Night Play: A Dark-hunter Novel

Mass Market Paperback | August 3, 2004

bySherrilyn Kenyon

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Bride McTierney has had it with men. They're cheap, self-centered, and never love her for who she is. But though she prides herself on being independent, deep down she still yearns for a knight in shining armor.

She just never expected her knight in shining armor to have a shiny coat of fur...

Deadly and tortured, Vane Kattalakis isn't what he seems. Most women lament that their boyfriends are dogs. In Bride's case, hers is a wolf. A Were-Hunter wolf. Wanted dead by his enemies, Vane isn't looking for a mate. But the Fates have marked Bride as his. Now he has three weeks to either convince Bride that the supernatural is real or he will spend the rest of his life neutered--something no self-respecting wolf can accept...

But how does a wolf convince a human to trust him with her life when his enemies are out to end his? In the world of the Were-Hunters, it really is dog-eat-dog. And only one alpha male can win.

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Bride McTierney has had it with men. They're cheap, self-centered, and never love her for who she is. But though she prides herself on being independent, deep down she still yearns for a knight in shining armor. She just never expected her knight in shining armor to have a shiny coat of fur...Deadly and tortured, Vane Kattalakis isn't ...

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PRAISE FOR AUTHOR SHERRILYN KENYON "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

In the past two years, New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon has claimed the #1 spot twelve times, and since 2004, she has placed more than 50 novels on the New York Times list. This extraordinary bestseller continues to top every genre she writes. With more than 23 million copies of her books in print in over 30 countrie...

