Life is great for me. I have my chicory coffee, my warm beignets, and my best friend on the cell phone. Once the sun goes down, I am the baddest thing prowling the night: I command the elements, and I know no fear. For centuries, I've protected the innocent and watched over the mankind, making sure they are safe in a world where nothing is ever certain. All I want in return is a hot babe in a red dress, who wants nothing more from me then one night.
Instead, I get a runaway Mardi Gras float that tries to turn me into roadkill and a beautiful woman who saves my life but can't remember where she put my pants. Flamboyant and extravagant, Sunshine Runningwolf should be the perfect woman for me. She wants nothing past tonight, no ties, no long-term commitments.
But every time I look at her, I start yearning for dreams that I buried centuries ago. With her unconventional ways and ability to baffle me, Sunshine is the one person I find myself needing. But for me to love her would mean her death. I am cursed never to know peace or happiness-not so long as my enemy waits in the night to destroy us both.
--Talon of the Morrigantes
Say goodbye to the garlic-hating, crucifix-fearing vampires of old. With her steamy, action-packed Dark-Hunter novels, Kenyon (Night Pleasures, etc.) is ushering in a whole different class of night dwellers. These new millennium models are gorgeous, Goth rocker looking immortals who don't necessarily drink blood. The evil Daimons only do so to amuse themselves before consuming their primary sustenance: human souls. Dark-Hunters like the novel's leather-wearing, biker stud Talon protect humans from the soul-suckers. Other traditional vampire nemeses like mirrors pose no threat to these post-vampires, but a rule forbidding Dark-Hunters from having more than a one-night stand does, especially when Talon finds himself falling in love with human artist Sunshine Runningwolf. Taking place during Mardi Gras, the story is complex, involving not just Daimons and Dark-Hunters but equally untraditional werewolves, were-hunters and Greek/Celtic gods, whose involvement in Talon and Sunshine's mysterious relationship stretches back thousands of years. Fortunately, an abundance of hot sex and snappy dialogue keep the plot both accessible and appealing. With its courageous, unconventional characters and wry humor, this fast-moving fantasy will fill the void left by the end of the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" series.