How does that Hermans Hermits song go? "Second verse...same as the first!"
Oh, Sherrilyn Kenyon...we meet again.
And I leave with a general case of "meh" one more time.
So, why do I read these books? I like the world Kenyon has built...and I like the concept of the Dark Hunters and various other creatures that inhabit the Dark Hunter world. And I like that with the last few novels Kenyon has veered away from the typical formula of the New Orleans Dark Hunters. It's been interesting to be introduced to a new pantheon of gods...
On the flipside, though, despite the new pantheon and the New World setting:
...IT IS STILL THE SAME PLOT...
Meet our troubled, burly hero who has had such a troubled past that he willingly sells his soul to Artemis and serves her as a Dark Hunter. Meet our spunky, somehow unique heroine who meets said troubled, burly hero. About a third of the way into the story, our spunky, somehow unique heroine discovers that she is swooning for our troubled, burly hero and sexy times ensue. Troubled, burly hero and spunky, somehow unique heroine team up together to beat the evil villain (be it a Daimon or whoever) and spunky, somehow unique heroine tries to be a good little feminist and fight for herself...yet, still finds herself being protected by the troubled, burly hero. At the end of the story, our troubled, burly hero finds that he can find redemption in our spunky, somehow unique heroine...and they live happily ever after.
Maybe what bothers me is that the heroes all seem to be the same. Every time. And I wish Kenyon didn't resort to using random crude slang throughout the story...I have the same issue with the JR Ward books I have read as well. The random slang is jarring compared with the rest of the prose and throws me out of the story.
All that to say...yes, I will still read the next one.