Bride McTierney has had it with men They re cheap, self centered, and never love her for who she is But though she prides herself on being independent, deep down she still yearns for a knight in shining armorShe just never expected her knight in shining armor to have a shiny coat of furDeadly and tortured, Vane Kattalakis isn t what he seems Most women lament that their boyfriends are dogs In Bride s case, hers is a wolf A Were Hunter wolf Wanted dead by his enemies, Vane isn t looking for a mate But the Fates have marked Bride as his Now he has three weeks to either convince Bride that the supernatural is real or he will spend the rest of his life neutered something no self respecting wolf can acceptBut how does a wolf convince a human to trust him with her life when his enemies are out to end his In the world of the Were Hunters, it really is dog eat dog And only one alpha male can win


10 thoughts on “Night Play

  1. Sophia Triad Sophia Triad says:

    Vane Kattalakis half Katagaria half Arcadian and Bride McTierney humanMy boyfriend is a dog, his mother s psychotic, and I just nearly missed being the main attraction in some low budget porn flick, complete with bad costuming and food I mean, what is this Welcome to my family, you now get to sleep with all my brothers, and I do mean all my brothers, cousins, friends, hell, everyone You know, most in laws just bring over a casserole, not a four hundred year old vendetta The star of Vane Kattalakis half Katagaria half Arcadian and Bride McTierney humanMy boyfriend is a dog, his mother s psychotic, and I just nearly missed being the main attraction in some low budget porn flick, complete with bad costuming and food I mean, what is this Welcome to my family, you now get to sleep with all my brothers, and I do mean all my brothers, cousins, friends, hell, everyone You know, most in laws just bring over a casserole, not a four hundred year old vendetta The star of this book is definetely chubby and with a great sense of humour Bride After she is abandoned by her bastard boyfriend she discovers a world where the monsters are true and part of her reality Her best friends, her customers, her wannabe new boyfriend are hiding secrets Bride will discover them one by one and thankfully she will be very receptive


  2. Blacky *Romance Addict* Blacky *Romance Addict* says:

    Well, all I can see about this book is how everyone loved it I guess my expectations were high because of that, and for me, the book didn t deliver I know most PNR come with insta love, and I am prepared for it, but here, I just didn t buy the whole thing at all Maybe it was because it wasn t insta love, but insta lust as it also usually is , but the characters meet and have sex in the same scene the first 10% of the book That killed the book for me, and the other 90% I just got throu Well, all I can see about this book is how everyone loved it I guess my expectations were high because of that, and for me, the book didn t deliver I know most PNR come with insta love, and I am prepared for it, but here, I just didn t buy the whole thing at all Maybe it was because it wasn t insta love, but insta lust as it also usually is , but the characters meet and have sex in the same scene the first 10% of the book That killed the book for me, and the other 90% I just got through it so I could finish Sad that a sex scene would do that but there you go The woman in this book was actually my main problem She displayed some pretty big signs of female idiocy, what with seeing wolves on the streets and hugging them and letting them into your apartment But most of all, I had a problem with her massive insecurities I m not gonna say she s chubby, but she isn t skeleton skinny like the supermodels, and that s what bothers her She is constantly thinking about her weight and how nobody should like her and that goes on ALL THE TIME I actually like reading about women who have meat on the bones, not just skin, it s normal andrealistic and makes themhuman, I don t know, I just wish she didn t have all those giant complexes, if only she was GOOD with herself for havingweight, that would be even better, but this, it just got on my nerves to constantly see her thinking so horribly about herself All in all, I m pretty disappointed, because I ve met Vane in the previous books and he sounded so awesome he WAS great here, but still, I didn t buy his intense feelings about her after 3 days, well only if they came from his c ck Anyway, I m continuing with the series in hope I ll make it to Acheron s book


