Unleash the Night (Dark-Hunter Series #8)

Unleash the Night (Dark-Hunter Series #8)

by Sherrilyn Kenyon

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Overview

It's a predator eat predator world for the Were-Hunters. Danger haunts any given day. There is no one to trust. No one to love. Not if they want to live…

An orphan with no clan that will claim him, Wren Tigarian grew to adulthood under the close scrutiny and mistrust of those around him. A forbidden blend of two animals—snow leopard and white tiger—Wren has never listened to anyone when there was something he wanted. Now he wants Marguerite.
Marguerite D'Aubert Goudeau is the daughter of a prominent U.S. Senator who hates the socialite life she's forced to live. Like her mother before her, she has strong Cajun roots that her father doesn't understand. Still, she has no choice but to try and conform to a world where she feels like an outsider. But the world of rich and powerful humans is never to meet the world of the Were-Hunters who exist side by side with them, unseen, unknown, undetected. To break this law is to call down a wrath of the highest order.
In order to have Marguerite, Wren must fight not just the humans who will never accept his animal nature, but the Were-Hunters who want him dead for endangering their world. It's a race against time and magic without boundary that could cost Marguerite and Wren not just their lives, but their very souls…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312362010
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 12/27/2005
Series: Dark-Hunter Series
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 41,968
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

#1 New York Times bestselling author SHERRILYN KENYON has more than fourteen million copies of her books in print, in twenty-nine countries. She is the author of the Dark-Hunter novels, which have an international cult following and have appeared on the top-three lists of The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today. Writing both as Sherrilyn Kenyon and Kinley MacGregor, she is the author of several other series, including: Lords of Avalon, BAD, and the Dream-Hunter series.

Near Nashville, Tennessee, Sherrilyn Kenyon lives a life of extraordinary danger . . . as does any woman with three sons, a husband, and a collection of swords on which all of the above have a major fixation.


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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Unleash the Night


By Sherrilyn Kenyon

St. Martin's Press

Copyright © 2006 Sherrilyn Kenyon
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-312-36201-0


CHAPTER 1

"Law, much like life, was ever a study of trials...."

The words from her textbook hovered in Marguerite D'Aubert Goudeau's mind and conjured up the familiar phrase of her friend and study partner Nick Gautier: "Yeah, right. Life is a soul-sucking test that you either survive or you fail. Personally, I think failure blows, so I intend to survive and laugh my ass off at all the losers."

A sad smile curved her lips as bittersweet pain lacerated her heart. She remembered Nick and his caustic take on life, love, death, and everything in between. That man had been able to turn a phrase like nobody's business.

God, how she missed him. He'd been the closest thing to a brother she'd ever known, and there wasn't a day she didn't feel his absence to the deepest part of her soul.

She still couldn't believe that he was gone. That on this very evening, six months ago, his mother, Cherise Gautier, had been found murdered in their Bourbon Street home while Nick had mysteriously vanished without a trace. The New Orleans authorities were convinced that Nick was responsible for his mother's death.

Marguerite knew better.

No one on earth loved their mother more than Nick had loved his. If Cherise Gautier was dead, then so was Nick. No one would have been able to hurt her without facing his wrath. No one.

Marguerite was certain he'd gone after whoever had killed his mother and ended up dead himself. Most likely, he was lying in the bottom of a bayou somewhere. That was why no one had seen him since. And that knowledge tore her apart. Nick had been a good, caring man. A trusted confidant and generally an all-around fun guy.

In her formal, stodgy world of having to make sure she never said or did the wrong thing, he'd been a breath of fresh air and a wonderful dose of reality. It was why she wanted her friend back so desperately.

As Nick would say, her life basically sucked. Her friends were shallow, her father neurotic, and every time she thought she liked a guy, all her father could do was run a thorough background check on the man and his entire family and then tell her why he was socially unacceptable. Or, worse, beneath them.

She really hated that phrase.

"You have a destiny, Marguerite."

Yeah, she was destined to either end up in the mental ward or alone for the rest of her life so that she could in no way ever embarrass her father or her family.

She sighed as she stared at her law book on the library table and felt the familiar tears prick at the backs of her eyes. Nick had never liked studying in the library. When he'd been in their group, they had all piled into his house four days a week to study together.

