From #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Sherrilyn Kenyon
The spellbinding Dream-Hunter series continues!
Hades doesn't often give second chances...
Xypher has one month on Earth to redeem himself through one good deed or be condemned to eternal torture in Tarturus. But redemption means little to a demigod who only wants vengeance on the one who caused his downfall.
Until one day in a cemetery...
Simone Dubois is a medical examiner with a real knack for the job. Those who are wrongfully killed appear to her and help her find the evidence the police need to convict their killers. But when a man appears and tells her that she's more than just a psychic, she's convinced he's insane.
Now the fate of the world hangs in her hands...
It was bad enough when just the dead relied on her. Now's there's the seductive Dream-Hunter Xypher who needs Simone's help in opening a portal to the Atlantean hell realm to fight insatiable demons. The future of mankind is at stake—and so is her life. The only question now is: Who is the bigger threat: the demons out to kill her, or the man who has left her forever changed?
"Brisk, ironic, sexy, and relentlessly imaginative."—Boston Globe
About the Author
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.
New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon is a regular in the #1 spot. This extraordinary bestseller continues to top every genre in which she writes, including manga and graphic novels. More than 70 million copies of her books are in print in more than one hundred countries. Her current series include The Dark-Hunters, The League, Deadman's Cross, Chronicles of Nick, Hellchasers, Mikrochasers, and The Lords of Avalon. Her Chronicles of Nick and Dark-Hunter series are soon to be major motion pictures.
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By Sherrilyn Kenyon
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"Have you ever wanted to put your head in a blender and turn on the liquefy switch?"
Simone Dubois frowned then laughed at Tate Bennett, the parish coroner for New Orleans, as he took a seat at the dark wood table, across from her. As always, Tate was impeccably dressed in a white button-down shirt and black slacks. His skin was dark and flawless, a gift from his Creole and Haitian heritage. With sharp, sculpted features, he was extremely good-looking and those dark eyes of his never missed a detail.
His impeccable attire was a sharp contrast to her faded jeans, navy sweater and riotous mop of dark brown curls that would never obey any style Simone attempted to beat them into. The only feature she had that she considered even remotely interesting were her hazel brown eyes that turned gold whenever the sun hit them.
She wiped her mouth on her napkin. "Honestly ... I can't say that I have. But there have been a few other heads I'd like to do that to. Why?"
He dropped a folder in front of her. "How many serial killers can one city have?"
"I'm not up on those stats. Depends on the city I suppose. Are you telling me we have another one here?"
He unwrapped his silverware and placed his napkin on his lap. "I don't know. Couple of weird murders have come through my office over the last two weeks. Seemingly unrelated."
Those two words were loaded with meaning. "But ..."
"But I have a gut feeling on this and it's not the oh-look-it's-a- bright-shiny-world kind."
Simone took a sip of her soda before she opened the file and grimaced at the grisly crime scene photos. As always, they were gory and detailed. "I just love the gifts you bring me for lunch. Other girls get diamonds. Me? I get mayhem and blood—and all before noon. Thanks, Tate."
He leaned over and stole a French fry from her plate. "Don't worry, boo, I'm buying. Besides, you're the only woman I know I can meet for lunch and talk business with. Everyone else gets squeamish."
She looked up. "You know, I'm not sure that's much of a compliment."
"Trust me, it is. If LaShonda ever comes to her senses and leaves me, you're the next Mrs. Tate."
"Again, not flattering to either of us. Should I tell LaShonda what her hubby thinks of her?" she teased.
"Please don't. She might poison my cush-cush ... or worse, beat my tush-tush."
Simone laughed again. "Don't worry, I'd make sure and bring her to justice for it."
"I'm sure you would." He paused to order a shrimp po'boy and fries from the waitress.
Simone continued to look at the photos while he spoke to the young Goth woman who was taking his order.
Yeah, these pictures were pretty gruesome. But then these types of photos usually were. How she hated that the world was filled with people capable of doing such horrific things to others. What people could do to each other was bad enough. What the other, nonhuman inhabitants could do was a whole other nightmare. Literally.
