Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Night Play (Dark-Hunter, #5; Were-Hunter, #1)” as Want to Read:
Night Play (Dark-Hunter, #5; Were-Hunter, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Night Play

(Dark-Hunter #5)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  52,374 ratings  ·  1,610 reviews
Bride McTierney has had it with men. They're cheap, self-centered, and never love her for who she is. But though she prides herself on being independent, deep down she still yearns for a knight in shining armor.

She just never expected her knight in shining armor to have a shiny coat of fur...

Deadly and tortured, Vane Kattalakis isn't what he seems. Most women lament that t
Mass Market Paperback, 362 pages
Published August 3rd 2004 by St. Martin's Press
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Night Play, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Jade Evans I was looking for something new, and it brought me here. I'm not sure what you've read, or the style you like, but the Void City novels are superb. Th…moreI was looking for something new, and it brought me here. I'm not sure what you've read, or the style you like, but the Void City novels are superb. They're my go-to recommendation.

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.33  · 
Rating details
 ·  52,374 ratings  ·  1,610 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Night Play (Dark-Hunter, #5; Were-Hunter, #1)
Sophia Triad
Vane Kattalakis (half Katagaria/half Arcadian) and Bride McTierney (human)

"My boyfriend is a dog, his mother's psychotic, and I just nearly missed being the main attraction in some low-budget porn flick, complete with bad costuming and food. I mean, what is this?
'Welcome to my family, you now get to sleep with all my brothers, and I do mean all my brothers, cousins, friends, hell, everyone?' You know, most in-laws just bring over a casserole, not a four-hundred-year-old vendetta."

The star of
Blacky *Romance Addict*

Well, all I can see about this book is how everyone loved it. I guess my expectations were high because of that, and for me, the book didn't deliver  photo shame.gif

I know most PNR come with insta-love, and I am prepared for it, but here, I just didn't buy the whole thing at all. Maybe it was because it wasn't insta-love, but insta-lust (as it also usually is), but the characters meet and have sex in the same scene (the first 10% of the book  photo 798186.gif )
That killed the book for me, and the other 90% I just got throu
My favorite of the series. I love when animals try to "human". Vane is a werewolf that is asking for dating advice from Dark Hunters. Not exactly the best source:

"Julian, how did you meet your wife?"

Julian shrugged. "My brother the sex god cursed me into a book for two thousand years. Grace got drunk on her birthday and summoned me out of it."

Vane rolled his eyes. "That's useless. Kyrian? What about you?"

"I woke up handcuffed to Amanda."

Vane could work with that. "So I need to get a set of ha
What makes Night Play a cut above the rest in the Dark Hunter seris, is the fact that it's totally character driven. (For me, it's always about the character.) I adored the heroine, Bride. She's a real woman and her feelings are so well expressed (by showing not telling,) SK hits dead on with this one.

The book starts out with Bride being dumped by her selfish boyfriend of 5 yrs. Not five minutes after she received her dumping papers, via HER OWN fedex account no less- we meet the hero who swoops
Dark,authentic and fast-paced,i have wanted to read "Night Play" ever since the very lethal Werewolf hunter Vane Kattalakis glanced at his mate in "Night Embrace",the curvy Bride McTierney and how he couldn`t get her off his mind ever since!In this 5:th instalment in the "Dark-Hunter"-series Vane sees her again in her shop and can`t stop himself from walking to her and claim her into a blissful night of wondrous passion!But there are more creatures waiting to kill him than he can count and while ...more
"There's something inside you that scares me, Vane. Are you sure you're normal?"

