Published by St. Martin's Publishing
Released on July 1, 2003
In 2012, I got the chance to visit New Orleans twice. Once I got out and saw the city, but the other time I was just a little scared of the streets and being by myself. But the one thing I remember most is the beignets. So when Night Embrace starts out with Talon having chicory coffee and beignets, only to be interrupted by the bad guys walking down the street, I knew I was going to love this book.
Night Embrace is the second book in the Dark-Hunters series, but sometimes referred to as the third book. Fantasy Lover is often listed as book 0.5 and Night Pleasures as book 1. Either way, the story building is grown by leaps and bounds with each book I read. I am on a long road to get caught up and I expect it will take me a few months, but I was lucky to catch a $1.99 sale on all the books and saved a bundle.
Talon lost everyone he held dear to him and the one woman who could hold his warriors heart. Vengeance was his, but with a price that has cursed him for thousands of years. No woman has had a chance at winning his heart with one night stands a norm. When he is wounded, Sunshine transports him to her apartment to heal. The next day, Talon shows Sunshine what a sexual being he has become and weaves her under his spell. But Sunshine wants more than to be a replacement for the woman he once loved and refuses to be the second fiddle in his life.
I loved Talon, but also at times hated him. He was a warrior groomed by the circumstances of his young life and makes some bad choices that damn him. He does try to stay away from Sunshine, but feels the draw to protect her and love her. Sunshine was a complex character in that she seemed like an airhead at times, but really she was a strong woman, determined to live her life the way she wants. Free spirited, she is an artist who creates beautiful works of art, but also feels deeply for those she cares about. She won’t let Gods come in and rearrange her life, doing what she wants, when she wants and having to pay the price at times.
I grew to love the side characters more than Talon and Sunshine though. I loved Nick Gaultier, who helps the Dark-Hunters. His one-line comments kept me laughing and rooting for him to give them all Hell. Then there was Zarek, who hates the world. I can’t wait to get into his story even though I am pretty sure it will tear up my heart.
This is a good addition to the Dark Hunter series, but really not one of my favorites. It is a solid action packed story with likable characters. Talon is a sex fiend that could teach a guy or two what to do and Sunshine is just like her name, a ball of sun.