Valerius isn’t a popular Dark-Hunter-he’s a Roman, which means that the largely Greek Hunters have a major grudge against him and his civilization for superceding them. To make things worse, he’s very conscious of his aristocratic background and breeding.
So it serves him right when he runs into Tabitha Devereaux.
She’s sassy, sexy, and completely unwilling to take him seriously. (Not to mention that she’s the twin sister of the wife of former Dark-Hunter Kyrian-Val’s mortal enemy.) What Tabitha does take seriously is hunting and killing vampires-and soon she and Val have to grapple with the deadliest of all Daimons-one who’s managed to come back from the dead, and one who holds a serious grudge against both of them.
To win against evil, Val will have to loosen up, learn to trust, and put everything on the line to protect a man he hates and a woman who drives him nuts.
“Love isn’t easy. Anyone who says differently is lying to you. But it is worth fighting for.”
As for me, Seize the Night is one of the best books of 2012. It is the 6th book of the Dark-Hunter Universe series, the story of Tabitha and Valerius.
Seize the Night is perfect, I loved it! The story is filled with unforgettable characters, incomparable romance, mesmerizing erotica, real drama and tragic losses, vicious and powerful antagonists, witty and deep dialogues, sparkling humor, forceful emotions, thrilling and dynamic action.
What I liked the most was the development of the relationship of Tabitha and Valerius. It is a relationship with no doubts and no games. Their problems come from external sources. Even though they both know that they couldn’t be together, when they realize that they can’t live without each other, they decide to make it possible, somehow. Together.
Tabitha is the heroine I would choose to be. She is exquisite. Strong, brave, and beautiful with unmatched intelligence. She is perceptive, honest, open, and reasonable. From their first encounter, throughout the story, Valerius is continuously stunned by her actions, intelligence, kindness, and unbiased attitude. I really enjoyed his perceptions about her, and seeing as he slowly lets her into his heart.
“Saeva scaeva,” Valerius muttered under his breath.
“Saeve puer,” she shot back.
Valerius actually gaped at her. “Did you just insult me in Latin?”
“You insulted me first. Not that I’m particularly insulted by being called a rampant she-devil . It’s kind of flattering, but still, I’m not the kind of person to take an insult in silence.”
In spite of himself, he was impressed. It had been a long time indeed since he’d met a female who knew his native tongue. Of course, he didn’t like being called an oafish boy, but there was something to be said for a woman who possessed such intelligence.
And it had been an eternity since he was around someone who didn’t openly disdain him. She wasn’t biting in her retorts. Rather she was sparring with him like a champion debater who took none of this to heart.
How frighteningly refreshing.
That’s Tabitha. Unique, ingenious, eccentric, vivacious, and outspoken, with no holding back. Okay, there is one teeny-weeny bit of information she holds back from Valerius, but when it is revealed, her reasoning is clear and comforting. It is one of my favorite parts of the story.
“Why should I hate you?”
“My family ruined your brother-in-law.”
“And my Uncle Sally was a loan shark who died when one of his shakedowns shot him dead in the street. Every family tree has an asshole in it. That’s not your fault. You’re not the one who killed Kyrian, are you?”
“No, I was just a child when he died.”
“Then what’s your problem? […] Jeez. I love Kyrian, but the man really needs to learn how to let go of the past.”
Valerius is the most misunderstood Dark-Hunter so far. His childhood was a real horror, his human life ended in unimaginable misery. Since then, he has had no peace. He is displeased, hated, and mocked by his fellow Dark-Hunters and the Squires as well. No one wants to know his real personality, because they are not willing to see over their own prejudices. No one, but Tabitha.
“Where are my clothes?” he asked in the most disdainful voice she’d ever heard.
No wonder Nick and the others had a hard time with him. Arrogance and supreme superiority bled from every molecule of that masculine body. It was obvious Valerius was a man used to giving orders, which made sense since she knew he had once been a Roman general.
His rigidity is only a façade. He is incredibly lonely. Underneath his behavioral “defense mechanism”, he is passionate, loving, and caring. He is an equal partner of Tabitha. He respects her above all. He has no intention to change her in any way.
You can meet almost everyone from the previous books of the series: Julian, Talon, Urian, Vane and Bride. Zarek and Kyrian not only appear, but have a significant role in the story. Ash and Simi are brilliant as always. Their storyline with Nick is very serious and stressful. Ms. Kenyon delineates accurately even tertiary characters, such as Marla and Gilbert.
The plot is precisely structured. Valerius and Tabitha’s first encounter and the scene when Tabitha finally gives him his soul back, give a great – and funny as hell – frame of the story.
The story is complex, with multiple layers. The action line and the development of the romance are perfectly composed. The merging of the background stories of Kyrian and Zarek with Valerius’s is brilliant.
I appreciate the author’s bravery to sacrifice some precious characters in order to write a truly heartbreaking story.
The final scenes – the one where Valerius gets his soul back, and the one with Tabitha and Valerius’s wedding – are hilarious!!! It is a perfect ending: not sentimental, not cheesy or awkward, but amusing and intimate.
In this book, everything turns out to be something special. It is not only a breathtaking and sensually romantic installment of the series, but also important regarding to the Chronicles of Nick spin-off series.
Seize the Night goes into the collection of my all-time favorite novels.
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