Review: Night Play by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Night Play
(Dark-Hunter #5)
by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication date: Aug. 3, 2004
Genre: Paranormal Romance

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.



This is actually the second time that I’ve read this book. I read Night Play three years ago, but never reviewed it. So, since I’ve decided to make my way through this series from start to finish, I decided to reread this book in order to write a review on it. I’m glad that I did because not only did I not remember it, but I would have missed a lot of things going forward. There’s a lot that is brought up in this book that I feel would lay the groundwork for future books.

A running theme with this series is that one or both of the characters have had something awful happen to them in their early life. For Vane, he was cast off by his mother when he was an infant, then later thrown to the curb by his father. When he comes across Bride, crying in her shop, he decides to try to brighten her day. What he doesn’t expect is to end up doing the horizontal tango with her. And he most definitely doesn’t expect to have the mate mark develop on his hand after their time together. Now he’s faced with a really difficult decision. Does he introduce Bride to his world and ultimately put her in danger? Or does he lay low, keep her safe until their mating period has run its course, only to end up impotent for the rest of Bride’s life.

Like I said, Vane has a hard decision to make, and he definitely struggles with it for the majority of the story. In fact, he changes into his wolf form and attaches himself to Bride’s side as her new pet, in order to keep an eye on her and make sure she’s safe. However, he can’t help but keep his distance from her. Especially when her ex keeps popping up, belittling her and making her feel like she doesn’t measure up. He takes it upon himself to show her how beautiful she is, and he really helps her build up her self-esteem. These two definitely had a tight connection, even when he was in wolf form, that it has hard to put the book down because I just wanted to see them get their happily ever after.

Night Play was another great installment to the series. We got to see previous characters, and we got to meet a bunch of new characters which I’m sure will pop up in future books.If’ you’re looking for a paranormal romance packed with demons, vampires, shifters, and Gods, then you really need to pick up this series.


Previous reviews from Dark-Hunter
Fantasy Lover
Night Pleasure
Dance with the Devil
Kiss of Night





5 Thoughts on “Review: Night Play by Sherrilyn Kenyon

  1. This is one of my favorite series and I’m so glad that you’re making your way through the books. I loved this book.

  2. i have seen the author’s name around, but have yet to check her out, though she does sound like an author i would enjoy.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  3. I loved Vane and Bride! One of my favourites but my absolute fav is Seize The Night… Valerius is my love. đŸ™‚

  4. Great review. I LOVED this book and really is vital for the series. I love the way this author has built this series up.

  5. This sounds like fun and I love a good shifter book. I have been wanting to start this series.

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