Format: .mobi (purchased)
Release Date: July 13, 2006
Life is great for me. I have my chicory coffee, my warm beignets, and my best friend on the cell phone. Once the sun goes down, I am the baddest thing prowling the night: I command the elements, and I know no fear. For centuries, I've protected the innocent and watched over the mankind, making sure they are safe in a world where nothing is ever certain. All I want in return is a hot babe in a red dress, who wants nothing more from me than one night.
Instead, I get a runaway Mardi Gras float that tries to turn me into roadkill and a beautiful woman who saves my life but can't remember where she put my pants. Flamboyant and extravagant, Sunshine Runningwolf should be the perfect woman for me. She wants nothing past tonight, no ties, no long-term commitments.
But every time I look at her, I start yearning for dreams that I buried centuries ago. With her unconventional ways and ability to baffle me, Sunshine is the one person I find myself needing. But for me to love her would mean her death. I am cursed never to know peace or happiness-not so long as my enemy waits in the night to destroy us both.
--Talon of the Morrigantes
Ah the the sexy Celt from Night Pleasures gets his own book. And doesn't disappoint. Talon made a very memorable *cough* naked *cough* impression on me. He's sexy, sees spirits and can take a joke ("Are you the asshole who sent the 'I See Dead People' T-shirt to me?"). All in all he's one hot piece of undead man flesh!
Someone like Talon needed a heroine that would not only accept what he was with no problem but appreciate him as he is. Fangs, attitude and all. Sunshine was definitely that heroine. She's quirky but not brainless, tough but not impenetrable. As an artist, she has a way of seeing past what Talon tries to project, to the small, vulnerable part of him that is still mortal. She was a lot of fun too.
It's not all about Talon and Sunshine though, there's quite a cast of characters that make Night Embrace a fun ride! There's also some new Dark-Hunters introduced in this book, including one very insane former Greek slave, Zarek. He makes Hannibal look like a kitten.
New Orleans is a perfect setting for this series, the history of the city itself makes the existence of soul sucking creatures and the warriors who protect mankind more believable. Author Sherrilyn Kenyon paints such a vivid picture of New Orleans, full of life and magic.
Night Embrace takes readers deeper into the world of the Dark-Hunters and involves not only the Greek gods but a few Celtic ones as well. Don't know your mythology? Not to worry, it's not difficult to understand which gods are which.
There's a bit of a twist in this book that has to do with Talon and Sunshine. I thought it added a nice touch to their romance and presented them with an even bigger obstacle than Talon being a Dark-Hunter.
While it is part of the series, you can technically read it as a stand alone, but why would you?