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Until Death Do We Part by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Over five hundred years ago, Esperetta’s soul was bound to her husband’s by dark magic, and when Velkan became a Dark-Hunter, to her horror, she became immortal as well. Now, they must come together to fight an old enemy…and the passion that threatens to consume them once more.
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Paperback, 1st Edition, 373 pages
Published October 3rd 2006 by St. Martin's Press
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Exina
I've read only Until Death Do Us Part by Sherrilyn Kenyon.
"Let me guess, Velkan wants to see me?"
"No. The only thing His Highness would like to see in regards to you, Princess, is your disembowelment."

It is a Romeo and Juliet story embedded into the Dark-Hunter Universe.

The main characters are Esperetta, daughter of Vlad Tepes, and Velkan Danesti, once a sorcerer, now a Dark-Hunter with shape-shifting abilities. They were enemies by families but fell in love and got married in secret more th
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Gavin
Jul 08, 2015 Gavin rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
Truth be told I only bothered to read Until Death Do We Part by Sherrilyn Kenyon from this anthology.

This novella in the Dark-Hunter universe was a decent enough read without being anything special. It was a weird mix of the Dracula myth and Romeo & Juliet.

This is the story of husband and wife, Velkan and Esperetta, who have been avoiding each other since a tragic misunderstanding 500 years in the past. They are flung back together as Esperetta comes on the radar of some of Velkan's enem
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Julianna
Apr 09, 2013 Julianna rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of PNR Romance Anthologies or Any of the Authors
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Until Death We Do Part by Sherrilyn Kenyon – Considering that the heroine of Until Death We Do Part is supposed to be the daughter of Vlad the Impaler aka Dracula, I thought this novella had some promise, but sadly, it didn't end up drawing me in as much as I believe it could have if there had been more depth in the plot and characters. I felt like the story was overburdened with mysticism and mythology. In addition to all the usual Dark-Hunter/Were-Hunter/Dream-Hunter
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CC
Only read Until Death We Do Part by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Heroine (Retta) was a BITCH! Other than that, it was a very good story. Short, second chance. I liked Velkan a lot. Such a good man! Did not deserve what happened to him before or after death.

But if my wife abandoned me for 500 years I am not sure I would take her back.

Loved that he named his mastiffs Bram and Stoker.
Laura the Highland Hussy
May 16, 2010 Laura the Highland Hussy rated it really liked it
This was a different take on SK's usual Dark-Hunter style, but it was really cute. Her short stories are always good. 4 stars
I skipped LA Banks' story since I don't like her.
The other story "the Gift" by Susan Squires was good as well. 4 stars
The last story, Wild Wulf of London #4 (btw, read them in order! I goofed and thought this was the last one. oops) is my favorite of the bros. Merrick is a bastard Wulf, but doesn't know it, and he meets Lady Anne, Jackson's first love, and the sparks fly.
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Jacqueline
Nov 30, 2014 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone! The DH series kicks major butt!
Recommended to Jacqueline by: No one; but the series was recomended to me by a kind saleswoman
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Read: December 21, 2013
Read: April 1, 2007

So, I have to be honest with you, dear reader; I'm lying to you. Yes, yes, I'm a terrible human being for the lie, but it's quit necessary. See, I have you believing that I've read the entire book, Love At First Bite. A collection of short stories that I'm sure is amazing in its entirety, but my tiny sin is that...umm...well...I've not exactly read the whole novel.



I know! A tragedy, one even the Ponds will mourn. But! Ignoring this terrible oversight, I'
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Megan
“Until Death do We Part” by Sherrilyn Kenyon is number 10.5B in her Dark-Hunter series (meaning that it comes in between “Dark Side of the Moon” and “The Dream Hunter,” but after the novella “A Hard Day’s Night-Searcher,” which is 10.5A, and before “Fear the Darkness,” which is 10.5C).

This is the only novella I read from this anthology. This was a Dark-Hunter novel about Valkan (was the illegitimate son of a Hungarian princess and a Moldavian prince) and Esperetta (Dracula's daughter) star-cros
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Sammy
Sep 17, 2015 Sammy rated it it was amazing
I've read only Until Death Do We Part by Sherrilyn Kenyon.
Misa
Only read Sherrilyn Kenyon's novella.
Jen (Red Hot Books)
I love Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series --and I'm on board to read just about anything she writes; which led me to the anthology Love at First Bite.

