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Dear Reader,

Have you ever wanted to know what it's like to be immortal? To journey through the night stalking the evil that preys on humans? To have unlimited wealth, unlimited power? That is my existence, and it is dark and dangerous. I play hero to thousands, but am known to none. And I love every minute of it.

Or so I thought until one night when I woke up handcuffed to
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Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 13th 2004 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 2002)
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Dd
Mar 04, 2014 Dd rated it really liked it
Warning—This book is strictly for fantasy lovers and please do not attempt if you do not believe in Santa or big-foot!!!

He was a Dark-Hunter and she was an accountant.There had never been two more mismatched people born.

A short-note for the readers–-

Who or rather what are Dark-Hunters?

When someone suffers a horrible injustice their soul makes a scream so loud that it resonates through the halls of Olympus.When Artemis,goddess of moon hears it,she goes and offers the one who has been betrayed a
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Dina
Dec 04, 2013 Dina rated it liked it
This isn't a review, it's a rant...

I know many readers love this series, but I'm beginning to think it isn't for me. This was my second book by SK - the first was Fantasy Lover - and I still don't know what all the fuss is about. The concept and the mythology of the Dark Hunters are very interesting, but SK's writing didn't work for me again. What annoyed me the most was how all her characters were constantly cracking jokes, no matter how serious and dangerous the situation was. Everyone was a s
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Alkyoni

I really don’t have anything interesting to mention in this review, so let’s do it the old school way, simple and effective.

Dark Hunter Flashcard #1

Name : Kyrian a.k.a. Hunter

Age: 2,182 last July

Former Occupation: Prince of Thrace

Special D.H. power: Reading minds

Reason why he became a D.H.: (view spoiler)

Best thing that came out of his mouth: You know, I really hate Romans, but I have
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Emily May
Apr 20, 2011 Emily May rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: UF fans that don't mind the cliched characters & story
Shelves: pnr, paranormal-uf, 2011
This book sounded so promising, it was my first read by Sherrilyn Kenyon and I'd heard many people raving on about how great her Dark Hunter novels were; and as a fan of paranormal romance and urban fantasy, I couldn't wait to find another sexy, dark series to get into, complete with the usual array of vampires and mythology.

The problem with the paranormal romance genre, and even more so the urban fantasy genre, is that after you've read a few of them they all start to form a similar pattern wit
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Carmen
Mar 02, 2016 Carmen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Paranormal romance fans
SPOILERS ARE HIDDEN
Sherrilyn Kenyon is becoming a better author, but we still have a ways to go.

Kyrian is a Dark Hunter. Amanda is one of the 9 Devereaux sisters. Selena, the psychic from Fantasy Lover, for example, is her sister. They wake up to find themselves handcuffed together by an evil Daimon named Desiderius.

They fall in love and stuff.
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THINGS I DIDN'T LIKE
- Kyrian is sarcastic and joking. While amusing, it failed to connect me to the character. I couldn't get worried too much about
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Exina
Apr 19, 2016 Exina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"Well, I'm not an expert, but that guy behind you looks like a Daimon to me."

Captivating writing style, appealing and lovable characters, and unique world-building make this novel really enjoyable.

The level of the writing is professional. Revealing the information about the characters, the background myth, the world-building, the different kinds of beings, the story of Kyrian, and the significance of the secondary and tertiary characters is built up very accurately and smoothly. The details
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Gary
Mar 15, 2016 Gary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the very first dark hunter book and still one of my all time favs. we are introduced into the world of the dark-hunters who protect us from those that walk the night praying on our souls, and to a hole cast of people that come to life as the books series continues.
~Tina~
Jun 27, 2010 ~Tina~ rated it really liked it
It's actually unbelievable that I get such a kick out of these books. They are completely rushed, thick with cheese and very eye-roll worthy, and yet, I'm loving it.

