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Night Play (Dark-Hunter, Book 6) (edition 2004)

by Sherrilyn Kenyon

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Title:Night Play (Dark-Hunter, Book 6)
Authors:Sherrilyn Kenyon
Info:St. Martin's Paperbacks (2004), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
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Synopsis:
Deadly and tortured, Vane Kattalakis is a Were-Hunter with the ability to transform into a wolf. Pursued by his enemies, Vane is not looking for love and is staggered to learn that the Fates have marked Bride McTierney, a human woman, as his mate. Bride has been hurt in the past and Vane must work his way past her insecurities to convince her that she can trust him not only with her life but with her heart as well.

Review:
**Note**: This is book six in the Dark Hunter series but the first book to explore the world of the Were-Hunters and is this respect it provides many new and interesting details, especially regarding the distinction between the Arcadians and Katagaria.

Vane and Bride are a sweet and likeable couple, and their romance is engaging. Nevertheless, Bride’s preoccupation with her physical size, while understandable, becomes tiresome after a while, especially considering the fact that Vane could not care less and sees her as sexy and voluptuous. Vane is gorgeous both inside and out, and he is among my favorite characters in the series.

While the plot is predictable and clichéd, the book has some great laugh-out-loud dialogue and exceptional secondary characters (gotta love Ash and Simi, Valerius and Otto) that more than make up for it. The contrast between Vane and Fury’s characterization is another highlight of the story.

Backstory and world building are Kenyon's strong suit and Night Play is no exception. The writing flows and the descriptions are detailed and intriguing even if her characters are a little too good to be true.

