This was the book that got me hooked on Ms. Moning’s highlanders. Wonderful mix of historical romance and time-travel with some contemporary elements,...moreThis was the book that got me hooked on Ms. Moning’s highlanders. Wonderful mix of historical romance and time-travel with some contemporary elements, suspense, and some pretty nifty battle scenes.
I loved the story, I loved Circenn (as much as I loved his daddy later on), Lisa was absolutely perfect for him, Robert the Bruce made a surprise appearance…The story was fast-paced, the suspense gripping, the romance lovely and heart-felt, all intertwined with magical elements and the beauty of Scotland.
And the finale…Did I mention how much I loved this story?(less)
Mikhail Dubrinsky, the prince of Carpathians, an ancient race very similar to humans with the exception of longevity, psychic and physical powers, and...moreMikhail Dubrinsky, the prince of Carpathians, an ancient race very similar to humans with the exception of longevity, psychic and physical powers, and of course having to drink blood to survive, knows his race is at its bleakest hours. The males are losing hope of ever finding their other half, their lifemate, and prefer turning vampire than “choosing the dawn”. Mikhail himself has given up believing there is a lifemate out there for him.
Raven Whitney, a strong telepath – a rarity among humans, travels into the Carpathian mountains to get a little rest from being constantly bombarded by evil in her draining day job of following the twisted mental paths of serial killers.
She alone hears Mikhail desperate cry and answers, unaware her life is about to change forever.
Dark Prince is the first book in the wonderful and smolderingly sensual Dark Series by Christine Feehan. With this book she introduced they mysterious world of Carpathians, the dangers they live with constantly, their intense emotions, their powers, and their incessant search for their other half, the one woman they are destined to be, their lifemate.
We learn the basic of the Carpathians. They are just like humans, but for their need of blood to live, their longevity and amazing powers, both psychic and physical. Like the vampires in the lore they sleep during the day, but they do not kill when they feed. They are in perfect harmony with the environment, the elements and the animals, capable of shapeshifting. The Carpathian male is a true predator, losing his capability of feeling emotions or see in color at an early age. Darkness slowly seeps into his soul until it consumes him. The only salvation is finding a lifemate, the feminine light that anchors him in the darkness. Finding her, he regains his emotions and sees the world in Technicolor once again.
And what perfect example of such salvation that offering the first out-clause to the Prince himself. But Mikhail and Raven’s relationship is doomed from the start. She is human, and she doesn’t believe in Carpathians, vampires are a whole other story. Yet even as they surmount the obstacle of her humanity, which is pretty easy, he turns her Carpathian, which is no easy feat in itself, since the humans usually go crazy. But apparently her being a strong psychic helps.
For me this book has two major problems.
The first is the romance, which I didn’t feel at all. Raven and Mikhail fall for one in a heartbeat, which from Raven’s part is almost a no-brainer. Who wouldn’t fall for a tall, dark, and handsome prince with a major protective streak that makes you feel like you’re the only woman in the world and would give you anything just to make you happy. Well, maybe that’s not love, but I wouldn’t kick him out of bed. I had more problem with Mikhail’s part. Here’s a 1000-year-old who hasn’t experienced emotions in centuries, he finds this one woman who can make him feel again, and bam, he’s in love. It just doesn’t work like this. I know it’s fiction, but still, it’s a tad too unbelievable.
The whole series is based on the same premise. Since all men are pretty much the same – see above, there’s no question about it that the women do fall in love with them eventually, but for the man, the question poses itself: how much of it is love and how much of it is just thankfulness and joy. And of course, sex.
The second problem – Raven. She was too stubborn for her own good. Don’t get me wrong, I do like feisty heroines who won’t let their man trample all over them, but Raven was too stubborn. She kept arguing with Mikhail through the entire book, even about the most insignificant things, flaunting her feminist rights and supposed intelligence, and kept ending in trouble page after page, putting everybody else at risk.
All in all, this is still a wonderful book, with the ultimate alpha-male hero and an extraordinary world that just beckons to be explored.
