by Sherrilyn Kenyon

August 2004
ISBN: 0-312-99242-4
Reviewer Graphic Button St. Martin`s Press
Mass Market Paperback

Vane’s father once more tries to get rid of him and his brother, Fang. Luckily, Vane manages to save their lives, seeking refuge at Sanctuary. Fang, however, didn’t fare so well and has not recovered from the shock of the attack. It has now been eight months since the incident, and Vane is at odds end on how to help his brother.

Bride McTierney has just been dumped by her fiancé. On the same day she finds out she has been dumped, a gorgeous stranger walks into her shop. Somehow, she ends up having the most amazing sex with him. Little does she know that what she considered a spur of the moment affair, has sealed her fate.

Vane had seen Bride once before and he could never erase the impact she had on him just from that one time. As he takes a walk he sees her in her store, crying, and can’t resist the urge to comfort her. Upon his return to Sanctuary, after the most amazing sexual encounter of his life, Vane finds himself mated. He now has a mark on his hand ... realizing the implications, he runs back to Bride. Bride is human, and she is oblivious to the dangers she now faces as Vane’s mate.

Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Night Play is the most recent title of her Dark-Hunter series, and the first full length title featuring a were-hunter as the hero (the first were-hunter story was included in the anthology Tapestry). Although this story also features a somewhat troubled and tortured hero, it is also filled with humor, which provides a nice balance and a lightheartedness that makes this a truly entertaining read.

Vane is absolutely gorgeous and quite powerful, but he also is very vulnerable. His internal struggle to reconcile his double nature as a human and an animal, not to mention the fact that his own family continues to try to destroy him, endears him to the reader. Bride is his perfect mate. Her kindness and humanity make him complete. Bride is also a larger sized heroine, so her own vulnerability and self-consciousness make her an extremely appealing character as well. The plot gives the reader further insight into the were-hunter world and its workings. Night Play is action packed, quick paced, and I couldn’t put it down once I started reading it. The love scenes between Vane and Bride are passionate and piping hot. This book is another winner for Ms. Kenyon and it goes to my keeper shelf.

Reviewed in July 2004 by Mireya.

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