Midnight Pleasures (Dark-Hunter, #3.1; Wild Wulfs of London, #0.5)
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Midnight Pleasures (Wild Wulfs of London 0.5)

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Handsome and sensual, surrounded by an aura of danger, mystery, and the forbidden, a lover steps from the shadows. But is he mortal? Or is he an ancient god, a sorcerer, or a mythical beast who can possess a woman's heart...and her very soul?

Four of romance's most popular authors have created this spellbinding collection of stores filled with dark passion and desire. Under...more
Kindle Edition, 388 pages
Published November 17th 2010 by St. Martin's Press (first published November 1st 2003)
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Julianna
Nov 04, 2009 Julianna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of PNR Romance, Shifters, Short Stories, or any of the Authors
Reviewed for THC Reviews
Darkfest by Amanda Ashley – Darkfest was a generally enjoyable read for me, mainly because of its fairy tale quality. It takes place at an unspecified time in the past which has a medieval feel to it, making it the first historical paranormal story I've read. The main characters were pretty likable. The hero, Lord Darkfest, has a mysterious air about him. He is a 300-year-old, nearly all-powerful wizard who is also a wolf shifter and has hints of even darker things in hi...more
Julianna
Sep 20, 2010 Julianna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of PNR Romance, Sherrilyn Kenyon, The Dark-Hunters
Reviewed for THC Reviews
"4.5 stars" I thoroughly enjoyed Phantom Lover. It had elements that were reminiscent of both Fantasy Lover and Dance with the Devil, my two favorite Dark-Hunter novels to date, only with its own twists and turns. Phantom Lover was also an introduction of sorts to the Dream-Hunters, as it is the first story in the series to have these beings as main characters. I really liked the uniqueness of Erin and V'aidan's first meeting and early relationship development taking plac...more
Exina
This review is only for 'Phantom Lover'.

'Phantom Lover' is the story of V’Aidan, a Dream-Hunter, and Erin McDaniels.

The plot is smartly built. The odd, discursive dreams turn into some volatile reality. The human world and the supernatural one exist closely each other. There are interesting twists and turns, nothing is what it seems.

I was bored a little by V’Aidan’s whining about his true nature and his feelings, around the middle of the story. It was exaggerated, and unnecessary. The end is too...more
Cherie
Though I didn't care for some of the stories in this anthology all that much, I'm still glad I read it because I did enjoy the story by Ronda Thompson. :)

"Darkfest" by Amanda Ashley
My Rating: 3 stars
The price of saving her dying mother is Channa's promise to spend a year at the castle of tormented nobleman, Lord Darkfest... to obey him as his servant or, as his secrets are revealed, to become his salvation. And her own.

I found this one a bit chintzy and sappy. And then I realized I didn't really...more
MLE
The first and last stories in this anthology only rate one star in my book, I'm not fond of the perfect virginal main character.

The two middle stories were fun and entertaining, and I was especially fond of Maggie Shayne's contribution. It's always nice to read a romance where the heroine does more than sit around and wait to be rescued, and she definitely delivered with a strong, confident, and capable heroine.
Laura the Highland Hussy
This is an anthology of 4 short stories and I really liked every story. Sherrilyn Kenyon had a sweet Dream Hunter one, and the Wild Wulfs of London was really good. Maggie shayne's was a good one about a witch whose new boss is being slowly possessed by his dead father's spirit and she saves him. And the Amanda Ashley story was about a young blind girl who captured the heart of a sorcerer.
♥ Sarah ♥
Darkfest by Amanda Ashley: (4 stars)
Darkfest is the creepy and secluded wizard on the hill. The village below his castle is frightened and awed by his powers. He doesn't care much about them, until he comes across Channa Leigh, who somehow breaks through his cold and icy heart.

I thought this was pretty good. The only thing is I actually would have loved this to be a full novel. There was a solid story here in my opinion and, while the beginning was done at a really good pace, the ending seemed t...more
Tara
After reading all the stories the highest rating on couldn't bring the average up. I bought the book for the SK story but never got around to reading it. But because of the book challenge this month I decided to take on the whole book and while I liked the SK story (it was after all a familiar world), my favorite was the Amanda Ashley story. I would like to read more about the characters in that story.


