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One of them is the book entitled Dark Bites: A Short Story Collection (Dark-Hunter Novels) By Sherrilyn Kenyon. This book gives the reader new knowledge and. Editorial Reviews. Review. “By turns suspenseful, action-packed, emotional, and erotic. Sherrilyn Kenyon takes readers from the Dark-Hunters to the demigods, from Dream-Hunters to demons, and everything in between. Dangerous and. Dark Bites book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. For years, eager fans have been clamoring for an all-in-one collection.
Feeling sad and missing his family, even though he's holed up with the infamous werebear family at Sanctuary, he goes for a walk and meets Simi Acheron's demon daughter. She is an interesting combination of a 4-year-old who is spoiled and has no impulse control, a year-old who loves shopping and cute boys, and a demon who enjoys eating toddlers, bear cubs, and adult males.
I mean, eat them. With BBQ sauce. She's cute but also a bit disturbing and Kenyon frequently uses her for comic relief in her books. Simi informs Gallagher that he's being silly. He may have 'lost' his family wife, son, granddaughters, etc.
We have three kinds of family. Those we are born to, those who are born to us, and those we let into our hearts. She also informs him that if he doesn't accept her as 'family,' then she will kill and eat him, so This is just a very short, Christmas-y story about family.
There is no romance or sex. Well, this romantic novella is like that. It's like a naughtier version of Monsters, Inc. They are so terrifying that she's barely sleeping and during the day she's dizzy and weak. This culminates in her fainting at work. While she's unconscious, she's plunged back into the icky scary cave of her nightmares, with gigantic monstrous beasts fighting over the rights to consume her.
Then this knight-type man named V'Aidan who is, of course, incredibly sexy shows up and starts battling the monsters for her. This being a romance novella, of course they end up having sex Kenyon really likes Greeks and Greek-accented English. She is also well-known for her obsession with male orgasm denial, but thankfully she doesn't pull any of that crap here.
Kenyon is also very, very famous for her 'battered abused heroes who have had a horrible hellish life' tendency, and of course that is the case here. V'Aidan is beaten and tortured and jailed and starved multiple times in this short little novella.
Kenyon is brutal with her men and is always making them suffer so that they can be 'saved by their one true love after living a life filled with pain' or something. This isn't my 'thing. Kenyon occasionally has Erin describe herself as 'plain,' 'simple,' 'plump,' 'round,' and 'average-looking' but let me tell you that this is bullshit. None of the descriptions of her read this way.
I feel like Kenyon here is just paying lip service to the whole 'I'm just a normal woman' schtick without committing to someone who is actually unattractive by current standards in some way. Listen, other people put you down enough without you putting yourself down, goshdarnit. I don't ever, ever want to hear a character or a person in real life bashing themselves. I guess you, personally, as a reader can decide if you can stand this and if it's better or worse than having a perfect-perfect character.
I personally wanted to scold Erin every time she started talking smack about herself - I have no patience with this.
The sex is good and nothing weird happens. There's no blood-sucking or other strange creepy sexual behavior in the story, just relatively normal, pleasurable sex. Kenyon describes sex in a way that I like, so that it's not boring or creepy or disgusting.
It's really difficult to write good sex scenes, so praise where praise is due. There's plenty of kissing and foreplay, which is good. I am annoyed when authors seem to think this is totally unnecessary and just jump right into sex. There is a small 'author' angle here and I am not surprised by it. More and more authors are inserting 'author' statements in their books. It comes this way: In an attempt to get the monsters off her trail, V'Aidan encourages her to express herself creatively.
Upon hearing this, Erin confesses a long-held dream of being an author. She abandoned this dream after submitting a short story which is published by a department head as an example of 'what not to do. However, with V'Aidan's encouragement, praise and lack of any sort of criticism, she starts writing again.
It's about vampires. I've seen it done by everyone. It must be very, very tempting when writing a book to start going on about how great authors are and how hard they work and how unfair and soul-crushing it is when they get criticized. Just cut it out. No matter how tempting it is to put this kind of fantasy scenario in your book, don't. You always come off as whiny. I've seen everyone from Stephen King to J. Rowling to Lori Foster pull this crap and I'm sick of it.
Oh, and Chrissy recommends that Erin visit a psychologist who specializes in sleep disorders. She calls him and he suggests that they meet at a restaurant. That, in itself, should send out huge warning signals to Erin. No professional would ever do this.
Actually, Chrissy is a demon too. And at the end it turns out that her boss John is an oracle. I was like, "Riiiiiight. Just silly. Blah, blah, sympathy, love. This same character expresses surprise and shock two minutes later when Erin expresses worry, concern, and sadness when learning that V'Aidan is imprisoned in hell.