And she was more than just a little acquainted with both kinds of monsters.
The waitress headed back toward the kitchen.
Tate leaned closer. "You getting any vibes from the other side?"
She shook her head. "You know it doesn't work that way, T. I have to be touching the body or something that belonged to the victim. Photos only give me a paper cut ... and the willies." Shivering in sympathy for the way the poor woman had died, she closed the file and slid it back toward him.
"Want to come to the morgue with me after lunch?"
She arched one brow at his offer. "I shudder at the thought of the pickup line you must have used the night you met LaShonda. Come with me, baby, and see my collection of stiffs."
He laughed. "God, I love your sense of humor."
Too bad a married man was one of the very few people who actually got her offbeat humor. The only other person to really appreciate it was a teenaged ghost who'd been haunting her since she was ten years old.
Jesse was seated to her right, but only Simone knew that. No one else could see or hear him—oh, lucky her. Especially since Jesse was locked in a late 1980s time warp. Case in point, he was wearing a light blue blazer reminiscent of Don Johnson from Miami Vice with a curly black pompadour courtesy of Jon Cryer from the movie Pretty in Pink. Jesse was a huge John Hughes fan who made her watch way too many reruns. He completed his offbeat outfit with a skinny white keyboard satin tie and matching white checkerboard Vans.
"I don't want to go to the morgue, Simone," Jesse said from between clenched teeth. "I don't like it there."
She could certainly understand that sentiment. It was her favorite spot to visit right after the proctologist's office.
She gave Jesse a pitying look, but they both knew that she'd have no choice except to go. There was nothing she wouldn't do to bring a killer to justice and that included hanging out in the creepy city morgue instead of her lab at Tulane.
"So what's the strangest part about these murders?" she asked, trying to distract Jesse from repeating a tirade she was more than familiar with. Besides, he could go home without her—he just didn't like being in the house when she wasn't there.
Jesse could be a very needy ghost sometimes.
Tate stole another fry before he answered. "The fact that Ms. Gloria here got up and walked off her examining table."
Simone choked on the Coke she was drinking. "Excuse me?"
"You heard right. Nialls is now in a straitjacket because of it. He freaked out so badly we had to call the psych ward for him."
She coughed twice to clear her throat before she spoke again. "The victim was in a coma?"
"The victim was dead as a doornail. As you saw from the photos, her throat had been ripped out and Nialls had just opened up her chest for the autopsy. Her heart was in his hands when she started breathing."
"Uh-huh ..." It was the only response she could manage for a moment. "And she got up and walked off ..."
He nodded glumly. "Welcome to my world. Oh, wait, welcome to your world. Yours is even more bizarre than mine. At least I don't live with a ghost who has his own bedroom in my house." He glanced around the table, then lowered his voice. "Is Jesse here?"
Simone inclined her head in the direction of where her friend was seated and staring at them with a stern frown.
"Please explain to me how she got up while he was holding her heart," she said slowly.
"That's what I want you to tell me. See, I deal with ... well, most days, bizarre paranormal crap. You are Queen Weird. I need the queen on this before I have to start hiring a new staff of medical examiners who don't freak out when the dead move off their tables. You know where I can find some of these unusual people? I know you hang out with them."
"Thanks, Tate. I always look forward to these ego-bolstering pep talks of ours."
"Yes, but at least you know I love you."
"Like a hole in your shoe."
He laughed. "Not true. You are the best damned medical examiner I've ever seen and you know that. If I could get you away from Tulane and hire your butt for the city, I'd do it in a heartbeat. The fact that you're the only one I can talk to about paranormal deaths is a major bonus to me. Anyone else would have me in a room next to Nialls."
Simone reached for her pickle. "True. I'm also told they have incredible drugs to help curb those hallucinations."
"Then sign me up. I could definitely use them."
So could she, but that was another story. Then again, her entire life was bizarre enough to be considered one massive hallucination.
If only it were.
Simone paused as she got that weird feeling in her gut again. She glanced about the dark restaurant, then out the window to the left of her that showed the traffic on Decatur Street. Nothing appeared out of the ordinary, but still the sensation persisted.
