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The Scarletti Curse

(Scarletti Dynasty #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  8,510 ratings  ·  228 reviews
Strange, twisted carvings and hideous gargoyles adorn the palazzo of the great Scarletti family. But a more fearful secret lurks within its storm-tossed turrets. For every bride who enters its forbidding walls is doomed to leave in a casket.

Nicoletta knows all too well the curse that plagues the house of Scarletti. She has always believed her miraculous healing gifts would
Mass Market Paperback, 389 pages
Published July 2013 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published March 1st 2001)
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This book was great -- I absolutely loved it. Feehan's writing makes you feel like you are there with the heroine, feeling the breeze off the ocean, running through the hills. This was perfect gothic romance but with a steamier, sexier edge (something I prefer since I stopped reading the more PG rated gothic romances when I was in my teens). What made this story great was the heroine, Nicoletta. She was the type of heroine I love to read about; one who captures the affections of others because s ...more
The Scarletti Curse , is the first stand-alone book I've read from the wonderful imagination of Christine Feehan. If you are a regular follower of my blog, you will no doubt remember that I am a big fan of Feehan's Dark Carpathian series.

Within the palazzo of the great Scarletti family, evil appears to lurk around every corner, in every carving, inside each secret passageway. But even more deadly than a metaphysical unnamed maleficence, beastly family secrets endure and threaten to be the doom
3.5 stars

Loose tie in to Dark Symphony in the Dark series.

I do not read many historicals so I struggled with things that are much easier to take for regular readers of historical romance.

Overall I enjoyed the story. The intrigue was well done. The author keeps throwing red herrings at you trying to keep the big reveal until the end. I did guess correctly pretty early on, but I did not know for sure until the end. The problem was that the heroine was so out of the loop, you really had to struggl
Annette  Dahl "Old Vicarious Reader"
Beauty, the supposed Beast, and the Palace of Death

This story started out intense and scary. Listening to the audio was like watching the beginning of a horror movie, so much so I wasn't sure I would be able to finish it. As the story progressed I got confused. From some of the reviews I had read I thought the Don was going to be a cruel beast of a man. Perhaps it was the reading interpretation of the narrator, but I did't find the Don that way at all. Authoritative, yes, but not cruel. I'm not
Book Binge
Jan 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't like this book as much as I like Lair of the Lion, but it's still a good read. I like that Feehan really addresses maidenly modesty here. Too often in historical romance novels the heroines are perfectly comfortable to strip naked for their men - or any discomfort they feel at being naked and wanton is soon forgotten in the glory of the Big O. But that isn't realistic - a woman's sense of modestly, especially during historical times, isn't so easy to overcome. Feehan really showcases the ...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
I've been making my way through Feehan's Carpathian series, more or less in the right order, until I reached Dark Celebration (book 17) and found myself at a bit of a dead end. In that one, all the characters from the previous books are reunited at Christmas. So I wanted to make sure I'd read all the previous ones before starting that one (excepting a graphic novel here, a short story there, which I'm not too bothered about). The one that I was missing was Dark Symphony, book 10. I tried startin ...more
Michelle O'flynn
I had read some of Ms. Feehan's short stories in anthologies, but this was my first venture into her own novels, and I was rewarded with a great tale of olde world Carpathian romance with enough darkness to hint at danger and intrigue, and enough romance to swell the heart of many readers, especially women. I wonder if any men would really like these sorts of books or is it just too much for them? I must say, I've yet to meet any guys who remotely resemble the heart-throb characters that are so ...more
I don't like this book as much as I like Lair of the Lion, but it's still a good read. I like that Feehan really addresses maidenly modesty here. Too often in historical romance novels the heroines are perfectly comfortable to strip naked for their men - or any discomfort they feel at being naked and wanton is soon forgotten in the glory of the Big O. But that isn't realistic - a woman's sense of modestly, especially during historical times, isn't so easy to overcome. Feehan really showcases the ...more
Inés Izal
Mar 24, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015