Amanda wanted normality in her life, but sadly it's not in the cards for her. Mistaken for her twin, she is attacked and the next thing she knows she's handcuffed to a big, tall and sexy who she can't help but want...of course.
Enter Kyrian.
I don't know why I have such a thing for tortured past-brooding tempered- smoldering vamps, but
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Aestas Book Blog
Just finished my reread and I loved this just as much, if not more, the second time. No PNR author writes 5-star stories with as much heart as Kenyon does IMO. Her books are the perfect blend of tortured heroes, strong heroines, engaging plot, intricate mythology, heart touching moment and the sweetest HEAs. I really love how she also clearly had an overall story arc from page one. During my reread, I caught a lot of things that set up books far down the series that I never noticed the first tim ...more
Jilly
There is a lot of hoopla about this series, so I will give it a few books before judging it as good or eye-rollingly tropey cheesey smut. There are tons of these type of things:
Stroking tongues
Moaning into mouths
Hot gazes
Hungry looks
And melting...lots and lots of melting...
O_o
So, yeah...

On the other hand, the world is really cool and original. I like the Dark Hunter origin story and the Greek mythology. Those Greek gods sure are assholes.

So we have Kyrian, a former Greek commander and present D
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Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳
May 26, 2015 Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳ by: Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
I've been on a real binge this month, discovering Sherrilyn Kenyon's work!
The world she created not only is dark, ominous and terrifying but is also bright, full of humor and filled with sexy demi gods and demons.
I loved how she mixed greek mythology with contemporary fairy tales... Her heroines are full on snark and mischief, gods and goddess impetuous as ever and the Dark Hunters... I haven't met one I didn't like...

I'm up to book 5 now and they keep getting better and better! I must say, I on
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☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎
Wow, Dark Hunters are far more than just being dark. At first they became who they are because of something they did wrong but that isn't it. It's a choice they made. Kyrian is a Dark Hunter. His job is to destroy the Daimons who are trying to suck the souls out of the human race. Amanda who is in a boring relationship and who comes from a very unconventional family was kidnapped by the evil that Kyrian is after because he was looking for her twin but she ended up being handcuffed to Kyrian, whi ...more
Seffra
3 stars

Wow....this book was great. I had only picked it up because I wanted to start the Dream Hunter series and I wanted to get some background knowledge on the world I was entering. I didn't expect to fall in love with everyone!

Kyrian was such a broken guy much need in love and he got it in spades from the wonderful Amanda. They were cute! I just, I can't form coherent thoughts about how damn cute they were. The writing was good and the side characters were awesome.

I'm so intrigued by Achero
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Melissa ***BITCH, I'M READING!***
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I have high hopes for this series! so far I like all the characters and want to know more about them especially Acheron! ;)
Julianna
Sep 14, 2010 Julianna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans PN Romance or Sherrilyn Kenyon
Reviewed for www.thcreviews.com

Night Pleasures is the first story in the Dark-Hunters series to actually get into the real meat of who the Dark-Hunters are and what they do. As such, it was a pretty good beginning to the overall story arc, but in my opinion, as an individual romance it suffered from a few of the same issues as it's predecessor, Dragonswan. There was plenty of material in this book, in particular Kyrian's tormented past, which should have lent itself to rip-your-heart-out moments
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Blacky *Romance Addict*
Finally the Dark-Hunter universe is explained :) I think this was supposed to be the first D-H because this is where they first appear.

I liked this book very much, although the storyline was quite predictable (and when I say quite I mean totally XD), and the ending a liiiittle to mushy for me, but the main character was awsome, so he gets the 4 stars <3

Kyrian is a Dark-Hunter, a vampire who hunts other vampires. Of course, there are differences between him and the others, I won't go into tha
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Arlene
Mar 18, 2011 Arlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of J.R. Wards BDB Series
Circa 1999
The One where Joey Eats Rachel’s English Trifle
*cue Joey eating the trifle*

I like it!
What’s not to like?
Custard? Characters.... Good!
Jam? Plot.... Goooood!
Meat? Kyrian.... Goooooooood!


Okay, this book is better than Rachael’s meat, peas, onions, whip cream, jam and raspberry English trifle. Way better! It has all of the ingredients for a steamy, edgy, exciting and faced paced adventure.

