When a Wolf Meets Bride…sigh – Night Play by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Posted February 10, 2015 by Shari in Reviews / 28 Comments

When a Wolf Meets Bride…sigh – Night Play by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Night Play

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Series: Dark-Hunters #8
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by St. Martin's Press
Released on April 1, 2010
Pages: 371
Format: eBook

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Oh, Bride and Vane have to be favorite couple in the Dark Hunter series. Vane so gentle, Bride so strong. These two sizzle off the pages as their mating comes true to life and makes me long to be a part of it.

It has been a while since I read anything in the Dark-Hunter series. Don’t get me started on the order of books and what is included in the series and what isn’t. I just keep going in the order her site tells me is next and hope for the best. Night Play is what I think is fifth book in the Dark-Hunter series. We have seen Vane and Bride in earlier books but not together. It was nice to see some past characters make an appearance.

Bride is a heroine after my own heart. A large sized woman, lets say around size 16-18, but has a very feminine way about herself. She owns her own boutique in New Orleans and sad news or good news, she just got dumped by her boyfriend…wait for it…by FedEx letter he sent using her own account. So now she is out a boyfriend and apartment. What I find so fascinating about her is she does cry some, mourn some, but she pulls up her girly panties and tries to move on.

Vane is a animalistic gentleman. How else do I put it. He was raised by his brutal father along with his brother and sister. When the sister passes away, the father leaves Vane and Fang to die. Not a nice guy. Vane survives and pulls his brother out too, but Fang isn’t right now and just lays around in his werewolf form kind of in a coma.

While out walking, Vane sees Bride through her store window and instantly is attracted to her. He goes in not really knowing why and tries to cheer her up by buying her something from her own shop…something she loves. Bride can’t take it and some way or another they get into a passionate love scene. While Vane doesn’t want it to be a wham bam thank you ma’am, he can’t stay with her. Still hunted by his father, both from different walks in life, he leaves her reluctantly until the mate mark appears on his hand.

Now the two are intertwined. Vane can’t take Bride without her consent to be his mate, which he would never do anyway, and Bride doesn’t have a clue what the mark means. Vane goes to her in his wolf form and she kind of adopts him, never realizing it is Vane. Threats come from every angle and Vane has to make decisions if he wants to keep or leave Bride. Either way, he will be impotent with everyone but Bride.

This has a good mix of deep romance intertwined with desperate measures to ensure safety and life. There are attacks from all angles and trying to keep them all straight can make you crazy. Vane’s mother hates him. Vane’s father hates him. Vane learns he has more brothers. We learn more about Sanctuary, which are spots in towns where all paranormal characters can go without fear of fighting.

*fans self* These two know how to fuck. No other word for it. They are passionate, gentle, rough and totally in love in the way that you never think they will get together. I loved Bride. If I was into women, she would be my first choice, but sorry, I like guys only. Bride is sassy, strong, has a few internal doubts about her size, lives life to the fullest and can love so strongly. She is perfect!

Oh, and Vane *squeals* I loved him! He is ultra protective of his family, has an honor code that is so admirable, and can get a woman off with a look I bet. I mean he gives everything to Bride. He tries to resist her for her own good, but then he does things that totally charms her (and me). Not suave, or even understanding of the mortal world, he fumbles around and steals my heart (and I guess Bride’s too).

Can you tell I loved this story? It is everything I want in romance…lots of hot sex, great action, suspense and even a fuzzier side with were-shifters. I highly recommend you read the series, but if not, then you have to read this book!

About Sherrilyn Kenyon

New York Times and international bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon is a regular at the #1 spot. With legions of fans known as Menyons (thousands of whom proudly sport tattoos from her series and who travel from all over the world to attend her appearances), her books are always snatched up as soon as they appear on store shelves. Since 2004, she had placed more than 80 novels on the New York Times list in all formats including manga and graphic novels. Her current series are: Dark-Hunter, Chronicles of Nick and The League, and her books are available in over 100 countries where eager fans impatiently wait for the next release. Her Chronicles of Nick and Dark-Hunter series are soon to be major motion pictures while Dark-Hunter is also being developed as a television series. Join her and her Menyons online at SherrilynKenyon.com and www.facebook.com/AuthorSherrilynKenyon

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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Mary Kirkland
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I love this series and yes, this book was soo so good.