I am slowly working my way through this series and enjoying every minute. I do suggest that the books be read in order so as not to miss out on any of the interesting tidbits. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
This had a little change of pace from the others in the series. ( )
  Belles007 | Jan 17, 2016 |
Premessa…
Il Gioco della Notte (Night Play) è il quinto volume della serie Dark Hunters, ma soprattutto è il primo volume della serie Were-Hunters.
Anzi parlare di Dark Hunters in questo caso è quasi “esagerato” in quanto è un libro che molto probabilmente è nato più come spin-off che non come elemento della serie principale. I cacciatori oscuri qui sono praticamente assenti, compaiono brevemente Acheron (che non può assolutamente mancare, anche se poco), Kyrian e Valerius. Ma non sono particolarmente importanti nello schema generale del romanzo.
Poi penso che, essendo piaciuto tanto (dato che i commenti anche su goodreads sono molto buoni) e volendo i nuovi personaggi incontrati avere la loro parte di notorietà (dato che come ben sanno gli scrittori, i personaggi prendono spesso anima e corpo e pretendono storie proprie), si è meritato di diventare il primo di questa sotto-serie…quella dei Cacciatori Mannari.
Chi è già addentro al mondo creato dalla Kenyon saprà che i personaggi creati da questa autrice sono innumerevoli e articolati anche in sotto gruppi (tanto che alle volte si fa fin fatica a tenerli tutti a mente e ci si deve quindi calare nell’ottica di non badarci troppo altrimenti si rischia di esserne sopraffatti) e non rimarrà questo l’unico esempio di sotto-serie infiltratasi nella più grande categoria.
Ma veniamo al romanzo
Dopo l’ultimo viaggio che ci ha portati a Wulf e Cassandra … torniamo a New Orleans, città teatro degli eventi di “L’abbraccio della notte” con protagonisti Talon e Sunshine.
E’ stato in questo romanzo che abbiamo incontrato per la prima volta Vane, accorso in aiuto di Talon per proteggere Sunshine… e per questa sua scelta -piuttosto inconsueta per un cacciatore mannaro- ritrovatosi poi a subire un attacco da parte dei demoni apollinei al proprio branco. Attacco che ha portato alla morte dell’amata sorella, l'unica assieme al fratello Fang che fa parte della sua VERA famiglia. Ed è questo l'evento scatenante che fa si che Vane e Fang si ritrovino, nelle prime pagine del libro, a lottare per la propria vita appesi ai rami di un albero aggettante una palude, in cui coccodrilli affamati aspettano solo il momento dell'imminente caduta.
Saranno i poteri e la forte volontà di Vane a salvarli, anche dal successivo attacco di demoni apollinei decisi a succhiare loro anima e poteri che però lascia Fang in uno stato catatonico dovuto allo shock da cui Vane non riesce a farlo uscire. Rifugiatosi al Sanctuary locale gestito da una famiglia di orsi mannari che mantengono il posto neutrale per ogni creatura paranormale che abbia bisogno di un porto sicuro, Vane deve decidere come salvarsi dalla condanna a morte ordinata dal suo stesso padre, capo del suo vecchio branco.
Ed è a questo punto che entra in scena Bride.
Completamente umana, ma soprattutto completamente ignara di questo mondo sotterraneo che vive e respira attorno a lei, è appena stata lasciata da quel bastardo opportunista del suo fidanzato che non ha fatto altro che approfittarsi di lei e cercare di cambiarla.
E qui stà il bello di questo romanzo…Bride è un’eroina alquanto atipica, soprattutto in questi romanzi dove la parte femminile è solitamente bella quanto la sua controparte maschile è aitante.
Ok, non che Bride non sia bella, ma è quella che tutti definiremmo una donna morbida, in carne.
Insomma…è cicciottella. Cosa che le ha sempre dato dei grossi problemi (e come non capirla! Siam tutti li a controllare i kili che aumentano ;) ) soprattutto nelle relazioni con l’altro sesso.
Quando vede entrare nel suo negozio l’uomo più bello e “in forma” che abbia mai visto, perciò, teme che abbia brutte intenzioni…di certo non immagina che sia entrato per rivedere lei.
Rivedere perché Vane ha incontrato per la prima volta Bride mentre stava proteggendo Sunshine e ne era rimasto subito ammaliato. Ed è lei l’unica che ha risvegliato in modo tanto prepotente i suoi istinti animali…e meraviglia ancor più grande quelli protettivi che solitamente sono rivolti alla Compagna per la vita. Peccato che la sua vita sia momentaneamente (e probabilmente per un bel po’) incasinata all’inverosimile…e il pensiero d'una compagna sia il più lontano fra tutti.
Conclusione…
A differenza dei precedenti volumi, che man mano stanno svelando il mondo dei Dark Hunters e degli estremamente complessi legami che scorrono appena sotto la superficie, questo romanzo prende un momento di pausa da tutto e crea una bolla di dolcezza veramente indescrivibile. La storia di Vane e Bride esce dagli ultimi schemi per raccontare una storia comune incastonandola in una montatura magica dove l'amore e la fiducia in se stessi la fanno da padrone.
Un romanzo che è il sogno che ogni ragazza –che sia formosa o meno- coltiva dietro le coltri del suo letto, nel buio della propria camera.
Un bellissimo romanzo che realizza i sogni più reconditi dei romantici più sfegatati, nella speranza sempiterna che un amore tanto forte possa esistere anche nella realtà. ( )
  AzureStrawberry | Jan 12, 2016 |
I didn't actually mean to read this book when I did; but when I was checking the reading order of the series, this one had high marks all around, so I dug in. I read it in 2 days (I normally give myself 4 days for a book of this type - 5 if I am busy at work). It was a really fun read! It was a departure from the other DH novels, in that it focused on characters from other arenas. Ash makes a few fun appearances as do several beloved DHs from past books. I REALLY appreciate the heroine though! I am thin but my BFF (for over 30 years) is a lovely Full-Figured woman. I LOVE that this book featured someone who looked like her. Someone who worried about the same things she worries about, someone who is often left in the cold by romance novels. This is definitely an underserved, underrepresented population. This book featured the standard hunk-of-a(nearly)-man who carries the standard baggage all heros carry, with the standard, "will-she-love-me-for-who-I-REALLY-am" worries; but he loves the woman who is often ignored. Overall, this was great to read and I recommend it - especially for the female reader who isn't built like a supermodel~ you won't be disappointed. ( )
  mickeycat | Oct 18, 2015 |
Better than the last one but no better or worse than the others.

These books could be so, so good. As it is, they're stuck around the 'fun' mark.

Although, it was a nice break from the norm to have a shifter as the leading man instead of a Dark-Hunter this time. ALSO, Bride? Amazing! It's about time the voluptuous woman got her time in the lime-light as well as her hunky man. It's nice to shake things up.

Being five books into the series, I have to say that Acheron is, without a doubt, my favourite character. I'm looking forward to getting to his book, but I still have a way to go.

For now, I think I'm going to take a little break from the series and come back at a later date. ( )
  LydiaLeigh257 | Apr 29, 2015 |
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For my husband and sons who are my world. For all my friends who are there through thick and thin: Lo, Janet, Brynna, Tasha, "Nick," Dara, Ret, Cathy, Donna, Chris, Rebecca, and Kim.

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312992424, Mass Market Paperback)

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 their boyfriends are dogs. In Bride's case, hers is a wolf. A Were-Hunter wolf. Wanted dead by his enemies, Vane isn't looking for a mate. But the Fates have marked Bride as his. Now he has three weeks to either convince Bride that the supernatural is real or he will spend the rest of his life neutered--something no self-respecting wolf can accept...

But how does a wolf convince a human to trust him with her life when his enemies are out to end his? In the world of the Were-Hunters, it really is dog-eat-dog. And only one alpha male can win.

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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. Her boyfriend is a Were-Hunter wolf who is wooing her to be his mate.… (more)

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