Title: Dream Hunter
Series: Dark Hunter #10
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: Feb. 6, 2007
Buy Link: Amazon
My Rating: 3 Dream Invading ♥'s
In the ethereal world of dreams, there are champions who fight to protect the dreamer and there are demons who prey on them...
Arik is such a predator. Condemned by the gods to live eternity without emotions, Arik can only feel when he's in the dreams of others. For thousands of years, he's drifted through the human unconscious, searching for sensation. Now he's finally found a dreamer whose vivid mind can fill his emptiness.
Dr. Megeara Kafieri watched her father ruin himself and his reputation as he searched to prove Atlantis was real. Her deathbed promise to him to salvage his reputation has now brought her to Greece where she intends to prove once and for all that the fabled island is right where her father said it was. But frustration and bad luck dog her every step. Especially the day they find a stranger floating in the sea. His is a face she's seen many times.... in her dreams.
What she doesn't know is that Arik holds more than the ancient secrets that can help her find the mythical isle of Atlantis. He has made a pact with the god Hades: In exchange for two weeks as a mortal man, he must return to Olympus with a human soul. Megeara's soul.
With a secret society out to ruin her expedition, and mysterious accidents that keep threatening her life, Megeara refuses to quit. She knows she's getting closer to Atlantis and as she does, she stumbles onto the truth of what Arik really is.
For Arik his quest is no longer simple. No human can know of a Dream-Hunter's existence. His dream of being mortal has quickly turned into his own nightmare and the only way to save himself will be to sacrifice the very thing he wanted to be human for. The only question is, will he?
I'm a fan of the Dark Hunters - Dark, damaged, bad*ss alpha males hunting Daemons & protecting mankind - all with intriguing backstories. BBF/Hero material. While Dream Hunter Arik is certainly damaged and on the high end of the SexOmeter - I had some trouble feeling empathy with him in the same way as I have the Dark Hunters. The story was slow to draw me in as I missed some of the intensity of other books in the series.
Arik bargains with Hades for two weeks as a human in order to experience sex for real with Megeara “Geary” Saatsakis, a woman whose dreams Arik has invaded - hot, steamy, erotic dreams. Dream Hunters are forbidden to remain in one person's dreams multiple times, and Arik is ordered to move on to someone else but refuses. Geary is searching for Atlantis to restore her dead father's reputation as he had been ridiculed in life and after death for believing it existed. Arik received a box from her father - he left her proof in the form of an ancient coin. When Arik & Geary meet in the human realm, Arik offers to help Geary get the needed permits to begin her search. She recognizes Arik from her dreams, but doesn't know that it's her soul that he traded to Hades in a deal for two weeks as a human.
As this story plays out, there are some humorous moments as Arik fumbles the finer details of being human. But I wanted to feel more chemistry between Arik and Geary. I found the Atlantis plot line intriguing and the supporting cast interesting - ranging from egotistical Greek Gods to some snarky characters to Arik's brother, and they all helped carry the story. While certainly unique, Dream Hunter moved a bit slow for me until near the end. Most certainly a different and interesting addition to the series. And what a gorgeous cover! A Must Read for fans of the series.
My Rating: 3 Dream Invading ♥'s . . . And that's the truth!
Cross My Heart . . . xxx