I mean, seriously?!!?!? Are you an idiot? Erin herself has a few of these moments. I was just face-palming for a good portion of the novella. At one point, Kenyon has Erin picking up a red-hot container to deliver water to her parched and chained lover. Not without sustaining permanent and horrific damage to your hands. It was just ridiculous. For instance, Kenyon has V'Aidan running down and fighting a purse-snatcher at one point.
This was included for no other reason than to have him do something heroic. It had nothing to do with the story, didn't further the plot at all, it wasn't even Erin's purse that was snatched It was just to show how 'manly and powerful and chivalrous' V'Aidan was. This kind of extreme pointlessness also comes into play in the end, when view spoiler [a sleeping and mortal!
V'Aidan is delivered to Erin's bed, complete with a note. It is through true love that all miracles are performed. If you really love me, Erin, kiss my lips and I will be born into your world as a mortal man.
Otherwise, I shall be waiting for you only in your dreams. You have until midnight to decide. Okay, seriously? This woman has gone to hell for him literally , shielded him from beatings with her own body, etc. View all 16 comments. Aug 13, Alp rated it really liked it Shelves: It was sweet, beautiful, yet heartbreaking. There were two main characters whom I found very endearing, and there were villains whom I hoped rotten in hell.
This novella gave me so many feels. There were moments of love, joy, laughter, and heartache, all rolled into one amazing read. However, please note that there was mild cliffhanger in the end and no HEA, but thankfully, we can read more about Aricles and Bathymaas in Styxx. I just hope they will live a happy life together eventually. Akri is still upset about the last Dark-Hunter I barbecued and that was He part elephant when it comes to remembering things.
So tell me, do you want Simi to be your family? You're such a smart Dark-Hunter. This was such a beautiful and heartwarming short story. If you read this one, you will love Simi as much as I do for certain!
Two main characters totally got on my nerves. Argh, I don't even want to think about them! Velkan and Retta wasted over five hundred years of their lives because of their stupidity! I mean seriously. Not for me.
Rafael and Celena were a perfect match. Another great addition to the series. Fury is one of very interesting characters in Were-Hunter series. He caught my attention right away in Night Play Vane and Bride's story , and in this novella, he thoroughly won me over with his loyalty towards his family and his love for Angelia. But Angelia, on the other hand, couldn't redeem herself well enough in my eyes. Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading this story immensely.
And when I finished, it left me wanting more! It was too short. The romance between Adrian and Samantha was soooooo sweet. Adrian is exactly my dream man. Everything about him screams hot! Oh yeah, I love geek, especially this awesome geek! Oooh, be still my heart… Loved it! I just couldn't feel it.
Guess it's me, not the book. View all 14 comments. I'll update this as I read. A Dark-Hunter Christmas: Dark Hunter Jamie Gallagher. Kinda boring. Until Death Do We Part: Fear the Darkness: He's still a giant, idiotic asshat who seems incapable of thought. Where Angels Fear to Tread: Very short story about Zeke. Makes very little sense at the moment, so I assume he's a character that'll appear in later books.
Shadow of the Moon: Were-Hunter 3. View all 13 comments. Jul 08, Gavin added it Shelves: I'll be updating this review as I make my way through the Dark-Hunter novellas in this anthology. I've read a few so far and most have been pretty good so I'm already happy that this collection has been worth the downloading.
A lot of the novellas were available in other collections, but the big plus the Dark Bites anthology has is that there is an audio version narrated by Fred Berman. A Dark-Hunter Christmas This was a tiny novella that focused on the Dark-Hunter, Gallagher, as he found himself in th I'll be updating this review as I make my way through the Dark-Hunter novellas in this anthology.
Gallagher seemed an interesting enough Dark-Hunter, but it was Simi who really stole the show in this very short story. Winter Born This is the story of the romance between Dante, a Katagaria were-panther, and Pandora, an Arcadian were-panther. The pair meet at a fantasy convention and are instantly drawn to each other. I took a bit of time to warm to both of them as characters and as a couple, but I was happy enough with them by the end.
I do still think the Were races in this series can be a bit weird! The big plus for this story was that Acheron was also at the fantasy convention along with, the always hilarious, Simi! This followed the story of the Dark-Hunter Raphael, a one time pirate. His lazy and generally incompetent current squire Jeff finds his life in danger after he decides to publish a fictional book series that is a barely disguised rip-off of the Dark-Hunters and their war with the Daimons.