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 6.82 × 4.15 × 1.01 inPublished:August 3, 2004Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Omg. Loved this book!!! Once u star these stories they r really hard to put down. Another great read by sherrilyn Kenyon. And now I'm off to book #7 :)
Date published: 2014-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Night Play Wonderful, love the fact the female lead is plus size
Date published: 2014-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Night play Great read . couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2014-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Night Play by Sherrilyn Kenyon Love the story. I can relate with Birdie ... Beauty in most definitely in the eye of the beholder- and Fang is such a stud :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
Date published: 2013-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites! This was the first book I ever read of Kenyon's I picked it up by chance at the grocery store and never looked back. Vane remains one of my all time favourite characters in a book. While Bride wasn't necessarily my favourite heroine of all times, I found her and Vane fit well together. I love the mythology and backstory that comes with all of the Dark Hunter books. Every single one of Kenyon's books has the ability to stand on it's own, but when read in sequence with all the other amazing stories paints a portrait of a magical world I would live in if ever given the choice.
Date published: 2011-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Keeps going So I don't have much to say about this book except that it is a very strong series and this book is as well, I really like this series and I always love the concepts and characters and this is no exception I thought Vane was a great character and so was Bride I thought they made a good match. I have to say I can't wait till I get to Ash's book he is my fav character and I LOVE Simi. Check this series out if you haven't. :0)
Date published: 2011-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic addition as usual. Every book in this series makes me fall in love all over again with the world of the Dark Hunters. I'm happy to finally see some werewolf action here. Before all these books were focused on the vampire-like Dark Hunters, and little face time was given to the shape changers. Here it's different. We are introduced to a Katagarian wolf who finds his destined mate and tries to get her to fall in love with him before the predestined time has passed, dooming him to a life of celibacy and loneliness. Fortunately he wins! I found an interesting correlation between the shape changers. There are basically two types of these shape shifters: Katagarians who are born as animals and take human form later in life, and you have their cousins whose name escapes me right now, who are born human and take animal form later in life. It's interesting because the "human" cousins condemn the Katagarai as cruel, unthinking beasts who pretend at humanity, while the cousins themselves are actually more cruel and bloodthirsty than the Katagarai. I do not see an end to this wonderful series anytime in the near future and for that I am quite glad.
Date published: 2011-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A "Sweet" Dark Hunter Novel (if such a thing could exist) Vane. That is one name that often comes up when I mention to people that I am reading Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series. “Oh that Vane, he’s so hot!”, “Oh that Vane, he’s so dreamy!”, “Oh that Vane, he can take me up against a tree and growl in my ear any day!” Ooookay then… So, after hearing that, I was quite excited to finally be reading about the infamous Vane Kattalakis, the wolf man, in “Night Play”. It was nice to step away from the “vampire” Dark-Hunter world and explore the shape shifter part of this series in Vane’s book. You don’t leave the world you’ve come to love at all. You still see Kyrian, Amanda and Nick too (which was fun), but you really get a good look into the Were-Hunter world. All the different animals that shift to human forms and the politics behind them. Sherrilyn has put such thought in her worlds that you can’t help but be impressed with the amount of specifics there are. And I like that most are animals that shift to human and not the other way around like is the norm in paranormal books. Very inventive. Vane is a wolf. He and his brother Fang have been exiled and sentenced to die by their father thanks to an event that occurred back in book two. As with all the heroes in Sherrilyn’s books, Vane’s past sucked. But in comparison, it’s not so bad! I was glad to get a little reprieve from the gut-wrenching storyline. Yes, Vane’s mother wants him dead because his father beat her and his father wants him dead because…well because he’s an a**. Yes, Vane’s brother is in a coma of sorts and his sister was recently murdered. But, believe it or not, that’s a walk in the park compared to some of the other main guys in this series. So that too was a nice change of pace. Vane is a little lost in the human world, and is very lost when he discovers that Bride, a human, is his fated mate. He doesn’t know how to court a human female, let alone make love to one (he’s used to wolf-doggie style if you know what I’m saying *wink wink*)! But he is such a sweetheart! Following his instincts to protect his mate, he takes perfect care of Bride and makes her feel loved and cherished. *sigh* I really though Bride was a sweet character too. These two are just so sweet together! (Hmm, how many times can I use the word ‘sweet’ in one review?) Bride is not a super skinny super model. I really admire authors who ‘go there’. Who make their heroines what might be considered by some as physically flawed, also known as normal! She’s a little chubby, always has been. She’s always been around men who are always telling her to lose weight. Until Vane that is. He makes her eat cake! I mean, how romantic is that!? And he does it in front of her mommy! *swoon* Bride is compassionate and