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Pleasures of the Night

(Dream Guardians #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  8,325 ratings  ·  543 reviews
There are sensuous pleasures that can only be tasted in the night . . .

He comes to her in the twilight between sleep and consciousness to fulfill her secret desires. Lyssa Bates has never experienced such ecstasy, brought to her by a man whose deep, soul-penetrating blue eyes hold the promise of tempting intimacies and decadent pleasures. But this stranger, this lover,
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 24th 2007 by Avon Red
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Aug 28, 2012 rated it liked it
I decided to read this book after reading "Bared to You" which I loved.

Basically you automatically get introduced to the main characters Lyssa Bates and Aiden Cross. Lyssa is a regular human "Dreamer" while Aiden is a nearly immortal "Guardian." When dreamers fall asleep, but before they enter deep sleep, they enter the "Twilight" which is another dimension which we know as the dream world. The Guardians each have certain tasks for the Dreamers. They are able to enter their
Jacqueline's Reads
Apr 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: smut
3 Very Erotic Stars

I listened to the audio version of Pleasures of the Night. I love Sylvia Day. She’s one of the first romance authors I read. There’s something about the classic way she writes I find comforting. You don’t stray from what you love.

Pleasure of the Night is an Erotic paranormal book. It’s out there and it’s really steamy. I would say about 70% of the book is steam, so if you are like me and listen to books at work, just make sure the volume is on low because you don’t want your
Valentina "TinchyB"
Oh dear God,this book has no beginning,no plot and what an end.. !?
They are fuc*ing each other almost whole damn book.
I need a break from this kind of novels cuz every one is starting to look the same and is little frustrating!
Jessica Pesic
Sep 30, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: smut
I actually found the premise of this novel very interesting, unfortunately it was just written by a amateur writer. I felt completely disconnected from the 'love' between the two main characters. Day kept writing on the page how passionate they were together but I didn't pick up on that when reading. It take more to convey passion and a depth of feeling then simply stating it in black and white. The characters have to display this through their gestures. The only love scene that caught my ...more
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is my 1st book by Silvya Day and all I can say is oh em gee!! LOL! I was completely taken by surprise with the sex scenes in this book. I knew when I decided to give this type of book a try, based on the description that it would have some erotic scenes but was shocked when I read the 1st page! I gotta say though, I quite enjoyed it and plan to buy the next book in the series. Though I'm a bit dissapointed to find out she doesn't have plans to continue the series till later due to ...more
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'm actually reading this book again for the second time before I start on the next book.

I love love loved reading this book again for the second time. I loved the way Aidan Cross simply adored Lyssa. They both had such a great connection and their sex scenes were hot. I found through out the book I was holding my breath through certain parts.

The first time I read this book it honestly took me by surprise with the whole dream sequences and such but as I got through it I just fell in love with
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don’t know how to start this review... Because while I loved this book I also felt it was lacking. But I also don’t know what it was lacking. I’m a freaking mess about this book right now.

I listened to the audio of this book. So I’m thinking that is why I’m having such trouble. I wish this was written in first person because maybe that’d have made it easier to follow along with the audio version? I don’t know.

Anywho, I was ridiculously interested in this series when I read the synopsis. I mean
Nov 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I rented this book in the audiobook format. I have to say, reading Sylvia Day's books is one thing, and hearing it is a completely different experience! Listening to this book allowed my imagination to dig deeper into the story and its characters. This is a very hot and steamy take on dreams and nightmares. It totally had me dreaming of my own Aidan Cross before I even made it to the end.

I won't give spoilers away though, because A) I don't want to ruin it for any one of you, and B) this book is
Oct 30, 2012 rated it did not like it
I thought this story had an interesting premise, and I have enjoyed other books by this author ("Bared to You"), so I started "Pleasures of the Night" but I just can't finish it.

It is going in my DNF stack. After starting out briskly, when we meet Lyssa and Aidan Cross, the plot seems to start spinning in circles. I understand that the author has to explain her fantasy world and its rules to her readers, but surprisingly, there just seems to be waay too much smoke and mirrors to make sense of. I
Emma Hillman
May 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gave-up-on-it
I'm trying very hard not to DNF it...I'm finding it very slow going.

EDIT: Okay, so I ended up DNFing it, speed-reading through the second half to see if it would get any better. It didn't. I just didn't believe any of it: the plot, the characters, their motives.
Stacie Boren
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I purchased this book from Half Priced Books to read. All opinions are my own. Pleasures of the Night by Syliva Day. Hard working Lyssa Bates is exhausted but sleep eludes her. One night in her dreams a man comes to her and he is absolute perfection. Everything a woman could dream of......once he realizes she can see exactly who he is he becomes afraid of disrupting his world and hers so he goes to her only in her world she has no idea who he is only that he seems familiar. It doesnt take long ...more
Sarah Ashley
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
Unfortunately I abandoned this book at 33%, not because it was particularly bad - I just couldn't get into it, as much as I tried and tried it just didn't hook me in, I could have finished to the end but my days of having to read something, because I had to, are in my distant past and now I read only for pleasure, this was not a pleasure, which was so disappointing as other works by Sylvia Day I have thoroughly enjoyed.

