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Sunday Spotlight: Dark Legacy by Christine Feehan

Posted September 3, 2017 by Casee in Features, Giveaways | 10 Comments

Sunday Spotlight is a feature we began in 2016. This year we’re spotlighting our favorite books, old and new. We’ll be  raving about the books we love and being total fangirls. You’ve been warned. 🙂

Sunday Spotlight

I am a diehard Christine Feehan fan. It doesn’t matter what she writes, I read it. I adore her Drake Sisters series, but the Dark series holds a special place in my heart. The first paranormal I read was back in early 2000 and it was Dark Prince. While I think it’s hard to keep things fresh after this many books, she has at least kept it interesting. And while there are misses, Feehan usually follows it up with a hit. I can’t wait to read Dark Legacy.

Dark Legacy by Christine Feehan
Series: Dark #31
Also in this Series: Dark Carousel, Dark Promises, Dark Wolf
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: September 5, 2017
Publisher: Berkley

In a thrilling Carpathian novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan, a woman fights to free herself from the grip of the vampire trying to possess her…

In a beautiful compound hidden away from the world, Emeline Sanchez tries to blunt the pain that has wracked her body ever since her terrifying ordeal in the labyrinth beneath the city—when she was forced to exchange blood with an evil master vampire.

Now, it’s his voice that haunts her…that calls to her in the dark…that never lets her rest. And while the children that she helped to free from his clutches struggle to heal, watched over by their Carpathian protectors, Emeline knows one thing: She must sacrifice herself to keep them all from harm…

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Excerpt

Dragomir’s hand moved, coming up to hers, shocking her. By all rights, he should have been completely asleep, dead to the world. “She is not alone.” His fingers settled around her wrist lightly, like a bracelet.

She jerked her hand away, her heart racing. Was Blaze, the one person she counted on to help her, betraying her? “Who is with you?” Her voice shook. There was no way to keep fear from shimmering through the room.

Dragomir’s eyes opened. For one moment, she saw pain etched into his face. He took a deep, shuddering breath and was once more expressionless. “Go into the other room and close the door. I’ll handle this.”

“I’ve brought a healer with me,” Blaze called. “Everyone can feel Dragomir’s need.”

The relief was so tremendous that for a moment she didn’t actually realize the implication. Then it hit her. Dragomir’s injuries were so severe other Carpathians could feel them. “Put yourself back to sleep. I’ll let them in.”

He caught at her before she could get up. “Go into the other room. I’ll let them in.”

Her heart skipped a beat and then became a drum. She tasted fear. “Dragomir . . .”

“Do as I say, woman. You have secrets. A healer will discover them. This healer will discover them. Go now.”

“Why are you doing this for me?”

He touched her hair. “Beautiful color,” he whispered.

Her hair was a wild mess. In tangles. She wanted a brush immediately.

“Go,” he said. “I won’t let them near you.”

She believed him. He was hurt beyond imagining, but he’d poured steel into his voice and she knew he would do exactly as he said he would. All because he liked the color of her hair? Hardly. It was because he was a good man. The best. He’d appointed himself her shield and he stayed on that course no matter what.

She lifted her chin. Squared her shoulders. It was time to face the consequences. They were hers, not this man’s. “I’ll let them in. You put yourself to sleep. Whatever he says . . .”

Dragomir moved then, a fluid ripple of sheer power. He stood up, towering over her, reaching down to very gently pull her to her feet. “Do as I tell you.” He turned her toward the hallway. “Stay away from the healer until I know if you are safe.”

He was implacable, and no matter what she said, no matter that for the first time she was willing to be thrown out of the compound—for him—he wasn’t accepting her sacrifice. He was going to force her to accept his.

His finger slid down the path her tears had taken on her face. She felt that touch as if it had sunk through her skin and impressed right on her bones.

“Emeline.”

She nodded, because he’d stand there all day, leaking blood he couldn’t afford to lose. She ducked under his arm and headed down the hall to the first bedroom. She stood in the doorway and watched him lift his hand to wave toward the front door, allowing it to swing open. Blaze was framed there for a moment, her long red hair pulled back away from her face.

“Only the healer is invited in,” Dragomir said firmly.

Blaze stepped aside and a man moved into the house. Emeline’s breath caught in her lungs, trapped until she felt raw with the need for air. He wasn’t particularly tall, nor was he short. Power flowed through him, so much that his body couldn’t possible contain it all and the energy surrounded him. Like Dragomir, muscles rippled beneath his clothes. His hair was longer in the manner of Carpathians, but to his shoulders, pulled back with a leather cord. It was his eyes that caught her attention. They were a startling blue, rimmed with a liquid silver. They were eyes that would see right through her to her secrets. She was grateful that she hid like a coward in her room.