Kenyon's offering focuses on the Dark Hunter Velkan and his long estranged love Esperetta. Retta was the daughter of Vlad Tepesh (yes, Vlad the Impaler, aka Dracula.) She fell in love with Velkan when he rescued her from a band of killers and rapists hundreds of years ago. They married, and Velkan tied their souls together for eternity with mag
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Mojca
My "initial" rating was confirmed in this reread. It's Sherrilyn Kenyon's contribution that shines in this anthology.
Though quite similar to her novella in Dead After Dark - the hero loves the heroine, but she's a real bitch and doesn't want anything to do with him - Retta quickly learns the error of her ways and in the end it's Velkan's turn to suffer from "cold feet". I wouldn't mind keeping him warm though. ;)
This is a love story for the ages, literally lasting through the ages. Loved the pro
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Mary Tillman
Jul 08, 2010 Mary Tillman rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampires
OVERALL - I'm going to round up to 4 stars overall - the average comes out to 3.65 stars.

Story 1 - Until Death Do We Part by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Well I'mnot really sure about this one. Having not read anything by Kenyon before maybe she writes exceedingly hard-headed vampires. Seems to me 500 years is a long time, even for a vampire, to sit and wait for what you want.
3 stars

Story 2 - Ride The Night Wind by L.A. Banks
Okay - the problem with anthologies is that you'll come across a story that is part
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Leah
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Miss Kim
Velkan and Retta's story. *meh*. Retta is the daughter of the real count dracula. Velkan is a dark hunter, she is his wife who is also immortal. The story was ok--it's a nice little side dish to go with the dark-hunters of the world. It does not have anything to with the ongoing story with Ash, Stryker, etc.
Sofia
Jul 28, 2014 Sofia rated it it was ok
Spoiler...

Absurdo, irritante y triste. No me trago para nada la historia, fue fatal, demasiado rencor y demasiados absurdos. O sea, después de que ella demuestra no amarlo, lo abandona, lo llama monstruo y se pasa 500 años odiándolo, llega a su ciudad natal y se da cuenta de su error, derrama un par de lágrimas y sigue con el mismo orgullo; él la perdona y viven felices comiendo perdices. Ajá, sí claro. ¿Quieren que me crea que ella es capaz de escuchar razones y comprender en un día lo que no
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Kathy Davie
Feb 21, 2015 Kathy Davie rated it liked it
Sherrilyn Kenyon's "Until Death Do Us Part", Dark-Hunter , 6.5.

Susan Squires' "The Gift", Companion, 4.

L. A. Banks' "Ride the Night Wind"

Rhonda Thompson's "Forgotten One" was a good story.
Holly
Apr 05, 2009 Holly rated it it was amazing
I have yet to read a novella by SK that i didn't wish had been a full book. She has a way of making characters come alive, like no one else. This story was sweet, romantic and heartbreaking all at once.
Vanessa theJeepDiva
Until Death We Do Part 4 stars
Ride the Night Wind 1 star
The Gift 2 Stars
The Forgotten One 4 Stars
Barbara  바보 ♥
Jun 02, 2011 Barbara 바보 ♥ rated it liked it
Muy Romeo y Julieta. Nice :) [Until Death Do Us Part, de Sherrilyn Kenyon]
Jennifer Lynn
Sep 08, 2013 Jennifer Lynn rated it liked it
For the DH story.
v.v
Feb 28, 2016 v.v rated it it was amazing
An interesting take on the Dracula story. It follows Velkan (Dracula...kinda) and his love interest Esperetta meeting after a few decades and dealing with their issues. In a weird twist of fate they both had turned DH at the same time and Esperetta was forced to be one. This paired with Velkan killing her father drove her away and they have never talked since. Fast forward a while, her new best friend tells her to come over to her place in Transylvania to live with her family. With some reluctan ...more
Adriana
Feb 26, 2015 Adriana rated it really liked it
I had such mixed feelings about each novella that there’s no way I could review this as a full book other than to call it a mess of really good mixed with really boring.
Now about each novella:
Kenyon’s “Until death we do part” is part of the Dark Hunter universe and takes the inevitable (yet perfectly executed) turn into Transylvania and Dracula. Esperetta and Velkan’s souls were tied by dark magic so they both came back when he sold his soul to Artemis, only some misunderstandings (understateme
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Ainoa
3.5/5

Este libro es un compendio de varios relatos por cuatro autoras diferentes pero bien conocidas en el ámbito del romance paranormal: Sherrilyn Kenyon, L.A Banks, Susan Squires y Ronda Thompson. Esta última era a la única a la que no conocía con anterioridad y mis experiencias con el resto de autoras habían sido más que positivas así que el libro prometía mucho.