wholesome. No strange or paranormal stuff in this lady’s past. So the fact that Vane is a wolf and that there is a whole ‘other’ world out there doesn’t come easy to her. I like that too. Sometimes I think that the heroes or heroines are just a little too accommodating, too accepting. It’s like “You’re a what?! You mean they really do exist and they are deadly and all the things you read about? Oh hell, whatever. You’re good in bed so let’s spend the rest of our lives together…” Okay, yeah. Bride is torn as to what to do and it’s refreshing to see a nice, normal gal dealing with not at all normal stuff in a nice normal fashion. I think Sherrilyn did a great job here. And I love Bride with Vane. Yet another wonderful match. Now, as in every one of my past Dark-Hunter reviews, I must talk about Acheron. In “Night Play”, we see Ash interacting with Marissa, Kyrian and Amanda’s little baby girl. Now, if I didn’t already go all mushy wushy over Ash ever time he graced the page, that made it happen ten fold. Ash is amazing and I CAN’T WAIT TO GET TO HIS BOOK! (Acheron is book #15. Fifteen!!!) And Simi, his Demon companion is a riot! I really enjoy her. She always puts a smile on my face, especially how she makes grown men cringe. That’s the best! You also get a quick introduction to the hero of the next book, Valerius. I’m sure his will be a tortured and sad story — and I can’t wait to get to it. But alas, I will have to wait until the opportunity arises sometime next month. I know Valerius is another favorite. Really though, is there a man in this series who is not a favorite?! Seriously though, Vane deserves all of the *swoons* and daydreams he receives. “Night Play” is another well written and well paced installment in the Dark-Hunter series. 4 stars
Date published: 2010-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Vane's Story This was a good book. I enjoyed getting to know the characters. And I really bonded with the women in this book. Vane is a were-hunter, hes dark and hes family first kind of guy. I like that. Bride is a now single girl, living and working in a crazy town that she loves (except for stupid pig ex-boyfriends). Boy meets girl, girl's on the rebound and they get at it. I found that the sex wasn't as steamy as other books in the series, however I was more involved with the characters then some as well. Overall I enjoyed this book, it was interesting and it showed some great character growth in my opinion.
Date published: 2010-09-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Marked for Love. Bride was just dumped by here egotistical boyfriend and now a new man comes walking into her store that is gorgeous and seems to really want her. Bride can’t understand why she is so taken with him, and she refuses to allow her heart to follow (it has been stomped on enough for one day). Bride has had enough of good looking shallow men. Vane on the other hand in no man, he is a Were-Hunter and he wants Bride more than he has wanted anything in his life. Only he does not want to get Bride hurt, and nothing is simple or safe in his world. After all his own family wants him dead. Bride and Vane give into their passion one time and try to go their own way, until fate steps in. Both find that the same strange tattoo shows up on their hands. This tattoo is because they are they are soul mates. When Vane’s mother (Bryani) kidnaps Bride in an attempt to save Bride from what she had gone through, Bryani catapults Bride to a worse fate. Bryani’s whole pack gets to take revenge on her for all the past wrongs of Vane’s pack. Vane gets to Bride in time, but the pack is after them. How will they discover if they are to be truly mated when the pack is after them, or live to find out? Book six and this series is still going strong! This one was a little different as Vane is not a dark-hunter, but he has been helpful to the dark-hunters in the past and his story is worth telling. This book is all about romance and family. Usually the dark-hunters are lone beings, this was great as it showed all the connections with the couple and their families (good or bad). I thought the ending was great and that great Kenyon humour is still there!
Date published: 2010-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from “Kudos to Kenyon” And of course, “Kudos to Kenyon” yet again! I would have thought she couldn't get any better, but Night Play is outstanding! Stepping out of the norm with a plus size lead has endeared me to Kenyon all the more! Vane Kattalakis, a Katagaria Were-hunter, who many a reader will find he is the definition of the word “hero”. He is sensually masculine, confident, and fiercely loyal. He doesn't use his prowess to dazzle or force himself on the ladies, but rather shows an endearing vulnerability in his desperate need for his mate. Bride McTierney, a beautiful and vivacious plus-sized woman, has recently been dumped by her long-time boyfriend who only dated her for her industry connections. Once the “jerk” got where he wanted to be he, quite unkindly, sent Bride on her way. Not only did he completely and utterly destroy her self esteem by treating her like dirt, he topped the cake by callously returning her belongings to her via FedEx. WHAT A TERD! Wait! There's more to this review on my new review blog! Please feel free to pop on over! I'd love to see you there! Link to Review: http://yzhabellasbookshelf.blogspot.com/2010/03/night-play-by-sherrilyn-kenyon.html Kate aka YzhaBella http://yzhabellasbookshelf.blogspot.com/
Date published: 2010-03-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from AWFUL BOOK Pure literary pollution! I bought this book after reading the reviews of other readers and I was expecting a great read. Instead, I was subjected to drivel spewing from every page. I can't imagine a cheesier book every being written. If you are contemplating purchasing this book, do yourself a favour and SAVE YOUR MONEY!!!