Bastante entretenido, con una trama muy original y unos protagonistas adorables.
Pero me siento un poco engañada con respecto a la sinopsis, no he conseguido encontrar esa relación a cuentos clásicos que hace mención.
También el uso excesivo de "italianismos" ha hecho que no disfrute tanto de la historia como podía hacerlo hecho.
Ann Keller
Oct 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampire-romance
I really loved this one. Reading this book made me want to read more novels by Christine Feehan.
This is probably one of my favorite by Feehan, and it's not in a series. I like the suspense and the beauty and the beast type of love story.
4.5 stars

An old favorite. I am not a historical romance fan but this one works for me. It has some mystery, a tiny bit of paranormal and a lot of romance. If you are fan of Christine Feehan's books than I would recommend this one.

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Heat Level: Medium
4 stars

This was a very good story. I liked both Nicoletta and Giovanni and found their story to be well written and engaging. This doesn't really seem to have a tie to the Carpathians in the Dark series but both Giovanni and Nicoletta have certain "abilities" that may mean they had Carpathian ancestry.

Nicoletta is a young woman that serves as the healer for the village where she grew up. Her father was killed when she was too young to know him but her mother and aunt raised her with love until
Apr 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A different type of book than the others I've read by Feehan... setting is early Renaisance, a fictional Italian city/state, more fully developed characters, a bit of a mystery to solve, minimal paranormal additives... more descriptive of the land.

Nicoletta is the village healer - gifted with intuitive knowledge of how to help with the ability to impart the healing by her touch... She is light - of spirit, of soul, of personality... she is kind hearted, fun loving, intuitive... and she does not
Aanchal (Book Flame)

I never picked up a Christine Feehan book until The Scarletti Curse. It was one of those days where I was awaiting for some books to come in the mail but needed my fix so stopped by the local grocery store and this one grabbed my attention.

I do not regret purchasing this book. I have now re-read the book twice and it has become one of my favorite paranormal romance novels. This book is mystery,thriller,romance, all combined in one.

Nicoletta is the local healer for her
Lover of Romance
Nicoletta is the healer of her village, with astounding talent that is revered and feared among those around her. She is then summoned up to the "Palazzo" to heal a little girl, who is gravely sick as well as her unucle who is Don Scarletti. Having heard some viscous rumors about the man. Nicoletta fears him from the beginning, but there is something about him that puts a pause in her fears. Done Giovanni Scarletti has grown up being trained to be the leader of his people. He takes much responsi ...more
Amy  Brobst
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: to readers of Paranormal romance, and of Dark series by Feehan
Shelves: 2017andbefore
I read this book during my vacation in Montana. I liked it, but by itself slightly confusing. So I recommend reading Dark Symphony first.

All in all excellent book. THe characters were vivid. Bold. Like most of Feehan's male characters, Don Giovanni (spelling?) was very dominant and overprotective. \

And like many of the females, Nicola is very stubborn and a survivor.
Kathy Davie
Aug 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Essentially a paranormal, historical romance, the Scarletti Curse should be read before you start the Dark or Carpathian series as it eventually ties into both series. Drama, tension, and architecture all play a part.
A solid 4.5 stars! Giovanni and Nicoletta are my new favorite historical romance couple! The story had a little of everything, some mystery, some adventure, some low-key supernatural elements, and a whole lot of romance and lots of steam!

Sometimes historical’s are hits or miss with, I love some, really like others, but most frustrate me and I end up not finishing them. I think Giovanni and Nicoletta had really great start and wouldn’t mind snippets of their lives after the end of The Scarletti
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gothic
I enjoy Feehan's few standalone novels, they are always intriguing and not repetitive in nature. Although there is a 2nd book in series it doesn't actually appear to a "series" and that book follows more along the repetitive lines of the Dark Series.

I also really enjoy the gothic style of this book and the Lair of the Lion, it's intriguing, spooky and gives it and all around dramatic feel.