Those strange eyes swept over Dragomir and then moved past him, the gaze traveling down the hall straight to the bedroom. Emeline stepped back, certain he couldn’t see her, but still uneasy.

“You are the Carpathian who betrayed Aleksei with his woman,” Dragomir observed. “Ancient, yet young. I do not believe we have formally met.”

“There was no betrayal,” the man said, clearly uncaring what anyone thought of him, already striding into the room. “Sit before you lose what is left of your life.”

Dragomir hesitated. It was the first time he’d ever done so and she instinctively knew he didn’t want to be in a vulnerable position, one that wouldn’t allow him to protect her. She silently willed him to do as the healer bid him.

“The name is Gary. I am a Daratrazanoff, but was born human.” He didn’t offer any further information, and Emeline had no idea what being a Daratrazanoff was, or how that was important, only that it was.

Dragomir settled onto the floor, but he turned his body so he could watch the door, the hallway and the healer. She wished she had more of the weapons with the fiery missiles. At least she could protect Dragomir if she needed to.

Gary knelt beside him and, without preamble, allowed his spirit to leave his body and move into Dragomir’s. It left the healer completely vulnerable to attack. Blaze had explained the process to Emeline numerous times—how the Carpathians could leave behind all ego, everything to do with them and become pure healing energy. Some were reputed to be far more powerful healers than others. She had heard rumors that they had sent for an extremely strong healer, one they hoped would be able to help heal psychic wounds as well.

Posted by arrangement with Berkley, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © Christine Feehan, 2017.

Dark Series

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Christine Feehan is a #1 New York Times bestselling author multiple times over with her portfolio including over 40 published novels, including five series; Leopard Series, Dark Series, Ghostwalker Series, Drake Sisters Series, & the Sisters of the Heart Series. All five series hit the #1 spot on the New York Times bestselling list as well. Her debut novel Dark Prince received 3 of the 9 Paranormal Excellence Awards in Romantic Literature (PEARL) in 1999. Since then she has been published by various publishing houses including Leisure Books, Pocket Books, and currently is writing for Berkley/Jove. She also has earned 7 more PEARL awards since Dark Prince.

In addition to the #1 New York Times bestsellers list and the PEARL awards, Christine is honored to have made the bestsellers list for Amazon, B. Daltons, Barnes and Nobles, Bookscan, Borders, Ingrams, Publishers Weekly, Rhapsody Book Club, USA Today, Waldenbooks, Walmart, and the Washington Post. Other honors that she has received include being a nominee for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA award, receiving the Career Achievement Award for Contemporary New Reality from Romantic Times Magazine in 2003 and in 2008 the Borders Lifetime Achievement Award.

She has been published in multiple languages and in many formats, including audio book, e-book, hardcover and large print. In October of 2007 her first manga comic, Dark Hunger was released in stores. This was the first ever manga comic released by Berkley Publishing and it made #11 on Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller’s List. Her ground-breaking book trailer commercials have been shown on TV and in the movie theaters. She has been featured on local TV, appeared on the The Montel Williams Show, and her book Dark Legend was featured on the cover of Romantic Times Magazine.

Christine Feehan has also appeared at numerous writers’ conventions and book signings including: Romantic Times Convention, Get Caught Reading at Sea Cruise, Celebrate Romance Conference, Emerald City Conference, and numerous Romance Writers of America Conferences. She was also a special guest at the 2013 Comic Con and now has her own FAN convention.


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Review: Dark Carousel by Christine Feehan

Posted August 1, 2016 by Casee in Reviews | 2 Comments

Review: Dark Carousel by Christine FeehanReviewer: Casee
Dark Carousel by Christine Feehan
Series: Dark Series #30
Also in this series: Dark Wolf, Dark Promises
Published by Berkley
Publication Date: August 2nd 2016
Pages: 400
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The moment Charlotte Vintage walks into his club, Tariq Asenguard's blood is set on fire. The ancient Carpathian had given up hope of finding his lifemate, but now he will do anything to make Charlotte his own. What Tariq doesn't know is that Charlotte is using herself and her best friend as bait-to try to draw out the bloodthirsty killers who have already murdered Charlotte's brother and mentor.
Charlotte is familiar with Tariq. Not only is he one of the richest and most eligible bachelors in the city, but he's also a renowned collector of old carousel horses, which Charlotte restores. Their shared passion opens Charlotte up to trusting him with her life and with the desire she can no longer control. But it also makes her vulnerable to a centuries-old curse that will unite her and Tariq in a war against the enemies of humans and Carpathians alike..

