In the new novel by the #1 New York Times bestselling “queen of paranormal romance,” (J.R. Ward) a wounded warrior and a woman on the run find salvation, passion and unimaginable danger in the ghostly darkness of the Carpathian Mountains…
He wasn’t civilized or tame. He had his own code and he lived by it.
Monk. Bounty hunter. Vampire slayer. Andre Boroi has spent centuries battling the undead, holding out against the dark with honor. But now, gravely wounded by master vampire Costin Popescu, Andre will be easy to track—his spilled blood marking the killing trail for Popescu and his hungry band of underlings. Andre’s only chance is to disappear into the gray mist of the Carpathians. To wait. To hope.
She had a healing touch and a scent that was his lifeblood.
In the mountains in search of a precious crystal, geologist Teagan Joanes suddenly finds herself hunted by those she once trusted. Then she comes across the warrior—wounded, wanting and irresistible. Andre has been craving her for an eternity: his lifemate. Her warmth envelops him. Her scent pulsates. And with every beat of her heart, Teagan surrenders to a passion she can’t possibly comprehend.
Now they are bound by destiny, but is it enough to keep them safe from a stalking, relentless darkness that threatens to swallow them alive?
I devoured the first half of this book. Things slowed at that point; I'll tell you why in a minute. This is my first book in this series and I can totally see myself reading more. I loved the world, the story and Andre.
This book has Carpathians and vampires. Carpathians hunt vampires and are guided by their honor. When they loose that honor and indulge in the evil, they become what they hunt. Resisting the evil for centuries, Andre has given up on the hope of finding his lifemate. The pain that plagued him from his youth has long since faded with all his emotions and the color from the world. He's willing to go out killing the master vampire he is hunting. But then the impossible happens and his world is full of color and emotions again. The mystery that is his lifemate is a precious gift to him and he will not risk her for anything.
I loved the lore that is this book. The Carpathians have powers that I fell in love with. More than shifters and restricted liked vampires, they are something unique and deadly. I'm intrigued by the ancients that live on the mountain top. I wonder about the triplets that live in the States. It is clear there will be more books from this series in my future.
The writing was well done. I'm not a third person kinda girl but this third person worked for me. The POV was always there though it sometimes changed mid-chapter. I felt a connection to the characters and part of the story. A few places felt repetition to me but I think it was for emphasis.
The one issue I had with this book was Teagon. At first I found her humorous. That's why the first half of the book went much faster for me. I slowed down as she got on my nerves. She's trying to pull off modern women but she can't keep her mouth from spewing nonsense. Ancient men who feel the need to protect do not follow the rules of the twenty-first century nor do you want them to. And her compassion for killers was more than I could take. Then there was the flipping back and forth between trusting and not trusting Andre. Okay, I get it, she was mad at him. I would have been too. BUT seriously women, get over it. She'd decide she was and that she loved him and then she fell on the crazy train again. I wanted to slap her. If it wasn't for her cray cray, this would be a 5 star read. She had me struggling to give this a rating.
I love Andre. Ancient alpha male vampire hunter and total bada$$ guy, he is one sexy dude. He did this one thing that gave me pause. I thought, that's gonna come back to bite you, and it did. But once he explained why he did it, I got it. I adored him. And I really enjoyed the story, the world. I can't give it 5 stars but for Andre, I'll give it 4. He's worth every one of those stars.
Fits my paranormal obsession and I'm sure there will be more in this series for me. It's a good one.