June 29, 2012

Review: Phantom of the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon w/ Dianna Love

Series: B.A.D. 2
Format: Paperback (borrowed from the Library)
Excerpt here
Release Date: June 10, 2008
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository
After losing her mother to a vigilante killer, Terri Mitchell has dedicated her life to justice. Working covertly as a new agent for the Bureau of American Defense agency, she's consulting with the New Orleans Police Department to bust an organized crime ring suspected of funding terrorism. But when rumors surface of a phantom ghost terrorizing and killing the very people she's investigating, she's suspicious.

Nathan Drake has spent his life protecting his family, the only thing that matters to him...until the most feared drug lord in the southeast takes everything Nathan holds dear. Now he's a man on a mission with nothing to lose. He figures he only needs to stay alive long enough to protect the innocent lives the killers are out to destroy.

As the two of them seek a similar goal by different means, Terri and Nathan are drawn deep into an evil underbelly that cuts through all levels of society. Now two people who have no reason to trust must trust in each other or die. And if they die, a deadly attack will be unleashed on thousands of innocent people.
PHANTOM OF THE NIGHT is about familial love and sacrifice, cover ups, fraud and revenge. Here Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love weaves a tale about a man who will stop at nothing to uncover who betrayed his brother that cost the latter's life and his freedom.

I miss reading Sherrilyn Kenyon as IMHO, she is one of the best writers of male POV stories. I am a big Dark-Hunter fan and if you haven't had the pleasure of reading any of her books let me tell you that SKenyon has a Bachelor's Degree in Sexy and Engaging Characters and a Master's Degree on Tortured Souls. This girl is relentless when it comes to writing up tragedies and triumph, his men are marshmallows on the inside and hard candy on the outside.
I've been up for close to twenty hours and have a hard time believing those deodorant commercials are true. -Terri 
No, you smell natural and real. You smell the way a woman should. - Nathan
And Nathan Drake is no different, he is all male and brawny, a soldier who is loyal to a fault with incomparable skills both in the field and in the bedroom. But his family's loss made him blind to his anger and his only mission is to live long enough to solve the mystery surrounding his twin brother's death. Terri Mitchell is a wonderful accessory to Nathan Drake, though injured she didn't seem to hamper the viglante's personal investigation. She's smart and a competent consort to Nathan albeit working for the opposite sides of the law but a common goal and fierce attraction brought them together.
And maybe fat fairies ate the rest of your blouse, which explains why so much of it's missing.
But in spite of all these elements that I usually look for in a book, I didn't enjoy PHANTOM OF THE NIGHT as much as SKenyon's other books. I love a good conspiracy story and Nathan Drake's story is oozing with it as PHANTOM OF THE NIGHT is a mystery within a mystery, there is a puzzle uncovered every chapter but I didn't feel the connection between Nathan and Terri. I found the intermediate investigation lengthy, I could certainly do away with some parts, and the secondary characters were a little flat for my taste. Nathan and Terri didn't excite me as a couple and on the first part of the book, Nathan felt stalkerish to me, stealing into Terri's bedroom and house in the middle of the night while the latter entertains/questions him which is contradictory to Terri's character as a law enforcement agent.

So inasmuch as I love SKenyon and her writing, I won't be in a hurry to read the next book in the series.

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  1. The synopsis sounded so interesting, it was a little disappointing to know the chemistry wasn't really there with the couple.

  2. Awwh, I was really hoping this one would be wonderful as I've had my eye on it for awhile. Blah!

    - Jessica @ Book Sake

  3. In retrospect, for me it has something to do with Terri than Nathan, I didn't like her that much.

  4. I have read a few books by both authors together as well as Sherrilyn alone and enjoyed them. I agree with you and absolutely LOVE her work! I have not read this series yet as it doesn't appeal to me as much as the paranormal. :)
    Thanks for sharing, Braine.


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