I haven’t enjoyed a book in this series as much as I enjoyed this one in quite some time. It was a combination of things. Tariq, while a throwback to ancient Carpathians, wanted Charlotte as a partner, not just a woman to put on a shelf that he takes down to have sex with. He respected and listened to her opinions. He was just generally a good guy that cared deeply for Charlotte and didn’t discount anything she said. It was amazing when I thought about the last book, Dark Promises.

Tariq owns various nightclubs throughout the United States. His sole purpose for owning them is to find his lifemate. I didn’t really understand that because what are the odds that one woman would 1) live in the United States and 2) go to nightclubs? I guess in this case, they were quite good because Charlotte shows up in his San Diego nightclub and he happens to find her while he’s actually there instead of in one of his other clubs. Very convenient that.

Charlotte and her friend Genevieve left their home in France when their friends and relatives started getting murdered. First it was Genevieve’s grandmother and boyfriend. Then it was Charlotte’s mentor. Finally Charlotte’s brother in the United States. It was her brother’s daughter, Charlotte’s niece that forced her to leave France and come back to San Diego. Charlotte and Genevieve knew they were followed all the way from France. They both know it has something to do with a psychic testing center that they went into as a lark. They thought it would be fun to test abilities that they knew they both have. Charlotte is able to touch an object and see into the past. It’s one of the reasons she loves working with old carousels.

When they find the men that have been following them, it is in Tariq’s club. They come up with a plan to follow them, but Tariq knows that they’re in more danger than they even realize. Somehow they’ve attracted the noticed of some very powerful vampires. Tariq brings them to his estate where they’ll be safe and shows Charlotte what being part of his world will be like.

The one thing I did find odd was that Charlotte was so accepting of becoming Carpathian. Most of the women that are converted are disgusted by the thought of taking blood, but Charlotte accepted it from the very beginning. I don’t know if that is normal or not. Other than that, this is the best Dark book in a long, long time.

Rating: 4.25 out of 5.


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Review: Dark Promises by Christine Feehan

Posted April 26, 2016 by Casee in Reviews | 2 Comments

Review: Dark Promises by Christine FeehanReviewer: Casee's
Dark Promises by Christine Feehan
Series: Dark Series #29
Also in this series: Dark Wolf, Dark Carousel
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: March 15, 2016
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 384
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two-half-stars

Gabrielle has had enough of battles, of wars, of seeing the man she's engaged to nearly lose his life when it isn't even his fight. Once Gary was a gentle and very human researcher. Now he's a fearless and lethal Carpathian warrior with the blood of an ancient lineage coursing through his veins—a man Gabrielle still needs and dreams of with every breath she takes. All she wants is a life far away from the Carpathian mountains, far from vampires and the shadows cast by the crumbling monastery that hides so many terrible secrets. But Gabrielle soon learns that promises made in the dark can pierce the heart like a dagger.

And she isn't the only one in search of answers in the corners of the unknown...

Trixie Joanes has come to the Carpathian mountains in search of her wayward granddaughter, fearing that she has been lured there by something unspeakable. Instead, Trixie has stumbled onto the path of a desperate woman on the run. And they're all fated for the lair of a mysterious ancient with revenge in his soul and the undying power to make bad dreams come true.

Spoiler Warning: This review is littered with spoilers. Read at your own risk.

This book was a travesty of unimaginable proportions.

Before I really get into that statement, let me tell you that Dark Prince was the first paranormal I ever read. I have been a reader of the Dark Series almost from the start. I’ve read all the books in the series (with the exception of novellas). There have been some hits (a lot) and there have been some misses (a lot). The misses have been spectacular and they’ve come quite frequently in the last few years. The earlier books were much, much better than the recent stuff that has been put out.

This book was about Gabrielle and Gary Jansen, the humans-turned-Carpathians that are ready to start their lives together. Or was it about them? No, it wasn’t. When Gary tried to bond to Gabrielle, the hell if it worked. Not only that, but with each word that he uttered, his emotions and the colors around him faded away. Gary has only been a Carpathian for all of a month and he lost his ability to feel and see colors when he lost Gabrielle. Gabrielle still believes they can live a human life for 50-60 years before they find their respective lifemates. She loves Gary and she’s not giving him up.