  3. Jilly Jilly says:

    My favorite of the series I love when animals try to human Vane is a werewolf that is asking for dating advice from Dark Hunters Not exactly the best sourceJulian, how did you meet your wife Julian shrugged My brother the sex god cursed me into a book for two thousand years Grace got drunk on her birthday and summoned me out of it Vane rolled his eyes That s useless Kyrian What about you I woke up handcuffed to Amanda Vane could work with that So I need to get a set of ha My favorite of the series I love when animals try to human Vane is a werewolf that is asking for dating advice from Dark Hunters Not exactly the best sourceJulian, how did you meet your wife Julian shrugged My brother the sex god cursed me into a book for two thousand years Grace got drunk on her birthday and summoned me out of it Vane rolled his eyes That s useless Kyrian What about you I woke up handcuffed to Amanda Vane could work with that So I need to get a set of handcuffsNow, that sounds like an interesting first date Vane is adorably charming in this book He has this animalistic innocence that is very swoon worthy He also happens to be crazy for Bride, who is a chubby girl that has spent her life feeling like crap about himself Vane is shocked to find out this information He has no idea why she doesn t see that she is beautiful and he sets out to make her see it As usual, Ash and Simi are great side characters I love Simi s reaction when there is an engagement She turned to face Ash Akri, the Simi wants someone to propose like that to her Go get that model Travis Fimmel for me and make him do that too PleaseSimi has good taste A little bbq sauce and he s pretty yummyI also loved Vane s brothers, Fang and Fury Fang didn t do anything in this book, but was hilarious in Talon and Sunny s book Fury was hilarious in this one He doesn t know how to human at all I have a weakness for that which is why the Others series is one of my favorites This book has a lot of funny moments and charm I love that Bride s father is a vet known as the neuter king and has a softball team called the Castrators That makes for a couple of uncomfortable werewolf guests at Thanksgiving dinner As this series goes on, I am liking itandThe world continues to build, the characters start to feel like family, and they don t have to make up new villains for each book because the villains will always be there Although, I am liking that there might be two sides to that story as well I don t want to stop reading because I can t wait to find out what is happening as the world moves forward for all of them


  4. Zeek Zeek says:

    What makes Night Play a cut above the rest in the Dark Hunter seris, is the fact that it s totally character driven For me, it s always about the character I adored the heroine, Bride She s a real woman and her feelings are so well expressed by showing not telling, SK hits dead on with this one.The book starts out with Bride being dumped by her selfish boyfriend of 5 yrs Not five minutes after she received her dumping papers, via HER OWN fedex account no less we meet the hero who swoops What makes Night Play a cut above the rest in the Dark Hunter seris, is the fact that it s totally character driven For me, it s always about the character I adored the heroine, Bride She s a real woman and her feelings are so well expressed by showing not telling, SK hits dead on with this one.The book starts out with Bride being dumped by her selfish boyfriend of 5 yrs Not five minutes after she received her dumping papers, via HER OWN fedex account no less we meet the hero who swoops in for the rescue.The hero, Vane, is alpha male to the max, of course the fact that he s what basically amounts to a werewolf in Kenyon s world has a lot to do with that.Vane is totally focused on she who is to become his mate from the get go Most of us average never been a cheerleader non 101 lb women know it s pure fantasy to believe that a man, gorgeous and ripped, would fall for us so completely and totally but that doesn t mean we don t enjoy the fantasy of it AND Most every woman wants her man to think she s the most beautiful creature on earth and long to be told that, as well as shown Vane does it spades And that s what makes one fall for him and this book too.After years of verbal abuse by her ex, Bride s ready for some attention like Vane dishes out, even though she can hardly believe she deserves it.There is a scene where Vane asks her to meet him at her favorite restaurant the one which the ex never took her too because he didn t want to be seen with her, unfortunately when she arrives Vane is nowhere to be found and reservations have not been made She stands outside only to realize her ex is coming up on her with a perfect babe on his arm They snicker like high schoolers at Bride and saunter in while she stands outside clutching her shawl around her, attempting to make herself invisible and thinking she s been stood up.Right then I fell in love with the story The first part was too unbelievable, Vane and Bride get it on a little to early in the story AND c mon he s just too sexy to be believed But feeling like an idiot because you actually felt good about yourself for awhile only to be knocked back down into the crab pot of life once again That I can buy into.Never fear, Vane rescues her in stellar fashion And, despite the typical Knight in Shining Armor cliche, the story plays out to a satisfying end


