PJV Quickie: Maybe I shouldn’t have gone back and started at the beginning of this series…at least with an audiobook.
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: Dark Hunter #1
Publication: Published 2002 St. Martin’s
Purchased audio book from audible.com
Links: Web >> Author Twitter >> Purchase Book >> Goodreads
Rating: 3 out of 5
On my reading to-do list was a “finish the series” point. Thus it led me to ‘Night Pleasures’ by Sherrilyn Kenyon along with a few others that I seemed to have skipped ahead on. Maybe I should have rethought my to-do points, well more importantly I should have probably actually read them instead of listening to them. Because, it just seemed that this first book in the series couldn’t even begin to compare with SK’s later books in the series. Personally I can’t tell you if it is others copying her style (which it most likely is, seeing as SK basically defines the paranormal romance series insanity) or if I’ve just read too many of them, but ‘Night Pleasures’ just seemed like every other PNR I’ve read. The alpha male meets the reluctant female, who is really rather scared of him, but can’t resist his hot sexiness…he finally talks her into hot sexual interaction and they fall in love after she suddenly realizes she just can’t live without him.
Don’t get me wrong, Sherrilyn Kenyon’s writing is phenomenal and she is the master of character creation, I love reading her writing, but maybe I’ve read too much of it. Or I shouldn’t have gotten the audiobook, because Amanda’s (narrator Carrington MacDuffie) terribly done “New Orleans” accent was the clincher. I should have known. I probably would have liked Kyrian and Amanda a lot more if I would have just read the damn book. I really have to remember this in the future, because it seems I’m having the same problem with Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld series. I think it also has something to do with female narrators trying to do alpha male’s voices. It just doesn’t work for me, sorry darling, but a female trying to do a baritone and sounding sexy just ain’t my thang.
To sum it up, like all of Kenyon’s work, the story was in-depth, fun and sexy. Kyrian was hot and Amanda had the right amount of sass and spunk. I didn’t feel the romance as much as I hoped, but I think this was because of the audiobook. I might have to check this one out in print.
Sherrilyn Kenyon fans, stick to the books, because I wouldn’t recommend this audiobook.
411 on the Series:
A Variety article released in July of 2011 stated that Amber Entertainment was purchasing the Chronicles of Nick series, the film, television and webisode rights. The Chronicles of Nick is the young adult companion to the Dark-Hunter series, going back in the timeline to follow Nick Gautier’s young adult life. While not the actual Dark-Hunter series, you will get to see your favorite Dark-Hunter characters before they get all hugged up on their significant others.