it would always be a treat for any avid fan of ms feehan to encounter a novel with their favorite characters thrown together along with other personas...moreit would always be a treat for any avid fan of ms feehan to encounter a novel with their favorite characters thrown together along with other personas in such a rare occurence as a carpathian "reunion." definitely it was a great feeling for me to glimpse how married life was treating lucian and jaxx. and it also paved the way for me to be introduced to some others i have not been acquainted with.
it was so amusing to see how mikhail kept on with his sadistic vendetta to throw gregori into the role of santa claus. and the reaction of the carpathian males to this was hilarious. you wouldnt think that these people were ruthless killers with tons of power to spare. and the women with their efforts to cook up something for the incoming feast were charming (especially natalya with her signature hair spray).
of course the story also centered on the still pervasive menace of the dark mage, as well as on the development between dimitri and skyler. although skyler isnt really my favorite female character (maybe im just biased against her young age as compared to the other "ancients"), you can still feel the promise of a great story emerging between her and dimitri. i just hope it does stand up to par. i mean, to be honest, not all of ms feehan's carpathian installments were that great.
as most readers can attest, the great challenge in doing dark celebration was in putting together all these couples, and, what for me is becoming most annoying, the presence of the dark mage in the middle of their feast. truthfully, im getting tired of this villain. and then there's the whole affair with the jaguars, which, forgive me, up to now i cant quite appreciate. i think ms feehan's plots are getting more convoluted, and i dont really mean in a complimentary way.
sometimes it does get exhausting to encounter the same old stories of "overly domineering men" and "loudly protesting, too independent women." on your first to probably third feehan book that you would read, it wouldnt be too bad, but to continue with this kind of plot between the hero and the heroine may just be too much in the end. i hope ms feehan can prevent this from happening by introducing a twist between the chemistry of her characters in her future books. and please dont forget to add in humor! it's always fun to see that the dark carpathian male can make fun of himself and even mercilessly tease his lifemate. that's what made lucian and jaxx's story irresistible to me. all carpathian couples, i believe, should have that touch of lightness in their relationship.
dont get me wrong! meeting the carpathian race is something i would never regret. they were a definite treat in my little library of romance novels. (less)
from the prologue to the end, this novel will surely keep you hooked. The dark sensuality of Lucian is simply...morethe best in the the carpathian series....
from the prologue to the end, this novel will surely keep you hooked. The dark sensuality of Lucian is simply alluring. It is so delicious and, not to mention, envy-worthy, to witness his possession, as well as need of Jaxx.
Lucian is a very powerful Carpathian, well-respected by his own kind as well as feared by the darker creatures of the underworld. He has lived for about two thousand years, but now has come the time when he has to find his mate so as to not be converted into a vampire--the race of evil that he has unrelentingly fought and hunted in the entirety of his existence. Seeing vivid color for the first time in his life upon meeting Jaxon made him realize that, at last, he has found his lifemate.
Jaxx is a cop who has made it her life's aim to protect people. The traumatic events in her childhood has made her strong--and the last thing she wanted was to be dependent on anyone else. So it came as a surprise when Lucian comes into her life and starts to make her feel that she needed this man. Lucian subtly and steadily broke down her defenses, overpowering her with his fierce possession and unconditional love, but without breaking her spirit.
The beauiful facet of this story is that, Lucian was prepared to wait until Jaxx realized that she loved him as much as he loved her. I enjoyed the encounters both Jaxx and Lucian had when Jaxx finally became a Carpathian. Of course, the steamy love scenes were an added bonus!
This is simply one of the most romantic, sensual, and exciting stories ever written. It has the elements of passion, humor, action and suspense. After you read this book, im sure you're gonna yearn to have someone like Lucian in your life! :p (less)
i wasn't really all that excited in reading Night Play since i did not quite like Seize The Night. but i thought, what the heck...
and you know what,...morei wasn't really all that excited in reading Night Play since i did not quite like Seize The Night. but i thought, what the heck...
and you know what, it was worth it...and more. though i was a bit miffed that i got the order of reading wrong, i still immensely enjoyed Night Play. at first i did not think much of the hero being part wolf or something like that since i thought that it might just be another one of those typical "werewolf" plots, but, surprisingly enough, Vane's story was intriguing from the start.
next thing i knew, i was staying up all night, finishing the book in no time. i was hooked.
i also liked that kenyon made an unconventional heroine in Bride. she's not the usual svelte female in most romance novels. the fact that she has an issue about her physical appearance made the story more realistic (and that's a lot considering the nature of the French Quarter...) and the fact that Vane fell hard...as in really hard...for Bride made the story so envy-worthy for any female reader.
im sure some of those who read this has yearned to have someone like Vane (i.e. a charming, sexy, gorgeous hunk of a man) in their life.
i really liked the story of this one as compared to Seize the Night since kenyon concentrated more in developing the relationship between Vane and Bride. her superb intertwining of the lovers' story with the many obstacles Vane has in connection with his "world" has redeemed kenyon in my eyes. i really loved this story: from the subtle and sometimes outrageous humor, sensual scenes, to the quirks of the supernatural and normal characters.