  5. Exina Exina says:

    There s something inside you that scares me, Vane Are you sure you re normalVane s character looked so promising in the previous books, but in his own book he disappointed me I understand his unwillingness to force Bride into anything, as claiming can never be forced on a female , but his doubts and uncertainties are exaggerated.His magical powers are impressive they are unique and superlative, but sadly there is no real action in the story where he can actually show how poweThere s something inside you that scares me, Vane Are you sure you re normalVane s character looked so promising in the previous books, but in his own book he disappointed me I understand his unwillingness to force Bride into anything, as claiming can never be forced on a female , but his doubts and uncertainties are exaggerated.His magical powers are impressive they are unique and superlative, but sadly there is no real action in the story where he can actually show how powerful he is He uses his powers mainly to poof in and out, to take clothes on and off Bride and himself, to repair things, and to tidy up I also expected him to bespirited and determined his vacillation about what to do annoyed me to no end So did the repetition of his stunning appearance and masculinity Okay, I get it, he is gorgeousI really appreciate Bride s appearance finally a pretty and hot heroine with curves One of the most moving scenes is where Vane and Bride meet first, and she is so skeptical and suspicious about Vane s intentions It is so sweet But I really don t know what to think about Bride she is kind and brave, but sometimes she is also irritating when she gets hysterical and freaks out because she is not able to accept the idea of the existence of the supernatural world.The story is amusing at the beginning, but it falls flat soon there is no real action, and the plot is predictable I foresaw Bride s kidnapping as clear as Ash did the lottery numbers That clich looks like a compulsory element that gives the opportunity to the hero to save the heroine The rescue, by the way, was quick and effortless.I was okay with the story up to the scene where Bride s standing up for Vane which is one of the best scenes of the book But, at the end, two things totally ruined the book for me the over romanticized singing to Bride, and the public love confession and engagement.And although I love Simi, and Ash s kind and patient attitude toward her is amazing, the view spoiler Macarena dance hide spoiler was too much for me He reallyspoils that demonNight Play is my least favorite from the series, but I m still up for the following books.My favorite quotes