P.S. Oh, I guess her editor took a prolonged vacation just before this book was finished, since the repetitive sentences and description should’ve ended in the “deleted scene” DVD extra. Yes, Mikhail did move like a predator and he did have a muscular body, and Raven was innocent and compassionate, but there was no need repeating that over and over again.
And what does black-velvet voice sound like? Though I’ve never heard velvet (or any kind of fabric) speak before, I bet it’s quite the chatterbox.
And Raven’s mantra “I have brains.” No way! I have them, too! Though in her case I guess that brain looked more like a one-cell organism.(less)
Gregori Daratrazanoff. The Dark One. The bogeyman of the Carpathians. Lone wolf. Nothing seems to penetrate his stoic reserve. Nothing, until he saves...moreGregori Daratrazanoff. The Dark One. The bogeyman of the Carpathians. Lone wolf. Nothing seems to penetrate his stoic reserve. Nothing, until he saves the life of the Prince’s unborn daughter. Linking them together, preparing her to be his salvation.
If only things were that easy.
As soon as Savannah is of age to be his lifemate, she spooks, demanding five years of freedom to come to terms with her destiny. Despite the fact such separation would only prolong Gregori’s torment, plunging him that much closer to madness and eternal damnation, he grants her request, letting her go.
Now those five years are up and it’s finally time for Gregori to claim his destined lifemate. But in doing so, he might have doomed them both…
This book is by far still my favorite Dark/Carpathian book to date and it’s always a pleasure to re-read Gregori and Savannah’s story. My fascination had a lot to do with Gregori himself, this tall, dark, handsome, stoic, silver-eyed (hey, where have I seen this before?) man who is so utterly in need of a saving grace he goes to great lengths to get a lifemate, playing with free will and natural flow of things…Which is cheating in his book. But in fact he never did anything wrong and was his destiny all along to do what he did. Savannah was his destiny. Meddling or no meddling.
I love this series and I’m not ashamed to admit it. There is something about the storylines of these great, ancient, alpha males that go completely mush when their woman crosses their way. It’s so sweet (though sometimes a little annoying as well) to watch this men cope with the fact they have a lifemate now, and because she’s a modern woman the medieval rules don’t apply. She will get in trouble, she will try to protect him, she will have her TSTL moments, yet he loves her to death, protects her, is willing to risk his life for her…These men are so adorably incompetent (at first) when it comes to dealing with their women it’s always such a pleasure to read.
The other thing I love about this series is the world, the history and mythology of the Carpathians and the constant evolving of their universe. Plus, the heroines are slowly leaving the TSTL stage and moving toward kick-ass, equal partners for their men. Not that those dolts won’t still try to wrap them in bubble-wrap. As I said, adorable.
But I’m discussing Gregori and Savannah’s story now. A bitter-sweet, tender, action-packed, erotic, fast-paced, wonderfully characterized and portrayed emotional roller-coaster that gets to me every single time. Their love story is one of the best in this series, but what I like most about it is the maturing and growth both Savannah (who much needs it) and Gregori go through in their book. They start as strong, independent (in Savannah’s case spoiled and stubborn as well) individuals and end up as a strong, confident in their bond, determined couple. What more could you want from a romance novel?(less)
This was a rather disappointing read and I can't help but notice the thicker these books are the worst they get. Ms. Feehan should definitely cut the...moreThis was a rather disappointing read and I can't help but notice the thicker these books are the worst they get. Ms. Feehan should definitely cut the page count, this one would not have suffered from it, and made it a tad more interesting and gripping to read.
It is becoming some kind of a ritual for these supposedly suspenseful books to throw the suspense through the window and leave the two leads to have their wicked way with each other. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with steamy sex scenes, but when the sex gets the upper hand on the book's main genre (in this case - suspense), it just gets on my nerves.
