Released: October 13, 2002
Title: Night Pleasures
List Price: $7.99 (paperback)
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Publisher: St. Martin’s
Description (Amazon): Dear Reader:
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 minutes of it.
Or so I thought until one night when I woke up handcuffed to my worst nightmare: a conservative woman in a button-down shirt. Or in Amanda’s case, one buttoned all the way up to her chin. She’s smart, sexy, witty, and wants nothing to do with the paranormal–in other words, me.
My attraction to Amanda Devereaux goes against everything I stand for. Not to mention the last time I fell in love it cost me not only my human life, but also my very soul. Yet every time I look at her, I find myself wanting to try again. Wanting to believe that love and loyalty do exist.
Even more disturbing, I find myself wondering if there’s any way a woman like Amanda can love a man whose battle scars run deep, and whose heart was damaged by a betrayal so savage that he’s not sure it will ever beat again.
This is the introduction of the Dark Hunter world. Artemis – a spoiled, selfish, annoying goddess – takes the souls of dying warriors in return for them exacting revenge on those who wronged them. Acheron Parthenopaeus, leader of the Dark Hunters – vampire-esque beings, trains them once they are ‘born’ and directs them in the fight against Daimons. Acheron is shrouded in mystery, yet he can kick your ass so you don’t question why his hair changes color or why his tattoo moves.
Kyrian of Thrace (who Julian in Fantasy Lover thought he saw…) became a Dark-Hunter after he’s betrayed in Ancient Greece and calls out to Artemis. Since then, he’s been stalking the night staking Daimon. Alone. Like most Dark-Hunters, Kyrian lives and operates alone, save for the lone Squires, humans privileged to their world, who run errands and protect them during the day. But, he suddenly wakes up handcuffed to Amanda Devereaux (sister of Selena Laurens whom you met in Fantasy Lover).
Amanda’s the youngest and ‘normal’ one in her family of nuts. She loves them to death, but just wants a nice normal life (kinda like Grace…). But, after introducing her fiancé to her family he dumps her (they pulled out all the crazy stunts). Angry and confused, Amanda becomes angrier when her twin sister Tabitha asks her to let the dog out…which is how she ends up handcuffed to Kyrian.
Kyrian is attracted to Amanda, but doesn’t want to be. With good reason, he doesn’t trust women. Amanda knows her family is crazy, but she always hoped she was different. Both characters are in denial and it’s their major obstacle…you know..right after the crazy Daimon hunting Kyrian down to torture him.
It was a good introduction to the series, not the best, but it set up a lot of the characters who appear later in the series and gives you a taste of the world they live in. Again, a lot of supernatural junk happens in New Orleans, doesn’t it?
Manga Version: It was fun. I like manga and anime so I figured, why not? Surprisingly, a few of the romances I’ve read have been (or soon will be) turned into mangas. I’d love to see the statistics for that market…
Anyway, the manga essentially tells the same story as the novel without graphic sex scenes (gotta keep it kid friendly!). The artistic style, though published in manga format, leaned towards American art with detailed figures and a lot of dialogue in the bubbles. (One of the defining features of manga is its loose, broad art…if that makes sense).
Overall, it was a good story, action packed, and well paced. The only thing I felt lacking was the romance and I attributed this to the fact that there isn’t as much internal dialogue in manga as in novels.
Novel Version: I decided to read the novel after the manga to see if everything really was the same or if I missed out. I didn’t. Everything was there. However, the ‘lack of romance’ I felt in the manga (I felt) was also present in the novel. Yes, there’s a lot of sex, but the romance wasn’t really there until the very end and by then…it was the end.
But, lucky for you guys Kyrian and Amanda show up in the other books!
Rating: 3 ½ stars