Now those days were gone and all she was left with was vapid, insecure blowhards who could only feel better about themselves by belittling everyone else.

"Are you all right, Margeaux?"

Marguerite cleared her throat at Elise Lenora Berwick's question. Elise was a tall, perfectly sculpted blonde. And Marguerite meant "sculpted." At twenty- four, Elise had already had six different plastic surgeries to correct her body's slight imperfections. In high school Elise had been the premier debutante of New Orleans, and now she was the reigning beauty at Tulane University.

The two of them had been friends since grade school. In fact, it had been Elise who had put together the study group three years ago when they'd all been undergraduates. Elise had never been one to really apply herself to schoolwork, and so she'd conceived this as a way to use them to help her pass her classes. Not that Marguerite minded. She actually admired Elise's ingenuity and liked watching the master manipulator get the others to do her bidding.

Only Marguerite and Nick had ever seen through Elise. Like Marguerite, Nick had been immune to the beautiful blonde's machinations. But that was okay. If not for Elise, Marguerite wouldn't have been able to get so close to Nick, and in her mind that would have been a true tragedy.

Now she, Elise, Todd Middleton Chatelaine, Blaine Hunter Landry, and Whitney Logan Trahan were all that was left of the group. And that hurt most of all.

Why aren't you here, Nick? I could really use your sense of humor right now.

Marguerite toyed with the edge of the book as an image of his face hovered in her mind. "I was just thinking of Nick. He always loved this law stuff."

"Didn't he, though?" Todd said as he looked up from his book. His black hair was cut short and worn in a perfect style around his handsome face. He had on an expensive red Tommy Hilfiger sweater and a pair of khaki pants. "Had he not been a criminal of questionable and shady parentage, he might have given your father a run for his office one day, Margeaux."

Marguerite tried not to let them see her grind her teeth as they continued to use a nickname she absolutely loathed. They thought it somehow made them closer to her since they used it while others didn't. But in truth, she much preferred the plain and simple "Maggie" that Nick alone had used. Of course that was too crass a nickname for such a refined family as hers. Her father would have an apoplexy if he'd ever heard Nick use it.

But she preferred it. It certainly matched her looks and personality a lot more than "Marguerite" or "Margeaux" ever would.

Now no one would ever call her Maggie again....

The grief in her heart was overwhelming. How could anything hurt so much?

"I still can't believe he's not here anymore," Marguerite whispered, blinking back her tears. Part of her still expected to see him swagger through the doorway with that devilish grin on his face and a bag of beignets in his hand.

But he wouldn't. Ever.

"Good riddance to bad rubbish," Blaine said bitterly as he leaned back in his chair. At six feet even and extremely well-built, with jet-black hair, Blaine thought himself God's gift to all womankind. His family was rich and well connected, and they had given him an extremely overbloated sense of self- importance.

He'd hated Nick because Nick had never allowed Blaine to get away with his snobbery and had called him on the carpet for it on more than one occasion.

Marguerite pinned an angry glare on Blaine. "You're just ticked that he always outscored you on tests."

Blaine curled his lip. "He cheated."

Right. They all knew better. Nick had been exceptionally brilliant. Earthy and at times downright crude, he'd befriended Marguerite and helped her with schoolwork even outside the confines of this group. If not for him, she would have failed her ancient Greek civ class with Dr. Julian Alexander, who had been her undergraduate advisor.

Todd closed his book, then pushed it aside. "You know, I think we should do something to say good-bye officially to the old man. After all, he was part of this group."

Blaine scoffed. "What do you suggest? Burn incense to banish his stench?"

Whitney lightly slapped at Blaine's leg. "Do stop it, Blaine. You're upsetting poor Margeaux. She actually considered Nick a friend."

"I can't imagine why."

Marguerite stiffened as she narrowed her gaze on him. "Because he was nice and caring." Unlike them. Nick wasn't pretentious or cold. He'd been real and he cared for people regardless of who they were related to or how much money they had.

Nick had been human.

"I know what we should do," Elise said, shutting her book as well. "Why don't we visit that place that Nick was always talking about? The one where his mother worked."