  6. Julianna Julianna says:

    THC Reviews 4.5 stars The Dark Hunter series has had some ups and downs for me, but I have to say that I m glad that I have continued with it or I would have missed out on some wonderful stories When Sherrilyn Kenyon is up , she can write a very good story, and Night Play was definitely an up book for me It had the swoon worthy romance that I ve loved in some of Ms Kenyon s other books, lots of fun and interesting characters, and a good plot Night Play picks up the narrative of Were Hunt THC Reviews 4.5 stars The Dark Hunter series has had some ups and downs for me, but I have to say that I m glad that I have continued with it or I would have missed out on some wonderful stories When Sherrilyn Kenyon is up , she can write a very good story, and Night Play was definitely an up book for me It had the swoon worthy romance that I ve loved in some of Ms Kenyon s other books, lots of fun and interesting characters, and a good plot Night Play picks up the narrative of Were Hunter Vane Kattalakis right where book 2 of the series, Night Embrace, had left him Things got off to a steamy start right in chapter one with a hot love scene between Vane and Bride Normally I m not fond of the quick hook up or stranger sex, but this time it worked for me Ms Kenyon managed to infuse both characters with a deep vulnerability that made their lovemaking very honest and real even though they had barely met Vane had also seen and had been thoroughly enthralled by Bride months before in a scene in Night Embrace He hadn t been able to stop thinking about her ever since, and when he found her again, it was obvious that he desiredthan just a one night stand Both Vane and Bride are completely accepting of one another, flaws and all, right from the start, making them one of the most romantic and perfect for each other couples that I have ever read.Vane was a hero I won t soon forget who has earned a spot near the top of my favorite heroes list He is rather typical of Sherrilyn Keyon s heroes in the Dark Hunter series with his long hair and beautiful physique, but his is the first full length Were Hunter story that I ve read Vane is a Katagaria wolf whose animal form is that of the Arctic wolf, one of my favorite breeds In the scenes where he is in his wolf form, I thought he was rather cute When he is a human though, which is for most of the story, Vane is a seriously sexy man He doesn t think that he knows or understands anything about humans, but time and time again, proves that he ishumane than many full blooded humans Vane does a very respectable job of comforting and wooing Bride just on instinct alone, and makes a great impression on her by just being himself albeit initially hiding his wolf side and magical powers I absolutely love the way he protected and tenderly cared for Bride and made her feel so special, something no man had ever done for her before Vane sees her not as a full figured woman, but as one who is beautiful and sexy with lots of soft, luscious curves He just can t imagine why any man wouldn t find her attractive Vane is a tortured soul whose own parents not only disowned him but are actually out to kill him In the past, he has been conditioned to rather violent animalistic matings that were meant to show dominance, and although the animal part of him still wants that, the man in him is completely undone by Bride s gentle touches and easy acceptance of him in both his human and wolf forms No one except his siblings ever showed Vane any love, and he just basks in the warmth of Bride s affections and cherishes every moment with her He even showed compassion for an abused and abandoned dog, earning its trust almost instantly, not just because he s part animal himself, but because of his kindness and loyalty Vane may have been the alpha of his pack, but when it came to his interactions with Bride, Vane behaveslike a sweet beta which is pretty much my idea of perfection in a hero.As a heroine, Bride was no slouch herself She had a much healthier upbringing than Vane did, surrounded by a loving, supportive family, with the possible exception of her sister who said some hurtful things to her However, Bride s plump figure has been the object of many an individual s derision over the years, and she has just had her heart broken by a jerk of an ex who used her to get a glamorous job and then dumped her for not looking good enough to be seen on his arm in public He also badgered Bride to go on numerous diets over the years that they were dating Although she doesn t have major self esteem issues like many women in her position would, Bride understandably is skeptical when the gorgeous Vane comes along, saying how beautiful and perfect she is Bride is a real sweetheart who is a very loving and giving person When she found out what Vane really was, she had a very normal human reaction, but still came around pretty quickly, continuing to show him all the gentleness and unconditional love that he deserved Bride may have been sweet, but she was no pushover She s a successful business woman who owns her own boutique, and when push came to shove, Bride showed she had the heart of a warrior with plenty of spunk and spirit As with all her other Dark Hunter books, Sherrilyn Kenyon brings in a huge cast of secondary characters It s fun to be able to visit with characters from past and future books, even if it s just a cameo, and to meet the occasional new character Vane and Bride both first appeared in Night Embrace, along with Vane s brother, Fang Bad Moon Rising Based on the prologue, it looked like there would be an interesting and humorous relationship between the brothers, but Fang sadly ended up spending the rest of the book unconscious Fury Shadow of the Moon from Dead After Dark , a new Were Hunter, picked up the slack in that department by being endearingly awkward while still letting it be known that he was viciously lethal He and Vane had some witty interplay, as did Tabitha Seize the Night and her brother in law, Kyrian Night Pleasures I loved Bride s family, and wish we could have seenof them The Thanksgiving dinner scenes at their house were a lot of fun, as were the ones at Sanctuary later The other members of Vane s family, particularly his mother and father, are essentially the bad guys I liked the creative punishment that the author came up with for them Other Dark Hunter characters who put in an appearance The Peletier Bear Clan including Aimee Bad Moon Rising Dev No Mercy Wren Unleash the Night with his first ever actual lines Julian Grace Fantasy Lover Amanda Night Pleasures Valerius Seize the Night with a bitdepth being added to his character the squires Nick, Liz, and Otto, and Ash s little demon, Simi, all as wacky as ever and last but not least Acheron himself Acheron As always, Ash nearly walks away with every scene that he s in while also being totally scrumptious and swoon worthy If he s this good as a mere supporting character, I can only imagine what he ll be like in his own book I can t wait There were a few of Ms Keyon s writing traits that I usually find a bit annoying that did surface in Night Play such as her tendency to bring the flow of the story to a screeching halt in order to explain some new bit of mythology She also can sometimes be a little repetitive I realize that she reiterates certain details from book to book to assist readers who may have picked up a book in the middle of the series to get up to speed, but occasionally she unnecessarily repeats herself within the same book There were also a few moments where she adapted the world to fit the plot rather than the other way around which I usually don t care for Overall though, most of these things were relatively minor this time around In fact, I have to give Ms Kenyon kudos for building on existing mythology and utilizing lots of characters who were already on the canvas instead of creating new ones to confuse me These things and her, for once, not giving the human characters unbelievable superpowers really helped to make the story muchenjoyable for me than some of the others in the series have been Night Play is book 5 in the Dark Hunter series It was filled with sweet, tender romance, had a great hero and heroine that I found to be very relatable, and everything together kept me fully engaged, earning this book a spot on my keeper shelf I m really looking forward to reading the next book in the series There are currently a total of 19 full length novels in the Dark Hunter series and quite a number of related novellas and graphic novels as well, withstill to come A complete list of all the books and their recommended reading order can be found on Sherrilyn Kenyon s website Review updated 9 27 10