Vane's character looked so promising in the previous books, but in his own book he disappointed me. I understand his unwillingness to force Bride into anything, as “claiming can never be forced on a female", but his doubts and uncertainties are exaggerated.
His magical powers are impressive: they are unique and superlative, but sadly there is no real action in the story where he can actually show how powe
Jan 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of PNR Romance, Werewolves, the Dark-Hunter Series, Sherrilyn Keyon
THC Reviews
"4.5 stars" The Dark-Hunter series has had some ups and downs for me, but I have to say that I'm glad that I have continued with it or I would have missed out on some wonderful stories. When Sherrilyn Kenyon is “up”, she can write a very good story, and Night Play was definitely an “up” book for me. It had the swoon-worthy romance that I've loved in some of Ms. Kenyon's other books, lots of fun and interesting characters, and a good plot. Night Play picks up the narrative of Were-Hunt
Alex is The Romance Fox
I have loved this series since I first read Acheron, which is still my absolute favorite book!!! This was the one that introduced me Sherrilyn Kenyon’s breathtaking world of Greek gods, demi-gods, dark hunters, were hunters, dream hunters….amazing and unforgettable characters…filled with mythology, paranormal, romance….it’s all I want in paranormal romance!!

I haven’t read the books in order and this is one of those that I am reading now. Not that it matte
This book took me by surprise. I have read (or listened to) a handful of books in this series and some were ok and others a little better. But this one was great!

I loved the hero, Vane. His perspective was my absolute favorite. Having been raised a wolf almost his entire life and only having a human form for the past 9 months (I think), he has a totally unique view of people and life. (She wolves sound like real bitches!) He comes from a seriously messed up childhood - or I guess really puppyhoo
Sarah Elizabeth
This was an adult paranormal romance featuring a werewolf and a human.

Vane and Bride were both likeable characters and it was nice to see how protective Vane was when it came to Bride.

The storyline in this was about Vane finding out that Bride was his mate, and not knowing what to do about it because she was human whilst he was a very powerful werewolf, and he was afraid of hurting her. We also had some problems with Vane’s family, especially his mother, which meant that Bride’s life was put in

Dark Hunter Flashcard #5, Were Hunter Flashcard #1

Name: Vane Kattalakis

Age: 460

The Beast Within: Wolf

Special W.H. power: Time Travel

Best thing that came out of his mouth : I don't want you skinny, Bride. I like you as you are.

He finds his one true love when: She stopped to say hi to her friend Sunshine who Vane was guarding at the time. Yes, Talon’s Sunshine. Yes, in Book 2. Yes, the whole thing was that mundane.

He falls for her because: She's his predestined mate.

Her Name: Bride McTierney

Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Romance fans
5 ROMANCE STARS! Yay! A most excellent romance. :)

Let's see if I can sum this up for people who do not know Kenyon's world: werewolf named Vane with a death sentence on his head falls in love with a beautiful fat woman named Bride. :)

Very cute, very sweet, full of kissing. :) So amazing of a book. 5-star romance.

Just that sometimes we let other people treat us wrongly because we want to be loved and accepted so badly that we'd do anything for it. It hurts when you know that no matter how m

This is the fifth book in Dark-Hunter series but the first one in Were-Hunter series. You will here discover the world of Were-Hunter, a great introduction to the Katagaria and Arcadians.

Vane was born to Katagaria father and Arcadian mother. He grew up in the Wolf-Human pack of his father. Both of his parents hated him and wanted him dead. He was just the victim of the hatred between them. Vane was continually abused, neglected, and mistreated by the other members in his pack.
~Nichole~  Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews
Another perfect hero. Vane was so sweet and loving. Alphas who go after what they want and don't waver are really my weakness. So many different storyline possibilities here. I will definitely be checking out more in the were-hunter series. ...more
Elena R a.k.a. Lunies R
Night Play was a wonderful read for me, its my #1 favorite book so far in this series. I know I have many more to read, so I will definitely have more that I will love just the same,but for now this book is on my top favorites.