Although it’s definitely a read that’s outside of my preferred genre, I feel Sherrilyn Kenyon has wha
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VeroRinconin
Apr 29, 2016 VeroRinconin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
2 días me ha durado!! Este me gustó mucho más que el de Julian, y me da en la nariz que la cosa ira mejorando ^.^
MISS VAIN
"Since you can read my thoughts why don't you answer it?" His smile widened hungrily like a wolf that had just found its next meal. "Yes, sweeting, I think you're incredibly sexy. And I would love nothing more than to take you back to my place and make your toes curl."

This was my first book by Sherrilyn Kenyon andalthough it wasn't a five star book for me, and cheesy at times it was still a solid beginning to a passionate PNR series andI can already tell this won't be my last. This book reminde
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Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
Wow!!!!!!!! Wow!!!!!!!!! Wow!!!!!!! This book was bad ass! I swear I needed a fanfuckintastic read!!!!!! Bring on book 2!!!
Felicia
Oooh Kindle, what trash you make me read. I'd read about this series for a long time and was too red-faced to buy the six pack cover at Borders. Well, this ended up on my Kindle and...I enjoyed it! I'm totally vampired out, but the world was kinda interesting, I've lived in New Orleans, and there are so many fans of the series. Nice romance, pretty interesting characters, I didn't regret reading. Now the later ones....
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
It's been just long enough since I first read the Dark-Hunters in paperback for me to really enjoy playing with these gorgeous badboys again. Kenyon does a fantastic job setting up an imaginative world where one can run into Dark Hunters, Were Hunters, Dream Hunters, soul-sucking demons, and such on any given night. With a foundation seeped in Greek Mythology, many of the characters step into the modern world carrying a lot of hurt & emotional baggage with the scars to prove it. The story op ...more
Neftis
Jan 09, 2016 Neftis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Me ha gustado mas que el primer libro de la saga y Kyrian es un amor. Sí Neus, me ha gustado mas que Julian de Macedonia =)
Sara Price.
Apr 17, 2016 Sara Price. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbr-owned
This was good, I think it followed the erotic romance formula a lot and that's why I'm giving it 3 stars but I think the series is just going to get better from here!
Jacqueline
Nov 30, 2014 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves sarcastic dry humor, awesome fight scenes, and sexy characters
Recommended to Jacqueline by: No one; but the series was recommended by a B.A.M. saleswoman
Shelves: series-dark-hunter, author-sherrilyn-kenyon, trope-hero-tortured, trope-hero-across-the-tracks, trope-hero-genius-or-cerebral, trope-fairy-tale-beauty-beast, trope-heroine-plain-or-ugly, trope-heroine-genius-or-cerebral, genre-romance-paranormal, trope-at-odds-couple, trope-hilarity-within, trope-heroine-ethnic-american, trope-hero-alpha, trope-hero-in-pursuit, trope-heroine-misfit, trope-angst-ridden, trope-enemies-to-lovers, trope-hero-widower-or-mourning, trope-hero-jealous-protective, trope-pnr-good-v-evil, trope-pnr-adventure, trope-pnr-vampires, trope-pnr-nonhumans, trope-heroine-alpha, genre-romance-suspense, trope-adventure, trope-shhh-its-a-secret, trope-forbidden-love, trope-perfect-banter, trope-hero-deformity-scars-disabled, trope-heroine-plus-sized, trope-hero-in-deception, trope-pnr-magic-or-occult, trope-hero-knight-in-shining-armor, trope-revenge-plot, trope-hero-scorned, trope-pnr-human-other-pairing, trope-pnr-gods-goddesses, trope-pnr-heroine-human, trope-pnr-hero-cursed, trope-pnr-heroine-cursed, trope-pnr-heroine-psychic, trope-pnr-heroine-saves-the-day, trope-pnr-hero-begifted, trope-pnr-hero-guardian-warrior, trope-hero-job-warrior, trope-siblings-or-family-within, trope-heroine-hoyden-or-spirited, trope-pnr-dark-and-dark-forces, trope-pnr-hero-nonhuman, trope-hero-smitten-with-heroine, trope-mistaken-or-hidden-identity, trope-star-crossed-love, trope-older-man-younger-woman, trope-hero-feels-inferior, trope-courtship-dance, trope-opposites-attract, trope-heroine-job-accountant, classified-five-stars


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You know that moment when you meet the best thing in your life, and your brain, body, and emotions kind of just explode all over the place? Well, that sentiment should come with a greeting card that reads, "Congratulations; you've now been introduced to author Sherrilyn Kenyon!" Said introduction comes with book-one of the Dark-Hunter series, and
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Tilly Slaton
Nov 14, 2011 Tilly Slaton rated it liked it

This story is of Kyrian and Amanda.