  7. Alex is The Romance Fox Alex is The Romance Fox says:

    I have loved this series since I first read Acheron, which is still my absolute favorite book This was the one that introduced me Sherrilyn Kenyon s breathtaking world of Greek gods, demi gods, dark hunters, were hunters, dream hunters.amazing and unforgettable characters filled with mythology, paranormal, romance.it s all I want in paranormal romance I haven t read the books in order and this is one of those that I am reading now Not that it matte I have loved this series since I first read Acheron, which is still my absolute favorite book This was the one that introduced me Sherrilyn Kenyon s breathtaking world of Greek gods, demi gods, dark hunters, were hunters, dream hunters.amazing and unforgettable characters filled with mythology, paranormal, romance.it s all I want in paranormal romance I haven t read the books in order and this is one of those that I am reading now Not that it matters really, although I would have preferred to do it in the reading order.This is the first book that introduces the were hunters and written from their POV..And what a great introduction .beginning with Vane Katallakis, were wof supremo Hated, rejected and hunted by his enemies, he does not allow any woman near his heart That is until he meets a woman the Fates have chosen as his mate Bride McTierney is the destined mate and what is he going to do.she s not only human but so totally off men she s had enough of them in her life She doesn t believe she s pretty and what sthinks she s overweight..and all men want are size 0 bimbettos Still, she hasn t given up totally on men Boy, does she find her knight in the form of a furry wolf Back to Vane he has an added problem.he s not quite sure how to do seduction.the way he sees getting a woman goes something like this He s not going to get any help in the seduction department from these guys, so what else can he do Go to his friend, who has knowledge in this department, for advice In between keeping his family safe from his enemies and having only three weeks to persuade Bride that he s the one for her.does his friend s advice work for him.who would ever guess that Vane could be such a fast learner sexy, hot, seductive, caring, loving.Let s just say that Bride could not resist this knight in shining armor The dialogue is such a pleasure humor, laughter.the interaction between the characters is totally fabulous.I loved that the author includes some characters that I have come to adore.my favorite.Simi Simi What a great read SK you rock


