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About the Author

Sherrilyn Kenyon is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of several series, including the Bureau of American Defense novels BAD Attitude, Phantom in the Night, Whispered Lies, and Silent Truth and the Belador series that includes Blood Trinity, Alterant, and The Curse. There are more than 25 million copies of her books in print in over one hundred countries. She lives with her family near Nashville, Tennessee. Visit her website at

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; 1St Edition edition (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416507507
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416507505
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The #1 New York Times bestselling author, Sherrilyn Kenyon, who is proud of her mixed Cherokee heritage, lives a life of extraordinary danger... as does any woman with three sons, a husband, a menagerie of pets and a collection of swords that all of the above have a major fixation with. But when not running interference (or dashing off to the emergency room), she's found chained to her computer where she likes to play with all her imaginary friends. With more than thirty million copies of her books in print, in over one hundred countries, she certainly has a lot of friends to play with too.

Her books appear regularly at the coveted #1 bestselling spot. This extraordinary bestseller continues to top every genre she writes. Her current series include: The Dark-Hunters, The League, Chronicles of Nick and Beladors. Since 2004, she has placed more than 80 novels on the New York Times list in all formats including manga.

Her Lords of Avalon novels have been adapted by Marvel and her Dark-Hunter novels are now a New York Times bestselling manga published by St. Martins, and her Chronicles of Nick series is adapted by Yen Press. Her Dark-Hunters and Chronicles of Nick series are both soon to be major motion picture releases.

Customer Reviews

Too bad th stories couldn't be longer.
L. Apuna
These are three great stories, with hot and steamy sex scenes, and lots of love.
Alice in Wonderland
I'm not going to review any of the stories because others have already done so.
Traci King

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By D. K. Stokes on August 25, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If I understand correctly, some of the stories in this anthology were previously published in other anthologies, but since I've only recently "discovered" (read: finally caved in to friends' recommendations) Sherrilyn Kenyon's books, that wasn't a problem. I've also only read a couple of the Dark Hunter books so far, so I didn't have any preconceptions in that direction either.

The stories are loosely connected, all about agents of BAD (Bureau of American Defense, an ultra-secret agency).

In "One BAD Night," our heroine is sent to capture our hero, who has apparently gone over to the other side. She's been torn between disapproving of, and being attracted to him, so she takes the opportunity to torment him a little. Fun and games is over, though, when the terrorists catch up to them.

"BAD to the Bone," the second story, has our heroine winning a fantasy vacation--a trip to an island where she'll act out her favorite romance novel. It's a little boring... until she stumbles across our hero, a BAD agent recuperating on the other side of the island, who kidnaps her and gives her the fantasy of a lifetime.

In "Captivated by You," two BAD agents are going undercover to catch a drug lord. She has to pose as a dominatrix, and he is tasked with helping her train for the role... much to their mutual delight, as both of them have been secretly attracted to each other for a while.

The Good:

The humor. Much of it derives from the James-Bond-like, over-the-top tone. You can read the stories seriously, but they lose some of their charm that way.

The pacing. These stories are fast-moving and exciting, and since they're novellas, that makes them go even faster. They all feel complete, though, and not rushed or curtailed.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kristi Ahlers on September 22, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ms. Kenyon is an automatic buy for me. Her name is on the cover I'm buying the book! This is a fun set of stories but only one is "new" as in never before being published. The two other stories have been previously published in two other anthologies with other authors. So a benefit is having all three B.A.D. stories in one book!!! Downside, this was pretty much a re-read for me when I wanted fresh.

"One Bad Night" features Jason Banks, one bad agent of B.A.D. who plays by his own rules. Samantha has been sent to bring him in because they think he has gone rogue. But when they are both double crossed and the truth comes out these two are both the winners.

"BAD to the Bone" features Marianne who has won a trip to a fantasy hide-a-way where she gets to play the part of a heroine in a romance story. But dreams become a reality when she is paired off with B.A.D. agent Kyle Foster. This bad boy kidnapps her and brings all of her fantasy to life...which, brings all of his to life...

"Captivated by You" is Rhea's story. She has gone undercover as a dominatrix in order to capture a deadly terrorist. She is sent in with a former agent named "Ace" who has set her blood to boil in many ways. But what will happen when acting becomes reality? Will these two finally hook up like they've always wanted to?

Ms. Kenyon has a great imagination and she has brought that to her new series. Fan's of the Dark Hunter novels will have to switch gears but Ms. Kenyon's trademark "bad boys" and sensuality are plenty evident. I look forward to her next effort in this series which is a full length read! Yeah!!! Ms. Kenyon though has managed to give her loyal fans something to read while we wait for her next effort.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Banker on September 13, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have read most of what this author has published. I like all of her books, some more than others. I have my own favorites that I love, which is most of them.

This is the start of a new series, so no dark hunters or hunters of any kind. I thought that they were too short. The first story espically, I did not see the end comming at all, so when I turned the page it was like thats it? Where is the rest of the story. It was like runing into a brick wall. I thought all three stories were ok, I just know that each and every one of them could have been way better. There were not enough details, not enough development, not enough history. There was just alot that was missing. Im gonna take it like it is a fluke because they are short stories.

I honestly thought that I would love everything she wrote, so I was disapointed to find that I didnt really care for the book once I was done reading it. I have never been disapointed by this author yet, so even the small disapointment is hard to take in.

I am still a faithful reader and have all the confidence that the novels will be much better. If only for the fact they are longer and a lot more detailed.

If you are planing to read the new series, I would get it and read it anyway, no matter the reviews. Like it or not, it is the start down a new road. You dont want to miss the first three stories lacking or not. And while they are lacking and could have been better, i still enjoyed reading the book, I thought it was still pretty good, just that it could have been much better.

So, I would recommend this book to Sherrilyn Kenyon readers, the faithful ones. Dont know about anyone else.
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