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July 29, 2011

Dark Side of the Moon by Sherrilyn Kenyon

plot summary &excerpt here
Series: Dark-Hunter 10; Were-Hunter 5
Format: Paperback
Release Date: November 28, 2006
Purchase Link: Amazon
Susan Michaels was once the hottest reporter on the Beltway Beat until a major scandal ruined her life and left her writing stories about alien babies and Elvis sightings. Life as she once knew it is over, or so she thinks, but then she gets a lead on a story that could salvage her extinct career. She heads to the local animal shelter, expecting a hot news tip, which she gets in the form of a major police cover-up ... for a ring of soul-sucking vampires out to take over Seattle. So much for saving her credibility.

And if that isn't bad enough, she gets talked into adopting a cat and finds she's allergic to it. A cat that turns out to be a shapeshifter who claims to be an immortal vampire slayer on the prowl for the same corrupt cops. her first thought: seek professional help.

But as Susan's drawn into Ravyn's dark and dangerous world, she comes to realize that there's a lot more at stake than just her defunct career. Now it's no longer a question of bringing the truth to her readers; it's a matter of saving their very lives and souls.

Ravyn's life was shattered over four hundred years ago, when he mistakenly trusted the wrong human with the truth of his existence. He lost his family, his honor, and his life. Now, in order to save the people of Seattle, he's forced to confront that nightmare all over again, and to trust another woman with the secret that could destroy him.

In the world of the Dark-Hunters, life is always dangerous. But never more so than now, when a very human woman can shatter their entire world with just one story. The only question is ... will she?
This book cracked me up! Kenyon sure has a sense of humor I tell you. See Ravyn is an Arcadian Were-Hunter who turns into a leopard and Susan, an investigative reporter who fell on hard times professionally, is allergic to cats. I was laughing my butt off during their supposedly steamy scenes. The first time that they tried to do it Susan can't help but have an allergic reaction to Ravyn's cat fur that seems to cling to his long hair. Her throat would constrict and she can feel the fur tickling her esophagus. When they finally succeeded, Susan has to take breaks in between because she was coughing incessantly! 
 
Aside from the comedy, I like Susan and her fearless attitude. She's very feisty, speaks her mind and refuses to be intimidated. She is the perfect fit for the Dark-Hunter world amongst all the leading ladies that graced the chapters of Kenyon's books. As for Ravyn, his story got eclipsed by Acheron and Nick Gaultier though his backstory is heartbreaking nonetheless as is universal amongst the Hunters.

There are just a lot of major plots going on at the same time that distracts the reader from really empathizing with Ravyn. Stryker and his Spathi crew are relentless and their roles in the story is getting interesting. After reading Kiss of the Night, I'm afraid I'm torn about how I feel about the cursed race of Apollo. The war between the Daimons and the Hunters seems to be this big farce and they are but the pawns of the Greek Celestial Twins. No wonder Apollymi wants out!

Going back to Acheron, I'm just getting tired of the his daliance with Artemis. Can Kenyon make up another reason why Acheron is busy somewhere else? Surely there are other things that can occupy him aside from giving the Goddess of the Hunt multiple spasms. And we also meet Nick Gaultier as a Hunter, it is in this book where he made the quintessential deal with the devil so he can get his Act of Vengeance against Acheron. These are the events that will lead to his alter-ego Ambrose. This side of Nick is so far from the loving and happy boy in Kenyon's other series Chronicles of Nick. He is full of hate, anger and to say that he is tormented is an understatement.

On a side note, I am looking forward to reading Acheron's story and see how it will all go down. I hope that he lets Simi eat Artemis with BBQ Sauce on the side.


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