By far my least favorite book of the series to date.
Good grief I had so many problems with this book, I don't even know where to begin. *deep breath*
*By far my least favorite book of the series to date.
Good grief I had so many problems with this book, I don't even know where to begin. *deep breath*
Add me to the list of people who found themselves wondering if S.K. actually wrote a good portion of this book. Everything from the dialogue to the new character development felt completely flat and emotionless to me. It was almost as if Kenyon wrote a few scenes here and there, and left the majority of the story up to someone else. A prime example: the book's one and only love scene takes place in the front seat of a tiny car while the H/h are being attacked by a plague of wasps. WTF???!!!
While in the end I wound up somewhat liking the character of Jess, I definitely could not drum up an ounce of sympathy for Abigail. Yes, she was lied to and used by the 'family' that raised her. I get that. BUT...that does not change the fact that she went about killing every Dark Hunter that she could get her hands on. And the fact that she was basically forgiven so easily for everything she did? Makes. No. Sense. Especially in the context of the DH world that i knew up to this point. And how about the fact that one minute she is hell bent on killing Jess and hating him with everything she has....and the next she decides she cares deeply about him, and wants to die to protect him and save the world?! Again...WTF?!?
The trademark snarky dialogue that i have come to love and expect in this series was definitely lacking here. But it wasn't for a lack of trying. The problem was that much of the dialogue (snarky or otherwise) came off as forced and at times down-right ridiculous.
As for that hot mess of a train wreck that was the ending? Talk about confusing and convoluted.
Even a cameo (blink and you miss it) by one of my all time fave DH characters Zarek couldn't make me enjoy this story.
While I understand the need to introduce new characters into the Dark Hunter world, I was not impressed with many of the new faces. I will say that i am curious for Ren's story coming up in Time Untime. I just pray that the story line is handled far better than it was here.
The only reason I am giving this 2 instead of 1 star is because of the 'bonus scene' with Ash. This chapter reminded me why i love the series so much, and felt very much like something happening in the DH world (unlike everything else that had occurred throughout the book). I loved the glimpse of remorse that we saw from Artie, and any kind of action involving Ash is always wonderful in my eyes.
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 storI 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....more
**spoiler alert** While there were a few aspects of this addition to the Dark Hunter series that i enjoyed (revelations about Nick's powers, the retur**spoiler alert** While there were a few aspects of this addition to the Dark Hunter series that i enjoyed (revelations about Nick's powers, the return of the trademark DH snarkiness after the overwhelming seriousness of the previous book, "Acheron"), i still had quite a few major problems with the book, which made me feel more than a little disappointed in the end.
1. Having read this in about 2 hours, the story felt like something that should have been included in an anthology, rather than released as a stand alone novel. Coming after the mammoth "Acheron", OSN feels rather hastily, and sloppily put together.
2. I could be in the minority in this, but i found it hard to truly care about Stryker as a lead. He's the bad guy, and therefore i didn't really care if he got his HEA.
3. I hate to say this...i really do. But, Ash in this book...was a shadow of the bad-ass warrior i have come to know and love. Granted, he wasn't the main focus of the story, but that has never stopped him from blowing my mind in the majority of the previous DH books. I truly hope that, considering this book is the start of the new "ark" of the series, that SK isn't planning on letting such an amazing character as Ash, fade into the background.
Dante & Pandora's story is blazingly hot. It's a shame this was only a novella, because i would have loved to have had an entire book about theseDante & Pandora's story is blazingly hot. It's a shame this was only a novella, because i would have loved to have had an entire book about these two....more
I'm confused by all the negative comments about this book. Yes, it's much shorter than the majority of her other books, but i still found both the stoI'm confused by all the negative comments about this book. Yes, it's much shorter than the majority of her other books, but i still found both the story and Aidan & Leta to be charming. Sherri stated that this was going to be 'longer than a novella, but shorter than a novel'. Considering that fact, i think she did a great job of telling the story.
