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Pleasures of the Night

Pleasures of the Night

In the Twilight between sleep and consciousness, a battle rages between Dream Guardians and Nightmares. Captain Aidan Cross is a legend, as skilled in fulfilling erotic dreams as he is with the glaive that kills his enemies. Women see Aidan as part of their fantasies . . . except Lyssa Bates. Exquisite, desirable, enigmatic Lyssa perplexes this immortal seducer because she sees him as he really is. And as he attempts to unravel her secrets the unthinkable occurs: Aidan Cross falls in love.

Lyssa has been having the most incredible dreams about a man whose blue eyes hold the promise of decadent pleasures and tempting intimacies. And then he appears on her doorstep! This intoxicating stranger is just as irresistible as the man of her dreams . . . but with her surrender there is also grave danger . . .

Because Aidan is on a mission, and the passion that consumes them body and soul could have dire consequences. Loving the mortal woman prophesied to destroy Aidan’s world is not only impossible . . it is forbidden.

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Pleasures of the Night:

Genre: Fantasy
Series: The Dream Guardians® Series , Book 1
Original Publication Date: April 24, 2007

Sylvia Day

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As sunlight flooded his vision, Aidan blinked and stared down at the woman in his arms. His heart stopped, every cell in his body arrested by the flowing golden tresses that tumbled across the sand.

“What…?” She gasped, lovely dark eyes widened in surprise as she looked around. “Where are we?”

A soft tropical breeze ruffled his hair, and reggae played in the background, but his eyes never left her face. She was confused, her short nails digging into the skin of his forearms, and he couldn’t form one coherent word to reassure her.

Lyssa Bates was stunningly beautiful, her features both patrician and sensual. Her mouth full and red, kissable. Her eyes tip-tilted seductively, revealing both intelligence and innocence. Why had she pictured herself as worn and tired-looking?

Because that’s the way she felt.

“Oh my God,” she breathed, her fingertips touching his face reverently. “You’re gorgeous.”

And then they were plunged into darkness. The music fell silent and the fragrant sea breeze disappeared, leaving only the two of them intertwined, their hearts racing next to each other.

“What happened?” she cried plaintively.

Aidan was immobilized in shock. He had desired her scent, the feel of her body, the blunt way she spoke… Regardless of her facial appearance, he’d wanted to take her beneath him and fuck her senseless. Sex as a distraction had always worked for him, and from her response to his embrace, he’d known it would work for her, too.

Then he saw her. And now he wanted something more.

“You got scared,” he managed hoarsely. “Lost the dream.”

As he struggled with the implications, she resumed caressing his face, learning his features by touch as a sculptor would. He had no idea what she’d seen in the light. Her dream would make him into whatever she desired most. For the first time he resented that, wishing the effect he had on her was genuine and the face she admired so much was his own.

“Aidan?” Her sweet voice was low, tentative. Lonely.

Just as he was.

He rolled, pulling her over him, his arms dropping to the ground. His head fell back and his eyes closed, the weight of his dilemma crushing his chest, making it hard to breathe. An eternity of seducing had given him enough insight to be certain—something fragile had taken root in the brief moment their eyes had met.

It needed to be crushed, and Lyssa forgotten.

“Yes?” His voice was gruff, and he felt the confusion it caused ripple through her. He should let her go, move her off him.

But he couldn’t do it.

Then she lowered her mouth to his, her softly fragrant hair surrounding him, encasing them together, until all he was cognizant of was her and how much he wanted her. Her lips touched his, a brief kiss, a gentle pressing. He groaned in painful awareness. Emboldened, her tongue flicked out, wetting his bottom lip before she sucked on it with a rhythmic pull that made his cock swell and ache. Lyssa set her hands on either side of his head, lifting slightly to brush her breasts back and forth across his chest.

Aidan Cross, Elite Warrior and immortal seducer, was being consummately seduced for the first time in his endless memory. And Lyssa Bates was very, very good at it.

He’d wanted to distract her and get laid. Now, mating with Lyssa had become a dangerous tangle. His brain was not analyzing step by step the best way to excite her so he could hurry up and thrust his cock into her. His brain was barely functioning at all, other than registering panic at the depth of his craving. He wanted to hold her close, take his time, arouse her to madness with his mouth and hands before sliding into her and letting her come. Over and over again.

Not to forget himself. But to find himself. To remember what it felt like when he still had hope, to remember when he hadn’t been afraid to care about someone.