I started reading this series because it was a mix of two of my favorite genres - suspense and paranormal, but this one unfortunately severely lacked in both. There was too much sex, too little action scenes and too much page count between them, too much oily-sludge infested glimpses into the heroine's mind (and let me tell you if those were supposed to heighten the suspense and adding a thriller effect, they fell quite short) and it was just too damn much repetitive. Okay, when the heroine feels the violence, her mind fills with oily sludge. Gotcha! The hero is a block of ice with icy water running in his veins when he isn't with her. Gotcha! The heroine smells and tastes of cinnamon. Gotcha! The victims locked behind that mind door wail constantly and beg for help. Gotcha! The main villain is a puppet master. Gotcha! (Has anyone else notice the uncanny resemblance to the author's other series? The vampires also have a puppet master. Hm.) Even the sex scenes started repeating themselves...When that happens, yikes.
There should've definitely been less pages, a more consistent plot (this one just plainly lagged behind), and a more interesting and involving leading pair. I apologize to all Tansy and/or Kadan fans, but these two were plain boring to me. Luckily we had the pleasure of entertaining some oldies but goodies GhostWalkers (I just love their banter - and the off-key rendition of Cinnamon Girl, hilarious). And the pace did pick up toward the end, though I wished the eight "cleaning actions" were a bit longer, that would've been worth the extra pages.(less)
Three boys who shared their birthday, Caleb, Fox, and Gage, decided to celebrate their tenth birthday at the Pagan Stone, a strange, altar-like stone...moreThree boys who shared their birthday, Caleb, Fox, and Gage, decided to celebrate their tenth birthday at the Pagan Stone, a strange, altar-like stone in the middle of the woods surrounding Hawkins Hollow, the village where the three grew up.
A simple vow to always be friends sealed with their blood, unleashed an entity that‘s been haunting them ever since.
Every seven years, for seven days in the seventh month, the small town of Hawkins Hollow descends into madness. Strange accidents happen; neighbors turn against neighbors, husbands against wives… When the Seven is over, no one remembers anything.
Except the three blood brothers.
Now, twenty-one years later, the three boys turned men know the time might have come to end it. It has grown stronger, but so have them. And they’re not alone anymore.
This is the third, and last installment in the Sign of Seven trilogy, following Blood Brothers and The Hollow, brining the Big Evil terrorizing the small town of Hawkins Hollow to a satisfying end.
Among the three books, this one ranks up there with the first, while the second obviously suffered from the middle-book-syndrome. I loved the evolving relationships between the characters, the interaction of previous heroes and heroines with the "mega-couple" of the now.
I absolutely adored Gage (from the first book, mind you), with his bad-boy, I-don't-give-a-flying-f*** attitude, and a heart of gold. Despite all the violence and abuse he's suffered in Hawkins Hollow, he still returns, every seven years, to aid his "brothers", to aid the people that loved him when his father couldn't or wouldn't.
Cybil was just perfect for him. These two really were two peas in a pod. Free spirits with movable roots that had no idea what they were looking for until Fate made them "run off a cliff like lemmings". And when they finally figured out what was going on it was already too late... and they didn't care anymore how "emotional ties" might disrupt their routine.
The final battle was yet another symbolic representation of the battle between good and evil, with loads of hidden meanings and messages. The most important, no matter how hard things go, no matter if the Devil comes from Hell to get ya, "You can do it!" if you just believe in yourself, believe and trust the people who are with you when you're hip deep in crap. It's all in the positive thinking.
Yeah, this trilogy (I'd suggest reading all three in order) is highly recommended by this reader. ;) Granted, Nora Robert's style of narration needs some time to get used to, but once you get the hang of it, it's an enjoyable experience.(less)
I expected a little more from this anthology since the blurbs promised a bang that the stories just didn't deliver. Sherrilyn Kenyon's contribution wa...moreI expected a little more from this anthology since the blurbs promised a bang that the stories just didn't deliver. Sherrilyn Kenyon's contribution was typical SK. A goody-two-shoes heroine with no life whatsoever that needs just the right guy to unleash the temptress that's lurking just beneath her holier-than-thou facade. A tall, dark, and dangerous hero with a shady past and a murderous "family" bossman on his tight ass, that just happens to have a penchant for the Dairy Maid thing the heroine has going on. The premise was promising, but the acting-out-a-book scenario and the slowness of the pace ruined it for me. Luckily Joe Public, BAD leader, made a small appearance in the end, bringing a much needed ray of sunshine in this rather boring story.
