“I enjoyed Seize the Night, a paranormal romance in the Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon. It was my first Kenyon book. I got a big a kick out of it's being set in New Orleans, as I'm a frequent visitor to that eccentric town.
For those uninitiated in Ms. Kenyon's world, I'll describe it as best I can. I'm bound to get it wrong because I found it a little confusing. Daimons are evil vampires. Dark Hunters are vampires sworn to protect humans from Daimons. Squires are sort of personal assistants in Daimon fighting to Dark Hunters. The characters in STN have been alive since ancient times and still carry grudges, so even Dark Hunters don't get along. All the Dark Hunters hate our hero, Valerius, for crucifixions, conquests, and tortures his corrupt Roman family did to them and their kin back in the day. And therein lies the book's charm. Valerius is a stuck up cultural snob who's rich, immortal, and superhero strong, but he cannot even walk down Bourbon street without ancient enemies pouring cheap beer on his head from a second story window. His own brother, a demi-god, makes sure it rains - only over Varlerius' head. Being gorgeous gets him no breaks either; he gets lucky but he's never loved. Until he meets a Tabitha, a gothed-out human, self-appointed Daimon slayer.
I also liked Tabitha a lot. She's bold, outspoken, intense, and uninhibited. People often find her too much to take in long doses, but everyone loves her anyway. Ms. Kenyon made the development of Tab and Val's romance believable, sweet, and sexy. I really liked the romance part of the novel, which is dominant in the ratio with Daimon fighting at about 70-30.
The battles escalated. New enemies emerged with new agendas that took several gods, goddesses, and worlds to explain. Ms. Kenyon lost me. I had a hard time caring about the outcome of the battles, even the epic one close to the end. That is why I gave the book 3 stars instead of 4.
I've bought a few more Sherrilyn Kenyon novels since I picked up this one. I think I'm going to enjoy them.”