In addition, the Christmas themed short story, featuring many of the characters from the previous DH novels, included at the back of the book...only make this more enjoyable. Considering how dark the previous few books had been, i found this to be a happy, sweet reprieve....more
Not as good as the other DH books, but i LOVE Arik & Solin. The main drawback for me, was the character of Megeara. She was far too wishy-washy foNot as good as the other DH books, but i LOVE Arik & Solin. The main drawback for me, was the character of Megeara. She was far too wishy-washy for my tastes, and at times, was nearly as annoying as Susan from "Dark Side Of The Moon". Since the events in the book take place back in 1996, the highlight of the entire book was the scene towards the end involving Ash, Kyrian and a young Nick. At times the book felt a little disjointed, but still enjoyable over-all. ...more
I WANTED to like this book. Unfortunately, it fell flat compared to the other DH books. No matter how much i tried, i simply couldn't force myself toI WANTED to like this book. Unfortunately, it fell flat compared to the other DH books. No matter how much i tried, i simply couldn't force myself to care about, or even really like Kat. Her character has grated on my nerves since her first appearance in the series. And an entire book about her, did nothing to endear her to me.
Also, There were several aspects of this story that didn't add up. Sin forgiving Kat so easily for what she had done to him in the past, being the main bone of contention for me. He spent a lifetime being bitter and angry about losing his godhood, only to end up forgiving the woman responsible, in a matter of hours? And the silly bickering back and forth between them through-out....i found it to be juvenile, and annoying. ...more
Long before I fell in love with the King of all Tortured Heroes, Zsa5+++ Stars *All Time Favorite Book List*
This book inspired so many emotions for me.
Long before I fell in love with the King of all Tortured Heroes, Zsadist (from JR Ward's brilliant Black Dagger Brotherhood series), there was Zarek. A truly frightening lone-wolf assassian who delights in shocking and scaring the hell out of anyone who even attempts to get to know him.
Zarek's backstory is heartbreaking. And in fact, a lot of the flashback scenes are a bit hard to read. But that only made me love this character more by seeing the reasons he ended up being so damaged...so cold. When Astrid enters his life, she becomes his lifeline, his reason to not give in completely to the darkness. Their scenes together are not always perfect. Kenyon frustrated me with a couple of the encounters that the two of them ended up having, but it still adds up to one of the most satisfying, heart-wrenching, and beautiful stories I have ever read.
Kenyon's dialogue here, shines. Some of the things that Zarek says to Astrid were heartbreakingly beautiful and romantic. In my opinion this is SK's best work, and Zarek is a character that I will never forget.
Having fallen in love with SK's style of writing with Fantasy Lover, i knew this book had a LOT to live up to. I definitely wasn't disappointed. KyriaHaving fallen in love with SK's style of writing with Fantasy Lover, i knew this book had a LOT to live up to. I definitely wasn't disappointed. Kyrian and Amanda are a couple for the ages, and their story is at once beautiful, romantic, tragic and sexy.
With this, the second novel in her series Sherri continues to add both spice and humor to the Dark Hunter world, and she does it almost better than anyone else around today. Her early DH books are hands down some of the best novels I have read, in any genre, in a very, very long time.
I have said this before, but I honestly think I read this series far too quickly the first time. I ended up getting slightly burned out around the time of Devil May Cry (DH #13). But, it ended up being like an addiction...I couldn't stop myself from devouring the next book. If I ever manage to get my TBR list down to a somewhat manageable level, I want to go back and experience this series again from the beginning.
Not officially considered a DH book, this was the one that not only got me hooked on Sherri's writing, but also5++ Stars *All Time Favorite Book List*
Not officially considered a DH book, this was the one that not only got me hooked on Sherri's writing, but also the pararomance genre itself.
Sherrilyn has a knack for taking a seemingly ridiculous concept (Basic storyline of Fantasy Lover: an ancient Greek god is cursed into a book and he ends up being the willing sex slave of any woman who conjures him out of it, for the period of one month), and some how makes the characters and situations believable and compelling.
There were moments that made me laugh out loud, and moments that made me cry. Her love scenes were both erotic, and sweet and I couldn't help falling in love with Julian, and wanted him to finally find some sense of peace and happiness.
The series did in fact continue to improve, but this book will always hold a special place in my heart. It's a wonderful introduction into the world of the Dark Hunters, and highly recommended to any fan of para/romance.