I'm growing rather tired of Jaid Black's Viking stories. There's nothing interesting about a bunch of Vikings buried underground because of a crazy prophecy. They might appear interesting for a while, though the softness-of-heart could be toned down a bit - getting old and boring, but whenever I start enjoying the story, bam, there goes the mention of them living underground because of a crazy prophecy, and my interest withers and dies a slow and agonizing death. This one was no exception...And it was too short to even make it believable (despite the living underground because of a crazy prophecy).
I'm not sure about Kresley Cole's novella. One moment I liked it, than something the hero or heroine (or both) did got me disliking it with a passion. I just couldn't relate to neither of them, not fully. They were quite perfect fiction characters, both with major flaws, both with huge chips on their shoulders, so reading about them and their journey should've been quite a ride, yet I just couldn't go past the fact she was a psychotic nutcase and him a jealousy-prone, possessive jerk. But that's just me. The sneak peek for Ms. Cole's next novel, the first full installment in the Immortals After Dark series was quite promising, so I'm truly hoping for the best.(less)
Abigail "Abbey" Drake, the third in the series of seven sisters, after a tragic incident four years ago, doesn't trust her magic anymore. The traumati...moreAbigail "Abbey" Drake, the third in the series of seven sisters, after a tragic incident four years ago, doesn't trust her magic anymore. The traumatic experience has turned her into a loner, and she spends most her time with her sisters and even more swimming with dolphins.
One evening, after returning from one such swim, she witnesses a murder, resulting in her being briefly held at gunpoint, staring into deep blue eyes she left behind four years ago.
Alexandr Volstov, Interpol agent and then some, had two reasons for coming to America. One was to uncover the criminal organization smuggling antiques from Russia. The other was to try and win back the heart of the only woman he's ever loved, the only woman who could bring him peace, Abbey.
On the adventurous journey to find the smugglers... and the path back into each other's embrace... they'll have to deal with six meddling sisters, one meddling aunt, a Russian crime lord trying to get a dirty bomb into the US and a Russian hotshot hit man with his own agenda.
I've been a fan of Christine Feehan's for a long time and though I've grown quite bored lately with her Dark Series, the Drake Sisters still hold a certain appeal.... Mostly, because I'm dying to read Ilya Prakenskii's (Joley Drake's) book, but I have to catch up first.
There is not much I could say went wrong with this book. The story was plausible (yes, even the magick part), the characters three-dimensional and "real", the dialogue was snappy, and the funny scenes, though sporadic at best, were to-pee-your-pants-funny.
I'll admit I read this kind of stories, because of the heroes (although I never thought a Russian accent sexy - but I guess you have to look at the whole package *wink*) and Alexandr "Sasha" Volstov was a hero with a capital H. I just love it when they go all stubborn and male and refuse to back down. He came for the girl, he would get the girl or die trying.
It was the girl in question that was (a little) annoying. I know, she's lived through a traumatic experience and what she thought was betrayal by the man she loved, but the whole "I'm hurting so I'll hurt you as well" got a little old a little too fast. I mean, cut the guy some slack, read his letters, for Pete's sake!
Other than that little hiccup in the story (eventually she came around and the two had two extremely scorching scenes together), I have absolutely nothing to object.
I got my Prakenskii fix, so I'm happy, I guess.(less)
Libby Drake, fourth of the seven magical Drake sisters, is the compassionate one, a doctor with a heart of gold, unable to say no to anyone. She can't...moreLibby Drake, fourth of the seven magical Drake sisters, is the compassionate one, a doctor with a heart of gold, unable to say no to anyone. She can't seem to be able to say no even to people who are vegetating in their hospital beds, more dead than alive, with their brain resembling scrambled eggs.
Well, that's Tyson "Ty" Derrick for you. The daredevil genius researcher slash firefighter's harness had broke while he was trying to save a teenager.