Date published: 2009-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderfully Appealing The story of Vane the were-hunter who is feeling lost and out of touch with everything, stumbles across a woman her briefly saw once before and is very much taken with her....Bride McTierney. Bride gets dumbed by her loser boyfriend and Vane is there to pick up her broken heart and cradle it is his hands with all the tenderness and love he has for Bride. When Vane finds out that Bride is her mate, if she chooses it, he has three weeks to convince her or he may live out the rest of his existance a very cranky wolf. This story is full of humor, sadness, love and danger. Excellent read!
Date published: 2009-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! I want to be Vane's Bride! I read this book a few months ago and the characters are still stuck so promenantly in my mind. It has been a very long time since characters resonated with me so deeply. These characters are so compelling. This was such a fabulous departure from reality and yet I could see myself in the characters so clearly. I wanted to be in this one so badly. Again, I was sorry to finish the book. This is a must read!
Date published: 2009-04-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hilarious Comic Relief for the Series I don't know about other readers, but this seems more of a side story for the series rather than part of it. There was more humour in this book than I found in all the previous ones. Couldn't help laughing and I ended up finishing it in about 6 hours. It was great!!
Date published: 2008-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a keeper! Now if a man like Vane Kattalakis was real, well. . . . It was a LOVELY story to read, and would definitely rank up there as one of Kenyon's best, in my opinion. Everyone had their own personal issues, and the fact that Vane - the tall, dark, extremely "bodacious" man - had some spots of vulnerability, was totally endearing. Though of course he is so attractively possessive when it comes to his mate. Bride and him fit so well together, what with all her insecurities about her figure too. You get way more familiar with the Peltiers and others from Sanctuary. Ash makes interesting appearances that will only make you beg for more, especially after his cryptic remarks about the future. I'm so with the other reader on this one: I can't wait for Fury and Fang's story. All in all a great continuation to Ms. Kenyon's series!
Date published: 2008-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow I really enjoy Sherrilyn Kenyon's work! I love the humour and play that she puts into the characters and the situations that they find themselves in.
Date published: 2008-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delightful This has to be one of my favourite Sherrilyn Kenyon books ever!!! I love Bride and Vane together!! This book is a definite keeper.
Date published: 2006-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read them all! Sherrilyn Kenyon / Kinley MacGregor has got to be my all time favourite author. I have loved every single story of hers that I've read, and this is one that I especially love. I'd recommend this (and every other SK book) to someone looking for humour, action and romance in their reading material. A definite must read!
Date published: 2006-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sherrilyn Kenyon's best work so far I am a huge fan of the Dark-Hunter Series; and Night Play gives us medium to plus size woman hope that there is love out there regarless of the size of our waist. Bride isn't the most petite woman out there and she is definitly a character that a lot of woman can relate to, with her insecurities and always on guard afraid to have her heart broken and trampled on, she's a character that will make you say I am beautiful regardless of what other's think. Night play is a book that will make you laugh, maybe even cry, and as well as make you want to jump into the book and give the bad guys what for. If you are a fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon and haven't had a chance to read this book definitely go for it, you'll love it, trust me, it's one of her best.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous! I have recently discovered Kenyon's novels and I love them. I have read them all at once, including the latest Dark Side of the Moon, and I think NIght Play is my favourite. I love the non-conventional physical appearance of the heroine, and Vane is an incredible hero. Kudos to Kenyon on Bride- I've read many romance novels, and I can't remember any other plus-sized heroinesI highly recommend this book to anyone, whether they're dark-hunter fans of not. I'm sure after NIght Play, they'll be quite motivated to read the rest of the series.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! What a MAN! Let me say first of all that I love Sherrilyn Kenyon's books. All of them without exception. I would have thought she couldn't get any better but Night Play is outstanding. This is by far my favourite next to Dance with the Devil. Vane is the epitome of a suffering hero. He is masculine and confident and all powerful. He doesn't use this power to overwhelm or force his partner's compliance but shows a vulnerability in his all encompassing need for his mate. Bride had had a difficult time with men and her self esteem is rock bottom. Vane helps her to see her worth as a person and together they find love, passion (WOW!!!) and hope. This story is a tale of love against all odds. The secondary characters are rich and seem to have their own lives. In fact they beg for their own stories. Ms. Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series is sensational. If you want your money's worth buy this book! P.S. DON'T lend it out...you won't get it back! It's that good.
Date published: 2004-10-31

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"[A] publishing phenomenon...[Sherrilyn Kenyon is] the reigning queen of the wildly successful paranormal scene.. . .Just one example of arguably the most in-demand and prolific authors in America these days." -Publisher's Weekly

"Kenyon's writing is brisk, ironic and relentless imaginative. These are not your mother's vampire novels." -Boston Globe

"[An] engaging read." -Entertainment Weekly