"Sanctuary?" Blaine looked completely disgusted. Marguerite hadn't even known a man could perfect such a lip curl. Elvis would be envious indeed. "I've heard it's down on the other side of the French Quarter. How positively gauche."

"I like the idea," Todd said as he tucked his book into his designer backpack. "I'm always up for a good slumming."

Blaine gave him a droll stare. "I've heard that about you, Todd. It's the curse of the nouveau riche."

Todd returned Blaine's stare tit for tat. "Fine then, stay here and keep our seats warm while your ass expands to the size of your ego." He stood up and captured Marguerite's attention. "I think we should bid our not quite esteemed member farewell, and what better way than to go and drink cheap alcohol in his favorite place?"

Blaine rolled his eyes. "You'll most likely contract hepatitis there."

"No, we won't," Whitney said. She looked up at Todd with fear in her bright blue eyes. "Will we?"

"No," Marguerite said firmly as she packed up her books. "Blaine's simply a coward."

He arched a brow at her. "Hardly. Being a thoroughbred on both sides, I have no inclination to waste time with riffraff."

Marguerite lifted her chin at his low blow. Every one of them knew that her mother was a Cajun from Slidell who had nowhere near the social status of her father. Even though she had gone to college on a full scholarship and had been Miss Louisiana, her mother's marriage to her father had been scandalous.

In the end, that disaster was what had led to her mother's death.

It was something only a true dog would hurl in Marguerite's face.

"Thoroughbred asshole, you mean," she said between clenched teeth as she rose to her feet. She slammed her book into her Prada backpack. "Nick was right, you are nothing but a prickly wuss who needs to have his butt kicked."

The women around her gaped at her language while Todd laughed.

Blaine turned an interesting shade of red.

"I have to say that I certainly love a little Cajun spice," Todd said as he joined her side. "Come along, Margeaux, and I'll be more than happy to keep you safe." He looked at the other two women. "Care to join us?"

Whitney looked like a child who was about to get away with staying up past her bedtime. "My parents would die if they knew I went into a dive. Count me in."

Elise nodded, too.

They looked at Blaine, who made a disgusted noise. "When all of you contract dysentery, remember who was the voice of reason."

Marguerite pulled her backpack on. "Dr. Blaine, the resident expert on Montezuma's revenge. We have it."

By the look on his face, she could tell he was dying to let fly a vicious retort, but good manners and common sense kept him from speaking. It wasn't wise to twice insult a U.S. senator's daughter when one had ambitions of gaining an internship with said senator in the fall.

And that was most likely what motivated Blaine to join them as they headed for Todd's SUV.

* * *

"Oh my goodness!" Whitney exclaimed the instant they entered the famed Sanctuary biker bar.

Marguerite's own eyes widened as she looked around the dark, grungy place that did appear to need a good and thorough cleaning. People were dressed in anything from biker leathers to T-shirts and jeans. The tables and chairs were a hodgepodge of rough design that didn't even match. The stage area was liberally painted black with odd splashes of gray, red, and white, and the billiard tables looked as if they'd survived many a bar fight in their day.

There was even straw spread out across the floor that reminded her of a barn.

The bar area to her right was occupied by rough-looking men drinking beers and yelling at one another. She could see a wooden stairway before them that led to an upstairs area, but she had no idea what was up there. Trouble came to her mind. A person could probably find a lot of trouble up there.

This place was definitely rustic.

But what held her attention most was the high concentration of handsome men working in the bar. They were everywhere. The bartenders, the waiters, the bouncers ... She'd never seen anything like this. It was a testosterone smorgasbord.

Elise leaned over to whisper in her ear, "I think I might have just died and been sent to heaven. Have you ever seen so many gorgeous men in your life?"

It was all Marguerite could do to shake her head. It really was unbelievable. She was stunned that the news media hadn't caught wind of this and sent in a team to investigate what was in the water to make so many hot men in one place.

Even Whitney was gaping and ogling.

"What kind of music is that?" Blaine said, twisting his lips into a sneer as a new song started over the stereo that was piped through the length and breadth of the bar.

"I think it's called metal!" Todd shouted over the loud guitar solo.

