Dance with the Devil

Dance with the Devil

by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Zarek's Point of View:Dark-Hunter: A soul guardian who stands between mankind and those who would see mankind destroyed.

Insanity: A condition many say I suffer

  • Series: Dark-Hunter
  • Language: English
  • Category: Romance
  • Rating: 4.39
  • Pages: 343
  • Publish Date: November 28th 2003 by St. Martin's Press
  • Isbn10: 0312984839
  • Isbn13: 9780312984830

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Occupation: Justice Nymph Best thing that came out of her mouth: Im a nymph. If you asked a fan of tortured heroes in romance, shed say that she saw through his bad boy façade and that underneath it, was a tender heart craving to be loved. The Devil's Advocate: Bad boy finding his true love is probably the most popular female fantasy after Channing Tatum.

This probably makes no sense at all but that's all i could think throughout the whole book.

Dance with the Devil is a perfect romance, the beautiful love story of Zarek and Astrid. But the main attraction of the novel is the story of the two of them, the development of the love and relationship of Astrid and Zarek. You have to learn to trust someone, Zarek. She isstrong, sensible, caring, and loving.I admire her perceptiveness, as she is able to see through Zarek'sfaçade. Dance with the Devil will always remain one of my all-time favorites.

Astrid: She was sent to judge Zarek, but she could not resist his dark charm. One thing I loved: Both Zarek and Astrid love the book "the Little Prince" and they say passages and recite favourite quotes to each other while they are falling in love. A dark tortured hero is usually a favourite story of mine.

Of course, this is when the goddess Artemis comes along and gives Zarek the powers to be an immortal Dark-Hunter and save humanity from the demons. (This info-dump I've just given you is slowly and carefully revealed through the book, just in case you think Kenyon is a bad writer - she's not. This is a romance, and that means a really long story that focuses on love, acceptance, and redemption - with a generous side dish of sex. I enjoy reading about people having sex, but only if they are characters that were developed, and characters who started to fall in love slowly and sweetly, and I understand how much they care for each other and why they are choosing to have sex. And I'm like, "I don't care about these people, can I please leave?" Whereas in romance I am like, "Oh, this couple is so cute! Yay!" Also, most times erotica skips over kissing. Who wants to read a book with sex but no kissing?!?!!? I must have tons of kissing in my romance novels. I'm including this explanation for anyone who sneers at romance novels and says, "Why is Carmen reading this shit?" Because it's sweet and cute and I like to read about kissing. 2.) This book works for me only because it keeps up the pretense that Astrid is a human, normal woman. 3.) This book employs one of my all-time favorite tropes: bring-the-dangerous-wounded-man-home-and-heal-him-while-falling-in-love tropes. However, this trope is not a guarantee of a book's success - just look at how Joyce Maynard screwed up Labor Day. 4.) Zarek is one of the only Dark-Hunters in this (very long) series that is allowed to say 'fuck.' I believe it is used about 4 times in the novel. However, Kenyon mostly makes him say 'screw' when he means 'fuck.' I can understand why she's doing this: she is being considerate of her readers and doesn't want to offend them - but if anyone would be fine with saying 'fuck' it's Zarek. Fortunately, I remedied the problem by taking a pen and scratching out every single time Zarek says a form of 'screw' and replacing it with the proper tense of the word 'fuck.' Very fun, very satisfying, and will save me a lot of annoyance when I re-read this. Or the amazingly cute scene where Zarek makes Astrid hot chocolate. Hell, you're lucky I'm housebroke." LOL This book was frequently making me laugh with Zarek's snarling sarcasm and Astrid's dry wit responses to his barbs. :) 7.) The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry plays a big role in this novel, as it turns out to be a favorite book of both Zarek and Astrid. I mean, I can think of a thousand things a man can do to disrespect a woman sexually, but it's definitely not anything Kenyon writes about. What he's doing is a safe, loving, respectful (for a boyfriend) activity and not even in the least bit dirty, shameful, or letting a man 'handle' you, which to me makes it sound like he's doing something disrespectful, violent, or unwanted - which he isn't. This isn't the first time Kenyon's pulled this crap - she did it in Night Pleasures when the hero grabs the heroine's ass while they are kissing. Astrid has to have quite a few educational conversations with Zarek to stop him from referring as what they do together as 'fucking.' She has a problem with him describing their lovemaking as 'fucking' because a.) She's in love with him and is hopeful that he is in love with her, too. Overall, a sweet, tender book about the healing powers of love! For every 50 romance novels I read, I only find 1 that I really enjoy. So, don't expect any prize-winning plot or superb writing from any romance novel, but just read them for fun and love them for what they are. P.S. Kenyon gives Zarek "kiss virginity" in this novel.

