The sign of a good series or author is that they can totally distract you from the course you’d plotted out or the household chores you’d planned to do. I’d been meaning to go back and forth between the Darkover novels and the Dark-Hunter series, but a trip to Chapters uncovered one of the earlier Kenyon novels I’d been hunting for, so of course it needed to be devoured immediately.
Night Play is a fun, if somewhat predictable romp in Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter world. It falls a little closer to the formulaic twists of a standard romance novel except with paranormal characters. What was intriguing was the fact that the heroine has dealt with the body image issues that our modern media seem to exacerbate and that the Were-Hunter wolf Vane loves her just the way she is.
This novel added more details to fit into the growing tapestry of the Dark-Hunter world and was a thoroughly enjoyable read. For the first time, however, the story felt a bit “churned out” instead of lovingly crafted… especially coming right after reading a later novel so beautifully crafted. Night Play doesn’t deal with any heavy issues and is a fun, erotic read. If you like your romance novels spicy, edgy and unusual, then this is a perfect choice.
Paperback format, 362 pages, published in 2004 by St. Martin’s Griffin