Friday, March 14, 2008

The Hunter & The Chef

I haven't read a Dark Hunter novel in a very long time. I stopped reading the books, I was losing interest in the stories. I enjoy the Dark Hunters, but for some reason I cannot get into the Dream Hunter books. So, Devil May Cry was my reintroduction to the Dark Hunter series.

Here's the blurb:
An ancient Sumerian god, Sin was one of the most powerful among his pantheon. . . Until the night Artemis stole his godhood by trickery and left him one step from death.
For millennia, this ex-god turned Dark-Hunter has dreamed only of regaining his powers and seeking revenge on her. If only life were that simple.

Unfortunately he has bigger fish or in his case, demons, to fry. The lethal gallu that were buried by his pantheon are now stirring and they are hungry for human flesh. Their only goal is to destroy mankind and anyone else who gets in their way. Lucky Sin is the only one who can stop it—that is if a certain woman doesn’t kill him first.

Trust of any kind died in him the moment Artemis tricked him, but now he must rely on another woman or see an annihilation of biblical proportions. Enemies have always made strange bedfellows, but never more so than when the fate of the world hangs in the balance. Now a man who knows only betrayal must trust the one person most likely to hand him to the demons. Artemis may have stolen his godhood, but this one has stolen his heart. The only question is will she keep it or feed it to the ones who want him dead?

Sin, has trust issues. Not only because of what happened with Artimes but also from things that happened during his "life" time. Now he has put his trust in Katra, and it may be the hardest thing he'll ever do. You see this struggle, and it touched my heart to see his turmoil.

And there's Katra, whose parentage is found out (by the readers) in this book. I had my theories beforehand, but I blown away. I was so surprised! I will not mention who they are here, so it can be a surprise to you as well, just in case you haven't read the book yet.

Although I enjoyed the scenes between Sin and Katra. But scene stealer were the ones between Kat and her father. Touching, warm and full of surprises!

Devil May Cry by Sherrilyn Kenyon (4.5/5) Romance Paranormal; Published: St. Martin's Press (August 2007); Series: # 12, Dark Hunter; Library book;

I was a little skeptical about reading this books. It's a book from another series I have enjoyed in the past. I loved the first three books of Deirdre Martin's New York Blades series, but the previous books (for the lack of a better word)sucked big time. So you can see why I was skeptical about Just a Taste. Oh, there's another reason: I thought that the hero would be a baffoon. Let me explain, the hero, Anthony Dante, was first introduced in Fair Play and he was such a baffoon that I just could not see him as a romantic hero. But, once again I was pleasantly surprised.

Here's the blurb:

For delizioso pasta, go to Dante’s. For a sumptuous Cordon Bleu, go to Vivi’s. To really heat things up… get them together.

Since his wife’s untimely death, Anthony Dante has thrown himself into his cooking, making his restaurant, Dante’s, a Brooklyn institution. So far, his biggest problem has been keeping his retired hockey star brother out of the kitchen. But now, a mademoiselle is invading his turf. And you know what they say: too many chefs spoil the neighborhood…

Stunning Vivi Robitaille can’t wait to showcase her tastebud-tingling recipes in her brand new bistro, Vivi’s. Her only problem is an arrogant Italian chef across the street who actually thinks he’s competition. The table is set for a culinary war—until things start getting spicy outside of the kitchen…

Both Anthony and Vivi are perfectionists, two peas in the pod, comes to mind. They have the same passions: food, creating the perfect dish, their respective restaurants and family. The squable about everything, and like a character in the book said, their arguing is a type of foreplay.
They both struggle with their feelings, but it the end....well, you know the rest.

Just A Taste by Deirdre Martin (4/5) Romance Contemporary; Published: Berkley Sensation (January 2008); Series: # 6, New York Blades; Library book;

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