In this, the 3rd book in Christine Feehan's Dark (Carpathian) series, the story line seems to have become a little formulistic: girl meets tall, dark, handsome stranger, who turns out to be a Carpathian male, said alpha male saves girl's life and discovers she is his life mate, girl is inexplicably drawn to male but fights the attraction, girl is again placed in danger but comes to trust male and eventually they live happily ever after.
Besides the same story, Feehan tends to repeat certain descriptions throughout the book. I counted at least 3 times she explained about the difference between a Carpathian and a Vampire. I've almost given up on this series, but I've heard that it starts to get better around book 5, and since I have up through book 5 here, I figured I'd at least give it that long and then decide whether to proceed from there.
Since I'm not a huge fan of romance for the sake of romance, if it doesn't have some other mystery or action going on in the story, I was hoping for a bit more in this one as well. Yes, Alex was put in danger a couple of times, as was her little brother Josh, but never at any point did you wonder about whether they'd actually be able to save themselves. And it seemed a smaller part of the story than the attraction between Aidan and Alex, which makes this a romance book first and foremost.
One thing I think Feehan does do well is character development. Her character descriptions are so vivid, if a bit too flowery at times, so that you can clearly picture the characters in your head, and understand their actions and reactions. It is only because of this that I'll give this book the benefit of the doubt and give it a halfway rating, as I feel romance readers would probably appreciate it more than I.
Another juicy tale about a Carpathian Hunter, Aidan Savage. He meets his lifemate, Alexandria, while rescuing her from the clutches of a vampire. Alex must be one of the stupidest heroines of this series. Aidan saves her life several times, provides a safe haven within his home for her and her brother Joshua, and treats her with care and kindness. Yet she persists throughout most of the story, to fear Aidan may be a vampire. That's when she believes he's a vampire; other times she believes Aidan really has some evil plan that he'll spring on her somewhere down the road. All these suspicious feelings, yet she's supposed to have psychic abilities. Of course, like all Carpathian males, Aidan is tall, muscular and just plain gorgeous. Except he's blonde instead of dark. Alex is described as beautiful, petite and curvy. Does Feehan know that if Alex doesn't want Aidan there are lots of women reading this book who wouldn't mind at all taking Alex's place. Make him forget about this lifemate thing....or put together a tour to the Carpathian mountains; women only. Despite Alex's attitude, untill she succumbs to Aidan's charms, this story is definitely a good read.
I have read the first two and this one and this one is the one that I liked the least. My favorite so far is Dark Prince, the first one.
I really, really liked Aidan in this book however I thought Alexandria was not a good fit for him. She was such a weak character that at points I just could not stand her. But overall I did read it and I liked it I just did not love it.
So far I've enjoyed all of these. The woman in this one is a tad annoying but not enough to keep me from finishing the book.
This one was good but not the best in the series.