Well I really like Ms. Feehan's stories (when she stops reiterating and going over old ground again and again), but it is a shame that the characters are all type-cast. The men (I can understand - it is a common trait for Carpathian males to be domineering, overly possessive and necessarily protective of their females), but I don't get why all the men go for the same type of woman. They are always fiercely independent women who seem to be loners whether they be Carpathian or human, yet they always end up submitting - which is a good thing as we want the hunky men to stay alive with their emotions and colours intact. But why the hell can't the women come from ordinary families,rather than always being damaged or wounded in some way? I have read these stories all out of sequence which hasn't caused a problem at all. I went from the Scarletti pre-curser then Dark Prince, then all the way to Dark Peril. So far I think now that they are being a bit mundane (yet I strangely can't stop reading them as I want to learn all about ALL the characters now that I have encountered them in Dark Celebration, which is a bit of a disappointment as the series began so well. Oh well, the sexy scenes bring some fun, although I do think Ms. Feehan should stop being so up tight with her tendencey to always describe the "feminine core" and "velvet sheath"! Jeez, I think we are all grown ups reading these stories.