"Is something wrong?" Jesse asked.
"I've got that feeling again."
Tate scowled. "What feeling?"
Her face heated at his question. "I was actually talking to Jesse. But for the last couple of weeks I've had this bizarre sensation that something is watching me."
"You mean someone, right?"
She shook her head. "I know it sounds crazy—"
"I just had a body walk off the table mid-autopsy and you think your story is nuts? Yeah, boo ..."
That was what she liked most about Tate. He made her feel almost normal. Not to mention he was the only person besides her who knew about Jesse. Of course she was also the only person outside of a small handful who knew Tate was a Squire for the Dark-Hunters—a group of immortal warriors who hunted down and executed the vampiric Daimons who preyed on human souls.
Yeah, her life was anything but normal.
So why should she even be concerned about the fact that she felt as if something evil were watching her? It probably was. And unfortunately, it wouldn't be the first time. She only wanted to make sure it wasn't the last one.
"Do you know where it's coming from?" Jesse asked.
"No. I can't pinpoint it. All I know is that it's making my skin crawl."
Tate leaned back in his chair to stare at her. "I really wish I could hear Jesse. It's so disconcerting when you two talk. Makes me wonder if he's not sitting there, mocking me."
She smiled. "Jesse only makes fun of me."
"That's not true."
She looked at Jesse. "Yes it is."
"No it's not," Tate inserted.
Simone frowned at him. "Do you even know what you're arguing?"
"Not really. It just seemed natural to add that."
She laughed. "How I ever got mixed up with the two of you, I'll never know." But that wasn't true. Jesse had come to her during the darkest hour of her life and he'd been with her ever since.
Tate ... he'd been there when she'd come the closest she'd ever been to catching her mother's and brother's killer. Unfortunately, her hunch hadn't panned out and the evidence she thought would give them a clue to her mother's murderer had been too tainted to use. Even so, Tate had fought for her tooth and nail even though he hadn't known her at the time. That meant more to her than anything and they'd been friends ever since.
There was nothing she wouldn't do for him and he knew it.
Tate, LaShonda, and Jesse were the only family she had.
He leaned back and waited for the waitress to put his plate on the table and leave before he spoke again. "Are you sure it's not one of the ghosts you see eyeballing you?"
She shook her head. "No. They're never this subtle. They usually pop in, like 'yo, she-bitch, do my bidding.' This ... this is something else."
"Evil is coming for you," Jesse said in a grim, echoing voice.
Simone narrowed her eyes on him. "I hate it when you do that."
Tate pulled back as if he were offended. "What'd I do?"
She smiled at him. "Not you. Jesse. He's using his ghost voice on me. It's extremely unnerving."
"Yes, but you still love me." Jesse winked at her.
"Of course I do. But save the voice for a haunting."
"I would if anyone else could hear me. Have you any idea how annoying that is? No, 'cause everyone hears you when you talk." He stood up and danced in the corner. "Hey, people!" he shouted. "See the freaky ghost dance." He flapped his arms around and shook his booty. "I'm bad, I'm bad, I'm bad." He stopped and looked around at the people who went on about their business, oblivious to his offbeat antics. "See. Sucks."
She passed a dry look to Jesse, who held his hands up in surrender. There were times when he was a strange cross between a nagging mother and a wife combined with a lunatic brother.
She focused her attention on Tate. "Anyway, back to the decedent ... do the police have any leads?"
Tate shook his head. "She was found in an alley down in the Warehouse District. Her throat was lacerated with something clawlike. Too large to be animal and too jagged to be individual knife marks."
"Definitely not a Daimon attack then." Daimons were a particular breed of vampire who called New Orleans home ... and unlike many of the others who made ambitious blood-sucking claims, these guys were real and they were deadly predators with highly developed supernatural powers. As medical examiners, she and Tate were used to seeing their handiwork come through their offices.
Her acceptance and willingness to help cover the Daimons' tracks was what kept her close to Tate. They weren't protecting the Daimons, they were keeping the rest of humanity safe by not informing them of what was really out there ready to take them down. If mankind were ever to know, they would freak out and kill innocent people, too.