"I call it painful myself," Whitney said. "Did Nick really hang out here?"

Marguerite nodded. Nick had loved this place. He'd spent hours telling her about it and the odd people who called this place home. "He said they had the best andouille sausage in the world."

Blaine scoffed. "Highly doubtful."

Todd indicated a table to the back with a tilt of his head. "I think we should sit and have a drink in memory of old Nick. You only live once, you know?"

"Drink out of the glasses here and you probably won't live through the night," Blaine said. He looked less than enthusiastic as they followed Todd to the table and took a seat.

Marguerite shrugged her backpack off, dug her purse out, then placed it under the table. She hung her purse on her chair, then took a seat. The place was very loud and yet she could easily see Nick in here. There was something about it that reminded her of him. Aside from the rather tacky decor, which he'd always preferred. She often suspected that he dressed tacky just to nettle people.

To her it had been one of his more endearing traits. He was the only person she'd ever known who truly hadn't cared what other people thought of him. Nick was Nick and if you didn't like it, you could leave.

"Can I get you guys something?"

She looked up to see an extremely beautiful blond woman around her own age. She was wearing a pair of skin-tight jeans and a small T-shirt with the Sanctuary logo of a motorcycle parked on a hill that was silhouetted by a full moon. Underneath the picture was the tagline Sanctuary: Home of the Howlers.

Blaine gave their waitress a hot once-over that the woman wisely ignored. "Yes, we'll all have the Westvleteren 8."

The waitress frowned at his choice of beer before she cocked her head as if to listen more carefully. "What was that?"

Blaine got that familiar smug look on his face and used his do-I-have-to-talk-to-the-simple? voice. "It's a Belgian beer, sweetie. Please tell me you've at least heard of it."

The waitress gave him a peeved glare. "Boy, I was born in Brussels and the last time I checked, this was my new homeland, America, not my birthplace. So you can either order an American-made beer or I'll bring you water and you can sit there and act all superior until you puke, okay?"

Blaine looked as if he were ready to choke her. "Does your manager know that you talk to your customers like this?"

The waitress gave him a snide, indulgent smirk. "If you'd like to talk to my mother, who owns this bar, my overindulgent brother, who manages it, or my father, who delights in kicking everyone's ass around, about your treatment by me, just let me know and I'll be more than happy to go get one of them for you. I know they'd just love to waste their time dealing with you. They're real understanding that way."

Marguerite stifled a laugh. She didn't know the woman, but she was beginning to like her a lot. "I'll have a Bud Light, please."

The waitress winked conspiratorially at her before she wrote it down on her small pad.

"Here, too," Todd said.

Whitney and Elise joined in with their orders.

Then they all looked at Blaine and waited for his next nasty comment. "Bring mine unopened, with a napkin and an opener."

The waitress cocked her head with a devilish gleam in her eyes. "What? Afraid I'm going to spit in it, big boy?"

Todd laughed.

Before Blaine could respond, the blonde left them.

Marguerite's smile faded as she suddenly felt something odd.... The hair on the back of her neck rose. It was like someone was watching her.

Intently.

Menacingly.

Turning her head, she scanned the crowd, looking for the source of her discomfort. But there was nothing there. No one seemed to be paying any attention to them at all.

There were several groups of burly bikers playing pool. Tons of tourists and bikers milling about. There was even a group of seven men playing poker in one corner. Waiters and the waitress walked back and forth to the bar and tables delivering food and drinks while the two bartenders went about their business.

No one was even remotely looking in Marguerite's direction.


(Continues...)

