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Book 1 of 14 in the Dark-Hunter Novels Series

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“Kenyon is the reigning queen of the vampire novel.” ―Barbara Vey, Publishers Weekly

“An engaging read.” ―Entertainment Weekly on Devil May Cry

“Kenyon's writing is brisk, ironic, sexy, and relentlessly imaginative. These are not your mother's vampire novels.” ―The Boston Globe on Dark Side of the Moon

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Amanda came awake to an awful throbbing in her head. She felt terrible.
What had hap-
She tensed as she remembered the unseen man.
His words.
Terrified, she pushed herself up, and quickly learned she was on a cold concrete floor, in a very small, dust covered room...
And handcuffed to an unknown blond man.
A scream wedged itself in her throat, but she held it back.
Amanda took in her surroundings. There was no furniture or anything else. The only light came from a small bulb in the center of the ceiling.
Okay, so she wasn't in immediate danger.
Still far from comforted, she looked at the body beside her. He lay with his back to her, and he was either dead or unconscious.
Hesitantly, she reached out and placed her hand against his tawny neck to check his pulse. A strong, heavy heartbeat thumped against her fingertips. Relieved he was alive, she tried to shake him.
He moaned low in his throat, then slowly blinked his eyes open.
With a curse, he grabbed her by the shoulders.
Before she could move, he rolled over with her, pinning her against the floor beneath his body as he held her wrists above her head.
Those dark, captivating eyes searched hers suspiciously.
Every inch of him was pressed intimately against her and she became instantly aware of the fact that his arms weren't the only part of his body that was rock hard and solid.
His hips rested dead center between her legs while his hard, taut stomach leaned against her in a way that brought a flush to her cheeks. Made her feel hot and tingly. Breathless.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 323 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; Dark-Hunter, Book 2 edition (September 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312979983
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312979980
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (406 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By MimmiB VINE VOICE on October 5, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Kyrian of Thrace walks the world in the shadows of darkness, in solitude. What other choice could he have after having sold his soul for revenge? Kyrian lives his life searching out those who would steal souls from the innocent; the Daimons. He is a Dark Hunter that hails from Roman times, where he was a Prince, and a Macedonian Commander. He's used to being in command of every situation, and always calling the shots. Then he meets Amanda Devereaux.
Amanda Devereaux is not having the greatest life lately. She's just been dumped by her fiancé-but after her family really laid on the hokey act for him, could she really blame him? And now her twin, Tabitha-whom she was REALLY steamed at-wants her to help her out by running down to her house to once again let the dog out. Sigh. When will she learn? When Amanda gets knocked upside the head upon entering Tabitha's house, and awakens to find herself handcuffed to a "buff stud in black leather", who claims to be a Dark Hunter--kinda like a vampire--she thinks she's learned. Hunter, as he claims that's his name, is one of the most awesome specimens of manhood she's ever seen-why, oh, why couldn't he be normal?
Once Kyrian get himself and Amanda released from the handcuff, he knows he's got to get away from this intriguing woman. He can't trust himself around her, because he's enticed by every little move she makes, every breath. And he can't allow himself to be drawn in by a woman for anything. His life didn't make allowances for that. But he finds himself drawn back to her, again and again, and when he finds out that her life is in danger-what else is he to do except take care of her himself?
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I have to say it again. I love Sherrilyn's books. Her books are always filled with excitement, danger, humor, tenderness, passion, and love. Her characters come alive and you feel as though you know them personally. I've been lucky enough to chat with Sherrilyn online and she's a wonderful person. I eagerly await everyone of her books whether she is writting under the name Sherrilyn Kenyon or under Kinley MacGregor.
This book is the first book in the Dark-Hunter series but it has its roots in the novel FANTASY LOVER. The hero Kyrian of Thrace was the best friend of the hero in FANTASY LOVER, Julian. Both are from ancient Greece. Julian was cursed and has spent the centuries as a drawing in a book only to be released to pleasure women for a short time, that was until he met Grace who freed him and gave him a life. Kyrian was his best friend who gave up his soul to become a Dark-Hunter. He's a protecter of the innocent against Daimons who are "vampires on Steroids with a God Complex" In other words bad dudes. The dark-hunters are also a bit like vampires. They can't go out in the sun and are immortal. Kyrian is doing his job when he finds himself handcuffed to Amanda.
Amanda is a very quiet person. She is the stable one in her family of vampire hunters, fortune tellers, and witches. She doesn't believe in all that and it takes some convincing to bring her around. Being attacked, handcuffed to a vampire and watching him battle Diamons might just do it though. In the middle of all of this they fall in love.
Amanda finds a tenderness and passion in Kyrian that has been lost for centuries. He has been deeply hurt before and that pain is what helps drive him. She must show him that she can be trusted with his heart before he can be truely free of his demons.
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Sherrilyn Kenyon gets better and better. This is a shining example of what a paranormal romance should be.
Kyrian of Thrace who I fell in love with while reading Fantasy Lover, is a man who was betrayed so badly by his wife that with his dying breath he sold his soul for vengeance and became a protector of mankind. Now, centuries later, he stalks the evil daimons ("vampires on steroids who have a God complex" [I really love that line]) who prey on humans.
Amanda Deveraux is an accountant who wants a normal life even though her family is beyond strange. When an evil daimon puts them together and aims to kill both Amanda and her sister and any Dark Hunter he can find, Kyrian steps in to protect them.
While they fight the evil baddies, the two of them find love and Amanda helps to heal Kyrian's tortured past and wounded heart.
The story is spectacular, filled with great zingers and comebacks. I loved every character from Nick to Acheron to Talon to even strange Liza. The sex is steamy and hot and the pace fast and furious. I can't wait for the next Dark Hunter book.
If you're looking for a read that you can't put down filled with humor, tenderness and red hot passion, don't miss this book.
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By A Customer on October 1, 2002
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Kyrian, a 2000 year old immortal, prince of ancient Thrace and General of the army of Thrace, was betrayed by his wife to the Romans during the battle for the freedom of Thrace. Allowed to become a Dark Hunter upon his death, his purpose is to stalk the evil demons who prey on humans and steal their souls. In present day New Orleans, Kyrian awakens one night handcuffed to Amanda Devereaux. Amanda believes she is the only sane person in her family, consisting of her mother and eight sisters, all with paranormal attributes. But Amanda's sanity is about to be shaken when she discovers that a demon has handcuffed her to this beautiful man who claims to be an ancient Greek warrior. Deciding to play with him, the demon gives Kyrian 24 hours to hide before he comes after him. Upon hearing this, Amanda is not too thrilled to learn that they cannot get out of the handcuffs and she will be subject to the demon's wrath unless Kyrian can figure out a way to release her. When they finally escape, Kyrian learns that the demon has burned down Amanda's house so he is forced to take her to his mansion for safe-keeping. Knowing it is against the Dark Hunter rules to become involved with a human, Kyrian cannot help his growing feelings for Amanda which puts her in terrible danger. This leads to complications at a time when Kyrian needs all of his powers against a powerful demon that none of the Dark Hunters have ever faced before.
This is the beginning of a wonderful new series by Sherrilyn Kenyon. It is a compelling fantasy about immortals who are a bit like vampires only in that they cannot go out in the daylight, but they do not drink blood, and are created by the gods to protect humans from the demons who kill humans and steal their souls. The Hunters stand between the demons and the total destruction of the human race. I loved this book and cannot wait for the next one in the series.
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