Kiss of the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Pages: (Ebook) 278
Blurb from BN.com:
What do you get when you have one immortal Viking warrior no one can remember five minutes after he leaves their presence, a princess on the run for her life, and one seriously annoyed demigod? Basically, you get my life.
It started out simple enough. One night I went to save a woman in trouble. The next thing I knew, the doorway to hell had opened and out stepped Daimons-vampires the likes of which I'd never seen before. Led by the son of Apollo, they are out to end the curse that has banished them all to darkness. The only problem with that is they have to kill Cassandra Peters to do it and if she dies, so dies the sun, the earth and all who dwell here. Life's just a bowl full of cherries, ain't it?
Brought together by fate, it's now my job to protect a daughter of the very race I have been hunting for centuries. Neither of us dares to trust the other. But she is the only one who remembers me... More than that, with her courage and strength, she is the only one who has ever touched a heart that I thought had died centuries ago.
The only way for a Dark-Hunter to regain his soul is through the love of a woman. But what happens when that woman isn't exactly human?
My Rating: A+
Wow, Kenyon just keeps it rockin'! I can't get enough of these books, and I swear they just keep getting better and better.
Let's start with the hero and his gal. Wulf is an awesome character. I read in one review where the reviewer mentioned that Wulf has a giant chip on his shoulder, but I don't think that states it right. Kenyon wrote his problem perfectly. It is something that bothers him, deeply, but it doesn't make him all angry and deeply moody like some of her characters have been. I think that his anger is written at just the right amount. It is not overdone.
Cassandra is also an amazing character. Her problems would be frightening to anyone, and they would leave many unable to even function and yet she does soldier on, in a very dignified way. Towards the end she gets a bit whiny, but not without reason. I feel that both Cassandra and Wulf progressed in a logical way, and became so well rounded it is hard to think that they are not two real people out there somewhere trying to make it work.
As always the secondary characters are engaging and real. I like to tell people that the secondary characters are so important and that reading this series in order is probably the best thing I have ever done reading related. And that comment leads into my feelings about the plot.
I enjoy, so much, how the plot twists, and turns, and differs from book to book. Obviously these are romances, and there is a happily ever after at the end. Unlike so many other romance series though, they don't get to the HEA in the same way every time. There's a difference, there's something new and fresh to overcome. I love that about these books. I think, other than the awesome characters it's what really keeps me hooked.
As always, I loved this book and I highly recommend it. At this point, I even recommend it to those who are not into romance or into paranormals. These are just awesome books overall and I can not wait to continue.