As the genre of Paranormal Romance has evolved, one of its pioneers has been Sherrilyn Kenyon. She broke new ground with her Dark-Hunter series. It appealed to the many readers who were growing bored with the bodice rippers and outdated euphemisms for male genitalia that had saturated the romance market. That’s not so say it was bad fiction, just it had reached the point where something needed to change. I applaud the agents and publishers who took a chance on a new slant of an already established and huge genre.
So why should you read Sherrilyn Kenyon?
I am continually astounded by her ability to tell not only a great story, but by the worlds and supporting characters she creates with the different series. With each book, someone who might have been a minor character in a previous story becomes the focus. You learn their history and ride along with them as their present unfolds and you genuinely feel part of it. The characters are always compelling, interesting and flawed and it’s those three things that keep you reading and eager to pick up another of her novels.
The Dark-Hunter world is like a web with a different strand for each person but with one character in the middle who holds it all together. He appears in most of the Dark-Hunter books and finally had his own story told in Acheron which was outstanding.
While Sherrilyn is (thankfully!) a prolific writer, I’ve never felt she churns out the same material for the sake of it. I feel the love she has for her characters in every book and they are all emotional, very engaging and unique. How she keeps all the characters straight when they cross paths continually I’ll never know but it amazes me.
Her male characters are hot, charismatic, dangerous, sensual but flawed and yes you’d expect that considering it is romance after all, but she also creates strong, determined and often ferocious women who you both love and can empathise with a great deal. The mix is explosive and very exciting and it’s the superb characterisations of both that bring them to life in your mind and utterly hook you.
So if you want books that you will absolutely fall in love with, you should read Sherrilyn Kenyon and my favourite series of all, the Dark-Hunters.