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Dark Bites: A Short Story Collection (Dark-Hunter Novels) | [Sherrilyn Kenyon]

Dark Bites: A Short Story Collection (Dark-Hunter Novels)

For years, fans have been clamoring for an all-in-one collection of #1 best-selling author Sherrilyn Kenyon's novellas. At their enthusiastic behest, we have delivered this brand-new short story collection, including stories previously exclusive to Sherrilyn's website, as well as an all-new, never-before seen Dark-Hunter story! Sherrilyn Kenyon takes listeners from the Dark-Hunters to the demigods, from Dream-Hunters to demons, and everything in between.
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For years, fans have been clamoring for an all-in-one collection of #1 best-selling author Sherrilyn Kenyon's novellas. At their enthusiastic behest, we have delivered this brand-new short story collection, including stories previously exclusive to Sherrilyn's website, as well as an all-new, never-before seen Dark-Hunter story!

Sherrilyn Kenyon takes listeners from the Dark-Hunters to the demigods, from Dream-Hunters to demons, and everything in between. Dangerous and exciting, each story is one thrill ride after the next, proving time and again how Sherrilyn has captivated millions of listeners worldwide. Now, listeners are invited to go deep into Kenyon's rich and imaginative world and experience the heart-racing moments that never stop coming!

©2014 Sherrilyn Kenyon (P)2013 Mamillan Audio

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    C.A.S Escondido, Ca 01-24-14
    C.A.S Escondido, Ca 01-24-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Freakin' loved it!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dark Bites to be better than the print version?

    Yes!


    What about Fred Berman’s performance did you like?

    Oh....My....Freakin'....God!!! The man's voice is sexy on a stick or yummy-goodness whispering sweet nothings all night long.


    If you could take any character from Dark Bites out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Ash!!!! Always and forever!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I LOVE ME SOME SHERRILYN KENYON!!! Now with that being said, having all her wonderful short stories in one location and read by the wonderful Fred Berman...... (swoon). That man has the sexiest damn voice and just brings life and total hotness to SK's wonderful characters. As always, the stories are full of hope, heartache and heroes. From the first story, I laughed, I cried and I went through the whole gambit of emotions along with the characters. And it didn't stop there, each story is unique. Some are in her Dark Hunter world and some are from others. It's just like the title says but instead of Dark Bites, I'd say they are yummy, yummy bites of PNR goodness for new and old SK fans!

    Included novellas:

    From the World of the Dark-Hunters:

    House of the Rising Son - (Aricles & Bathymaas: you can find more about them in Styxx's book). OMG I absolutely loved this story and now I wanna go back and read Styxx again but I warn you, it's a tear jerker but of course, so was Styxx. This story lays the ground work for Styxx's romance, so if you haven't read Styxx yet, read this first. If you have read Styxx, you're gonna wanna read it again after reading this. This is everything you love about SK's stories in a short, fabulous package. FREAKIN' LOVED IT!

    Phantom Lover - (V'Aidan's story) that was first in "Midnight Pleasures" - This is a Dream-Hunter story, sort of. It's a lovely story about redemption and true love. It's about a woman whom has terrible nightmares and the hero who comes to her rescue only to need saving himself. I read this one when it was originally published but it was wonderful revisiting the story again. Still loved it!

    Winter Born - (Dante & Pandora's story: Were-Panthers) that was first in "Stroke of Midnight" - As someone who frequents Comic-Con, this story has always held a tiny piece of my heart although it's set at Dragon-Con, LOL. It's wonderfully descriptive in describing all the wonderful characters present at a Con. It has the fabulous Ash and Simi as well as Were-Panthers reeking havoc. Just a great fun story.

    A Dark-Hunter Christmas - (Gallagher's story) originally posted online - Again, this story holds a special place in my heart and has one of the best lines from Simi ever "We have three kinds of family. Those we are born to, those who are born to us, and those we let into our hearts.”. Just hits home, ya know? We also get to see how the DH's do Xmas as well as get some extra special Ash yumminess!

