Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by St. Martin's Press
Released on April 1, 2010
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!