Seize the Night (Dark-Hunter #7) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Published Date: Dec 28, 2004
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Synopsis: Valerius isn't a popular Dark-Hunter-he's a Roman, which means that the largely Greek Hunters have a major grudge against him and his civilization for superceding them. To make things worse, he's very conscious of his aristocratic background and breeding. So it serves him right when he runs into Tabitha Devereaux. She's sassy, sexy, and completely unwilling to take him seriously. (Not to mention that she's the twin sister of the wife of former Dark-Hunter Kyrian-Val's mortal enemy.) What Tabitha does take seriously is hunting and killing vampires-and soon she and Val have to grapple with the deadliest of all Daimons-one who's managed to come back from the dead, and one who holds a serious grudge against both of them. To win against evil, Val will have to loosen up, learn to trust, and put everything on the line to protect a man he hates and a woman who drives him nuts. (SOURCE)
I am a sucker for the underdog- the guy that everyone hates for no obvious reason. Valerius fits that bill.
Val is Roman and our beloved Greek Dark-Hunter's have major issues with him. Even his squire gives him a hard time. Val is refined and a little stuffy, it seems. He stays away from the other DHs, making him look even worse.
Tabitha is Amanda's (Night Pleasures) twin sister. She's full of spunk and life and when she meets Valerius things begin with a bang. Tabby brings Val into her life and seeing his reaction to her roommate and her store is probably one of my favorite parts of their story. He tries to hide his reactions to her life style but Tab delights in shocking him.
Acheron places Tabby in Valerius' house after unfortunate events and she does her best to get him to come out of his shell. She does a lot of prodding and teasing to see him react.
As the book goes on we see different sides of him peeking out and he is scrumptious. Tabby brings out something else in Valerius, and vice versa. They are complete opposites but their relationship flourishes as they get to know one another, making them probably one of my favorite couples in the series.
I really like that every time I open one of these books I get something different. All of the Dark-Hunters seem to be looking for something and we see them get it in different ways. Val is looking for someone that sees him as he truly is, not for what his family did in the past. He is trying to move past everything that is holding him back, the memories of past loves and horrifying torture. I love that Tabitha is willing to stick around and help him with that. She does't allow the opinions of others to cloud her judgement, especially as she gets to know him better.
Seriously love these two and it was nice to see those from past books make appearances as well.
An excellent book and series.