Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Dark Gold by Christine Feehan ~ Review

#1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan delivers another deliciously dark paranormal romance in the DARK Series

They were masters of the darkness, searching through eternity for a mistress of the light . . . was he a man . . . or a miracle?

Alexandria Houton will sacrifice anything—even her life—to protect her orphaned little brother. But when both encounter unspeakable evil in the swirling San Francisco mists, Alex can only cry to heaven for their deliverance . . .

And out of the darkness swoops Aidan Savage, a golden being more powerful and more mysterious than any other creature of the night. The ageless Carpathian male snatches them from a hideous fate. But is Aidan a miracle . . . or a monster? Is he Alex's salvation . . . or her sin?

If she surrenders to Aidan's savage, unearthly seduction and gives him the color, the light, the family he craves, will Alex truly save her brother . . . or sacrifice more than her life?

Up to this point in the series, I have been listening to the audio books but I'm thinking this will be the last one I listen to.  I haven't cared for either of the two narrators that have read the first three books.  So I listened to the sample of book four and found that one worse.  I think I'll read the next book on my own.

The first three books have been good but not great paranormal romance.  I had more hope for this one as it began but that ended with Alexandria's issues.  Once again, it was just a three star read.  Good but not wonderful.  I know this series gets better since I've read book 24 but I'm not sure I'll make it that far.  I want to.  I'm hoping that reading them myself will make them more enjoyable.  

So the beginning of this book felt better to me.  Aidan rescued Alexandria and he wasn't the cause of her problems.  I didn't see any reason for her to be angry with him, yet she was.  Because Aidan didn't have to overcome some stupid choice he made in my book, I had hoped that I would end up liking both characters better than I did in books 1 and 2.  And I think was true for Aidan but not for Alexandria.

I'm appreciative of this author's design to have strong heroines.  But I'm not always happy with how their strength plays out.  They end up coming off mean, hurtful and too witchy.  Alexandria became irrational as far as I was concerned.  It wasn't Aidan's fault, the situation she found herself in but she blamed him none the less.  I thought she was cruel in how she did it too.  She knew he had feeling for her but she went out on a date with another man and continually tried to avoid any relationship with him.  He was kind to her.  He struggled to control himself.  She knew.  I just wanted to slap her.

Aidan is not perfect and he isn't trying to accept this huge change in his life but I really liked him so much better than Alexandria .  He gives Alexandria so much space to come to terms with things.  But I hate it when women bring on even more problems by deliberately being contrary.  That's not strength.  That's stupidity.  

The story dragged a little bit.  It was interesting but I felt like it took way too long for Alexandria to accept what had happened to her.  I knew she was worried about her brother Josh but the idea of...never mind.  That's too spoilery.  I just feel like that balance between fighting the change and being stupid about things was off.  And I didn't like her for it.

There is definitely chemistry between these two.  They have a hard time keeping their hands off.  There are great moments between them.  Sweet one.  Times when they are there for each other and take care of each other.  Those times had me wanting to read on.

I do enjoy this world.  I know where it goes and I continue to want to read this series.  I have high hope for the future so I go forward, though probably not with audio.



  1. oh i read this, sad that you gave it 3 stars. Her books on the Carpathians run by this vein a lot, if you do not like this one probably skip the rest

  2. This is a series I've followed for years and years and still enjoy. The characters are strong heroes and heroines and I enormously enjoy the rich history of this series.