Darkfest by Amanda Ashley
3/8/10- This was an interesting story and obviously it was either a se...more
Julianna
Mar 12, 2013 Julianna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of PNR Romance Novellas, The Dark-Hunters
Reviewed for THC Reviews
"4.5 stars" I thoroughly enjoyed Phantom Lover. It had elements that were reminiscent of both Fantasy Lover and Dance with the Devil, my two favorite Dark-Hunter novels to date, only with its own twists and turns. Phantom Lover was also an introduction of sorts to the Dream-Hunters, as it is the first story in the series to have these beings as main characters. I really liked the uniqueness of Erin and V'aidan's first meeting and early relationship development taking plac...more
t'irla ~The Bookslayer~ t'irla's Talk Book Blog
Aug 12, 2011 t'irla ~The Bookslayer~ t'irla's Talk Book Blog rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: wouldn't recommend
Recommended to t'irla ~The Bookslayer~ by: had a Dream Hunter story in I wanted to read
This one was a tough read for me. I enjoyed the Dream Hunter story by Sherrilyn Kenyon but have to say I was disappointed with the other three novels. Darkfest by Amanda Ashley held my attention briefly but found it dragged on and we never got to know the characters in depth. Lord Darkfest falls in love with a blind peasant girl. Kinda sums up the entire story. Under Her Spell by Maggie Shayne was disappointing. I felt that she was just trying to further her Wiccan agenda rather than make a full...more
Jacqueline
May 06, 2010 Jacqueline rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys Sherrilyn Kenyon as an author, for her short was key
Recommended to Jacqueline by: No one; owned in personal library
The primary reason for buying this book was the fact that as an anthology, it contained the 5th story in the series of the Dark-Hunters.

Of course, as a Dream-Hunter novel, I found the story, while being sadly short, still very good considering. V'Aiden and Elise's story is one that contains a simple plot, but a rather surprising ending. Overall I enjoyed both characters, and while I feel that this would've been good for a standing story alone as its own book, it still held up to the standards o...more
Esra
Sherrilyn Kenyon - Phantom Lover

Dark Hunterlarla pek ilgisi yoktu aslında, serinin yan kitaplarından biri ama.. Sherri yazmış okumamak olmazdı :D Sonunu da bir dersle bitirmiş: En karanlık kabusların ardından bile iyi bir şey gelebilir :D
Amber
Darkfest by Amanda Ashley: 2.5

This started off resembling Beauty and the Beast, and that story makes me happy. But this novella was a little disappointing. Channa Leigh seemed like a really young character, and Darkfest was centuries old. Maybe their relationship would have been a little bit more believable had they both seemed to be on similar pages emotionally and intellectually, but they just weren't. And really, why the sudden attraction? It would have been nice if the author had built up th...more
Martina
3 stars overall. 4 stars specifically to R.T. for "A Wolf's Curse".

A.A. - Wizard and wolf shapeshifter Darkfest falls for blind Channa Leigh of the magical voice. Reminds me of a beauty and the beast type story.
M.S. - Witch Melissa helps Alex who is unsure of his dark heritage make sense of it. A malicious plot is uncovered as we see family ties do not bind but kill.
S.K. - Nightmares terrorize Erin as of late. There are beings after her. Mysterious V'Aidan never thought he would fall for someone...more
Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
Dark Fest by Amanda Ashley- 3 Stars

Phantom Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon 3.5 Stars

Under Her Spell by Maggie Shayne 2.5 Stars

A Wulf's Curse by Ronda Thompson 4 Stars
Krissque
This is a wonderful short story about a dream Slotos. I cried at the end and even though it was a short story I enjoyed it very much.
Les Chroniques Aléatoires
Encore une anthologie malheureusement uniquement disponible en anglais alors que les 4 auteures qui y ont contribué sont publiées en France, des séries liées à ces nouvelles justement. Ces derniers temps, j’avoue lire pas mal de recueil en VO, surtout pour avoir les petits plus des séries que je suis, mais aussi en partie pour avoir l’opportunité de découvrir de nouveaux auteurs, de nouvelles histoires. Et encore une fois, cela a été payant pour moi !! J’ai totalement adoré l’univers général du...more
Shannon
While this book was just ok I still read it.. It just did not grab my attention
Meagan
This anthology is created by 4 well-known authors

Darkfest by Amanda Ashley
This book is about an immortal wizard named Darkfest who has untold power and lives alone in a mansion. Channa, a blind girl who lives in the village below his castle, sparks his interest. He has a chance to claim her when he heals her dying Mother and asks in return that she spend a year at his castle.
Not my favourite story of the anthology. It was a little too tacky, I didn’t warm to the male lead, and it seemed to be...more
Jennifer
May 12, 2010 Jennifer rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jennifer by: jennsicurella@verizon.net
Shelves: paranormal-other
Midnight Pleasures is a paranormal romance collection containing four short stories. None of the stories stood out in this book. All had different elements, but ultimately all were less than spectacular. The major problem is that everything felt kind of cliched and all of the stories were forgettable. None were truly bad, but a short story should, in essence, be all punch, all passion, all intrigue, all whatever the point of the story is, and none of the stories had that excitement or tension a...more
Jen (Red Hot Books)
"Midnight Pleasures" isn't the best anthology I've ever read, but it has stories from two series I enjoy, so it was worth a read.