bytheway, watch out for Fury. now that's another de-lish specimen of a...man. female readers beware, there's an overload of handsome males in this book... (less)
even from the first installment, Dark Lover, Zsadist's character was shrouded in darkness and even a hint of menace. there were times that i thought t...moreeven from the first installment, Dark Lover, Zsadist's character was shrouded in darkness and even a hint of menace. there were times that i thought to myself, how can the other brothers stand him? why is he even in the brotherhood? he's so dangerous, especially to the women (and not in a sexy-dangerous way, but in an assassin-lethal kind of way, mind).
then by the near-end of Lover Eternal, Z's persona comes into a new light. he was still dangerous and would punch anyone who pisses him off, but one will just have to see the chemistry between him and bella, and you can see how almost all that angst is directed against himself. you'd sense that he has a severe case of emotional trauma that is going to be heart-wrenching (once you read Lover Awakened).
his story opens with his maniacal search for bella after her capture by the lessers. bordering on desperate, he has no care for his safety (sometimes even for the safety of the brothers), his only goal was to find her. even in the first few pages of the book, you'd know how much he feels for Bella. for those keeping tabs on the black dagger series, you'd know that this is a turn-around for Z's character. Z - who was always coldly sinister, always in control in any situation no matter how dire, who even seems to not care about anyone at all, and is always the loner.
but in this book, Z goes through a whirlwind of emotions. his acquaintance with bella reinforces his low and even degrading view of himself. readers are given the full, heartbreaking story behind his scars and his perverse relationship with his twin, Phury. you'll come to realize why Z puts anyone who cares for him at bay, to the point that he lashes out at them. for him, his life is nothing more than an endless yawning darkness of loneliness, pain and bitterness. until bella.
with bella, he is forced to confront his demons again, for bella finds in him something and someone worth loving. she sees through the barrier that he puts up, and stubbornly hammers it down to make Z realize that, even if he was brutal and cruel, he has even greater capacity for honor and love.
i wont even comment on the sex scenes (yes they were steamy). all i can say is that, that level of passion is fitting for the aggressive character of Z. you cant expect anything less. but the real gem of the story is the emotions and (bear with me on this) the soul-searching Z went through to finally let himself love and be loved.
there were times i felt sad as well for Phury. almost the exact opposite of Z, he nonetheless has a lot of emotional baggage that he so valiantly strives to hide. i can't wait for his story!
in the mean time, Lover Awakened stands as my favorite from the black dagger series. keep it up ms ward!(less)
my first novel by ms Ward. Thrilling, sexy, fast-paced, and, in some instances, surprisingly poignant. With a bitingly (!) gorgeous hero, and a heroin...moremy first novel by ms Ward. Thrilling, sexy, fast-paced, and, in some instances, surprisingly poignant. With a bitingly (!) gorgeous hero, and a heroine with a seemingly dark future, brought together in the sensual, exciting world of vampires. the Black Dagger brothers are addictive...love them!!(less)
if i hadn't read a christine feehan vampire novel before, ms. kenyon's seize the night would have earned a higher rate from me. as it is, i just found...moreif i hadn't read a christine feehan vampire novel before, ms. kenyon's seize the night would have earned a higher rate from me. as it is, i just found it falling short of my expectations.
don't get me wrong--the characters were brilliantly portrayed. val is sinfully sexy, no doubt about that. his upright principles can even be described as adorable when pitted against tabitha's. their clash from the beginning was certainly intriguing. and the sex...well... just figure how it would be between an american vampire slayer and a roman immortal who looks good enough to eat in an armani...
the secondary characters were fine, too. having incredible abilities, they certainly are interesting enough (ash is really too perfect actually to be anything but a god). i guess what im frustrated about this story is how the "scenes" were orchestrated--which is to say, clumsily.
certain parts of the story simply left me confused and even irritated. case in point--too many mortals involved in supernatural matters (the slayers, the relatives of the slayers, the squires, and, come to think of it, almost half of new orleans, it seems) and everything is still kept under wraps. fancy that. too many characters, i think, has also led to some flawed scene shifts and inadequate character development.
then there's the olympian matter--the whole thing about the gods and goddesses--i think it was given too much emphasis that the story sometimes appears to be simply a battle between dark hunters and the egotism of gods. and is it only me, but after reading descriptions of dark hunters--how they are supposedly powerful and all that stuff--when it comes to actual battles they appear quite slow and even weak. no offense.
redeeming facets of the novel were val's traumatic past (that was certainly heart-wrenching), and the not-so-happy-ending-for-all element. a lot of protagonists died, but it made the story look more "realistic", relatively speaking, and not one-sided.
i hope to read another dark hunter novel and find my impression of kenyon rise a notch. suffice to say, this isn't one of her best. it stays with you about a day or two, but after a week you can forget you ever read it. (less)