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Unleash the Night (Dark-Hunter Series #8) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 550 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sherrilyn Kenyon takes a break with the Dark-Hunters with Unleash the Night, a Were-Hunter novel. The central plot revolves around a hybird leopard and tiger Katagari named Wren. He is a quiet, mysterious recluse who works as a busboy at Sanctuary. As he gets involved with a human woman, Maggie, who happens to be a Senator's daughter, some of the Katagaria believe he's succumbing to madness and was the one responsible for his parents' death years ago. The matter is then turned over to the Omergion, the ruling council for the Weres, while Savitar serves as the impartial mediator. It basically becomes a witch hunt while Wren and Maggie try to find a way to prove his innocence. While there was no trace of Acheron besides his name being said in passing, I enjoyed this book a lot. It was a little bit more like a regular contemporary romance to me for a good part of it. Who can resist the classic story of the mysterious boy from the wrong side of the tracks and rich girl who feels trapped? The way Maggie was able to transform Wren was a lot of fun to read. From him fixing up his appearance to him just feeling human and belonging. It was all around a lovely romance. I think besides the intense relationship between Wren and Maggie, I thought the time traveling element in the second half was fantastic! It reminded me a little of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, LOL. The twists and reveals were clever enough to catch me off guard. I was not expecting some of the outcomes. Nick gives them a special gift, courtesy of Savitar, since both were friends of him in his other life. It's yet another tease but I'm glad that at least we got a glimpse of how he's doing.
Dareth More than 1 year ago
A strange and twisted cinderella story with the guy as the cinderella.
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ABookwormsHaven on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have been tearing through these books, they are just so addicting I cannot get enough of this world. I was not sure how I was going to feel about Wren, but he is one of my favorites now. Wren has had a tough life and with no one to claim him as family he has had to get used to only relying on himself, which all ends when Maggie shows up. I loved seeing her get him to open up and slowly begin to trust again. She manages to take him by suprise and tear down all the barriers he has been carefully putting up all his life.I have read quite a few reviews that talk about how this book gets confusing towards the end and I kept that in mind as I went through the book, but I did not find anything confusing at all. Maybe I am just used to following multiple plot lines, but when there was some time traveling going on, I easily followed along. I did not quite see how it was all going to work out in the end, but of course Sherilynn did and I thought the solution was quite clever. Plus, if you read very carefully through the book, the answer was there all along, I just did not see it. The solution to their problem of not being ¿true mates¿ also broke my heart a little. There is a character we have seen before that helps them out, which is great, but the character really gets the short end of the stick.It was also interesting to see another side of the bears that run Sanctuary. Maman is not the sweet motherly type that I once mistook her for. She definitely has a mean side and Wren is on it. Her true feelings about their home and her views on other species comes out and I was shocked to see it all. I will be very interested to see the inner workings of the bear world when it comes time for one of them to find their mate.Overall, I am still in love with this series. I love that we get to see multiple groups, such as the Dark Hunters and Were Hunters, and I love how all of their stories seem to weave into one big tale that keeps me eagerly wanting more. I am excited to see what Sherilynn has in store for us next.
rhonda1111 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I like the story line. Its fun to see old characters from other books.too much sex scenes thouh.wren is an orphan tigard. half weretiger and half weresnow leporard. his only real friend is marvan the monkey. he always wears his hair in dread and covering his eyes. he hardly speaks to anyone or looks them in the eyes. Wren works as busboy at scantuary. marguerite is a daughter of senator and almost done with lawschool.Maggey and her study group go to the bar to remember missing member Nick.Maggey and Wren meet thier is a lot of drama and they have to go back in time to prove innocent of killing his parents. They have to deal with rich snobs. Wren's uncle tries to have him killed so they can have his money. wren and maggey have to deal with thier different lifestyles. Its a nice story.
Lavinient on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wren is one of those tortured heroes you just can't help but sigh over. I liked him a lot. Maggie was great too. She was very devoted and there for Wren. It took a little longer for Wren to trust himself with Maggie, but once he did, he was just as devoted and very sweet.My one complaint is Maggie's dad issues are reversed a little too easily at the end. Oh and the time travel was a bit contrived. But I did like the rest of the story and learning more of the weres' world and politics.
