Friday, September 7, 2018

Dark Desire by Christine Feehan ~ Review

They were masters of the darkness, searching through eternity for a mistress of the light...

The stranger silently summons her from across the continents, across the seas. He whispers of eternal torment, of endless hunger...of dark, dangerous desires. And somehow American surgeon Shea O'Halloran can feel his anguish, sense his haunting aloneness, and she aches to heal him, to heal herself.

Drawn to the far Carpathian mountains, Shea finds a ravaged, raging man, a being like no other. And her soul trembles. For in his burning eyes, his icy heart, she recognizes the beloved stranger who's already become part of her. This imperious Carpathian male compels Shea to his side. But is she to be his healer...or his prey? His victim...or his mate? Is he luring her into madness...or will his dark desire make her whole?

I listened to this book and was happier with the new narrator.  I really disliked the narrator from book 1 and was happy that this one was somewhat better.  Still not my favorite but I felt like she didn't distract from the story.

I think I'm sticking with this series because of the world.  I like the Carpathian people and the twist on vampire lure a lot.  I love the idea of one life mate.  I've always been a soulmate kinda girl even if I don't see that as reality.  

There is a formula to this series, so far.  Alpha male Carpathian finds his life mate and pretty much demands she be with him.  Strong (or at least she thinks she is) female calls foul.  I enjoy the tug of war that creates so I did enjoy that aspect of the story.  

What's really different this time is how they met.  I think this aspect of the story really drew me so much more than the first book did.  I had a lot of compassion for Jacques and maybe was more willing to forgive his mistakes.  

The romance is interesting in that they are drawn to each other through circumstances.  He knows she is his life mate and doesn't question it.  But she's not convinced at all.  Both develop feeling, though, and that part is where the romance is.  They cling to each other because they trying to survive something terrible.  That draws them to learn about each other and experience struggle together. 

I still feel like the world is young.  I know where the world ends up being since I read book 24 already.  So I will keep reading.  

Enjoyable but not quite there yet.


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