Libby goes against everything she's been taught, risking her life and that of her sisters when she attempts to save Ty, but she does it and survives to live the tale.
But the two might not survive to the end of the book, since obviously there's someone who is adamant at keeping them apart at all cost.
The fourth installment in the Drake Sister Series was quite a disappointment for me. I just couldn't grasp at the presumed chemistry between the two main characters.
The dialogues, mostly between Libby and Ty, were another turn off. There was just a tad too much data and "science-talk" to make the dialogues and the romance between the two much believable. Both Libby and Ty seemed a little too bland for me to really make the whole shebang between them real and plausible.
What I loved, and is probably the only redeemable trait of this book, was the fact Ty, the leading man, didn't believe in magic and tried at all costs to find a logical explanation for the gifts the sisters share. He went so far, that he contemplated hooking them up to machines to find the answer. He claimed he was joking, but I wouldn't count on it.
The serious problem with this book was the resolution of the suspense sub-plot. The author just didn't deliver as well as she could and the explanation of the motive just seemed a little off for me.
For me this was the worst book in the whole series.(less)
Hannah Drake's been in love with Jonas Harrington since... forever. But since the tall, dark and handsome sheriff can't seem to lay off the insults an...moreHannah Drake's been in love with Jonas Harrington since... forever. But since the tall, dark and handsome sheriff can't seem to lay off the insults and his overbearing attitude, she prefers to keep her mouth shut and continue loving him from afar.
Jonas Harrington's been a part of the Drake family since he was little. And that's how long he's been in love with Hannah Drake. But first her elusiveness and then his dangerous lifestyle kept him away... Until now.
After barely escaping the Grim Reaper for the second time in weeks, Jonas can no longer keep his heart shut off, he's decided to leave the moonlighting crime-fighting job and win Hannah's heart forever... And she doesn't seem to object to the plan.
But both their lives are shattered with a brutal attack that leaves Hannah's at death's door. She slowly starts gluing the pieces of her life and heart back together, trying to keep Jonas at arms length, but he wants nothing of it. They've shared their bodies, minds and souls, and he'll be damned if he lets her get away again.
But a dark and deadly enemy has different plans...
Although the plot was a little slow somewhere in the middle, and until the end didn't make much sense (who would hate Hannah so much to destroy her completely), this book was still a good read for me.
We could finally read about the resolution of this romance that's been building since the beginning of the series, and Hannah and Jonas have always been my favorite couple so far. The perfect example of kindergarten love, if you ask me. Boy likes girl, but doesn't want to show it, so he teases her. Girl likes boy, but he's mean to her, so she retaliates.
They were cute and so in love at the beginning, I wanted to clap my hands in glee. Then that love just grew stronger and stronger with all that happened to Hannah and I couldn't help but cheer every time Jonas refused to be pushed away or bullied by her sisters.
The other sisters were the major problem with me in this story. They were supposed to know everything about each other and yet it took Jonas to open their eyes about Hannah and her problems. And the whole pitying thing... I know they felt sorry for her, who wouldn't, but they were supposed to protect her, offer her solace, not drown her in their emotions.
I loved the small interlude with Ilya Prakenskii in the middle of this book. The incident was a leftover from the previous book, Dangerous Tides, and it gave us a huge insight into the psyche (and heart) of the presumed hit-man (a great preview of what the next book, Turbulent Sea, might bring.
Even with some serious thrilling suspense, this book was all about self-discovery and self-appreciation. It took an attack on her life to shake Hannah into reevaluating her life and priorities and make her see who she really is and what she wants from life.(less)
Since escaping from Dr. Whitney's terrifying lab, Saber Wynter's been on the run. She finally found a haven with Jess Calhoun, but is she really safe...moreSince escaping from Dr. Whitney's terrifying lab, Saber Wynter's been on the run. She finally found a haven with Jess Calhoun, but is she really safe there and is Jess really what he appears to be?
After losing use of his legs during a special op gone bad, Jess has continued his highly classified GhostWalker work. His friendship with Saber quickly grows into something deeper, yet with both their shielding abilities, they don't realize each other's enhancements.