mzserena on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was not quite as impressed with this book as I have been with others in the series. I think this would have fit better outside of the Dark Hunter series. It did not fit into Dark Hunters, so there was no real point to it within the series.With that said, I liked Wren, liked his story. I enjoyed the story for what it was, but I feel like I missed a lot because it's not really fitting in the series like it should. I'm looking forward to getting back into the Dark Hunters and learning more about them. I'll go back and fill in the Were-Hunter and Dream-Hunter gaps after I finish this series.
TheBooknerd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not the worst of this series, but it didn't do a whole lot for me. I enjoyed it while I read it then promptly forgot about it.
miyurose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is your typical Dark-Hunter book, where the reluctant supernatural being falls in love with the human woman who is unsatisfied with her own life. Absolutely nothing wrong with that! I picked this up because I wanted a quick mindless read, and that¿s exactly what I got. There were some interesting themes here, mostly revolving around the Were community and its politics.I did just have a thought¿. Are there any female Dark-Hunters? That would certainly make for a nice change of pace.
mom2lnb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In a series that has been rather hit and miss with me, Unleash the Night was definitely one of the better Dark-Hunter installments, but still didn't quite make it to the front of the pack. I fell for the hero, Wren, from the moment he first appeared (in fact, I'd already been intrigued by him from his brief appearances in past books), and Maggie was a really sweet wonderful heroine too. The first half of the book really sucked me in and kept me reading as Wren and Maggie's relationship developed and I learned more about Wren's backstory. Unfortunately, the story began to falter a bit for me around the halfway point right after Maggie finds out the truth about Wren. Then it felt like their romance kind of got put on the back burner as they try to prove Wren's innocence in the murder of his parents twenty years earlier, which involved some semi-confusing time travel and action sequences. Once they went back in time, Wren and Maggie and their romantic interactions started to loose some luster for me. After giving it some thought, I believe this was owing to them overcoming their problems a little too easily. There never was a great deal of conflict in their relationship to begin with. The only thing really keeping them apart was the fact that he was a Were-Hunter and she was a human. This issue was magically solved in an instant and in a way that I cannot reveal without giving away spoilers, but suffice it say that I had a hard time buying into the ease with which Maggie was able to accept and master these changes. Also, I felt like the character development suddenly came to a halt. The couple previously had been quite fascinating with their flaws, particularly Wren, and then almost instantaneously everything was all wine and roses as they discovered an immediate newfound confidence in themselves and Wren found out that some things he had previously believed weren't true. These rapid turnarounds just left the characters and the remainder of their story rather prosaic in comparison to the promise shown in the first half.Wren was a hero who was very easy to love. It was apparent right from the beginning that he was a tortured and misunderstood soul who was desperately in need of some lovin'. Because of being an animal hybrid, Wren was rejected by his parents, particularly his mother, and then had to deal with their murders. He grew up almost completely alone except for Marvin, his monkey companion. Even at Sanctuary, where he was supposed to be protected, Wren was still an outcast, mistrusted for being different. He hid behind a temperamental nature which caused him to often lash out at others, but inside he was gentle and vulnerable. When Maggie comes along, she speaks to that part of him and tames him with her kindness. I love how he can be so sweet and thoughtful in spite of his innate animal nature, and how he can in turn kiss Maggie both tenderly and fiercely. Wren is also a virgin, one of my favorite kinds of romance heroes, but here his inexperience is treated somewhat differently. Most virgin heroes I've encountered are a little unsure of themselves, and while Wren was to some small degree, his animal instincts simply took over making him an almost unbelievably fabulous lover right from the start which left me with somewhat mixed feelings. Maggie was a sweet heroine who was also very likable. She was struggling with having a U.S. Senator for a father and him basically running her life. She feels stuck in a rut with friends she barely even likes and no real romantic prospects, as most guys see her as more of a good friend than a girlfriend. Wren makes her feel so much more than that, and completely desirable as a woman. She was the one gracious person in the midst of her snobbish friends, and I loved how she defended Wren when they decided to taunt him. I also liked that she was very level-headed and intelligent, simply calming herself and putting the pieces of the puzzle together the first time she saw Wren s
Altarasabine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dark Hunter: " A souless guardian who stands between mankind and those who would see mankind destroyed" SK "Dance With The Devil" Wren Tigarian, a were hunter, claimed by no clan has grown up under close waych and mistrust. His heritage that of a forbidden combination of two animals. When Wren wants something he stops at nothing to get it and listens to no one. The daughter of a prominent US senator, marguerite D'aubert Gouden hates the socialite life. She is forced to conform to a world that she does not belong.Marguerite and Wren must fight both the were and human world to be together. They do not have much time as they are about to enter a fight that may cost them both of their lives.