For Gary’s own safety, Mikhail sent him away to a monastery deep within the mountains. Along with the Ancients, Mikhail and Gregori feel that this is the only place that Gary will find peace…after a couple centuries of sleeping. Unfortunately for them, they didn’t realize that Gabrielle wouldn’t give up so easily and she follows. What happens next is probably the best part of the book. One of the Ancients wakes and recognizes Gabrielle as his lifemate. He can feel, see in color. Everything that comes along with finding your other half. Of course, it doesn’t go as he always thought.

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In the meantime, Trixie Joanes has come to the Carpathian mountains to find her granddaughter, Teagan. What she doesn’t expect is that some hot guy that looks thirty years younger than her claims that she’s his lifemate. What I did not like and would not tolerate is that Trixie is sixty years old. My mother is sixty years old. I skipped over every single part with Trixie and Fane. My mother is sixty years old, did I mention that? I was texting Holly the whole time reminding her that there was a secondary story going on with a sixty year old woman. Oh, I liked her. She was a million times better than Gabrielle, but I couldn’t get over her age.

In the end, I am thrilled that I got this at the library. I was so impatient I almost bought the darn thing. I would have hated myself for all of eternity. How’s that for dramatic?

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

two-half-stars


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Review: Dark Wolf by Christine Feehan

Posted January 27, 2014 by Holly in Reviews | 2 Comments

Review: Dark Wolf by Christine FeehanReviewer: Holly
Dark Wolf by Christine Feehan
Series: Dark Series #25
Also in this series: Dark Promises, Dark Carousel
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: January 7th 2014
Pages: 496
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two-half-stars

WHERE DARK LYCAN ENDED, DARK WOLF BEGINS...
BOOK NUMBER 25 IN CHRISTINE FEEHAN'S ACCLAIMED CARPATHIAN SERIES
#1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan now delivers her most eagerly awaited novel of all—ten years in the making—in the “the erotic, gripping series that has defined an entire genre” (J. R. Ward).
In Dark Lycan, Christine Feehan journeyed into the heart of the Carpathians, and into the souls of two lifemates stirred by the flush of passion and the threat of annihilation. In Dark Wolf, the breathtaking story continues as the bonds of family are imperiled, and the fate of two lovers lies hidden in the seductive shadows between life and death.
Skyler Daratrazanoff always recognized the miracle that was Dimitri Tirunul, a man beyond any dream that had ever engaged her nights. But she was human. Vulnerable. He was Carpathian. Nearly immortal. She was nineteen. He was an ancient. Yet she held half his soul, the light to his darkness. Without her, he would not survive. Caught between the two warring species, Dimitri has spent centuries hunting the undead to keep his people free, and humans safe. He had survived honorably when others had chosen to give up their souls. But now, marked for extermination by the Lycans, Dimitri found himself alone, and fearing for his life. But salvation was coming…
No Lycan would ever suspect someone like Skyler to dare mount a secret rescue operation. A teenage girl. A human of untested abilities. But she had something no one else had. She was predestined for Dimitri—as he was for her. And there was nothing stronger for Skyler than her desire to see her life-dream come true. Whatever the risk.
 INCLUDES A PREVIEW OF CHRISTINE FEEHAN’S NEXT CARPATHIAN NOVEL, DARK BLOOD

 

This is the long awaited story of Skylar, adopted daughter of Francesca and Gabriel (Dark Legend), and Dmitri, her lifemate. I’ve been wanting this story since I first read Dark Legend in 2006. I loved Skylar in that book and couldn’t wait for her to have her own book. Unfortunately for me, I stopped reading the series back at book 15. I missed a lot in 10 books. It read less like a romance between those two and more like an extension of storylines from previous books. If, like me, you were lured back to the series by these 2, I suggest you either skip it or read ALL the previous books before going into it.

For years Skylar and  Dimitri have been connected to one another, speaking through their minds even though they’ve been separated. When Dimitri goes silent, Skylar knows there’s something seriously wrong. Praying he isn’t dead, she enlists her two best friends to help her rescue Dimitri from his captors. Though none of the adults in her life will share anything about his situation with her, they have a strong bond that allows her to track him. Their plan isn’t foolproof, but they have the element of surprise on their side – who would think a 19-year-old girl would be out to rescue a Carpathian thousands of years old? – and Skylar won’t quit until she sees for herself Dimitri is dead or she saves him.

Dimitri is being held captive by Lycans who want to use him to start a war with the Carpathians. He’s half Carpathian, half Lycan and considered an abomination by the pureblood Lycans. He knows his brother is coming for him and he has to hold on. For Skylar, his lifemate, he has to stay alive. It’s getting harder by the day…until he opens his mind to hers again and realizes she’s there and prepared to rescue him.