The Squire council unsurprisingly take a dim view of this breach of their rules and sends another squire to arrest Jeff. While Raphael agrees that Jeff is a total idiot he thinks that imprisonment or death would be a bit harsh so he strikes a deal with Celena, the attractive and capable, but extremely paranoid and uptight squire who comes to collect Jeff - Spend a week with as his squire and prove that she can resit breaking any of the squire laws.
If she fails she leaves Jeff alone and if she succeeds Raphael will reveal where he is hiding Jeff.
I loved the dynamic between Raphael and Celena. They were polar opposites, but despite that they both offered each other the balance that was missing in their life. It was also pretty fun watching poor Raphael suffer the shock of the switch from a lazy and barely interested squire to one that wanted to monitor his every action in order to maximize his safety. This was a fun read and I have a feeling it could have been even better if it had been a full sized novel as the only flaw is the romance felt a touch rushed.
This is the story of husband and wife, Velkan and Esperetta, who have been avoiding each other since a tragic misunderstanding years in the past. They are flung back together as Esperetta comes on the radar of some of Velkan's enemies. It was a decent enough read. It would likely have been better if it was a full sized novel and the characters had longer to grow on me.
Their story was interesting, but they never really resonated with me as characters to care for. Shadow of the Moon This was Fury and Angelia's story.
I thought it was pretty good, but it could have been so much better. The big flaw was that everything happened too quickly. The story was just under 3 hours in audio but probably needed the hour limit of a regular Dark-Hunter novel to properly develop the story as the romance felt a bit rushed.
Fury was one of those secondary characters that stood out in Vane's book so I was glad he finally got a story of his own. I liked Angelia. She was not the average Kenyon heroine. She had made mistakes in the past but was looking for redemption in this story. We also got an appearance from Savitar which is never a bad thing. Where Angels Fear to Tread This was a tiny novella.
It lasted less than half an hour in audio. Zeke was an ordinary insurance advisor who found himself caught up in a crazy new destiny after inheriting a magical medallion from his long lost great uncle and unwittingly using it to grant him a life less ordinary.
That life is as one of the seraph, beings who's job it is to fight demons who prey on humans. He got cool fighting skills, a shape-changing companion, and a guardian that seemed far from impressed with him, as part of the package.
He also got told life expectancy in his new job was just two years and not to give up his day job as this one comes with no pay! It was more of an intro to a story than an actual story but it was pretty awesome and I so want to read more about Zeke and his new companions.
He needs a book of his own ASAP! Jan 24, Anna rated it really liked it Shelves: New story, first time in print. Setting starts in 12, B. This one tells the story of Aricles and Bathymaas. It also features Galenus and Caleb Malphas.
An interesting tale but not my favorite of the Dark-Hunter short stories. I would say this is a bit of a prequel to Styxx, but also a stand alone story. I first read this story when it was published in the anthology Midnight Pleasures. This was an introduction of the Dream-Hunter. A Good read. Their journey was dark and sensual. I originally read this one when it was published in the anthology Stroke of Midnight. This is a Were-Hunters story featuring Dante and Pandora. It's still one of my favorites.
One of the great things about this story is that it takes place in Atlanta, Georgia at DragonCon. First published in The Dark-Hunters Companion. This one features Dark-Hunter Gallagher and Simi.
Gallagher finds himself in New Orleans for Christmas and he's missing his family. Sad to see him get used like a complete idiot. What a weak-ass, pathetic excuse for a man. As a side note, Kenyon does herself no favors by putting this line on page I am reviewing this story-by-story, interspersed with reviewing Kenyon's actual novels these are novellas , and I am doing it in chronological order. As a side note, Kenyon does herself no favors by putting this line on page 1: As the taxi wended its way from the airport in the midmorning traffic toward his Bourbon Street home and he saw the scars that were still left by the hurricane Katrina, his blood literally boiled.
I expected Kenyon to know what 'literally' means, and I am disappointed to find out that she doesn't. It has very "Gothic" overtones and was sweet and well-done. Very Transylvanian, very Vlad the Impaler. But also a sweet love story.
I enjoyed it a lot. He didn't really have much of a personality in this novella. She drives the Dark-Hunters that she works for crazy with methodical plotting and constant safety checks. She is rather obsessive and meticulous. She reminded me of Kendra from Buffy.
At most, I'll believe that they want to have sex with each other, but that's it.
Oh, and Rafael has an idiot squire named Jeff. I'm getting very sick and tired of idiot squires, let me tell you. Unfortunately, the topics of gang-rape and sexual slavery really skeeved me out.
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