by Sherrilyn Kenyon

April 2004
ISBN: 0-312-99241-6
Reviewer Graphic Button St. Martin`s Press
Mass Market Paperback

As Cassandra Peters spends the evening with some friends at a local bar, Daimons attack. After Cassandra puts up a brave fight, and just when she thinks that this time there will be no way out for her, a dark, dangerous-looking man walks in. It doesn`t take her long to figure out that he is a Dark-Hunter, especially after seeing the reaction of the Daimons. In short order, the Dark Hunter rids the bar of the Daimons, and just leaves.

Cassandra runs after the Dark Hunter. When she reaches him, he tells her that in five minutes, no human will remember him. After sharing a scorching kiss with her, he disappears into the night ... and five minutes after that Cassandra forgets all about him...until she starts dreaming about him that is. Upon his return home, Wulf decides to go to bed. As soon as he falls asleep he dreams of the strawberry-blonde that he kissed earlier that night and in his dream, she does remember him.

The morning after the incident at the bar Cassandra wakes up from a rather erotic dream and in short order, remembers the inferno from the night before as well as the Dark Hunter, Wulf, who saved her. He told her that she would forget him, so why does she remember him? Does it have something to do with the fact that she is only half-human?

Kiss of the Night is Sherrilyn Kenyon`s latest installment in her Dark-Hunter series. Like the previous books, it is a quick-paced, action-packed paranormal read filled with an appealing cast of characters. In Kiss of the Night the author takes us further into her mythological world, specifically providing the reader with further insight into the Apollite race and culture. Certainly there is much more to them than meets the eye. The two main characters could not be more engaging. Cassandra is a modern woman, intelligent, strong, and bearing a huge burden upon her shoulders. She is torn as she walks in between two worlds that are at odds with each other. However, she does so bravely. Wulf is an unusual Dark-Hunter, as he is this way, not because he was seeking vengeance, but because he was deceived. As a result, Wulf is somewhat different from the other Dark-Hunters in more than one way. I found Wulf`s sense of family and his longing for someone that would remember him extremely endearing. The love and passion that Wulf and Cassandra share touched me, they are supposed to be enemies, but they are willing to fight their own prejudices. The witty dialogue and humor enhanced my reading experience.

Although Kiss of the Night can be read as a stand-alone it would be helpful to read the previous books in the series as they provide background information, not to mention the fact that some of the characters that we met in earlier books make an appearance in this one. If you have been following Ms. Kenyon`s series, you should not miss this one. If you have yet to read any of the books, be ready for an extraordinary paranormal ride. Kiss of the Night goes to my 'keeper' shelf.

Reviewed in March 2004 by Mireya.

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