The bad thing was that even though the Daimons drank blood, they didn't feed on it. They fed on actual human souls. Luckily a single human soul could keep them fed for a long time, so as a rule, they weren't out hunting victims every night.
If you could call that lucky. Which Simone did, and that more than anything said just how weird her life was.
Anytime the Daimons left their holes, the Dark-Hunters Tate worked for would seek them out, hoping to stop them from killing more people. A bonus to the Daimons' deaths was that it also freed the human souls they'd eaten so that their victims could go on to the afterlife.
Tate swabbed his fry in ketchup. "Definitely not Daimon," he repeated. "She was drained of all her blood, and since none was found at the crime scene, we assume she died somewhere else and was dumped in the alley. You sure you can't summon her from the grave and ask her what happened?"
"That would be a voodoo priestess, Tate. The decedents come to me, not the other way around."
He stifled a look of disappointment. "We need to find the body ASAP. Her parents are on their way down from Wichita and I don't want to tell them that their little girl went AWOL from the examining table."
"Did you get anything from Nialls?"
Tate scoffed. "Nothing coherent. As you can imagine, he was a bit hysterical. All he'd say was that she smiled at him on her way out the door."
"So you don't know if she was a zombie then?"
"Thankfully, I've never seen a zombie. Much other weird shit on the job, but not that. Have you?"
"No. However, I've learned to not question things like that. If there's a legend, then there's something real behind it."
He saluted her with his drink.
"What about your Squire contacts? Have they anything to offer on this?"
Tate shook his head. "None of them know anything more about the dead walking around than you or I. Daimons don't make the dead rise. They make the living fall."
Simone looked at Jesse. "You have any suggestions?"
"Only that I wish my body were still walking around. It would make my undeath easier to bear."
"Thanks for the nonhelp, Jess. You're such a doll."
Simone didn't speak much more as they finished lunch, then headed to the morgue. Jesse opted to stay outside while she followed Tate into the crypt. Honestly, she couldn't blame Jesse for his feelings. She didn't like hanging out with the dead, either, Jesse notwithstanding. The only reason she did what she did was to help the victims and their families. Having seen her own mother and brother gunned down before her, the last thing she wanted was to stand by and let someone else's killer go free.
It was why she worked cases for the city pro bono and why she spent her life training the next generation of medical examiners at Tulane. She figured she could do more good by training other MEs to be conscientious than she could working on mundane cases. The more people who did their jobs right, the fewer criminals who would go free to slaughter again.
That philosophy was also what kept her single. Most men didn't appreciate dating a woman who was handy with both a scalpel and a shovel.
Tate opened a door in the middle of the crypt vault and pulled out an empty drawer. "She was stored in here."
"Do you have any of her personal items?"
"Let me get them."
Simone closed the drawer and turned slightly as she felt a presence behind her. It was a young woman around the age of twenty-four. Her brown hair was mussed and she looked a bit confused. It was a natural state for many of the newly deceased.
"Can I help you?" Simone asked the girl.
"Where am I?"
Simone hesitated. She never liked being the one to tell another that they were no longer alive. "What's the last thing you remember?"
"I was walking home from work."
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was the first Dream Hunter I've enjoyed. The others were rather boring and didn't feel as if they had been written by the same author of the Dark Hunter and Were Hunter series'. THe love story between Simone and Xypher took a long time to develop but it felt very sincere. Xypher is a Dream Hunter that has been wrongly accused and convicted of a crime he didn't commit. A crime committed by Satara, Stryker's evil sister. My major complaint with this book was that everyone was willing to make sacrifices with the mystery Jaden in order for him to grant their deepest desires but no one thought to bring true justice to Satara for all of her sins. Jaden is a very interesting character that I hope to see more of in the books to come. Bonus: There was more than enough Ash to make my day in the book to make my day!
this book was hard to put down. I recommended it to all my friends.
this is hands down the best one out of the series so far (haven't read the 4th one yet). LOVED the characters, the story...nothing was rushed like the last one. GOOD one. Hope she keeps up with this series (and not forgetting our Dark Hunters). Really good stuff.
