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Night Pleasures (Dark-Hunter Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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The Dark-Hunters are ancient warriors who have sworn to protect mankind and the fate of the world is in their hands. . .

 He is solitude. He is darkness. He is the ruler of the night. Yet Kyrian of Thrace has just woken up handcuffed to his worst nightmare: An accountant. Worse, she's being hunted by one of the most lethal vampires out there. And if Amanda Devereaux goes down, then he does too. But it's not just their lives that are hanging in the balance.  Kyrian and Amanda are all that stands between...

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Night Pleasures (Dark-Hunter Series #1)

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Overview


The Dark-Hunters are ancient warriors who have sworn to protect mankind and the fate of the world is in their hands. . .

 He is solitude. He is darkness. He is the ruler of the night. Yet Kyrian of Thrace has just woken up handcuffed to his worst nightmare: An accountant. Worse, she's being hunted by one of the most lethal vampires out there. And if Amanda Devereaux goes down, then he does too. But it's not just their lives that are hanging in the balance.  Kyrian and Amanda are all that stands between humanity and oblivion. Let's hope they win.

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Editorial Reviews

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“[A] publishing phenomenon…[Sherrilyn Kenyon is] the reigning queen of the wildly successful paranormal scene. . .Just one example of arguably the most in-demand and prolific authors in America these days.” –Publisher’s Weekly

“An engaging read.”—Entertainment Weekly on Devil May Cry

“Kenyon’s writing is brisk, ironic, sexy, and relentlessly imaginative. These are not your mother’s vampire novels.”—The Boston Globe

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429906104
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Series: Dark-Hunter Series , #1
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 7,714
  • File size: 406 KB

Meet the Author

Sherrilyn Kenyon

In the past two years, New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon has claimed the #1 spot twelve times, and since 2004, she has placed more than 50 novels on the New York Times list. This extraordinary bestseller continues to top every genre she writes. With more than 23 million copies of her books in print in over 30 countries, her current series include: The Dark-Hunters, The League, Lords of Avalon, BAD Agency, Chronicles of Nick and Nevermore. A preeminent voice in paranormal fiction, Kenyon helped pioneer and define the current paranormal trend that has captivated the world. She lives with her husband, three sons, a menagerie of animals and a collection of swords.
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Table of Contents

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Recipe

Amanda came awake to an awful throbbing in her head. She felt terrible.
What had hap-
She tensed as she remembered the unseen man.
His words.
Terrified, she pushed herself up, and quickly learned she was on a cold concrete floor, in a very small, dust covered room...
And handcuffed to an unknown blond man.
A scream wedged itself in her throat, but she held it back.
Amanda took in her surroundings. There was no furniture or anything else. The only light came from a small bulb in the center of the ceiling.
Okay, so she wasn't in immediate danger.
Still far from comforted, she looked at the body beside her. He lay with his back to her, and he was either dead or unconscious.
Hesitantly, she reached out and placed her hand against his tawny neck to check his pulse. A strong, heavy heartbeat thumped against her fingertips. Relieved he was alive, she tried to shake him.
He moaned low in his throat, then slowly blinked his eyes open.
With a curse, he grabbed her by the shoulders.
Before she could move, he rolled over with her, pinning her against the floor beneath his body as he held her wrists above her head.
Those dark, captivating eyes searched hers suspiciously.
Every inch of him was pressed intimately against her and she became instantly aware of the fact that his arms weren't the only part of his body that was rock hard and solid.
His hips rested dead center between her legs while his hard, taut stomach leaned against her in a way that brought a flush to her cheeks. Made her feel hot and tingly. Breathless.
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  • Posted October 14, 2010

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    This is not the first book in the series!!!

    I don't think B&N has their series numbers labeled correctly. I went to numerous other websites to get the listings for the Dark-Hunter series. There are atleast 13 books, so I wanted to make sure I had an accurate list so I could read the books in order. B&N says Night Pleasures is the first in the series. All the other sites say it is "Fantasy Lover". B&N does has this book, but it is not numbered at all. I had a hard time reading Night Pleasures, and now I see why. I should have read the other book first. Very frustrating, seeing as how I'm already on the third book.

