In his human life, Gallagher was a hardened gangster who was trying to go straight for the sake of his wife and unborn child, when he was cruelly cut down in the prime of his life. As an immortal Dark-Hunter, his job is to protect all humans from the daimons, but since no one from his former life can know what he is, it can be a rather solitary existence. On Christmas Eve, Gallagher finds himself roaming the streets of New Orleans, mourning the death of his mortal wife and feeling quite lonely without her and his family, until he runs into Simi. After a strange but enchanting discussion with this simple, child-like creature and being welcomed into Sanctuary, the home of the Pelletier Were-Hunters, Gallagher may have to rethink exactly what constitutes a family.
A Dark-Hunter Christmas is the story of Gallagher, a relatively young Dark-Hunter (only about 100 years), who was newly introduced for this tale. Readers will get to see yet another side of Acheron and Simi that adds a bit more depth to their characters, and also get a brief visit with a bunch of the Were-Hunters from Sanctuary as well as Tabitha (Seize the Night). I don't know if Gallagher will play a part in any future Dark-Hunter stories or if he might someday get his own, but I felt like I got to know him well enough to think that he would make a good hero.
Overall, this was just a quick, heartwarming holiday-themed read that emphasizes the importance of family and how people don't necessarily have to be related by blood to consider themselves family. A Dark-Hunter Christmas is a short 16-page bonus novella that falls between Dance with the Devil and Kiss of the Night in the Dark-Hunter chronology. It can be found in the back of first editions of Dance with the Devil, and was later republished in The Dark-Hunter Companion. The novella can now be read in its entirety for free on Sherrilyn Kenyon's website.
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