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Night Pleasures

(Dark-Hunter #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  76,750 ratings  ·  2,916 reviews
See how it all began…

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 handcu
Hardcover, 309 pages
Published September 15th 2009 by St. Martin's Press (first published October 13th 2002)
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Jane H If you want some quality writing with more emphasis on plot than romance, I'd say this is probably not the series for you. I wouldn't quite place this…moreIf you want some quality writing with more emphasis on plot than romance, I'd say this is probably not the series for you. I wouldn't quite place this book in the same category as either either Storm Front or Twilight (both of which I've also read), but if I had to choose, it would be closer to Twilight on the spectrum... but with more sex. (less)

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Nov 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Emily May
Mar 11, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: UF fans that don't mind the cliched characters & story
Shelves: paranormal-uf, 2011, pnr
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
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

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
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...
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
Sophia Triad
Kyrian of Thrace (Hunter) & Amanda Devereaux (Human)

Why Kyrian become a dark hunter: His older unfaithful wife betrayed him to the Romans and then sat back and watched him being tortured to death. He still has nightmares and phobias about it.

Amanda: An accountant who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

One thing I loved: Amanda is given a special Barbie with knives that shoot out of her feet.

Settings: New Orleans, Louisiana

I loved the humor, the story, the characters, the mythology.

The story was utterly engaging and enjoyable, so much so 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!
Feb 01, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Paranormal romance fans
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.

- 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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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
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.... ...more
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
"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 writing is professional. 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 are all built up very accurately and smoothly. As the story progresse
Jun 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Natalie  ~ The Biblioholic

Kyrian's story was heartbreaking. Over two thousand years ago, he was the general of the Grecian army, holding back the invasion of the Romans. He was also a prince, destined to inherit a grand kingdom. He was also a human being who was feeling the flush of young love. He was so in love with his wife that he ignored the warnings of his father and his friends. So blindly in love that he didn't see the truth of who he was in love with until he was tortured to death while staring into her cold
Mar 18, 2011 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
☼♎ 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
Ⓐlleskelle - That ranting lady ッ
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ⓐlleskelle - That ranting lady ッ by: Lana ❇✾DG 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
Ronak Gajjar
Feb 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: series, 2018
Greek Gods + Vampires + Daimons + Hunters + Insignificant Humans blabbering = the whole book!
Concept: 2.0/5.0
Execution: 2.5/5.0
Characters Bespoken: 3.0 /5.0
Cover: 3.0/5.0
Overall: 2.75/5.0
As for Kyrian and Amanda:
The constant cheesy dry humour bantering between them was addictive!
Oct 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: tpam-br
3 1/2 "I'm Torn" Stars!

Well, This one is hard for me to rate and review. On one hand, I liked Kyrian and Amanda a lot. They were both very worthy characters to root for; and I certainly rooted hard for their HEA. especially for Kyrian's sake. He deserved to be happy. On the other hand, I could not get a hold on the tone of the story. There was a very dark and sad undertone to the story, but there was a lot of slapstick comedy that I found kind of annoying. I know sad stories need a lift, but...
Nov 09, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Aug 05, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans PN Romance or Sherrilyn Kenyon
Reviewed for

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
1st re-read (listen). It's still as good today as it was 10 years ago. ...more
Melissa ***BITCH, I'M READING!***
Nov 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
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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! ;)
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 that c
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
What made me take so long in reading this. I loved it from beginning to end. No further comments except the narration was stellar.
Jacqueline's Reads
Feb 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: pnr
3.5 A decent start stars

I’ve seen Sherrilyn Kenyon books for some time now and I have been wanting to find another traditionally published paranormal author. I feel like traditionally published paranormal authors have a different quality level in books, that’s just my opinion.

Anyhow, I’m not really sure on the reading order, but you can go to and and read in either series order or the “Dark-Hunters Legend” world order. I’m not sure what order I will pick. I tend to like readi
"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 and although it wasn't a five star book for me, and cheesy at times it was still a solid beginning to a passionate PNR series and I can already tell this won't be my last. This book remin
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Many would be proud of me to see this review. I, myself am feeling quite accomplished because I have gone back to the beginning and started to read this series in order. This time, Angela can’t boot my butt for reading out of order. After all, it only makes sense to read a series in order, right?

Here’s what I thought about the first book in the Dark Hunter series:

- I LOVED the flashbacks into Kyrian’s past. His story with Theone is a sad on
Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow!!!!!!!! Wow!!!!!!!!! Wow!!!!!!! This book was bad ass! I swear I needed a fanfuckintastic read!!!!!! Bring on book 2!!!
Interesting book but the accents annoyed me.

Night Pleasures is one of those books that kinda creeped up on me. I dove into it because someone wanted a buddy to read with. Also, it was a new author and I do love those.

In it, you will meet Kyrian and Amanda. They were cute and shit. I liked how they were cracking jokes throughout the book but at the same time.. I was also getting annoyed?? I don't know. I'm very fickle with this book right now. I liked it but was also annoyed with it. For example,
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