Vane & Brides story was utterly amazing! I thought they were a,one of a kind couple.Were-Wolf and a Human,its obvious right from the start neither one of them are perfect, yet they manage to stick together through the evil and goodness in their relationship and make it all
Milica's Bookshelf
Vane Kattalakis ♥

I want someone like him!
I loved everything about this story.
Miss Kim
Sep 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Dark Hunter lovers
Vane is a Katagaria Were-hunter. He was born a wolf, and lived his life as one until puberty hit and he was suddenly transformed in to a man. Bride McTierny is a woman who has just been dumped by her boyfriend of 5 years. She is self conscious about her looks because she is heavier than the average woman.

Vane had seen Bride a few weeks back, when she stopped by Sunshine Runningwolf's art stand in New Orleans. He was totally taken by her. Sunshine had told him she would introduce them, but he tol
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars!
Posted on Under the Covers

I must have screwed up the order of this series because I’ve read the ones after this but found that I had missed this one! It drove me nuts when I found out so I decided to read it right away and boy was I glad that I did. Vane is sex on a stick! It’s really no wonder why Suzanne (and others) have already claimed him for their harems. He’s a dream!
Of course, the best thing about this book is the fact that he loves bigger women. Bride isn’t comfortable about her appeara
Ronak Gajjar
Mar 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, series
I would have definitely rated it 3.5 if the female protagonist’s name wasn’t - Bride. (*It was weird to read it throughout! And I do pity Vane)
Yet, another combination Sherrilyn has chosen for this story - Were – Hunter(*yes he can turn in to Wolf if not what’s the point?!) and Human(*for a change) fated to be together and teased by Acheron continuosly!
And of course once again,
Greek Gods + Vampires + Daimons + Were-Wolves + Dark Hunters + Insignificant Humans blabbering + Of course Captivatin
I didn't like it. The writing was too fast and the plot faulty. Bride was getting on my nerves.

Though I would like to know what's going to happen in Fury and Fang's story, I won't be continuing this series. If I happen to change my mind, shoot me.
Fangirl Musings
Jan 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves a different take on the paranormal world.
Recommended to Fangirl Musings by: No one, but the series was recommended to me by a kind Barns-And
Read: January 2, 2014 - January 8, 2014
Read: March 22, 2010 - March 23, 2010
Read: January 22, 2009
Read: December 2008
Read: April 2007
Read: August 3, 2005

You know that particular (show/book/movie/character/actor/song/etc.) that people are always going on about, the one that accumulates so many fan-girl screams that Helen Keller herself could hear the piercing level of awesomeness? You're inevitably thinking, "This (insert relevant item here) can't POSSIBLY be that damn great!" Well, you're wrong.
Tilly Slaton
Oct 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Night Play is the Dark-Hunter story of Vane and Bride.

This is one of my favorite stories in this series. Their relationship is inspiring and I found myself holding my breath as I read through wonderfully intimate (sexual and non-sexual) scenes.

Vane is a wolf. The whole story behind him is a bit complex so I will leave well enough alone! He’s a wolf. He’s a man. He’s sexy. Bottom line. Betrayed by their father, Vane and Fang are left hanging from a tree. If the alligators don’t get them, the Daim
Apr 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
review by Meesh

*Warning: possible spoilers ahead.*

Tastes change a lot as a woman ages. When we're young and reckless, lots of us look at just the outer package. We want the flash. We want sexy and successful. A lot of young women will ignore a lot of very bad habits in men if they're good looking enough, drive a great car (or in my case, motorcycle), or have enough money. Then we grow up, which a lot of us feel is a very good thing. But what isn't good is the impetus for maturing.

Let me be a lit
My first ever DH book, I can't believe it:) it feels like... well last year haha, way back when I don't know there's a Goodreads site...happy memories:)

There's so much information on who, what, where and how these characters came from especially the Hero, but it was explained in every detailed in the beginning,which got me interested in the first place. So...I won't going to tackle that anymore but I'll make some rambling thoughts about the Hero and Heroine and also why I love this book!:)

I love
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
Different from the other Dark-Hunter novels. This is the first of the Were-Hunter series, but if you follow the author's reading list this is #9.

