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Night Pleasures (Dark-Hunter, #2)

Night Pleasures  - Sherrilyn Kenyon I really wanted to like this book. Why? Because it has all the right features to make an interesting love story. Firstly, there's the heroine who would rather stay blissfully normal as opposed to her quirky family. Then, secondly, we have our broodingly handsome leading man with a heart-wrenching past in his baggage. Add a dash of Greek mythology and another take on vampires in order to create an arresting world...Unfortunately, Sherrilyn Kenyon didn't succeed in my case. Although I found the first chapter intriguing - when Amanda actually deals with her emotions - the following part of the novel is lacking in quality in my opinion. The tendencies, trains of thought are abruptly cut off by some fangirling/-boying moments which make the book strangely incoherent. The moment Kyrian comes into play, everything turns out to be jumbled or hazy. There were times when I couldn't even fathom what was going on between the characters - e. g. when Amanda offends Hunter and he disappears into the shower. Eventually he continues to show her around the house, but we don't if she really hurt his feeling or not. Of course, later on we get some clue about his state of mind; however, I have to say too little, too late.The narration is in multiple POVs and I always felt while reading as if Amanda's parts are longer than Kyrian's. Maybe it's my personal belief, but I think the length of each POVs should be consistent with each other's. I was very curious about Kyrian's thoughts and reactions, but sadly he mostly broods and wails in his segments. In the end I became genuinely irritated with all the constant she's-so-hot-I-can't-get-her-because-I-don't-have-a-soul, I-can't-trust-any-women-since-my-wife-betrayed-me and I-don't-understand-this-attraction-between-us episodes. Don't get me wrong, it's okay to mention or mull over matters, but continuously? It's overwhelming. And boring. I mostly had the same problems with Amanda's parts too. All of her thoughts are about Kyrian - first love and all - though my biggest issue is with her lines in the dialogues. The author wants to show us an awesome, smart and witty character in these situations and fails to do so. Whenever she attempts to say something funny it sounds forced, like "Hey, yummy leather guy?". Who on earth says that to an unconscious person? Amanda, apparently. Still, it doesn't make her brave or daring. In my view, she's perilously close to being a Mary-Sue. She's a powerful sorceress, recklessly brave, pretty hot and very, very empathetic...The secondary characters were okay. To be honest, I was more interested in them and the whole Dark hunter world than our couple's on-going romance. Furthermore, Ms Kenyon gets a brownie point from me for the realistic characterisation of the gods. They're this inhumane and power hungry in the myths too.So this was my first Sherrilyn Kenyon book and I probably won't read any of her works in the near future. (I admittedly speed-read the rest of the novel (42%) which I haven't done in a long time.)