Bride McTierney has had it with men. They’re cheap, self-centered, and never love her for who she is. But though she prides herself on being independent, deep down she still yearns for a knight in shining armor.
She just never expected her knight in shining armor to have a shiny coat of fur…
Deadly and tortured, Vane Kattalakis isn’t what he seems. Most women lament that their boyfriends are dogs. In Bride’s case, hers is a wolf. A Were-Hunter wolf. Wanted dead by his enemies, Vane isn’t looking for a mate. But the Fates have marked Bride as his. Now he has three weeks to either convince Bride that the supernatural is real or he will spend the rest of his life neutered–something no self-respecting wolf can accept…
But how does a wolf convince a human to trust him with her life when his enemies are out to end his? In the world of the Were-Hunters, it really is dog-eat-dog. And only one alpha male can win.
“There’s something inside you that scares me, Vane. Are you sure you’re normal?”
I understand his unwillingness to force Bride into anything, as “claiming can never be forced on a female”, but his doubts and uncertainties are exaggerated.
I like his magical powers: they are said to be unique and superlative, but sadly there is no real action in the story where he can actually show how powerful he is. He uses his powers mainly to poof in and out, to take clothes on and off Bride and himself, to repair things, and to put things in order.
The story is amusing at the beginning. I really appreciate Bride’s build – finally a pretty and hot heroine with curves. One of the most moving scenes is where Vane and Bride meet first, and she is so skeptical and suspicious about Vane’s intentions. It is so sweet, love it! And I love as Vane is admiring Bride!
I really don’t know what to think about Bride: sometimes she is irritating, but she is also kind and brave – not only in her actions, but in her attitude as well.
Maybe he would be different.
Or maybe he’ll be worse.
She wouldn’t know unless she took a chance.
Sadly the story soon falls flat. I was really bored and upset by
- Vane’s pensiveness about what to do. I expected more vehemence and forcefulness by him.
- The repetitive delineation of his appearance and masculinity (the adjective “masculine” appears in the book fourteen times, and all of them are applied to Vane!) – I got it, he is gorgeous…
- Bride’s irritating behavior, as she freaks out, and is not able to accept the idea of the existence of the supernatural world.
There is no real action, and the plot is predictable. I foresaw Bride’s kidnapping as clear as Ash knew the lottery numbers. That cliché looks like a compulsory element that gives the opportunity to the hero to save the heroine. The saving, by the way, was quick and effortless.
Altough it is one of the weakest book of the series, I was okay with the story up to Bride’s standing up for Vane which is one of the best scenes of the book. But, at the end, two things made me dislike this book irrevocably: the over-romanticized singing to Bride, and the public love confession and engagement.
And although I love Simi, and Ash’s kind and patient attitude toward her is amazing, the Macarena dance was too much for me. He really “spoils that demon”.
Night Play is my least favorite installment of the Dark-Hunter series so far. But I liked most of the installments, so I begin to read the next book with unbroken enthusiasm and optimism.
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Daily Quotes by Exina, from 262 to 269.