Goodreads Rating: 4.23
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 minute 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, 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.
Kyrian of Thrace
I'm officially back on the Sherrilyn Kenyon Dark-Hunter's bandwagon!!!! After reading the first 4 and drifting away for a few years, I came back and am starting from the beginning in hopes of catching up with the series and I am back in love!!!
I forgot how much I really loved the Dark-Hunter world and Sherrilyn Kenyon does a fabulous job setting everything up with this first book. She is such a descriptive writer I had no trouble literally diving into the world.
I really enjoy Kyrian and Amanda separately and ADORE them together! They compliment each other so much and they just make me feel so happy :) Both are really stubborn with each other and I love how they got on each others' nerves in the beginning. Kyrian is just an overall great lead man: he's strong (obvs), funny (borderline hilarious sometimes), and just a sweet guy (figurative diabetes-inducing). He's got the tragic past that almost literally shatters your heart (notice shatter... not break.... but shatters... there's a difference) and I loved reading how him and Amanda get closer. It is almost enough to make me forgot my other romance pet-peeve took place (the dreaded "fall absolutely in love in a matter of days" thing.... usually can't stand that but for them... I didn't really mind it). The plot was really interesting and I like the new take on vampires, plus the mix in with Greek mythology. Super original and I'm really asking myself why I ever left this series in the first place....
Sadly, my only few drawbacks that kept this from being a 5 star rating was the mountains of repetition. Yes, Kyrian.... we understand you want Amanda but can't have her.... Yes, Amanda.... we get Kyrian is hot..... With Kyrian, I kind of could see that the repitiion was him having to keep reminding himself that he could never have the kind of life he wanted... but no matter the reason, it got kind of annoying.
Aside from the repetition, I absolutely loved the book! I'm hoping for some kind of over-arching plot to develop throughout the books (since I can't really remember the first books, hence why I'm re-reading them) but so far and am going to highly enjoy the Dark-Hunter series and this time, I'm not ditching it!
This book literally made me have massive internal battles with myself over reading or actually being productive with my life, and reading this book almost won out (sadly, I do need to make a living so the book had to be put down sometimes, but it was done with much internal protest). I hope I get as much enjoyment from the other books :)
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