Where were you when you first picked up a Sherrilyn Kenyon novel? Or maybe you just haven't had the chance to pick up one of her books.
I happened to be living in a ramshackle place that's best referred to as Casa de Frankenstein (I'll let you go on guessing why). I had dial up internet *insert horror movie scream here* and was looking for something to fill the void left by my favorite paranormal tv show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It was about four years after the show ended and I wanted more of the paranormal. Not your run of the mill type of paranormal but a paranormal romance.
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Immediately my interest was snagged and less than 72 hours later (because it took nearly half that time for my dial up internet to find what I was looking for), I had the first book, Night Pleasures, in my hands.
This was the book for me. The book that introduced me to paranormal romance. It set the standard for what I would and would not read in that particular genre. Night Pleasures was not your average vampire romance novel. In fact, the word "vampire" doesn't really describe what Dark-Hunters are, but for those who aren't familiar with the series, it'll do in a pinch.
I fell so in love with each of the Dark Hunters Sherrilyn introduced readers to. These are immortal beings who had such tragic lives and deaths and it shaped/warped (*cough* Zarek) them into what they are in modern day New Orleans. From the start, Sherrilyn Kenyon created such mystery around the Dark Hunter leader, Acheron Parth... Okay years later and I STILL have to look up how to spell his last name *opens new tab to go to Sherrilyn's character index* Ah, here it is: Parthenopaeus. (Psst, you can look up how to say his name correctly here) and his little she-demon Simi, who is adorable and hilarious. Ash remained an enigma through most of the series, until *plays heavenly music* Sherrilyn announced she was writing his book. I'm not ashamed to admit she had me drooling all over this one like a Bull Mastiff with a steak in its face.
To make things even better, last year, a dear friend of mine attended DragonCon and did something incredible for me. She stood in line and got me a signed, personalized copy of Acheron and some really awesome swag. I know to some it might not be a big deal but for me, I had resigned myself to never getting a signed and personalized book from Sherrilyn and here a friend that I haven't seen for quite some time made one of my wishes come true.
Needless to say, I have had an ongoing love affair with the series for quite some time. I'm not the only one though. If you check out Sherrilyn's website you can see entire sections dedicated to fans who have gotten the series' various symbols tattooed on their bodies, and fans who have named their children and/or pets after beloved characters.
This month, the highly anticipated Styxx is released. Styxx is Acheron's twin who has appeared in previous books and let me tell you I have a feeling this book is going to be a whopper of a story. Styxx has a lot to say and some of it may not be flattering towards Acheron. As Sherrilyn Kenyon said on her website, "There are three sides to every story. Yours. Theirs. And the truth that isn't clouded by human emotions that filter everything."
I can't wait to talk about this book later on in my review! ☺
But Sherrilyn's talent isn't just limited to this amazing series. She has the coinciding Were-Hunter and Dream Hunter series and the spin off YA series, The Chronicles of Nick that takes readers through the early years of one of the characters in the Dark Hunter series. She also writes a fast paced futuristic romance series called The League. Then there are the historical romances she wrote as Kinley MacGregor: The Lords of Avalon, Brotherhood of the Sword, The MacAllisters (which blends in with the Brotherhood series), The Sea Wolves and various other books.
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