Sins of the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon

I know I mentioned somewhere that I wasn't going to read this book yet, but really, it's a Kenyon book, how could I resist? Well, I should have resisted. It's bad when you start skimming pages where the H/h are together to get to the other bits. I love the world that SK has built up and up until now, I've also loved the romance, but this one is just a dud. Yes, a dud. There's no spark, no heat, nothing. I know I sound harsh, but this is just not what I have come to expect from the Dark-Hunter series.

Book blurb:
In the realm of the Dark-Hunters there is a code of honor that even immortal bad boys must follow:

Harm no human. Drink no blood. Never fall in love.

But every now and again a Dark-Hunter thinks himself above the Code. That's when I'm summoned. Who am I? I'm the one thing the fearless fear. Step over the line and it's my wrath you will face. Nothing can touch me. Nothing can sway me. I am relentless and unfeeling.

Or so I thought until I met a female Dark-Hunter who goes by the name of Danger-it's not just her name, it's how she lives her life. She doesn't trust me at all. And who could blame her? She alone knows that I'm here to be judge, jury and most likely executioner of her friends. Yet she is my key to saving some of them. Without her, they all will die.

Dangereuse St. Richard is a deadly distraction. Something about her is reawakening a heart I thought was long dead. But in a race against evil, the only hope mankind has is that I do my duty. And how can I do my duty when it means that I will have to sacrifice the only woman I've ever loved?

So we finally get a book about a female Dark-Hunter. Very cool. But...I never got a kick-butt vibe from her. She just felt weak. And that is NOT how I want a Dark-Hunter character to be.

And Alexion...supposedly a Big Bad, but he also never came across as very strong. I'm told this, yeah, but (I'm not sure why) this didn't come across in the story. There was just something missing. He may have cool powers and be pretty strong, but his thoughts never followed that. And his angst came across more like whining, and I really really hate that. I hate whiny, angsty heroes who just talk about how much their lives suck. You'd think after thousands of years, you'd stop whining. One would hope, anyways.

As far as a romance, Sins of the Night rather sucked. I just didn't buy that Alexion and Danger had fallen in love. I kept wondering where on earth it came from. Yes, they're attracted to each other, but I couldn't figure out where the emotional bond was. Well, besides the pity Danger felt for Alexion's existence. Usually I devour her books in a matter of hours, putting everything aside until it's finished. Not here. It took me much longer than usual and the only reasons I continued were that I hoped it would get better and I do enjoy the world-building. Personally, the scenes with Simi and the other Charonte demons were the best part of the book. Even the usual wit that I expect fell flat and unoriginal. It never came across as unique or real to any character.

If you're a devoted fan and really enjoy seeing how the greater story arc involving Ash and Apollymi, etc. is going, you'll want to read the book. If you just want a good paranormal romance, I'd pass. Never thought I'd say it, but I do. This one just didn't work for me. I'll keep it since it's a part of the series, but I sincerely hope that the next book is 100 times better in the romance department. Hell, I'd handle no romance if I got a good story involving all the different Gods, Daimons, and Dark-Hunters.


sybil said...


I am on chapter four and so far really liking it. I wonder if that has anything to do with this being my second DH book (only one I have read it Fantasy Lover) or this being the first book in a row of about three I am enjoying.

I own all the rest and am really looking forward to going back and reading them.

Nicole said...

That might have something to do with it, but I really didn't think the romance was very convincing.

You really should read it in order, though! *g*