In this book you have Nicoletta, the untamed free spirited healer who's gift could mark her as a witch. An
Reviewed for Book Chick City

* ‘The Scarletti Curse’ by Christine Feehan is billed as a ‘prequel to Dark Symphony’ on the cover, but is very much considered a stand alone novel by the author. Personally, having never read anything by Feehan before, I felt the book was perfectly okay to read by itself, with no particular loose ends to suggest a sequel. *

Now that issue has been cleared up, we can move on to the plot! ‘The Scarletti Curse’ has an interesting m
Alex is The Romance Fox

Where are the Carpathians? I asked as I began reading this book.
But as I continued I realized that there was some kind of connection to a previous book I had read in the Dark Series, Dark Symphony. Antonietta Scarletti, Byron Justicano’s life mate is the descendant of Nicoletta and Giovanni Scarletti whose story this book is about.
Whilst I am not a lover of historical romance I persevered and I was quite surprised – I actually enjoyed this book. It’s a romance story filled with twists and turns
Carissa Williams
Oct 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Scarletti Curse from Christine Feehan is kind of a prequel for one of the books in her Dark series. This one focuses on Nicoletta and Don Scarletti. The point of view was mostly Nicoletta’s, Every now and then it switched to the Don’s but it was a rare occurrence. The book starts with Nicoletta in the wilderness with plants. She is able to send a healing energy to aid in healing and help plants grow by talking to them. The wind shifts and she senses something is wrong. She is then summoned w ...more
Oct 24, 2013 added it
Shelves: series
So, this is technically out of the Dark series (see the rest of my reviews here) And has nothing to do with Carpathians of Vampires. There are psychics though.

I read this one because it is kind of the...prequel to Dark Symphony.

I'm not going to spend much time on this one, it's not really my thing.

It's what I guess is referred to as historical romance. Seems like old world Italy. Back when a woman's only real options were to marry well and 16 was eligible age for marriage.

The Scarlatti's are the
S. Rutherford
Sep 18, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tossing
I originally purchased this book because of the premises on the back cover and because I really loved how the author wrote with her descriptions, but after trying, I just couldn't. It DRAGGED. It seems the author wrote too descriptive for too long. It took several pages just to describe the setting, and I found myself skimming through the whole story only to discover I never really find out what the story is even about. Writing descriptive is good, but this was an abundance of it and stories don ...more
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was not at all what I was expecting. No Carpathians, no evil vamps, not really a paranormal book in the sense that we've become accustomed when it comes to Ms Feehan's books. The only paranormal aspect lays in that Nicoletta can heal, and she senses things - and Giovanni can read Nicoletta's mind and send her his thoughts.

The story itself has a medieval feel to it. I'm not 100% sure on the century, but a very long time ago... :D

I fell completely in love with both the main characters, N
Sol González
Sep 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007, romance
Con este libro tenemos otra muestra de que en las novelas romanticas, cualquier trama es buena para hacer un libro. Tenemos un pequeño pueblecito, que anteriormente había sido un feudo, pero que consiguio deshacerse de su patrón por causa de una revolución y un soplón. Posteriormente tenemos que el pequeño pueblecito esta hundido en el folklor y las leyendas, asi que cuando un día, del castillo comienzan a suceder cosas extrañas y aparece un "dragon" en el castillo, lo más sencillo para ellos fu ...more
Sep 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've had the book for ages but never actually read it before now. (a bad habit of mine.. too many books not enough time to read)

But I have to say that the book itself was quite enjoyable. :) I sometimes had problems with how dark Christine Feehan's books get, though as a author she is wonderful. But compared to some of her book this was quite tame. *laughs*
Yes, there is of course a dark element to it and a bit of a murder mystery to solve but the romance between the two main characters is nicely
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the Dark Series, paranormal romance
Recommended to K by: fan of author
I was so focused on reading the books in the actual Dark Series, that I accidentally overlooked this book at first. Now that I have caught up w/ the series, I couldn't resist coming back to it. As a fan of Feehan's Dark Series, I was intrigued by this book and pretty confident it would be a good read. For me, spin-offs or stand alone books are a hit or miss kind of things. However,once again Feehan creates another story w/ action, suspense, and romance that does the Dark Series proud. Although t ...more
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