  8. CC CC says:

    This book took me by surprise I have read or listened to a handful of books in this series and some were ok and others a little better But this one was great I loved the hero, Vane His perspective was my absolute favorite Having been raised a wolf almost his entire life and only having a human form for the past 9 months I think , he has a totally unique view of people and life She wolves sound like real bitches He comes from a seriously messed up childhood or I guess really puppyhoo This book took me by surprise I have read or listened to a handful of books in this series and some were ok and others a little better But this one was great I loved the hero, Vane His perspective was my absolute favorite Having been raised a wolf almost his entire life and only having a human form for the past 9 months I think , he has a totally unique view of people and life She wolves sound like real bitches He comes from a seriously messed up childhood or I guess really puppyhood He is also crazy powerful I am not sure everyone realizes the god like powers he has They rival Acheron.The heroine, Bride BTW a big pet peeve of mine is when a narrator pronounces a name wrong and in this case, I had to listen to the entire book with him calling her bride as in here comes the but the name is pronounced bree dee So f king annoying Lost my train of thought so anyway, Bride was a pretty good heroine She was pretty insecure but she did not bog the story down with it Nor did it prevent her from jumping Vane s bones immediately I was proud of how she handles her sister and stood up to Vane s Mom.Brides parents were cool I love that they are vets so the running theme is that they will neuter him if he hurts her Overall, the story had a really hot wolf shifter, humor, some visits from favorite characters yes Simi makes an appearance , a good amount of steam and only a very little angst Oh and I learned that the Valerius in the next book is NOT the one that tortured Kyrian It was his grandfather who did that Which means I am willing to read with caution.Safety gang notes view spoiler No virgins here Bride just got dumped by live in boyfriend Wolves have sex, but zero relationships He had not had sex in quite awhile I want to say maybe a year.They are mates and it is a real mate thing If she rejects him he is impotent for the rest of her life.Yikes hide spoiler


  9. Sarah Elizabeth Sarah Elizabeth says:

    This was an adult paranormal romance featuring a werewolf and a human.Vane and Bride were both likeable characters and it was nice to see how protective Vane was when it came to Bride.The storyline in this was about Vane finding out that Bride was his mate, and not knowing what to do about it because she was human whilst he was a very powerful werewolf, and he was afraid of hurting her We also had some problems with Vane s family, especially his mother, which meant that Bride s life was put in This was an adult paranormal romance featuring a werewolf and a human.Vane and Bride were both likeable characters and it was nice to see how protective Vane was when it came to Bride.The storyline in this was about Vane finding out that Bride was his mate, and not knowing what to do about it because she was human whilst he was a very powerful werewolf, and he was afraid of hurting her We also had some problems with Vane s family, especially his mother, which meant that Bride s life was put in danger.The ending to this was okay, and things ended happily enough.6 out of 10


  10. Alkyoni Alkyoni says:

    Dark Hunter Flashcard 5, Were Hunter Flashcard 1Name Vane Kattalakis Age 460The Beast Within WolfSpecial W.H power Time TravelBest thing that came out of his mouth I don t want you skinny, Bride I like you as you are He finds his one true love when She stopped to say hi to her friend Sunshine who Vane was guarding at the time Yes, Talon s Sunshine Yes, in Book 2 Yes, the whole thing was that mundane.He falls for her because She s his predestined mate.Her Name Bride McTierneyAge Dark Hunter Flashcard 5, Were Hunter Flashcard 1Name Vane Kattalakis Age 460The Beast Within WolfSpecial W.H power Time TravelBest thing that came out of his mouth I don t want you skinny, Bride I like you as you are He finds his one true love when She stopped to say hi to her friend Sunshine who Vane was guarding at the time Yes, Talon s Sunshine Yes, in Book 2 Yes, the whole thing was that mundane.He falls for her because She s his predestined mate.Her Name Bride McTierneyAge Somewhere around her early twenties Size 18Occupation Boutique Owner.Best thing that came out of her mouth Don t you like my wolf She falls for him because Do you want the reasons in alphabetical order, or. Ok, let s see Well, he s gorgeous He has a killer bod He is filthy rich He likes her just the way she is He protects her He s great in bed He can t ever cheat on her He made a fool out of her douche of an ex But mostly because he is gorgeous and he has a killer bod Surgeon General s Warning Vane suffers from a serious romancelandia syndrome that I ve come to call Roarkism see J.D Robb s In Death series , although most readers prefer the term How Much More Perfect Can You Be, Dude.The Devil s Advocate Hello Prince Charming meant for the big girl Was about time you got to her.Take it or leave it Well, it does have one of the highest average ratings in the series and Vane is one of the most beloved characters among the fans On the other hand, there s really not much plot to it save for the romance, and the cheese, GOD, the cheese, it BURNS On the other hand yes, I have three hands in this argument the MCs of the next books are introduced in this one and beloved characters from the previous books make an appearance I dunno, guys You decide