Is there any books sherrilyn has written that havent been fantastic. This one is just as awesome .
Love how Kenyon evolves each story and brings you deeper into the world of all the Hunters. Also love how she's bringing Hades and Persphone into the story more and all the different demons. I think with some of the mentions of "Lucifer" and one of the books to come "Angels & Demons" this world is going to really rock!! Absoluletely love this series and all the ones connected to it.
Xypher made a deal to help Katra to save the world if Hades gave him a reprieve from his prison In Tartarus. Hades granted him a one month reprieve, if in that month he found his humanity he would not have to return to Tartarus. He did not need a month, all he wanted was enough time to have his revenge on the one who betrayed him and condemned him to be torture for crimes he did not commit. He vowed nothing will sand in the way of his revenge. Simone had lost everything in a blink of an eye. Her brother and mother were killed right before her eyes and he father soon followed suite and killed himself over his grief. Then later after being adopted she eventually lost both her adopted parents to a car crash. The only constant she has ever had in her life has been Jesse, a teenage ghost who died in the 80's and found Simone after her parents death then stuck with her ever since. Besides Jesse and her friend Tate another medical examiner, she did not form lasting attachments to people. They never stayed long. Wail out checking out a crime scene where a young woman was murdered, she stumbled upon some daimons trying to attack her. She held her own but then this large sexy yet deadly man stepped in only to be attacked buy the daimons who slapped a gold cuff to Xypher then one on Simone. Xypher did not know what they were but he knew instinctually that they bonded them together and if she died so would he, so he rushed her out of danger. So with the two of them bonded together they had no choice to stick together. Xypher had a rough angry demeanor. Any time any one shown him kindness he would scuff it away. Simone continued to reach out. There was just something about him that just begged her to reach out and sooth him. Xypher only wanted his revenge he did not want this complication with this difficult woman who insisted one teasing him .... No one teased him, they only feared him as they should. But there was just something about this woman whose tenderness and caring touched something I side him no one had ever touched. Can they survive this bonding together? Will Xypher get his revenge before his month is out. Will his heart remain in tacked after this? Or will she betray him like everyone else? Xypher is a very hurt man as with most men in this series he was brutally betrayed buy the one he thought to love, but if that wasn't bad enough he spent centuries in tartarus being tortured daily for this betrayal. He was soo reserved and sweet . Even though he was ruff and rude and at times impossible he had a heart of gold and he tried to hind it but you'd see it peek out around Simone. I thought he was sweet. Simone was great too she never back down to Xypher . She would get in his face and stood up to him when no one ever in his life would have dared. I loved when she took him shopping for clothes he was soo funny. Especially when Simone was talking to the sales lady about his body and he was confused and had to ask Jesse what they were talking about. I loved Jesse he was hella funny with all his 80's music and stuff. I loved how he and Simone would banter back and forth. They were hilarious. This book had a few surprises I didn't see coming but they were cool surprises that made the story that much better.
Enjoyed yet again another Kenyon book...a must read.All the characters are down to earth...everyday ordinary people with secrets.The interaction of characters from pervious books allows the flow of all the story lines to connect.Can't wait for the next Dream-Hunter book!
I have read the entire Dark-Hunter series. If your a fan of vampires, romance, adventure, action, thriller, suspense, comedy and mythology then these books are for you. You will find yourself engrossed in these books once you start reading them, but IMO you should read them in order BUT you dont have too, each book can stand by themselves. The characters are of all ages and sizes. I highly recommend Sherrilyn kenyon to learn more about her books you can go to www.sherrilynkenyon.com and you can check her books out also on YOU TUBE she actually has short movie trailers for some of her books and boy are the heros HOT lol.
You have to follow the seriese along with this book. S. Kenyon is a fabulous writer. She will pull you intio another world as you read the latest adventure.