How this differs from the DH novels: No serious big bad or end of the world problems. Vane does have people after him, but it's not an all consuming problem. The main point of the story is Vane winning/wooing Bride.

Vane saw Bride months again & was floored by her beauty. She's a rubenesque lady who owns a lingerie/clothing boutique & was just dumped b
Sandra Hoover
Another great addition to the series. They just keep getting better. Really loved the kinder, sweeter nature & tone of this one. A Must Read as is the series!! :)
May 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Vane. That is one name that often comes up when I mention to people that I am reading Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series. “Oh that Vane, he’s so hot!”, “Oh that Vane, he’s so dreamy!”, “Oh that Vane, he can take me up against a tree and growl in my ear any day!” Ooookay then… So, after hearing that, I was quite excited to finally be reading about the infamous Vane Kattalakis, the wolf man, in “Night Play”.

It was nice to step away from the “vampire” Dark-Hunter world and explore the shape shif
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
3.5 stars
Although I enjoyed the book, I didn't feel as connected to the main couple's relationship. The insta love didn't work for me, which usually doesn't bother me in PNR. And this series straddles the line in each book, but this one I didn't buy it. I like the characters individually and I enjoyed them as a couple, but the I love you's needed some more fleshing out.
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have, literally, just put this book down and I can’t wipe the grin from my face! I absolutely loved it!! My first ‘Were-Hunter’ book of the series, and I am completely smitten!

Vane is a werewolf who we met earlier in the series. When we first see him in this book, the final events of Night Embrace have just played out - his sister has just died and he and his brother, Fang, have been left for dead. Flash forward eight months later and his life is shit. He is grieving and very much alone, and
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Knight of Darkness (Lords of Avalon, #2)
  • Sword of Darkness (Lords of Avalon, #1)
  • The Darkest Pleasure (Lords of the Underworld, #3)
  • The Darkest Whisper (Lords of the Underworld, #4)
  • The Darkest Passion (Lords of the Underworld, #5)
  • The Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld, #1)
  • Dark Prince (Dark, #1)
  • The Darkest Seduction (Lords of the Underworld, #9)
  • The Darkest Kiss (Lords of the Underworld, #2)
  • The Darkest Lie (Lords of the Underworld, #6)
  • Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night (Immortals After Dark, #3)
  • The Darkest Secret (Lords of the Underworld, #7)
  • Dark Desires After Dusk (Immortals After Dark, #5)
  • The Darkest Surrender  (Lords of the Underworld, #8)
  • Wicked Nights (Angels of the Dark, #1)
  • Kiss of Midnight (Midnight Breed,  #1)
  • Shadow's Claim (Immortals After Dark, #12; The Dacians, #1)
  • Burning Dawn (Angels of the Dark, #3)
See similar books…
Official Author site
Official Nevermore site
Official Deadman's Cross site
Official Chronicles of Nick site
Official Silent Swans site
Official Hunter Legends site
Official Witch of Endor site
Official Lords of Avalon site
Official Facebook site

New York Times and international bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon is a regular at the #1 spot. With legions of fans known as Paladins (thousands of whom proudly

Other books in the series

Dark-Hunter (1 - 10 of 27 books)
  • Night Pleasures (Dark-Hunter, #1)
  • Night Embrace (Dark-Hunter, #2)
  • Dance with the Devil (Dark-Hunter, #3)
  • Kiss of the Night (Dark-Hunter, #4)
  • 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)

Related Articles

Here there be sexy dragons! The creator of the Dark-Hunter series answers your questions about typical writing days, favorite mythologies, and...
55 likes · 12 comments
“I think infatuation is like a garden. If tended and cared for, it grows into love. If neglected or abused it dies. The only way to have eternal love is to never let your heart forget what it's like to live without it.
“Life is gamble, It's harsh and painful most of the time, and it's not for the timid. Spoils go to the victor, not to the one who doesn't even show up for the battle."

More quotes…