When I first read this series, I thought I read the wrong book. What does this book have to do with Fantasy Lover? Well, almost nothing IMO. There are a few tidbits that flow into each other, but not enough to really tie them together.

Night Pleasures really takes off into a unique world of vampires, daimons, gods and demigods and Dark-Hunters. It’s all very quite interesting and wholeheartedly intriguing. Unlike Kenyon’s recent publications, this series is mor
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Tom
Jun 20, 2012 Tom rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
I’m going 4.5 in the first installment of the Dark Hunter series and it really might just be closer to 5. The series has been so thoroughly reviewed I won’t get into the synopsis except to say its another hunter\vampire series.

When the story started I thought “I hope there is more than this.“ I got a detailed description of Kyrian 3 times in the first chapter and thought I was going to be disappointed. Don’t get me wrong the writing really did grab me from page one I just thought it was going to
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Crystal
Mar 18, 2011 Crystal rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
The only thing I can say at this point is that I loved this book. I have squeed, awwwed, icked, and shuddered so much that my brain is exhausted and I loved every minute of it. Fans of BDB you need to try out this series, it is the first one that I have found that can hold up against it. The characters are great and really like how the author gives us glimpses into her other characters who have already had their HEA. It is also great to see a Heroine hold her own against all the evil forces that ...more
Michelle
Feb 17, 2009 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Another great story in the Dark Hunter Series. Kyrian and Amanda's story was so cute! I love how Kenyon writes! There is so much humor, sadness and always a great twist to her stories! She makes you feel the pain of the DH's past which makes you just fall in love with the character! I'm loving her series so far.

Kyrian was betrayed by his wife thousands of years ago and Amanda shows him that she will never betray him. OF course there is more to the story like Amanda's powers she decided to put a
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Alp
The story was utterly engaging and enjoyable, so much that I couldn't put it down. Sherrilyn Kenyon has done it again! Her writing is practically flawless. I loved every single thing that happened in this book.

It broke my heart when I knew Kyrian's painful history. No wonder he wouldn't trust and love any woman since his wife had betrayed him.

By the way, There were some interesting characters whom I would like to know more in the other books. I was absolutely intrigued by this series!
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  • Knight of Darkness (Lords of Avalon, #2)
  • The Darkest Lie (Lords of the Underworld #6)
  • Passion Unleashed (Demonica #3)
  • Kiss of a Demon King (Immortals After Dark #7)
  • Midnight Rising (Midnight Breed, #4)
  • Tapestry (de Piaget, #8.5; de Piaget/MacLeod, #8.5; Were-Hunter, #0.5; Entire Dark-Hunterverse, #1.5; Dark-Hunterverse, #2; Highlander, #8)
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  • Dangerous Tides (Drake Sisters, #4)
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Other Books in the Series

Dark-Hunter (1 - 10 of 27 books)
  • Night Embrace (Dark-Hunter, #2)
  • Dance with the Devil (Dark-Hunter #3)
  • Kiss of the Night (Dark-Hunter, #4)
  • Night Play (Dark-Hunter #5, Were-Hunter #1)
  • Seize the Night (Dark-Hunter #6)
  • Sins of the Night (Dark-Hunter #7)
  • Unleash the Night (Dark Hunter, #8; Were-Hunter, #2)
  • Dark Side of the Moon (Dark-Hunter #9, Were-Hunter #3)
  • The Dream Hunter (Dark-Hunter #10, Dream-Hunter #1)
  • Devil May Cry (Dark-Hunter, #11)

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“Oh God, I just kissed a vampire!"

Oh Gods, I just kissed a human!”
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“I thought only a wooden stake through the heart killed a vampire. (Amanda)
A wooden stake through the heart will kill just about anything. And if it doesn't, run like hell. (Kyrian)”
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