When Saber slips, projecting her thoughts into his mind, Jess begins to wonder who she is and what she really is doing with him. Was she sent there to spy on him and kill him? Was their chance encounter truly a coincidence or are enemies conspiring behind their backs to kill them both?
I've been a die-hard fan of the GhostWalker Series since the very beginning and it is with deep regret for me to say, this book was the worst of the bunch.
At the beginning the plot was so slow and boring, really, I barely skimmed the pages to get to the more important parts. And although I liked the camaraderie and banter between Jess and Saber, and the chemistry between them was obvious, my heart just wasn't in it.
I don't know, exactly. Maybe it was because the whole book was so slow, maybe it was because of the veiled hypocrisy of the other GhostWalkers toward Saber, maybe it was because of the absurd stalker/observer ploy, but I just couldn't commit to the reading as I usually do.
Despite the fact it was the worst in the series, this book still delved a little deeper into the world of the GhostWalkers and their evil-genius creator, so it was still a worth-while read, but definitely not a keeper.(less)
Nick Gautier is back in New Orleans. He's bitter, angry, vengeful... and in complete denial.
Nick was one of my favorite characters, though I sometimes...moreNick Gautier is back in New Orleans. He's bitter, angry, vengeful... and in complete denial.
Nick was one of my favorite characters, though I sometimes wished someone (or something) would bitch-slap the boy, already.
Now that he's immortal, apparently with powers similar to those of Ash, and with an express link to Kalosis and Stryker, I wish someone would kick his idiotic Cajun ass to Katoteros and back.
I understand he's bitter because of his mother's death, I understand his anger, but his conviction that everybody else is to blame for what he himself is responsible for is just so utterly juvenile it makes me grit my teeth.
I really hope he can redeem himself before he does something more stupid that he's already done.(less)
Unfortunately I'm quite disappointed by this book. Judging by all the hype, I expected something more, and the initial few chapters promised quite a g...moreUnfortunately I'm quite disappointed by this book. Judging by all the hype, I expected something more, and the initial few chapters promised quite a gripping read, yet in the end the book seemed almost anti-climatic.
Despite more than 300 pages, I felt it was too short. With so many parallel storylines and interesting characters, I got the feeling the author kind of failed to develop the leading two characters to their full potential. I was far from convinced.
From all the reviews and recommendations from my GR friends I got the impression Jericho was similar to Zarek and Xypher, but where those two were quite psychotic in a stimulating (and hot) sort of way, Jericho came thought more on the softer side. With the first few chapters building on his merciless history and even more merciless 6000+ years of torture, the end result was too mellow to be believable, and only enforced the idea the author or didn't have time to fully develop him or couldn't be bothered with delivering more than another six foot plus, muscular, blue-eyed, ex-god for the heroine to salivate after. Delphine was also on the weaker side. She didn't appear to have a personality at all. And while Jericho's side of the romance could be explained (their history and his knowledge of it), her falling for him seemed too rushed and more of a high-school-type crush than a deeper emotion.
The saving grace of this book was the plethora of secondary characters. Even the main villain, though he had quite a limited scene time, appeared more interesting than the two leads. The glimpsed of old, and much loved characters gave this book the much-lacked depth and character. Zarek (as crazy as ever, gods bless his soul) and Astrid made their appearance with little Bob in tow. Tory and Ash were featured in all their domestic (and twinge-inducing sappy - is that the same guy that made my stomach quiver when he first appeared on scene?) glory. Nick was a little less of a prick and I can't wait for him to get his punk-ass kicked...
And the cherry on the cake...More insight into the complex characters (and their still mysterious relationship) of Jaden and Jared. I couldn't shake the feeling Sherrilyn Kenyon used this book for the introduction of their arc and the others just happen to get sucked into it. Her usual humor was sadly lacking, the sporadic sarcastic remarks fell flat, and even the action scenes seemed forced.
Definitely not a keeper but a good jumping board into the next books (and story arc).(less)