The first story is Amanda Ashley's "Darkfest." I've never read anything from her before. The title character is a dark wizard who has never known love. He is very powerful and he is taken with Channa Leigh, a virginal blind village girl. He visits her village in the form of a wolf and somehow, when she touches him, she can see. But he knows he can't stay with her as a...more
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2003'te yayımlanan bir antoloji Midnight Pleasures. İçinde farklı yazarlardan 4 farklı hikaye barındırıyor.
Darkfest by Amanda Ashley --3
Phantom Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon--4
Under Her Spell by Maggie Shayne --4
A Wolf's Curse by Ronda Thompson --3
Sherrilyn Kenyon'un Türkiyede çıkan, Aşk Kölesi adlı kitabının ait olduğu seriye ait Phantom Lover.Tabii hiç bir karakter aynı değil. Aslında bakarsanı...more
Kaycee Sapinoso
Phantom Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon is a short and quick read and an introduction to the Dream Hunter.

This is my casting:


HOT. HOT. HOT.


This is my Erin.

Erin McDaniels has been haunted by some really awful nightmares lately. Then she met V’Aidan. She found herself wanting to spend more time with him because just being with him made her happy and contented.

V’Aidan is a hot-smokin’ dream-god who rescued Erin from a nightmare and brought her to a happy place. Another of Sherrilyn Kenyon's tortured mal...more
Caitlyn
I read this anthology for Sherrilyn Kenyon's Phantom Lover, I also enjoyed Darkfest by Amanda Ashley (3 stars) and A Wulf's Curse by Ronda Thompson (3.5 stars) but I was unable to finish reading Under Her Spell by Maggie Shayne.

Phantom Lover
Erin has been plagued with livid nightmares which leave her physically drained; suddenly she is rescued by a ‘knight in shining armour’ and the dream changes. Erin and her hero V’Aiden make passionate love and now every time Erin falls asleep there’s V’Aiden...more
Mojca
Since I'm starting on Ronda Thompson's Wild Wulfs of London series, I had to reread this anthology, since it hosts the story of the youngest brother, Sterling.
The story, the last in the book, was nothing extraordinary, even a little boring at times, and created a completely different lycan mythology that we know. Apparently for the Wulf boys to change into the furry howlers, the moon factor comes in second. It's the love that sets the beast free, which I found rather peculiar, since the love is...more
Jilly
I wanted this book for Kenyon's story. I'm a fan and I hadn't had the opportunity to read this Dream Hunter story so I had to get it. Finally got it through PaperBackSwap.com.

Darkfest was an interesting story and I was enjoying it up until their search for something to cure her blindness. At that point the story seemed to go a little astray. I mean the story is kind of set in a magical setting but then it isn't something really magical with their love that can cure her. Could have been better.

Ph...more
Jenny Delandro
BOOK ONE
DARKFEST - Amanda Ashley
3 stars
Immortal gifted being lives alone ina castle overlooking a valley and he becomes interested in a blind girl from the village Channa Leigh
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Samantha
Darkfest by Amanda Ashley

This story had some weird kind of beauty and the beast/ medieval quest vibe going on. Darkfest is a reclusive wizard who can change into a large black wolf, Channa is a blind village girl who he, for some reason, is drawn to. Even though I couldn't quite see why the two characters were drawn to each other so strongly, I still enjoyed the story. Ashley could've went the overbearing alpha route with Darkfest but she didn't and in fact made him a pretty nice guy. My only re...more
Kathrynn
This book contains 4 short stories. They are:

1. Darkfest by Amanda Ashely
- The price of saving her dying mother is Channa's promise to spend a year at the castle of tormented nobleman, Lord Darkfest...to obey him as his servant or, as his secrets are revealed, to become his salvation. And her own.

2. Phantom Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Dark-Hunter, #5)
- Haunted by recurring nightmare of terrifying beasts, Erin McDaniels is afraid to sleep--until a hero arrives in her dreams to save her...and mak...more
Cherise
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