asavagem on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very intimidating male with a gentle side only for his lady
risadabomb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I normally do not read paranormal romances, so I had a lot of trepidations before reading this book. I was shocked that I actually loved this book. The writer's story line is so unique and imaginative not to mention super sexy. I definitely will be reading more of this author.
Jenson_AKA_DL on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm pretty sure this was at least my third or fourth re-reading of this book, but my first re-read in the last couple years. It is a testament to how much I love this story that I could not only remember everything about the romance, characters and plot, but that I could read it again and enjoy it just as much as I did the first time with knowing the story so well.In this story Wren Tigarian is the ostracized half were-tiger, half were-snow leopard who works as a busboy at Sanctuary. A chance encounter brings him face to face with his destiny, a U.S. senator's daughter named Marguerite Goudeau. Despite their differences the pair are drawn to each other and are soon ready to face down the odds against them when a false accusation forces Wren from the one sanctuary he had available to him.The duo of Maggie and Wren is one of my fondest romance couples ever. Right from the start I had to like Maggie due to her feelings for Nick Gautier and her wish to pay tribute to his memory. For his part Wren is completely loveable, very sweet and innocent when beheld from Maggie's point of view despite his attitude towards everyone else.Without a doubt this is one of my favorite of the Dark Hunter books as well as being one of my favorite paranormal romances overall.
thehistorychic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is probably my favorite book of the series so far! I really liked Wren/Maggie. I am finding I like the Weres just a tad bit more than the Hunters. I also love Savitar who I think is just as powerful if not more than Ash (who was blessedly absent from this book). I like Ash don't get me wrong but his and Artemis scenes are my least favorite thing about this series. Heck give me Stryker whining about his mother and wanting to kill every dark hunter over Artemis making an appearance any day of the week. This book was just downright good storytelling! Good job SK!
hoosgracie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dark-Hunter novel featuring shapeshifter Wren Tigarian, a ligard (half tiger/half snow leopard) and senator¿s daughter Marguerite D¿Aubert Goudeau. Excellent addition to the ongoing series. Wren is a very troubled orphan whom nobody wants. Marguerite (Maggie) is from a wealthy family and her father only wants the best for her. When she meets Wren at Sanctuary, sparks fly.
dukefn99 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Book 12 in Dark-Hunter series (if I'm on track). Love the main characters in this installment of the series. Wren is a loner, were-hunter. He meets Marguerite, a senator's daughter, and there is an immediate attraction. But, these two from different worlds really can't be together... or can they? This book, more than others in the series can stand alone quite well.
pandorasbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful book! Ever since Wren was introduced I had been eagerly anticipating his addition (along with many more who we haven't heard from yet! grr! :P), and I was not disappointed! I really enjoyed the relationship between Wren and Maggie; their story was sweet and spicy. I did miss some of the Dark-Hunter aspects, especially Simi and Ash, but it's nice to have a break from the DH storyline every now and then. Especially when Ms. Kenyon has barely broken into the Were-Hunter part of her world. Anyway, as I said before (well, sorta), Wren and Maggie were great and in a way, they seemed more realistic than some of the other couples, more-so with Maggie. Another awesome book in this thrilling series! :)
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wren Tigarian is a unique were, he's both tiger and lion and a loner. He meets Marguerite and they fall for each other even though she's ordinary human. However his past is coming to meet him and he's going to have to fight for both of them.
Kyrie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED this book. It is in my top 5 favorite, as the second.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ThIs is a were-hunter novel. Wren Tigerian is an orphaned tigard. It seems like everyone is trying to kill him. His uncle and cousin want him dead so that they can take over the company his father started. Other weres want him dead because he's a blended breed and the Omegrion Council has issued a death order. There is one dark-hunter in this novel, Jean-Luc a pirate. Any additional information would contain spoilers so I will stop here. Sherrilyn Kenyon continues to write novels that keep you entranced from the first page to the last. If you loved Vane and Bride Kattalakis you will also love Wren and Maggie who are quintessential star crossed lovers. Even the Fates don't want them together. Great story. Lots of action, drama, mystery and struggle. Buy it, it's worth the money!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just can't get enough of these damn books!!
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This story... I didn't want to put the book down for anything!