Without giving too much away this is the story of a young woman (Lyssa), a
Nov 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-read
I really enjoyed this book. I would say that the main focus is on the Hero and Heroine, Aiden and Lyssa (who are amazing by the way). There is a good storyline that runs throughout, which I am looking forward to learning more about.
One reason I didn't rate this book higher is because it was (in some parts) very confusing. The information we are learning about their world is thrown at you quite quickly and isn't explained very well. I for one don't know a lot about the dream world and the
Erlynn (BooksHugBack)
This one by Sylvia Day I found quite interesting. Although erotic and quite steamy, it also had the supernatural element to it. Lyssa meets Captain Aidan Cross in her dreams, because that is where he protects her. He is a dream guardian protecting her from the nightmares, but she seems to be able to control the dream world surprisingly well for a human. When when the two meet in her dreams their attraction is so strong, neither are able to overcome their feelings; it's hot. Wanting Aidan to be ...more
Jane Stewart
Sep 26, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-romance
I enjoyed it, but there were too many unanswered questions at the end.

This is the first in a series. The second book is coming out in 2008. It was pretty good for paranormal, but I prefer other paranormal worlds. This is about humans having dreams. While dreaming, guardians join them in the dreams. The guardians are aliens who live on another plane and fight off nightmares from hurting humans. Aiden is a guardian who falls in love with Lyssa a human and he crosses over to the earth world. She
Tofu Fairy
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and read it in one day. It is hot hot HOT! The sex is amazing. I will say that I connected so with the emotional aspects brought out during sex between the two main characters too...a couple of scenes had me crying they were so touching. But most were hot. I also loved the theme of this book dealing with our dream world and supernatural beings involved therein. Very original storyline to me anyway. LOL I do wish that there had been a bit more background into the ...more
May 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
Vacation read. Picked because it was cheap on Barnes and Noble for my Nook. Curious because this has been recommended (by librarians at a conference even) as a far better example of erotica than 50 Shades of Blah. I would disagree. It was a tad bit better. After several steamy scenes between the two main charactes, I couldn't quite figure out what was bugging me so much about the book. Then I read one of those scenes aloud to my husband. Through the tears (of laughter) streaming from my eyes ...more
Sep 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-challenge
I am not too sure what I thought of this book. I enjoyed "Bared to You" but I didn't find I liked this book as much. I think part of it was that I am not usually into the "fantasy type story" if that makes sense ( not that I think Bared to You took place or anything lol ) and I found it hard to get into. It was a good read to keep me busy while I waited for my newest shipment of books.
Nov 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Started out ok, the characters were good, Aiden was adorable, the sex scenes were pretty hot, dirty talking was nice but it got repeatative and boring real quickly.

This is my introduction to Sylvia Day, I honest would've enjoyed her bared to you series more, thought I'd give this one a try.
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
If you’re one of those romance readers who want to skip to the good parts, this might be the book for you. I was, quite frankly, surprised at the amount of plot and world-building the author was able to get across, since about 75% of the book is devoted to the two main characters, Lyssa and Aidan, banging away at each other.

I don’t generally read romance, and when I do, I tend to stick with historicals, so this paranormal romance was something new for me.

Lyssa is a veterinarian who has always
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still good. Still have the same feelings from the last time I read it. Cool concept. Too much sex but what would I expect from a Sylvia Day book, right? That is sort of her MO. Dream Guardian concept was my favorite part.
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
The overall story has an interesting premise and drew me in. The erotic scenes are hot and frequent. I almost felt I needed to take a cold shower after each chapter. If you like a hot, erotic tale with an interesting story and strong characters, this is a must read.
Victoria Zieger
Super steamy with a paranormal twist that reminded me a little of the Fever series. This was fun and had an entertaining story. Sylvia Day is great erotic writing that has a little bit of substance.
Christi Diaz
I normally love reading Sylvia Day but this book was really hard to finish. It's so much sex! Even for me!
Emily (Falling for YA)
This is my first Sylvia Day book. It was pretty light on storyline but what was there was interesting and the main leads were likeable.
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I am loving this series. Aiden starts out a bit of a man whore but ultra sexy as well as a strong warrior and leader. I find it refreshing that he is also very smart and asks questions. The perfect man. I love that Lyssa is mostly just a normal woman, even once she finds out she has unknown special powers. I did find it funny how much sex this couple had in such a short time. Its amazing they got anything done. I definitely enjoyed this story.
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2013
High Hopes Lead to Disappointment...

I discovered this book after having read other books by this author and the premise of this paranormal fantasy romance sounded intriguing. As promised, there was a lot of sex. Unfortunately, this story was light on passion and story line. Though I was willing and open, I wasn't brought to feel interest or concern for the characters and the challenge they faced or delight in their finding each other in the real world. I didn't feel her “ache” for him nor his “
Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 08, 2012 rated it really liked it

Sylvia Day is one of my all time favourite readers and she never manages to dissapoint. She manages to mesh the genres that she has chosen whether it be historical or paranormal so well with the romance and erotica part of her books. I've never been left feeling like oh well there could have been more sex, or there could have been less of it etc.

This book is no exception.

"He was a dream, an alien, a man centuries older than she was. She was a threat, a prophecy, the key to his destruction.
Claire (_Book Huntress)
First impression: This book doesnt quite live up to the crossfire novels but it is good enough to read.

Id like to point out that im never a fan of the word 'cunt' being used referring to someone's genitals so that word does not turn me on whilst reading it. it makes me cringe

I loved the last 3rd of the book the most.

Like I said in my progress, I started out a bit distant and couldnt really connect because I couldnt quite grasp how 2 strangers could fall so helplessly dependant of eachother
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