Opening his mouth to speak, he was instead plundered by her kiss, her tongue sweeping inside, stroking along his, making him shiver. She moved, her thighs straddling his hips, her cunt to his cock, her lithe body gliding sinuously along his in a full-body caress. His chest rose and fell so rapidly, he felt dizzy. Sweating, he reached to push her away, but his muscles refused to comply.

“The sand,” he gasped, turning his head, which freed her mouth to nibble along his jaw.

Instantly, sand cushioned his back.

“The sun.” If he forced her focus to shift, perhaps her ardor would lessen enough to allow him to resist and save himself. His burgeoning fascination with her couldn’t be allowed to deepen. There was nowhere for a relationship between them to go, and even if there was, it was hopeless. He needed to dedicate every bit of energy he had to the fight. He couldn’t afford to lose the concentration required to do his job properly.

The air around them lightened slowly, like a sunrise, bathing her in a golden glow that formed a halo through her hair. She was an angel to him, a woman both open and innocent, yet not as fragile as circumstances made her appear.

“Please, don’t stop,” she breathed in his ear, making him shiver.

“Lyssa.” His jaw tightened. “You don’t understand.”

She ground her hips downward onto him, his cock jerking at the feel of her heat burning through to his most sensitive skin. “You want me,” she argued stubbornly.

“Yes, but there are things you don’t—”

“And I want you.”

Aidan growled as she shimmied again. “Oh, fuck it!” he muttered, rolling to pin her beneath him.

“My thoughts exactly,” she said with laughter in her voice and eyes.

Deliberately turning off the part of his brain that was urging him to think twice, Aidan let his body take over.

This was what he knew, what he’d spent centuries doing, and he’d never wanted a woman this badly. He could face-off against legions of Nightmares, yet he was afraid to fuck a woman he desired?

“Clear your mind of everything but me,” he said roughly. “Give me the lead.”

“You’ve got it.”

Concentrating with more focus than he’d ever had to use before, Aidan took over the dream, altering their surroundings, creating a circular room lit by candles and scented by exotic flowers. Spicy incense burned in various holders, releasing thin wisps of fragrant white smoke into the air. Dominating the velvet-draped interior of the space was a massive round bed piled with a profusion of silken scarves in various colors. It was there that he pictured them, lying amid the softness, their skin bared and pressed together. Now that he was decided, he would ensure this was a night neither of them would ever forget.

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    • One of the songs I listened to often while writing Pleasures of the Night was Falls on Me by Fuel. The lyrics perfectly suit the romance between Aidan and Lyssa.
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News & Reviews

Good News

  • Digital Sale

    Pleasures of the Night is available for a limited time as $1.99 digital download at all major e-tailers (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders, Sony, iPad, and more!).

    — November 7, 2010
  • PRISM Award Finalist

    Pleasures of the Night has been named a finalist for the 2008 PRISM Award!

    — October 6, 2008
  • Aspen Gold Readers’ Choice Award Finalist

    Pleasures of the Night is a finalist in the Aspen Gold Readers’ Choice Awards!