Another home rum in the Dark Hunter series--Sherrilyn Kenyon has a great imagination and fluid style of intrigue. Can't wait until the next one
Xypher's charcter at first seems hard and unapproachable but as the story continues we begin to see his heart. Only the betrayal of a god and an eternity in tartarus made him into the cold man Leta becomes cuffed to. Overall the book was a good read,the story was sound for the most part. A little convient as far as Leta's orgin. Kept its pace although a little anti climactic at the end. It was still agood ride I would recommmend this book.
Reading the Dark Hunter and Dream Hunter novels together are amazing and they wont let you down or let you put them down!
O.K. I admit it, I love these books! I started with her Dark Hunter Series and fell into her Dream-Hunter Novels. These blend well with each other and the characters tend to cross over so reading both is a good idea. Complex characters, complicated plots and steamy romance keep things lively. I love the Greek Mythology tie in (which makes me, a history nut, even more interested). Beware, once you read one of her books, you will want them all!! (I went out and bought the whole series!!)
Like many others, I tend to think the Dream Hunter books are weaker than the Dark Hunter and Were Hunter stories. NOT SO WITH THIS ONE! Dream Chaser was fast-paced and interesting, and introduced one of my new favorite characters--Xypher. Is also serves as our introduction to Jaden, the demon-broker who's going to be he main focus of the next arc. Read this one!
Dream Chaser is great read for any person who has read the Dark-Hunter series. I'm sure that once you start the series, you cannot stop! For those who have not ever read the series, it might be hard for you to understand the plot and events in the book. There are also spoilers for the previous novels if you start with Dream Chaser. Dream Chaser is part 21 of the Dark-Hunter books, with all the short stories included, so lots of missing info and spoilers if you start with this one. See this web site: http://www.dailyinquisitor.com/hunter/readingorder.htm if you want to view the reading order.
Ok, this is by far one of my more favorite books. I must say that this is the best book in the dream hunter series, the other two books the dream hunter and upon the midnight clear was less then what i thought they were going to be. In the very least i was disappointed in those two books, however i must say the dream chaser made me like the dream hunters again. the plot was very entertaining and so where the characters. I loved the ghost that was always hanging around. This book is a must read for the dream hunter series the other two can be skipped...well you might want to read the dream hunter because it ties into Ash's story with Tory a little bit but other wise you can skip it. But most def read this book.
Dream Chaser Sherrilyn Kenyon St. Martin's, Feb 2008, $7.99 ISBN: 9780312938826 A ¿deceased¿ half-demon demi-god, Xypher lives for one thing vengeance against the female whose betrayal has left him locked away in Hade¿s most secure prison Tartarus. His target Satara knows he will try to come for her if he escapes especially in her dream state so to mute his threat she has ¿bonded¿ him to Tulane University medical examiner Simone Dubois. If either dies the other also dies, but this time permanently. Although he does not like being tied to anyone, Xypher realizes that Satara made an error by selecting Simone as she is used to the paranormal rooming with a teen ghost and solving murder mysteries by consulting with the victims. Instead of panic, Simone begins to work with Xypher especially when the mortal world becomes threatened. --- DREAM CHASER is a delightful often amusing romantic fantasy starring two interesting protagonists and a fascinating antagonist. Readers will emphasize with Xypher who understandably out grouches Oscar and admire Simone who does not blink when the paranormal enters her life. Their debates make for a fun time especially their discussion as what to do to Satara. With additional spins leading to save the world or else, Sherrilyn Kenyon provides a superb romantic thriller that answers the question of whether bonding includes love at least for this couple. --- Harriet Klausner
I was underwhelmed by the last two Dream Hunter books. I felt the characterization was weak and the romances had little basis. Moreover, they lacked the familiarity of the D-H world. Thankfully, this novel hit the mark perfectly. I was engrossed from the very beginning and did not put the book down until I finished it.Xypher was interesting and three-dimensional - he was more than simply "I have no emotion, but I like yours, so let's be a couple." I liked him and his bad attitude. And I felt the same for his heroine, Simone. This is very likely because not only is she more than she seems, she has a tenuous knowledge of the D-H world. Her best friend and colleague is a squire so Xypher didn't have to hide his nature the entire book. They felt like real people, albeit in Kenyon's world. This was readily apparent in the dialog. They bickered, bantered and teased their way to a familiarity on which a romance could be based. There was a lot of humor and sarcasm that the last two books just didn't have. Yes, there was sexual attraction (and some hot sex in the second half), but also understanding and intimacy. I was also happy to return to the D-H world, including Sanctuary, with cameos from Julian, Acheron and our favorite baddies. This book felt like it was part of, and added to, the mythology of the D-H world.I do agree with other reviewers that the heroes are getting somewhat cookie-cutter: extremely sexy, ripped and cocky (pun intended) men who really only differ by their eye and hair color. However, I read Kenyon for escapism and that is a trademark of the D-H series. Overall, I felt this was closer in quality to the first few books of the series and one I would read again. Highly recommended!
