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Publisher's Summary

The second installment in Sherrilyn Kenyon's best-selling Dark-Hunter series, Night Embrace.

As an ancient Celtic warrior, Talon made one giant mistake - he killed the son of the war god Camulus. In anger and outrage, Camulus cursed him - everyone Talon loved would die a horrible death in front of his eyes. But when Talon's clan slaughters his young sister while he watches, powerless to stop them, he sells his soul for vengeance against them. 

Two thousand years later in modern-day New Orleans, as part of the bargain he made, he's now an immortal protector who keeps mankind safe from the creatures who would prey on them. A life he's happy with until he meets Sunshine - an offbeat artist who reminds him what it's like to really live. Unfortunately for both of them, it's Mardi Gras, and New Orleans is teeming with a complex plot of ancient gods, including Camulus, who are now out to reconquer the world. 

The gloves are off, and it's time for a rematch with Talon out to save everyone, including the artist who makes him insane. 

Love in vein: listen to another Dark-Hunter novel.
©2008 Sherrilyn Kenyon (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"Kenyon's Dark-Hunter books are changing the face of the vampire novel, making it hip, darker, and all the more appealing." ( Publishers Weekly)

What listeners say about Night Embrace

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(very) Pleasantly Surprised

Although I'm an urban fantasy aficionado, I guess I had been avoiding this type of PNR erotic fiction. Since a friend told me my book recommendations weren't sexy enough I thought I would dip my toe into the genre starting with Sherrilyn Kenyon since I've seen her books for years and always wondered about them. Night Embrace turned out to be a great choice. I got my UF fix, an interesting story, great setting, really likeable characters, AND hot smut that was NOT cheesy; not only that, but actually really well done. Who'd of thought?! I think that's why I've always avoided hot and steamy books, especially in audio: most are done soooo badly I just can't take it .... I know you all know what I mean... But SK really knows what she is doing, so much so that I may be a convert. In fact I've already moved on to additional books in the series, but so far NE remains my favorite. Having said that, I was not a fan of the narrator. I actually skipped the first book because her southern accent was far too grating, even from the short sample snippet (say that 3x fast). She is somewhat tolerable in this one, however, and I don't feel I missed too much.

In short, if you're looking for a hot yet sensitive alpha male, a quirky, perky, plus-sized heroine, great chemistry, and lots of steamy sexytimes, all within a unique paranormal universe and a gothic New Orleans mystique, this is a good place to begin.

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Great listen!!

I loved this book. I loved the story and Carrington MacDuffie is a wonderful narrator. It's the second book in a series but can be considered a stand alone book. There is a reference to the previous story but it's explained enough that it's not confusing. It was fun to listen to because I love the Irish brogue.

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Horrible narration of the main character

I managed to finish the first book and I don't know if I will be able to finish the second book because of the narrotor. I just can't stand the voice of Sunshine. It killed the whole story. If this narrator continued with the series, I would not considering to give a try to the next book.

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Hot chemistry.

These books are good. I like the chemistry between Talon and Sunshine. Sometimes I think the author is a little junior highschool. I mean, come on, we are adult readers.." he has the hottest backside".. what is that. I believe most women, like me, feel perfectly comfortable using an alternative word for that. Could be a little more hardcore is all.Like the character developement and the story. Really want to see what happens with Ash! Otherwise this is O.K. I guess I'm just use to Trueblood:)

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I've read the book twice...

And still, at times, this brought tears to my eyes. Even though it was 'read' by a woman, she does Talon and Sunshine's voice's so different, that it's like more than one person reading. Fantastic. This makes me remember WHY I love this series.

Her last few stories weren't all that great, but this makes me remember and makes me excited for Ash's story coming out Aug 5th :)

Ordering the next one now. :)

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Awesome

I love this series. At first, I wasn't sure but each book gets better and better. I LOVE the narrator! She does a great job with the characters. Once you get to know the style of the writing and the "world" of the dark hunters, it will make you want to hurry to the next. I only wish Audible had the rest of the series. I'm trying to find them in downloadable form as I love listening to a book while I drive, do laundry or anything else. For now, I'm getting others from the library and reading them. I can't put them down.

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accent draining.......

Ill make this short --- interesting story -- interesting characters -- could not stand the accent and voice of sunshine !! OMG it was terrible -

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Night Embrace

I think is book was great. I enjoyed all the different characters and voices. The story line was funny and was just enough off the wall to keep you interested. If you are a die hard Kenyon Fan, then you must listen to this one; you will indeed be entertained.

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Steamy, Dreamy, and Dark!

Would you listen to Night Embrace again? Why?

Yes. This story is that has so many subplots you could listen to it over and over again and learn something new each time.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Night Embrace?

When Talon spent the day with Sunshine in nothing but his birthday suit.

What does Carrington MacDuffie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She brings great depth to the characters with her range of accents and dialects.

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

Yes. There is no way that I could unless I decided not to sleep.

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Horrible Narration, Jumbled Story

Would you try another book from Sherrilyn Kenyon and/or Carrington MacDuffie?

No

Would you ever listen to anything by Sherrilyn Kenyon again?

maybe

Would you be willing to try another one of Carrington MacDuffie’s performances?

No

Any additional comments?

This book was a chore to finish and I'm being generous with 2 stars.

After a 1/3 into the book, the story just nose dived into a jumbled mess. The main characters, Sunshine, who was funny and cute, and Talon, a tortured alpha male with a temper, meet and fall into "insta love". Sunshine was fun and made the book tolerable most of the time. Talon, on the other hand, was a centuries old Darker Hunter, with all sorts of juju powers, but could barely hold his own in a fight. He couldn't make up his mind about what kind of love he felt, hence the tortured soul. Yawn. Even though Sunny and Talon were fated, they had zero chemistry. There was no sexual tenion whatsoever to their sex scenes and they had plenty. Boring.
By the end of the book, I couldn't care less if Talon had his curse resolved, though it was very obvious things would work out in his favor. I was also tired of hearing about Sunny's potulli scent.

The other problems I had with this book -
The constant bickering and fighting between the other characters. A bunch of pompous, posturing Alpha Males acting like Tweens.
The other characters were supposed to be bad-ass Dark Hunter, some centuries old, and they repeatedly got their butts kicked?
The author had so much going on, with soooo many characters, I stopped trying to keep up and lost interest.

The narration was bad to horrible at times, and I'm sure it affected my enjoyment of this book

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