    45 out of 52 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2009

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    IT IS AMAZING I LOVE SHERRILYN KENYON

    Basically I own the whole entire series in paperback and I am looking foward to the rerelease in hardcove, which looks amazing. If you are not familiar with the dark hunters now is a good time to start. Sherrilyn Kenyon is honestly my favorite author of all time and out of the dark hunter series Night Pleasures is probably my favorite because it is the book that started it all. Just keep in mind if you are interested in the dark hunter saga there is a prequel called Fantasy Lover that you might want to read before you read this one. But even if you don't read Fantasy Lover you will still be okay because Night pleasures fills in the gaps. But if you are on the fence about Night Pleasures you will not be disappointed if you get it in fact if you don't get it you will be missing out. Honestly I reccomend Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series to anyone and everyone. Sure It is labeled Romance, but it is so much more than that it's like a whole entire world that you can fall in love with. So basically overall buy Night Pleasures for your library you will be glad you did. Especially since this book introduces you to characters you will love, Kyrian and Amanda, and it also introduces you to an amazing concept that is laced with greek mythology which makes it even better.

    29 out of 33 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2010

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    Idiotic Blend of Pseudo-History, Lame Mythology and Pop References

    This has the usual wretched romance novel style with head hoping among other stylistic nits and the usual eye-rolling descriptions of great beauty and flowery euphemisms in the sex scenes--but no worse than most books on the romance aisle--I'd almost come to take that for granted. But gad. First words said to the hero after ogling him by Amanda, the heroine, who had been knocked unconscious and wakes up cuffed to him: "Wake up, yummy leather guy." What really got on my one nerve more than anything else though was the mishmash of Greek and Roman Mythology, pseudo-history and pop references. (Particularly to Buffy--unfortunate because it kept reminding me how much better that show is compared to this crap.) The hero, Kyrian of Thrace, is an immortal "Dark Hunter" with vampiric traits who hunts vampires and demons. Vampires in this world are descendants of the Greek god Apollo. (Apollo???? Hades I'd understand but HUH???) Greek and Roman Gods and Goddesses pop in and out throughout the book. Supposedly, back when he was human, Kyrian almost conquered Rome during the "Fourth Macedonian War." The historical aspects of the novel are ludicrous--most readers probably don't notice or care, but it was one aspect that made the world-building feel sloppy--good authors, like those sold in other parts of the store, do a lot better; this book just serves to underline to me that if you want great genre love stories, you stay out of the romance aisle. Great romantic urban fantasy? Head to the fantasy/science fiction section and get Dime Store Magic by Kelley Armstrong or go to the Young Adult section and pick up Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr. So, so many fantasies out there with romance that are great reads--knowing that I just couldn't push myself beyond page 100--and I think I was over-generous. Part of the very popular "Dark Hunter" series I won't be reading more of.

    16 out of 40 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2010

    Great story! Horrible e-book conversion

    I love this story and would like to read #2, but the typos in this e-book were horrendous. The word "wife" was replaced with "with". Many punctuation marks were missing. Odd capital letters and even sometimes numbers showed up in the middle of words. Very distracting when you are trying to decipher what it is supposed to say. I really thought something was wrong with my nook until I read the other reviews. It would really be great if the publisher would send out a corrected version.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2013

    Boo

    Here goes harriet klausner ruining another book. Please bn, why cant you do something to this poster, ban her, delete her posts, but please put a stop to her revealing every detail of the book! Who does she think she is anyway???? Please get rid of her.

    8 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    pleasurable romantic fantasy

    During the height of the Roman Empire, no opponent lasted long against the mighty legions. That is except Kyrian of Thrace, who led his people to victory against the invincible Romans. Just when it seemed as if Kyrian would rule the known world, betrayal left him for dead. However, instead of a simple death, Kyrian ¿dies¿ as he lived by becoming the ¿Ruler of the Night¿ seeking two things: to hunt the soul stalking Daimans and to find a woman who does not betray him to his immortal foes. Desiderius, an elder Daiman, binds Kyrian to modern day New Orleans resident Amanda Deveraux, the accountant in a family of psychics and vampire hunters. As Kyrian struggles to liberate him and Amanda from their magical handcuffs, the bound couple begins to fall in love. However, the last time he fell in love, his beloved betrayed him to his enemy. Amanda does not want some soulless wandering killer for a mate when she only desires a faithful CPA. Fans of romantic fantasy will gain plenty of pleasure by reading Sherrilyn Kenyon¿s latest offbeat tale. The store line is loaded with action in a world that feels real while the key cast members seem genuine too whether they are paranormal, mythical or human. It is that feeling of authenticity in her plots that makes Ms. Kenyon one of the leading sub-genre authors with cross appeal to pure fantasy readers as both groups will enjoy this novel and her previous work FANTASY LOVER. Harriet Klausner

    8 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 1, 2009

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    Of All the Dark Hunters. . .