Casee said she read Dark Lycan, the book released before this one, and this book made perfect sense for her.. I’m sure much of my frustration stemmed from having read up to Dark Demon and none of the subsequent books. 

Having said that, I was still frustrated by how little focus was actually on Skylar and Dimitri. I went back and read Dark Legend. That story was so much richer. There were bits about the lives of the Carpathians away from their hunt for vampires (Like Dmitri running a foundation for wolves and creating stuffed animals, something not mentioned in this book at all), snippets of the lives of the hero and heroine together but away from the fight with the vampires (or Lycans, as in this book), etc. Reading DL really highlighted how little time Feehan spent on Skylar and Dimitri. There were threads from different storylines, but hardly anything substantial.

The only good thing I can say about Dark Wolf is it reinforced my decision to leave the series. Now I don’t feel like I need to go back.

2 out of 5 (for the fight scenes and nostalgia)

This book is available from Berkley. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

two-half-stars


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Review: Dark Nights by Christine Feehan

Posted January 23, 2013 by Holly in Reviews | 2 Comments

Published by Avon, Harper CollinsGenres: Anthologies (multiple authors), Paranormal Romance

Holly‘s review of Dark Nights, featuring Dark Dream (Dark Series, Book 7) and Dark Descent (Dark Series, Book 11) by Christine Feehan

I stopped reading the Dark series years and years ago. One of the last books I really enjoyed before I stopped reading was Dark Descent, which was originally published in The Only One anthology. I thought Joie and Traian’s story was fresh and interesting. The plot twisted in an unexpected way and I thought it brought new life to the series. It seems to veer off again after that, however, so I gave up. When I saw this book was being released and it featured one of my favorite novellas, plus an additional 100 pages, I decided to do a reread.

DARK DREAM Book #7 in Dark Series Previously in After Twilight & Dark Dreamers
She’s known him since she was fifteen. Every night, he is with her: his face, his voice. Tonight, Sara Marten will meet the man who is both angel and demon, salvation and temptation: Falcon—the Carpathian, the banished hero. Tonight, Sara will meet the dark-eyed destroyer destined to be her mate..

I skimmed this story. It wasn’t one of my favorites back in the day and I found that to be the case this time around as well. Falcon is one of the higher-ups in the Carpathian order, so he’s domineering and closed off. There isn’t a lot to the story. They find each other, Falcon claims her, she resists for a second but can’t help herself..basically normal Carpathian fare. Nothing to write home about.

2.75 out of 5

DARK DESCENT Book #11 in Dark Series Previously in The Only One
In this version of Dark Descent there is an additional hundred pages. I rewrote it from the original version as I felt it was too short. I do not plan on doing this for the other re-prints, but I hope you enjoy the newest version of Dark Descent.
In a cave of mystery and wonder deep in the Carpathian Mountains , bodyguard Joie Sanders encounters a most remarkable being. Proud, strong, immortal, he is called Traian is an ageless hunter, locked in a life and death battle with enemy vampires and he will be her salvation in a labyrinth protected by the ingenious traps of a mysterious ancient race. What awaits them in the darkness is not known, and each step could be their last as their destined path leads them toward a fiery passion that will illuminate the perilous dark night.

Joie connects with Traian telepathically when she’s shot. She doesn’t think he’s real, but she’s compelled to find him anyway. She and her siblings climb a mountain to explore a cave she knows is there but can’t find, though she doesn’t explain the reason they’re there is because of this mystery man who talks to her in her head. Traian is trapped inside the mountain, being sucked dry by some vampires. Joie discovers him and a whole host of trouble along with him. He wants to turn her away, but she won’t go.

Joie is probably my favorite of all the heroine’s in this series. She’s strong and sassy and independent. She also has a strong sense of family and a deep connection to her siblings. Her reaction to Traian’s revelation that he’s Carpathian and vampires exist was believable.

The storyline was interesting. I like the direction Feehan is taking the series – the Dragonslayers, mages, etc – though I admit I haven’t read any of the other books that follow the theme. Maybe someday.

It’s been too many years since I read this originally to say how much a difference the extra 100 pages made. I probably should have re-read the original so I could make a fair comparison. I will say I enjoyed the story and it seemed to have more detail than I remembered before. But that’s not saying a lot considering my memory is like swiss cheese these days.

I don’t plan to continue reading the series, but I did enjoy my trip down memory lane.

3.25 out of 5

This book is available from Avon. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

This book was provided by the publisher for an honest review.


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