    Until Death Do We Part - (Velkan's Story) originally published in "Love At First Bite" anthology - This is a classic Dark Hunter tale of one of Ash's Dark Hunters whom is a cross between the classic dracula and Romeo from Romeo and Juliet. I know right! Well unfortunately, his Juliet is also super pissed off at him and has been estranged from him for.....oh......five hundred years, LOL. You'll have to read it to find out what happens.

    A Hard Day's Night Searcher - (Rafael's story) originally published in "My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding" anthology - Again, another DH story. This one is of Rafael, whom is an ex-pirate and he's had a major crush on a cute little OCD squire who's been sent to haul Rafael's own squire in before the counsel because his squire is as dumb as a door nail. Can Rafael make a deal to save his squire and spend time with his cute little OCD crush? Super cute novella with all the wonderful hi-jinks and fun as well as getting to know more about the squires.

    Shadow of the Moon - (Fury's story: Werewolf) originally published in "Dead After Dark" - Fury meets his match and his mate! Ok, I love me some of SK's Were's and I know Savitar told Fury he had already met his mate but when this chick comes on stage, ugggggg! I'm totally not a fan of hers but I am his. Also I still want to just shoot her and be done with it but I did love visiting all the Were's again and Savitar steals the show again!

    Fear The Darkness - originally a digital download for her fans. It is a little piece of Nick after his mother died. Just like the title indicates, this is Nick at his darkest moment. He's returned home after his long absence, only to find the aftermath of Katrina. It's very dark and depressing. It's really more like a couple of scenes that really don't go anywhere but just give you a glimpse of how depressed Nick is and how far he's willing to go for revenge.

    Where Angels Fear to Tread - (Zeke) originally published in the "Blood Lite" anthology - Just a quick tale or beginning with the caveat: "Be careful what you wish for". The story or scene was so quick that I wasn't even sure what was going on or if it was part of the DH world. Anywho, it's nicely written but again, it's more the beginning of a story with not a lot of explanation. I don't know how else to explain it.

    Redemption - A bonus scene from The Guardian - If you loved Seth and Lydia, you're gonna love this short scene. Savitar also makes a scene-stealing appearance as well. Definitely has that awwwww factor!

    Unrelated Stories:

    Love Bytes - originally published in "Naughty or Nice" - Loved this quick contemporary romance short story about a computer geek and his assistant. Super cute and super romantic.

    Santa Wears Spurs -originally published in "All I Want for Christmas" anthology. Written as Kinley MacGregor - More of a historical romance based in the old west about a man torn between the woman he has always loved and his good for nothing brother. Not my favorite out of the bunch but I still liked it.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Stamford, CT, United States 01-23-14
    Amazon Customer Stamford, CT, United States 01-23-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Enjoyable"

    All stories are true to ms. Kenyon style, so there are no surprises and exactly what I was expecting. Maybe I will get tired of these stories one of these days, and then, maybe not… I like them playing on the background and let my day pass more enjoyable. As usual, I love narration of Fred Berman. He is definitely on auto buy list for me when he narrates PRN romance novels.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    's C United States 03-30-14
    's C United States 03-30-14 Member Since 2010

    Tell us about yourself! Love to listen to jazz or classical and read erotic or a good paranormal sci-fi and good narration is everything

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    I loved this book it answers so many questions about some of the characters in other stories, and some new short stories too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kornelia Greenwood, IN, United States 03-09-14
    Kornelia Greenwood, IN, United States 03-09-14 Member Since 2012
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    "One not open end"
    Would you listen to Dark Bites again? Why?

    Yes, it was very entertaining, spellbinding and sexy


    What did you like best about this story?

    Several of the stories made ore sense about several Dark Hunters


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not sure, all of them


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Most likely but not the time to do so


    Any additional comments?

    The third or fourth story left me hanging, was like it stopped in the middle, but all the other stories exceptional as always from Miss Kenyon

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Liz 01-21-14
    Liz 01-21-14 Member Since 2006

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Excellent - Must Listen!"
    Would you listen to Dark Bites again? Why?