    Perhaps it's because he's the first, but Kyrian is, by far, my favorite Dark Hunter. As thus, "Night Pleasures" is also my favorite Dark Hunter novel. In stark contrast to Kenyon's first book, "Fantasy Lover," "Night Pleasures" has an exciting storyline and strong characters. This one definitely went into my personal library to read again and again. Kenyon also earns brownie points for the absolute most erotic way for someone to overcome a fear of crucifixion. . .you really want to read it now, don't you? Again, like all Kenyon novels, this book is not for children.

    Amanda is a young urban professional, but without all the yuppie stereotypes. She spends most of her time trying to overcome her supernatural family, trying to live her own, normal life. She's strong, independent, and in possession of admirable wit. Enter Kyrian, a Dark Hunter with a tragic past and many personal demons to overcome, whose mere presence turns her world upside down. Amanda soon finds herself being chased for powers she has tried all her life to hide and being protected by a man whose entire world she's been trying to avoid. The ending of this one will leave you speechless.

    Well done, Ms. Kenyon.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    really good

    I love a good series of books. This the fourth series I have started. I find it easy to follow and always keeps my interest. I look forward to each book in the series with great anticipation. I totally recommend this book series.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2011

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    A bit overrated...

    After reading all the great reviews I was interested to see what all the hype was about. Unfortunately, I'm not as excited as others seem to be. While this was a quick easy read and entertaining, it was also predictable and corny at times. I have read other series creating a world of vampires and things that go bump in the night that are much more developed and enthralling. Check out Lara Adrian!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2009

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    Adore this series!

    I absolutely love Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunters. I've been following the series for about five years now, and it just keeps getting better! Night Pleasures is the first in the series (if you don't count Fantasy Lover, which is, also, an excellent book). So if you're new to Sherrilyn's books, trust me, you've just stumbled upon a gold mine of amazing reading. The stories are extremely well written, full of wonderful details, engaging characters, and an always developing plot. Pick up this book, you will not regret it!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2007

    move over dracula, hellooo dark hunters

    I love this book! the characters were hilarious and sexy. You gotta read this book but beware once you enter the dark-hunter world you won't wanna leave.I love the new spin on this old genre

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    Best Series Ever...

    My favorite author of all time! A must read series.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2009

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    Way too much mushy romance for me....

    I had a difficult time getting through this book. It was like I was reading soft-core and the characters were very weak. Wish I would have gotten it from the library rather than spending money on it. Waste!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 9, 2009

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    the story was great!

    i find it very very nice to read in rainy days :)) the story of Kyrian was so sad it makes me ache for him. and i just loved Amanda here..all in all i really love the story and the way they met at the dark room hand cuffed together that was sooo cool and..other than that its so steamy hot but i have one little complain about the hot scenes i mean part of the story really dont like (but actualy little) the way Ms.Kenyon described their love making..but it was ok just think that its just balancing the mood of the story(humor,suspence,action and romance)..but does it always need to be always? i mean everytime Kyrian look at Amanda does it need to be like having and craving for her body on his mind? well hello? is that a man always think of everytime he saw the one he loved? but all in all the Dark-Hunter Novel is a must read!!! Dark-Hunters are the Best!!! :D

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2012

    Fabio with Fangs. This is no dark fantasy or supernatural thril

    Fabio with Fangs. This is no dark fantasy or supernatural thriller. It's more like a Drug Store Romance Novel than anything else. Interesting premise, but not much else. Predictable for the most part. Multiple gratuitous, soft porn segments added little to the story. 4 stars, really????? . Now I know why it's in the bargain bin.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2010

    Soft Porn

    I know there is a story there somewhere but couldn't find it between being distracted by the sex and the incredibly poor editing. I hat finding misspelled words in something I have paid to read, especially when it is consitent. For example, "wife" is spelled "with" almost every time. I realize that spell check has replaced real reading now but this was horrendous. What a waste of my money.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2013

    Predictable

    Not my cup of tea at all. The plot and character are undeveloped, and pretty predictable, the New Orleans atmosphere stereotyped and bland.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted August 25, 2013

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    1 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted July 21, 2013

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    1 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2010

    a good read with typos

    I like the story and would recommend it for a great romantic read. The only bad thing about reading this copy was the typos. I dont know who did it but there was a confusion in the book with the words with and wife. Some words didn't make sense at all and capital letters in the middle of words was an eyebrow raise. As this author has written many other books it was a surprise for the obvious errors. I would like to/and plan to read the next story with Talon but also in the excerpt I am reading typos. Is there such a thing as spell check?

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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