Jun 17, 2011

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Review: Unleash the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Dark-Hunter #8)

Paranormal Romance
January 5 2006
Mass Market Paperback
378 pages
St. Martin’s Press

Yummy Man – Wren Tigarian
Kick Ass Chick – Marguerite D’Aubert Goudeau

From Goodreads
It’s a predator eat predator world for the Were-Hunters. Danger haunts any given day. There is no one to trust. No one to love. Not if they want to live…
An orphan with no clan that will claim him, Wren Tigarian grew to adulthood under the close scrutiny and mistrust of those around him. A forbidden blend of two animals—snow leopard and white tiger—Wren has never listened to anyone when there was something he wanted. Now he wants Marguerite.
Marguerite D’Aubert Goudeau is the daughter of a prominent U.S. Senator who hates the socialite life she’s forced to live. Like her mother before her, she has strong Cajun roots that her father doesn’t understand. Still, she has no choice but to try and conform to a world where she feels like an outsider. But the world of rich and powerful humans is never to meet the world of the Were-Hunters who exist side by side with them, unseen, unknown, undetected. To break this law is to call down a wrath of the highest order.
In order to have Marguerite, Wren must fight not just the humans who will never accept his animal nature, but the Were-Hunters who want him dead for endangering their world. It’s a race against time and magic without boundary that could cost Marguerite and Wren not just their lives, but their very souls…


I have finally read Wren and Maggie’s story and I must say, I see why so many people think they are one of the sweeter couples in this series.  Unleash the Night, book eight in Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series is definitely a *sigh* worthy story about a *sigh* worthy hero and a *sigh* worthy heroine.

Let’s start with *sigh* worthy Wren.  He is a tigard.  What is that, you ask?  Well, he is half white tiger and half snow leopard.  He is the type of shifter whose ‘real’ form is his animal form and he uses his magic to appear human.  He had a terrible childhood because his parents didn’t want him.  He is a cross-breed and therefore considered an abomination.  His mother even called him ‘it’.  Quite young for a hero in this series (he is in his forties but appears to be younger), he has been living at the Sanctuary (the safe house for shifters) since his parents died and he knows that if he were to leave, someone would try kill him.  So he keeps to himself and talks to pretty much nobody.  But once he meets Maggie, he opens up (to her only) and we meet the shy and sweet animal that Wren really it.  It’s just too cute to witness him transform.  Okay yes, he is still an animal and would kill anything just because, but he is really sweet too!

Maggie was just a wonderful match for Wren.  The daughter of a wealthy man, brought up within that wealthy circle…but not ever completely fitting in.  She’s just going through the motions because that is what is expected of her.  Wren gives her something else to want and need.  Their matching really is wonderful and sweet.  And, as with every story told with a human hero or heroine, I wondered how Sherrilyn would give this couple their HEA.  Let me just tell you that I liked how it was done.  It worked well with the story and made everything just right.

I think only one thing bugged me in this book and that was Nicolette.  Nicolette is the mother bear who runs the Sanctuary and she wants Wren gone.  I didn’t like this subplot – even though it was really very important to the story.  I just found it odd that seemingly out of nowhere, Nicolette was accusing Wren of bad things and was very persistent about it.  I just wanted to smack her and ask “What the hell is up your a**?”  Yeah…not my favorite person in this book.  But even though the whole Nicolette thing was a little annoying, it didn’t deter me from enjoying the overall story.

Now, wait for it…Ash was not *tear* in this book.  Unleash the Night focuses mostly on the Weres and not the Dark-Hunters, so it only makes sense that Acheron would not make an appearance.  But we did meet Savitar and I must say that he is a yummy mystery like Ash.  I enjoyed his character and am looking forward to knowing more about him.  We really only caught a glimpse of who and what he is, but what we did see really got me curious.

Another glimpse we finally saw was Nick.  We sort of know where he’s been and who he’s been with.  But that’s all we find out.  I am really wondering what’s going to happen with him and I hope we find out a little more in the next book.

Once again, I have enjoyed my journey into Sherrilyn’s Hunter world.  Every story from this series that I dive into is beautifully written with charm and wit.  I really enjoy her voice.  I even get a little giddy every time I crack open the cover of the next installment.  Unleash the Night was a nice story about two warm hearted individuals who found each other at the perfect moment.  Now I can’t wait to read the next book in the series to see who it is I’m meeting next!

4 stars

A little side note:  The Dark Hunter series is about Dark Hunters, Were Hunters and Dream Hunters.  Sometimes you go a few books between the different types of Hunters and you can forget a few details about their backgrounds and their mythology.  Well, I love what Sherrilyn did at the beginning of this book to help you remember it all.  AND, at the end of the book there is a wonderful Glossary that mentions all of the characters and important stuff about the entire Dark Hunter series to date.  Great resource!

Giggle worthy quotes

“Suddenly the stupid old adage about ‘if you love something, set it free.  If it comes back, it was, and always will be yours.  If it never returns, it was never yours to begin with’ went through her mind.  It was true.

Of course the thought was quickly followed by Tammy’s favorite addition:  ‘if it just sits in your living room, eating your food, messing up your stuff, and using your phone while taking all of you money, and never behaves as if you actually set it free in the first place…you either married it or gave birth to it.’

Tammy had an interesting take on life sometimes.


“’Have you ever wanted something that you knew was bad for you?  Something that you ached for so much that you could think of nothing else?’

‘Yes, which is why I always end up eating the whole chocolate bar anyway.’”

  1. I love Wren too. My heart ached for him when I learn his story.
    Maggie is perfect for me (I am too, but..).
    I really love this series and I’m very happy you are loving this books too.
    Wait till you read Acheron’s book. *swoon*

  2. Wren is one of my favorites from his series. Really great character.

  3. I have read all of her books and I still love Ash but, I found myself later in the series forming a love-hate relationship with Nick and Stryker. At this point if I had a choice I would want Nick with Stryker a very close second.

  4. Bookaholic Cat – I can’t wait for Acheron’s book. But I will. Don’t worry, I won’t skip any. 😉

    Paranormal Haven – I hope we see more of him in following books. 🙂

    Catassa – Stryker and Nick, eh? I am really curious about Nick’s story, especially with his own books out now, and I could see his appeal…but to overtake Ash? Wow, that is saying something!

  5. This book sounds wonderful! This whole series sounds wonderful actually. Hmm…I’d be surprised if I didn’t already have it on my TBR list but I do need to check that out. I think it speaks volumes for the authors writing if one particular story line really bugged you yet overall you really adored the book. Great review Julie. 🙂

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