Another good story - I enjoy them I really do, they are a great escape, but for me its marred by sloppy writing (and editing by extension) and the characters lack consistency in parts.
I loved Xyper's story! He so needed a happy ending and he got it! That's another thing I love about this author, she makes you love her characters rooting and cheering through the whole book.
I am still not a fan of the Dream Hunters. I did like the story, but it wasn't as good as I was hoping for when I started. I'm tired of the all of the sudden, the hunter gets their happy ending. A lot of them seem forced. This one wasn't as bad, but it seems like it was twisted at the end to make the happy ending.I still am enjoying Kenyon's writing, so I will keep plodding on. Especially since Acheron is the next book... finally... back to the Dark Hunters.
Background on my reading: Before my writer's conference last weekend, I knew Sherrilyn Kenyon was one of the major romance writers in attendance. I had no idea how fanatic her following is, or that the wait in line for her autograph was over an hour long. She was the keynote speaker at our Friday dinner and spoke of the obstacles to not only getting published, but to staying published. She had spilled a drink on her speech, too, which made her and everyone else laugh when she couldn't read a section. When I spoke to her during the book signing, she was very sweet and encouraging and wanted to know how conference was for me and if I'd had any agent requests (yes!) and she even squeezed my hand for good luck. That means a lot coming from someone who is such a huge success and a #1 New York Times bestseller.The book Dream Catcher was one of many free books I was given during the conference. I've never read any of Sherrilyn Kenyon's novels, nor any other paranormal romance. I read very little romance, period. I found this book quite fascinating and compelling. She has created a vast and detailed world that involves all the major pantheons of gods; this book focused most on the Greek, Sumerian, and Atlantean deities. The characters felt very real, complete with a plethora of pop culture references (even one to Hannah Montana), and it was believable. The sex scenes were inevitable, but at that point both of the characters had matured and it felt... well... right. Yes, it had some of the same flow that one would expect with a romance novel, but it was still a refreshing approach. I wouldn't mind reading more of her books.
Xypher is a half god/half demon and a Phobotory Skotos who used to bring nightmares to others before he was betrayed and spent centuries in his own nightmare of torment by the god, Hades. When Hades grants Xypher one month of freedom to seek revenge on his betrayer, he is determined that nothing will stop him.Simone Dubois is a teacher and medical examiner whose insights into the strange and unusual give her the ability to help solves crimes of the most horrendous nature. While at a crime scene she is suddenly accosted by a herd of daimons and saved by the wildest man she could have imagined. Now their lives are bound together and both Xypher and Simone have to learn to help each other to keep themselves alive.This Dream Hunter story was definitely a step up from the last I read, although it still doesn't match the quality of some of her former Dark Hunter novels. I enjoyed the characters, particularly Jesse, the ghost and I really liked the relationship between Jesse and Simone. It didn't hurt that I was also a teen of the '80s and loved many of the music and groups that Kenyon named during the course of the book. I liked Xypher too, but I did feel his complete personality about face was rather sudden. I think it would have been more believable if it had been a more gradual shift. The part with the Charonte demons sparked a memory and its driving me a little crazy trying to remember where they came in to this series before. Oh well, that's the curse of a bad memory!Overall I did enjoy the story although it did seem quite reminiscent of a few of her past books and I continue to look forward to continuing on with the series.
The best part about this book is the introduction of the demon broker. Apart from that, rather ho-hum.