten daily, to the point of being disfigured when he met Ash Luckily, Ash was able to restore his body before becoming a Dark Hunter Of course, no one could restore his soul Dun dun dun So, he turned into a hardened psycho who lashed out at everyone and everything so that nobody would have the ability to ever hurt him again.Poor poor Zarek sniff sniff.Yeah, I m going with this cute animal theme I know it s disgusting, but I stand by my decision.Astrid is a justice nymph who is sent in to judge immortals when the gods are thinking of killing them It is her job to find out if they have any redeeming quality that should allow them to live So far, she has never judged anyone innocent She is sent in to judge Zarek since he is so feral He has no idea, but his life is in her hands Since justice is blind, she has to go in there blind with only her wolf man guide dog, Sasha as her eyes I absolutely loved Sasha He totally wanted to bite Zarek the whole time I love when dogs can talk in books I wish I could have a talking dogAlthough, my dogs would just nag me for treats all day Never mind Mute dogs are fine if just one talkedSo, Astrid finds Zarek injured and brings him into her cabin to help him heal and to find out whether he gets to walk the green mile Zarek, of course, is rude and prickly as ever, but he also finds her attractive and does nice things for her behind her back Since she is blind, he feels free to be a littleof himself He has no idea that Sasha is telling Astrid what he s doing, or that Astrid can look through Sasha s eyes to see him occasionally Of course, Sasha hates him, soSashaI swear he shoved one entire pancake in his mouth at once Astrid would have been disgusted had she not been in his dreams No one had ever taught him even the most basic form of manners Okay, that made me laugh She would have been disgusted seeing him stuff a pancake in his mouth I m guessing she s never been around young boys, or teenaged boys, or young men I have two young men who bring over loads of friends all of the time and shoving a whole pancake into their mouths would be a good day You don t know the word disgusting until you ve had a slumber party with 10 teenage boys at your house It s scary stuff And, the next day, with the bodies all around it smells like a petting zoo yeah, that looks about rightBut, of course they fall in lurrv It is cute and sweet.We also learnabout Ash, and meet his child , Simi, who is some weird Greek demon thing She is also kind of funny But, poor Ash His mortal life apparently sucked, and his immortal life doesn t look like it s much better Still in the sucks category I m looking forward to his happy ending, but I don t think it comes along for a while Suffer a bit longer, Ash We ll get to you eventually I m really not getting any points for originality, am I Dark Hunter Flashcard 3Name ZarekAge 2,150 give or takeFormer Occupation Greek slave to the RomansSpecial D.H power Telekinesis, Enchanted hearing, Energy blasting, Pissing everybody off Reason why he became a D.H The Romans were beating the crap out of him since the day he was born.Best thing that came out of his mouth I don t suffer from my insanity I enjoy every minute of it.He finds his one true love when She is sent to jud I m really not getting any points for originality, am I Dark Hunter Flashcard 3Name ZarekAge 2,150 give or takeFormer Occupation Greek slave to the RomansSpecial D.H power Telekinesis, Enchanted hearing, Energy blasting, Pissing everybody off Reason why he became a D.H The Romans were beating the crap out of him since the day he was born.Best thing that came out of his mouth I don t suffer from my insanity I enjoy every minute of it.He finds his one true love when She is sent to judge himHe falls for her because She was kind to him.Her Name Astrid Age Let s just say that she s old.Occupation Justice NymphBest thing that came out of her mouth I m a nymph.Because then he got to sayI hope you just left an important syllable off that word, princess She falls for him because Depends on who you re asking.If you asked me, I d say that she just couldn t resist his charming personality.If you asked a fan of tortured heroes in romance, she d say that she saw through his bad boy fa ade and that underneath it, was a tender heart craving to be loved.If you asked Freud, he d be on it for a week.Surgeon General s Warning Trauma Unit, kindly proceed to Ancient Rome to tend to the wounds of a very tortured hero The Devil s Advocate Bad boy finding his true love is probably the most popular female fantasy after Channing Tatum Take it or leave it Less cheesy than the first one, less sexy than the previous one,romantic than both of them he quotes the Little Prince, c mon, it s sweet Most D.H fans consider it to be one of the best in the series.Who s Channing Tatum You re joking, right Dance with the DevilI m thinkingPhury Zadist Zarek.Zarek was very much like Zadist from Black Dagger Brotherhood, and I LOVE ZADIST If you take Phury away from Zadist you ll be left with Zarek This probably makes no sense at all but that s all i could think throughout the whole book Maybe it was a mistake to start this series with this book because now i hate all other hunters Except Ash Full review to come Dance with the DevilI m thinkingPhury Zadist Zarek.Zarek was very much like Zadist from Black Dagger Brotherhood, and I LOVE ZADIST If you take Phury away from Zadist you ll be left with Zarek This probably makes no sense at all but that s all i could think throughout the whole book Maybe it was a mistake to start this series with this book because now i hate all other hunters Except Ash Full review to come Dying s easy It s living that s hardDance with the Devil is a perfect romance, the beautiful love story of Zarek and Astrid Certainly, it s not simply a romance there is an incredible plot and fast paced action, suffering and dread, twists and turns, revealed secrets, humor, one of the most heartbreaking background story ever, and fascinating secondary characters.But the main attraction of the novel is the story of the two of them, the development of the love and relationship oDying s easy It s living that s hardDance with the Devil is a perfect romance, the beautiful love story of Zarek and Astrid Certainly, it s not simply a romance there is an incredible plot and fast paced action, suffering and dread, twists and turns, revealed secrets, humor, one of the most heartbreaking background story ever, and fascinating secondary characters.But the main attraction of the novel is the story of the two of them, the development of the love and relationship of Astrid and Zarek Their every thought and emotions are meticulously captured and conveyed.Zarek is tired of pain he is unimaginably lonely, mad and angry at everyone, especially himself He is full of hatred and rage, has lost faith in goodness, and is incapable of trust He is totally broken, but at the same time, unexpectedly vulnerable, kind and gentle, with poetic and artistic skills He is generous, merciful, and tender She held her hand out to him You have to learn to trust someone, Zarek You ve been brave your whole life Now show me that courage Take my hand Trust me and I swear I won t betray you He stood there indecisively, his heart pounding He d never beenterrified Not even the day they d killed him His personality is complex, and brilliantly layered While there are many attributes to describe his character, there are no words for the cruelty of his past.Astrid is a perfect mate for him She is strong, sensible, caring, and loving I admire her perceptiveness, as she is able to see through Zarek s fa ade.It was not my first read of the novel, and not the last either Dance with the Devilwill always remain one of my all time favorites My favorite quotes