He's one of my favourite characters and I'm really glad I got to read his story. I adored Astrid and her undiing strenght to not let go of Zarek and to show him the beauty of kindness and love. Why exactly can't he!?' Seriously, I liked Acheron in the previous books but now I just want to kill him. Then why does she write such a weak plot, where he's nothing but a bitch for the bratty, slutty Artemis. To be honest, I don't know how I could read about his book, since he fucked that bitch a lot. And what's even more, is that out of all the characters I like the demon Simi the most, now ain't that a funny thing.

This was my first Sherrilyn Kenyon book (once upon a time) and it was the book that started my love of the Dark-Hunters. I know Zarek is a character Ill revisit often, and actually being able to read the book at any moment, no matter where I am made the decision to purchase the Kindle version easy for me. Every time I read this book, my heart breaks all over again as I read Zareks memories.

Even though the story took place within a matter of days, much like the previous books, the connection between Zarek and Astrid was more palpable and consequently more believable to me, because they actually spent large swaths of time virtually alone together, during which they were able to communicate on a fairly deep level. Even in the last book, Night Embrace, I could tell that there was a lot of depth lurking beneath the surface of Zarek's gruff exterior and harsh words, and he certainly didn't disappoint me in this story. The only thing about Zarek which I would have liked to know that wasn't told, is exactly how he became a Dark-Hunter and what his act of vengeance was. Typically, it seems that the Dark-Hunters were warriors in their human life, but Zarek was a lowly slave. I knew after reading about Zarek in Night Embrace that he would need a strong, patient heroine to help him overcome his past, and in my opinion, Ms. Kenyon wrote the perfect mate for him. There are a number of other new characters who were introduced in Dance with the Devil as well including Jess aka Sundown who is Zarek's friend and the first cowboy Dark-Hunter (his book Redemption is forthcoming); Sasha, Astrid's Katagari (Were-Hunter) wolf companion; Syra, the first female Dark-Hunter to grace the series; Spawn, the first Apollite Dark-Hunter, and M'Adoc, a Dream-Hunter. While I did enjoy Dance with the Devil a lot, especially when compared with some of the previous books in the series, it wasn't absolutely perfect for me. Ms. Kenyon also seems to enjoy creating lots of new characters, as is evidenced above, which usually means new mythology as well, but again unlike previous books, she managed to weave most of these elements in without bringing the story to a screeching halt to do it, which I greatly appreciated. Dance with the Devil still managed to earn a place on my keeper shelf and has definitely reinvigorated my interest in the Dark-Hunter series which I now look forward to continuing in the future. Readers will get to see yet another side of Acheron and Simi that adds a bit more depth to their characters, and also get a brief visit with a bunch of the Were-Hunters from Sanctuary as well as Tabitha (Seize the Night). I don't know if Gallagher will play a part in any future Dark-Hunter stories or if he might someday get his own, but I felt like I got to know him well enough to think that he would make a good hero.

He had one messed-up life - but I guess they all did in order to become Dark Hunters. Zarek was a whipping boy and then a slave during his mortal life. Astrid is a justice nymph who is sent in to judge immortals when the gods are thinking of killing them. She is sent in to judge Zarek since he is so feral. Since justice is blind, she has to go in there blind with only her wolf-man guide-dog, Sasha as her eyes. I love when dogs can talk in books! Zarek, of course, is rude and prickly as ever, but he also finds her attractive and does nice things for her behind her back. Sasha: "I swear he shoved one entire pancake in his mouth at once." Astrid would have been disgusted had she not been in his dreams. I have two young men who bring over loads of friends all of the time and shoving a whole pancake into their mouths would be a good day. His mortal life apparently sucked, and his immortal life doesn't look like it's much better.

With legions of fans known as Menyons (thousands of whom proudly sport tattoos from her series and who travel from all over the world to attend her appearances), her books are always snatched up as soon as they appear on store shelves.