    These are the stories that I've had to scramble in the past to read on Kindle. Plus, the new story of Bathemeus & Heracles is a must-read! Alluded to in Styxx, now you get the full back story!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hard to say - with short stories, there are so many favorite characters, but I'd have to say that the story of Bathemeus & Heracles to be my favorite.


    Have you listened to any of Fred Berman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Fred Berman has always done a great job reading Sherrilyn Kenyon. I can fall seamlessly into his books, and not have to replay the beginning a number of times, as with some readers.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 06-30-14
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 06-30-14 Member Since 2011

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "I love Sherrilyn Kenyon's work."

    5 stars. House of the Rising Sun. This is the story of Aricles and Bathymaa's how they fell in love and was betrayed. I read this after Styxx so I was familiar with the story, but it can be read before or after. But truthfully I was glad I read Styxx first. This is a must read if you loved Styxx. 3 hrs 14 mins.

    5 stars. Phantom Lover. V'Aidan and Erin's story. This short story supposedly falls after Night Embrace and before Dance with the Devil. Possibly the intro into the dream hunter world. I personally don't remember these characters in any of the other books, if they are in any. 2 hrs 31 mins.

    5 stars. Winter Born. Falls after Night Play and before Seize the Night. A short sexy story, although no romance, but defiantly hot. This Dante and Pandora show up from time to time in future books, or least Dante does. I love the Simi pop-ups. 2 hrs 12 mins.

    4 stars. A Dark Hunter Christmas. This story also falls after Night Embrace and before Dance with the Devil. Simi makes this story, without her this would be meh. 38 mins.

    3 stars. Until Death We Do Part. Now we know where the real Dracula came from. A Dark Hunter short that can be read anytime in the series. This book is not connected to any of the other stories. I didn't like the heroine in this story, otherwise I would give it a higher rating. 2 hrs 27 mins.

    5 stars. A Hard Day's Night Searcher. This story falls after Dark Side of the Moon before Dream Hunter. Bad boy pirate Rafael and goody two shoe Selena meet there matched. A fun very short story. 1 hr 25 mins.

    2.5 stars. Shadow of the Moon. This story falls after Acheron but before One Silent Night. Fury and Angelia story. As much as I like Fury, I don't like Angelia. I think Fury deserved better than her. 2 hrs 47 mins.

    2 stars. Fear the Darkness. After Dream Hunter but before Devil may cry. I love Nick but I don't think this story was very good. Too much anger to make a good short story. 40 mins

    4 stars. Where Angels Fear to Tread. Also after Acheron but before One silent night. Zeke beginning as a Hell Chaser. You can read more about Zeke in Bad Moon Rising. 27 mins.

    4 stars. Love Bytes. Not a Dark Hunter story. A sweet Christmas love story at the office. 2 hrs 2 mins.

    3 stars. Santa Wears Spurs. This is a western romance not a Dark Hunter story. I wasn't a huge fan of the characters in this book, but it was Sherrilyn writing and she almost never goes wrong. 1 hr 44 mins.

    4 stars. Redemption. Seth and Lydia's wedding, characters from The Guardian. 21 mins.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    sherry HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA, United States 02-07-14
    sherry HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA, United States 02-07-14 Member Since 2011
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    "OMG!!!!!!!!! THIS WAS AWFUL"
    Would you try another book from Sherrilyn Kenyon and/or Fred Berman?

    YES, I LOVE THEM BOTH


    Has Dark Bites turned you off from other books in this genre?

    NO


    Which scene was your favorite?

    ANY SEEN WITH SIMI IS GREAT.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dark Bites?