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

I have wanted to read this series for years so I am determined to catch up in 2015. I love it so far.

Red Iza
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I have Fantasy lover in that series, I need to find time to read it ! Great review 😉

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

Fantasy Lover made me seriously cry. Make sure you have tissues.

Red Iza
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I have a bucket of them 😉

Sophia Rose
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The sheer number of her books and confusing series stuff intimidates me, but I want to read her books eventually. Wow! I love it when a book captivates me like this. Good for you, Shari!

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

Yeah, this is the Dark-Hunter series, but there is a Were branch and Dream branch that at times don’t feel right in the series order.

Sarah @ One Curvy Blogger
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I’ve started to re-read this series, but dang it can be really confusing! Don’t know that I’ll be able to get all the way through it a second time . . . so many books to read and so little time!

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

Yep, it is a long series and I am confused at times about the entire plot. But taking each book as its own value instead of trying to figure the entire series out.

Sarah @ One Curvy Blogger
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True. What I need to do is forget about reading them in order and concentrate on the ones I *want* to re-read. Sometimes my need for order takes the fun out of reading.

Sarah @ One Curvy Blogger
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I’ve started to re-read this series, but dang it can be really confusing! Don’t know that I’ll be able to get all the way through it a second time . . . so many books to read and so little time!

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

Yep, it is a long series and I am confused at times about the entire plot. But taking each book as its own value instead of trying to figure the entire series out.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup
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Woots! I LOVED these two. Man it has been years since I read in this series. I read most of them way before the blog started then stopped at Acheron. I need to get back to them.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup
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Woots! I LOVED these two. Man it has been years since I read in this series. I read most of them way before the blog started then stopped at Acheron. I need to get back to them.

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

Get back to it! I am getting close to Acheron and I hope like Hell it isn’t Artemis he ends up with.

RO
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I enjoy a brooding hero, and a cute, curvy and strong heroine is the perfect character. Ms. Kenyon is a fantastic author and always writes a good story. Like Anna, I haven’t read her work since the great Acheron novel, but hope to get back to her soon, too. Brilliant review! Hugs…

RO
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I enjoy a brooding hero, and a cute, curvy and strong heroine is the perfect character. Ms. Kenyon is a fantastic author and always writes a good story. Like Anna, I haven’t read her work since the great Acheron novel, but hope to get back to her soon, too. Brilliant review! Hugs…

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

We all have to finish this series together! I am getting close to Acheron’s story. Just a few more books!

Lover Of Romance
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oh fab review!! I just loved this book…and this series has just been amazing!!

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

I agree! It is a totally awesome series.

Lover Of Romance
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oh fab review!! I just loved this book…and this series has just been amazing!!

Lorna
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I don’t think I have read any of this series, but you make me want to. Can you read this as a stand alone or is it part of a bigger story?

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

It helps to know some of the surrounding characters, but if you are fine with not totally understanding who they are, then the romance between the two is safe. Also since he is a were, they don’t interact as much with the Dark Hunters that can confuse you. Sherrilyn always seems to put a Prologue in the front of each story to give you some background on what you will be reading about, which helps a lot.

Lorna
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hmm. maybe I should read the first one just to get a feel for it, thanks!

Lorna
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I don’t think I have read any of this series, but you make me want to. Can you read this as a stand alone or is it part of a bigger story?

Sharonda
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Oh, I did love this one…when she took on his mother…I was “go girl!” lols. I’m like Anna, it’s been a while since I read anything in this series…so thank you Shari!

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

Oh, that girl took on the mother-in-law from Hell. I love Bride! I am so working through this series, one book at a time! Just somewhere around 13 more to go to catch up.

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

Oh, that girl took on the mother-in-law from Hell. I love Bride! I am so working through this series, one book at a time! Just somewhere around 13 more to go to catch up.