Pues con mis ganas me quedé. No tengo otra manera de explicarlo. Las historias de Kenyon y Squires son con diferencia las mejores del
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Tasneem
I had read this a long time ago, but had forgotten until I began reading it again. It was a good collection of stories, a nice way of introducing people who were unfamiliar with the four series to the works of the four authors.

Sherrilyn Kenyon's story was about a 2.5 star rating. I liked the descriptions of Vlad, Velkan and Esperetta. However, the heroine Esperetta is one of the too-stupid-to-live brigade. I found her annoying. She refuses to listen to the truth about the man she claimed to lov
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Deanne
Jan 31, 2013 Deanne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sherrilyn-kenyon
THE STORIES

Until Death Do Us Part by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Over five hundred years ago, Esperetta’s soul was bound to her husband’s by dark magic, and when Velkan became a Dark-Hunter, to her horror, she became immortal as well. Now, they must come together to fight an old enemy…and the passion that threatens to consume them once more.

Ride the Night Wind by L.A. Banks
Dark dreams haunt Jose Ciponte, dreams of a woman so beautiful he aches for her-and a deadly enemy who stalks them in the night. And n
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Jilly
Nov 14, 2011 Jilly rated it really liked it
I mainly had to read this book because it had the lost Wulf brother (The Forgotten One). When reading the book The Cursed One it mentions Merrick and I had no idea who he was and considering I really loved the Wulfs; I had to know.

Most of the time a anthology is only half good. Usually I dislike 2 of 4 stories but I have to say that wasn't the case here, which is why I plan on keeping this anthology.

Until Death Do Us Part was my second favorite of all the stories. I am a big fan of Sherrilyn Ken
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Kristin L.
Aug 11, 2012 Kristin L. rated it really liked it
Picked this up as I am a huge fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon. Her story, Until Death Do We Part, was a really fun take on what Vlad (aka Dracula) Tepes' family might have been. Love that she pulls in the myth from her Dark Hunter stories too. Amazing read!

I have to admit that I did not like the story, Ride the Night Wind, by L.A. Banks at all. It isn't that I can't relate to the barrios, but I found the writing disjointed, and I utterly disliked the ending. Perhaps if this story was a novel instead of
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J'aime
Aug 03, 2011 J'aime rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal, romance
This is another anthology I bought for just one story - Sherrilyn Kenyon's. And though I enjoyed the Dark-Hunter story included here, it wasn't as good as D-H stories in other anthologies (oh, how I wish they would put them all in one book!). On the night Velkan was murdered, he made a familiar pact with Artemis. But because his soul was bound to his wife's, Retta became immortal as well. Only, she believes he was the one who killed her and will have nothing to do with him. When she learns the t ...more
Misti
Aug 28, 2008 Misti rated it it was ok
This was a book I picked up because I've been on a bit of an Urban Fantasy-Romance binge lately, and it could have been really wonderful. Four female authors with the common theme of love and things that go bump in the night! Sweet, right? Well, not so much.

I desperately struggled through the first story by headlining author Sherilyn Kenyon... I read it yesterday, but I have NO recollection about what it concerned. Something about Gypsies and Dracula and... well, I don't quite recall, but it wa
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Theresa
Jan 12, 2014 Theresa rated it liked it
Four short stories by four great authors. I got the book for the Dark Hunter story, but found the Vampire Huntress and Wild Wulf series on my ‘to read’ list. Haven’t decided on whether I’ll read the Companion series yet. All in all an okay anthology.

'Until Death Do We Part' by Sherrilyn Kenyon. 9.6 of the ‘Dark Hunter’ series. 5 stars. Romania 1476, Chicago 2006. I love the literary references: Romeo & Juliet & both Bram Stoker’s and Bela Lugosi’s ‘Dracula’. The passionate, but stubbor
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“Keeping pushing, Andrei, and you and I are going to play a game. (Esperetta)
And what game is that, Princess? (Andrei)
Find the Ball in My Hand. (Esperetta)
I don’t see a ball, Princess. (Andrei)
Oh, you will, just as soon as I snap it off your body. (Esperetta)”
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“Would you like tickets for tonight’s tour? (Andrei)
Like another hole in my head. (Esperetta)
That’s American slang for ‘no thank you. (Francesca)
Strange. When I was in New York it was slang for ‘no fucking way.' (Andrei)”
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