    THE TWO STORIES THAT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE SUPERNATURAL. COMPLETELY CUT THEM OUT.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my very first review ever. But I was so disappointed with this book that I had to write one. I love SK books and I have read or listen to 90% of them multiple times over the past few years. I was so excited when this book was finally released that I bought it day 1. The first coulpe of stories where pretty good but they kept getting worse. By the end of the book I too was saying WTF!?! Two of the stories read like a harlequin romance novel (which I hate). The one with the chick and her boss and the other one that I couldn't finish listening too was so off the cuff....where the hell did they come from but more to the point why were they even in this book?With the exception of Pandora and Dante and Fury's story and Aricles and Bathymaas, the rest of the characters and their stories where dull, boring, and flat. Usually the dark hunters/were hunters are dark, intense passionate and colorful. It just felt like these stories were just written hurriedly just to fill the book. Even the great Acheron's character was a little flat in this book. In my opinion the only saving grace was that Fred Berman narrated the audio book. I was thrown by the cover that said Holter Graham was narrating (which I love) and it turned out to be Fred Berman (which was fine) he is a close second to Holter and he does an excellent job of bringing the characters to life. Honestly, once i'm caught up in the story, I don't remember who is narrating because they both do such an awesome job with SK characters!!!Although I felt dissatisfied at the end of this book, I am looking forward to the next one. SK is by far my favorite author (as long as the audiobooks continue to be read only by Holter or Fred).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R. Smith louisiana 01-24-14
    R. Smith louisiana 01-24-14

    For as much as I read and listen you would think by now that I would know how to spell lol. I read at least 5 books a week there are times I have gotten up to 10 in a week.

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    "Oh no you did not! WTF?"

    I will start my review with the WTF happen? Shadow of the Moon, we finally get Fury's story on audio! Yeah right? Not! Here is my WTF? When did BRIDE become BREEDEE? Seriously!!! Fred Berman even narrated Bride and Vane's book so WTF happened to her name?!?! Then Fear the Darkness, which you can also buy on audible by itself (which I did narrated by Holter Graham!) is now read by Fred in this book. WHY??? Why mess with perfection!? Fred can't touch Holter's performances with a ten foot poll!

    I must say I am disappoint with Audible, when they first listed this book and I reordered it, it said it was narrated by Holter Graham. I get the book and here is Fred. :( Not happy with that. While Fred is okay he hurts my ears. I listened to it on my Iphone and when I turned the volume up to drown out the kids all of his words seem to have S's in them that just ripped threw my ear drums. I also tried on my kindle and Mp3 player, same results. For me Holter is the man for these books! It just is not the same with out him. I really don't understand why they rerecorded Fear of the Darkness when it was already done with the best person possible. Now I wish I would of waited for the library to get a copy available instead of buying this book. I just cant listen to it again because of Fred's affect on my ear drums. Other then the S sound that seems to bang around in my head he does do a good job. But Holter will always be my favorite. Sorry Fred.

    As for the stories themselves. I have read many of these before that is why I wanted this book so bad! Bathymass and Aricles story, well I figured that story out in Styxx's book so I really could of done with out it. My only question here is Why can't we figure out away to kill the sick SOB Apollo??? Seriously he must die like yesterday!!! I have never felt such rage in my life as I do when I hear this name. Let Styxx Kill Him already! This could be an EPIC book!!

    Okay enough of my ranting. If you like Fred Berman's performances and love SK then PICK this book up NOW! The stories are great and worth the buy. I love that we get to see a little bit of some of the famous past characters like Zarek. OMG, he made my heart melt the links he was willing to go just to make sure his wife was happy. Awwwweeee! I can't wait to hear more of Sasha story either! Buy the book! Catch up with old friends and maybe even new ones for those of you who haven't read everything by SK yet.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Milton, WI, United States 10-14-14
    Amy Milton, WI, United States 10-14-14
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    "UM...NOT Dark"
    What would have made Dark Bites better?

    Just about a bunch of greek mythology. Not scary. I'm very annoyed.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not this author


    Would you be willing to try another one of Fred Berman’s performances?

    No


    What character would you cut from Dark Bites?

    All of them


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Vanstee Minnesota 10-10-14
    Carol Vanstee Minnesota 10-10-14

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    "Tasty Little Morsels"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would take out a few two or three of the stories


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    that so much can be compacted down and concentrated so well in most of the short stories


    What three words best describe Fred Berman’s voice?

    favorable, Decent, pleasant


    Do you think Dark Bites needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    yep, but it was already done by the time I read this book, Styxx is a follow up in a way to one of the short stories


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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