    — July 26, 2008

Industry Reviews

    • Gena Showalter, New York Times bestselling author:
      “So hot the pages should be on fire!”
    • Susan Grant, New York Times bestselling author:
      “Dreams have never been this hot! Pleasures of the Night sizzles as a romance, enthralls as a paranormal, and captivates with a fantastic cast of characters. I didn’t want the 'night' to end!”
    • Toni Blake:
      “Sylvia Day delivers readers to a fantasy world as unique as it is erotic! Ms. Day is an up-and-coming talent in the world of erotic fiction.”
    • RT BOOKreviews Magazine:
      “In this fascinating story, wonderful immortals from an alternate dimension are sent to protect dreamers in the mortal world. The hero and his friends are easy to like, and the heroine is strong and intelligent. The secondary characters are a good addition, and there’s lots of sex, but also an intricate and imaginative plot, with plenty of action and even a nice touch of humor.” — April 2007
    • A Romance Review:
      5 out of 5! “I can’t begin to tell you how much this book means to me. As a reader, every once in a while you may come across a book that touches you so profoundly you cannot adequately describe the feeling. Pleasures of the Night is that book for me. Every aspect of it is just right. The characters are so real you can touch them. The plot is so compelling you experience every action as the characters do. It is evocative and too delicious for words.” – April 2007
    • Joyfully Reviewed:
      Recommended Read!Pleasures of the Night is one of those rare books that completely took over my consciousness. I stepped into this alternate reality and I not only felt completely at home, it had me believing that ‘this’ is possible. Pleasures of the Night can only be called an absolute divine read. Filled with humor, action, danger, love and passion that surpassed even my highest hopes…I can do nothing else but Joyfully Recommend this book. I’m almost seriously thinking about stalking Ms. Day until she releases the next story in this series!!” – April 2007
    • Fallen Angels Reviews:
      Recommended Read! “Sylvia Day crosses genres with Pleasures of the Night. Well-known for her historical romances, Day truly shines in this paranormal romance story. I LOVED this book! The character development and the world building were really phenomenal. The plot is so elaborate and creative that readers are compelled to keep reading. I can’t say enough about Pleasures of the Night, it really is one of the best books I’ve read all year.” – April 2007
    • Romance Junkies:
      5 out of 5!Pleasures of the Night is a must read. An absolute must! I found myself not only unable to put this book down, but also completely unwilling to stop reading for any interruption. My emotions ran full circle. My world stopped for the time it took me to read Pleasures of the Night and I don’t regret that for a moment. Sylvia Day has artfully penned a keeper with this enthralling story and I can’t wait to read the next installment, Heat of the Night coming in November.” – April 2007
    • Romance Reader at Heart:
      Top Pick!Pleasures of the Night is Sylvia Day at her hottest! Once I started reading, I didn’t want this story to end. Lovers of Sylvia Day books will go wild for this one!” – April 2007
    • The Romance Studio:
      5 out of 5! “This is a brilliant book. The introduction of this new breed of warriors tantalizes the reader and makes it impossible to put it down. There are several twists that flow well in the plot and will keep you turning the pages to see what happens. The chemistry between Aidan and Lyssa is extremely erotic as well as enthralling. The storyline is rich with vivid details. The secondary characters add to the richness of this story and set the stage for their stories to be told in the future. Passionate and full of lush romance, Ms. Day has created a wonderful new world. I can’t wait until the next book comes out!” – April 2007
    • Fantasy Romance Writers:
      10 out of 10! “Passionate, exciting and spellbinding; Pleasures of the Night is sure to please fans across the board. Fast paced with plenty of background information, I stayed up late to finish; not wanting it to end, yet eager to finish the tale. I would recommend the book to one and all and plan to buy several copies for friends and family.” - April 2007
    • Just Erotic Romance Reviews:
      5 out of 5! “I read straight through and found myself unable to put this book down. I was enthralled with this book. It was erotic, sensuous and had an amazing plot. I am extremely eager to read the next book in the series...” - April 2007
    • Huntress Reviews:
      “I never could resist a good battle between Good and Evil. This story goes the extra mile for readers by, not only having hot romance, but a sinister plot by beings which could be considered aliens or demigods. I do not know if I would classify it as Fantasy or Sci-fi, but I do know that this is one of the best stories I’ve read in a Romance category thus far this year (2007). I cannot recommend this book highly enough and warn readers to have plenty of free time before even opening the cover. Sylvia Day obviously knows what readers love!” – April 2007
    • The Romance Readers Connection:
      “What a refreshing change: a paranormal story NOT about vampires. With the market now flooded with paranormal books, some good, others barely mediocre, it was a delight to read Pleasures of the Night. Ms. Day is creating a new world with depth and interest to peak most any romance reader in any genre: paranormal, contemporary, erotica and even historic warriors. While we do not actually travel to the past in this story, the main hero is a warrior any history fan can wrap themselves around.” – April 2007
    • CK2S Kwips & Kritiques:
      “This book satisfied so many of my literary loves: paranormal, romance, erotic… The writing is stellar, as readers have come to expect from a Sylvia Day novel, and the characters are wonderful.” – April 2007
    • Romance Reviews Today (Erotic):
      “Wow! Sylvia Day’s Pleasures of the Night is a wildly erotic and sizzling romance that this reader gobbled up. I can’t wait for the second book in this enthralling series.” – April 2007
    • The Good, The Bad, and The Unread:
      “This is the second of Day’s novels for me. I’ve found the following things common with both, unrelated books: raw sexuality, beautifully described emotions, heroes that are heroic, and some top-notch writing. ...Day’s writing is just excellent. Her emotional development is among the best I’ve read.” – April 2007