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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 Paperbacks
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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
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
Apr 09, 2013 Julianna rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of PNR Romance Anthologies or Any of the Authors
Reviewed for THC Reviews
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
Laura the Highland Hussy
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.
Nov 30, 2014 Jacqueline rated it 5 of 5 stars
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'
“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
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
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
Mary Tillman
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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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
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.

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
Kathy Davie
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.
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 ♥
Muy Romeo y Julieta. Nice :) [Until Death Do Us Part, de Sherrilyn Kenyon]
Jennifer Lynn
For the DH story.
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
♥ Sarah ♥
*Note: This rating/review is based on a partial read of only some of the stories in this anthology. If/when I read the others I will revise my rating/review accordingly.

Until Death We Do Part by Sherrilyn Kenyon: (3 stars)
(Dark-Hunter, #10.6)
This is a story that is kind of a play on Romeo and Juliet only involving Vlad/Dracula's unknown daughter Retta (aka Esperetta) and her husband Velkan.

I thought this was a cool concept and different but still taking place within the Dark-Hunter world I love
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

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
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
Kristin L.
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
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
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
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
"Until Death Do We Part" by Sherrilyn Kenyon was probably a hoot for her to write a story since it grows out of the Dracula myth and its historical inspiration Vlad the Impaler. On its own merits it was fun to read. As a part of the growing fictional universes of the Dark-Hunter series it felt completely random. Esperetta and Velkan never appear anywhere in the series other than this story, and though we are told that Dark-Hunters live in every part of the world, the series is rooted almost enti ...more
Well, I enjoyed the Wild Wulfs story, just as I enjoyed the Wild Wulfs novels. The werewolf genre has really gotten my interest since I started reading the Keri Arthur Riley Jenson series.
I didn't like the Anita Blake off-shoot story. Probably because I stopped reading the Anita Blake novels after about the 3rd book. The way the characters speak is odd, just as, the things they say. I just don't like the dialogue (both inner and external). Unfortunately, I am not able to describe what it is that
Nov 04, 2010 Kerste rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: DH fans looking to complete their collection
This review is based only on Sherrilyn Kenyon's short story...and I have to say, as a whole, I'm not all that fond of SK's short stories. I can think of several that I really haven't liked and very few, read as none, that I enjoyed. This one was no different. A DH who can turn into a bat??? Huh? Tired plotline where folks all hate each other until someone's life is in danger and wait, that device is used twice actually - someone may be killed by enemies, then someone is so damaged it takes days ...more
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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)”
“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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