This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.Night Embrace by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: Dark-Hunter #3
Published by St. Martin's Griffin (6.27.2006)
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance
Format: Paperback, 408 pages
Source: I own it
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Life is great for me. I have my chicory coffee, my warm beignets, and my best friend on the cell phone. Once the sun goes down, I am the baddest thing prowling the night: I command the elements, and I know no fear. For centuries, I've protected the innocent and watched over the mankind, making sure they are safe in a world where nothing is ever certain. All I want in return is a hot babe in a red dress, who wants nothing more from me then one night.
Instead, I get a runaway Mardi Gras float that tries to turn me into roadkill and a beautiful woman who saves my life but can't remember where she put my pants. Flamboyant and extravagant, Sunshine Runningwolf should be the perfect woman for me. She wants nothing past tonight, no ties, no long-term commitments.
But every time I look at her, I start yearning for dreams that I buried centuries ago. With her unconventional ways and ability to baffle me, Sunshine is the one person I find myself needing. But for me to love her would mean her death. I am cursed never to know peace or happiness— not so long as my enemy waits in the night to destroy us both.
—Talon of the Morrigantes
To tell you the truth, I almost put this one down in the first 75 pages. I didn’t really like the main characters, Talon and Sunshine. I didn’t care about Talon in the last book, so I had no desire to get to know him better. Sunshine was…eccentric. Read: weirdo. I mean, really, who leaves their keys in the fridge by accident? And some of the things she did and said in the beginning were so outlandish that it just irked me.
I usually don’t mind sex in the least, but I just wasn’t feeling the sex scenes in this one – I ended up skimming over them. Not to mention the fact that it was guilty of instaluv. Yes, that’s right. Talon had just met her and already he was talking about how she ‘stumbled into his world and turned it upside down’ and ‘gave him feelings he didn’t understand.’ Oh, brother. Page 65, folks. No joke. This was the main reason I almost DNFed it, but I sure am glad I stuck to it! The parts without Talon and Sunshine were well worth it. I mean, there was a reason they were drawn to each other, but still.
The supporting characters really made this one. The parts involving them were what kept me reading. Nick, Acheron, Zarek, even the were brothers Vane and Fang. They were all fantastic and I loved them! Zarek was a bit of a psycho, but I still really liked him and can’t wait to read his POV in the next one. I also got a little peek of what Ash is capable of, and ohhh boy I’m dying to hear his story! What did he do that was so bad?! My curiosity is seriously piqued.
The world itself is brilliant. The background of Daimons stemming from Apollites, relationships with the Gods, and the Dark- and Were-Hunters. There’s a lot of depth and thought to it. Even though I didn’t like Talon and Sunshine’s part of the story, the Dark-Hunter world is addicting and I want more!
Favorite character: Still Nick!! Oh how I love his sarcasm. ♥
Writing style: 4/5
I didn’t care for the two main characters.
Dragged a little in the beginning for me.
I like this cover way better:
Overall rating: 3.5/5 starfish
Could have been 4 stars without the two leads.