This book is a little different from Feehan's other Carpathian stories. Dayan, of the music group the Dark Troubadours featured in another Feehan book,spots his lifemate, Corinne, one night when he's playing solo at a club. Dayan's brother (Dark Fire) Darius is one of the most dominant, overpowering Carpathians. Yet Dayan is one of the least dominant Carpathians I've read so far. He woos Corinne gently and takes his time revealing his vampiric abilities to her. She pretty much accepts him as he is unlike many of the other heroines in the other books. That may be due to Corinne's character which has been forged through a hard childhood as well as through her heart disease which is terminal. Her husband also died not long before the story opens and she's pregnant with his child.
Corinne's doctors fear for her health if she doesn't abort her baby but she is adamant that her baby should live. In the midst of this, Dayan enters her life. He cannot accept the fact that Corinne has a good chance of dying when she gives birth. She also knows her lifespan is to be short anyway, with or without giving birth. Dayan gathers the Carpathian community together to try to save Corinne's life. It could go either way, for her and the baby. I really got to see, again, the love and unity this Carpathian community has for each other. And though the men may appear too macho they are easily turned to mush towards their lifemates. Unless their lifemates are in danger which in most cases I could see the mens' point. That's why I love this series the most of all the paranormal romance series - because of the individual and community love. Of course, most of the plots are pretty steamy though "Dark Melody" is less so than the others. Needless to say, this is a recommended read.
This was the story of Dayan and Corrinne. This was one of my favorites. Dayan comes to find out his lifemate has a heart condition that threatens her life, and she is pregnant, which further complicates her health. I love how the Carpathian community comes together to save her and her child. I loved reading about the characters from previous books, but most of all, I loved the way Dayan loved her and the way she simply accepted him and what he was. A true love story in my opinion.
IDK why I lost interest in the series part way into this book, it could just be that it's such a long series (although I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for other books with series just as long; Anita Blake, Immortals After Dark). Perhaps it was the newest female being pregnant by another man... and all the outrageous biology Cr@p (& yes I know it fiction). or that I've just reached my limit of basically the same story and descriptive words over and over and over and over again... see what I mean. but this book is as far as I will be going with the Carpathians, loved one through five, I guess it's just the law to depreciating returns.
Loved this story! I admit I did cry in some of the scenes. I enjoyed the story of Corinne and Dayan, especially since Corinne had a life threatening heart condition and she was pregnant by her deceased husband. There were twists and turns in the plot which evoked in me feelings of pathos.
Dayan may not be the in-your-face-domineering personality like his fellow Carpathians , but he is equally as enthralling and all together, overwhelming.
The only thing I didn't like was that Corinne had been married before, which kind of clashes with the one love per life concept, but that's just a personal preference. Something different about Dark Melody--the main threat to Corinne wasn't a vampire or hunters, but a heart condition made worse by her pregnancy. The meeting of Darius and Gregori, of course, was thrilling too--but I'm a sucker for those two.
But the best part of this story, in my opinion, is the very real connection between Dayan and Corinne at first sight, and the yearning each must endure until they can save her. It's that type of angst--bittersweet and almost desperate--that makes the heart ache so sweetly.
As with all her series on carpathians, Christine Feehan makes each book different. It not the same old song and dance. Parten the pun. This story was a real tear jerker. And well worth reading more than once. Again she has made this hero a strong and gentle soul. So curl up and enjoy
Dayan, a powerful Carpathian, hardly expects to find his lifemate in a small-town pub. But the more he learns of Corinne's secrets, the more he wonders whether he will be her savior or her soul's demise.
At the risk of sounding hypercritical, I felt this was overblown from the first page. There is little subtlety or complexity or true feeling in this book - apart from the steamy bits, it reads like a YA.
They were masters of the darkness, searching through eternity for a mistress of the light...Lead guitarist of the Dark Troubadours, Dayan was renowned for his mesmerizing performances. his melodies stilled crowds, beckoned, seduced, tempted. And always he called to her. his lover. His lifemate. He called to her to complete him. To give him the emotions that had faded from his existence, leaving him an empty shell of growing darkness. Save me. Come to me.
Corinne Wentworth stood at the vortex of a gathering storm. Pursued by the same fanatics who'd murdered her husband she was risking her life by keeping more than one secret. Fragile, delicate, vulnerable, she had an indomitable faith that made her fiery surrender to Dayan all teh more powerful. This was the one woman whose loss would destroy him, even as her love promised to heal his soul.