09 September 2008

Review: Christine Feehan - Dark Gold

Mass Market Paperback: 382 pages
Publisher: Love Spell (April 3, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0843958448
ISBN-13: 978-0843958447

Was he a man... Or a miracle? Alexandria Houton would sacrifice anything-even her life-to protect her orp haned little brother. But when both encountered unspeakable evil in the swirling San Francisco mists, Alex, could only cry to heaven for their deliverance...

And out of the darkness swooped Aidan Savage, a golden being more powerful, more mysterious, than any other creature of the night. The ageless Carpathian male snatched them from a hideous fate. But was Aidan a miracle... or a monster? Alex's salvation... or her sin? If she surrendered to Aidan's savage, unearthly seduction - gave him the color, the light, the family he craved - would Alex truly save her brother? Or sacrifice more than her life?


This episode in the Carpathian series takes us to San Fransisco where Aidan is a hunter for it’s race. When Alexandria is attacked by a vampire she tries desperately to save her younger brother Joshua. The vampire takes blood from her twice when Aidan shows up for the rescue. But he thinks Alex is a mad vampiress holding on to the child for diner. Then out of the blue Aidan notices colors are for him to see once again, but this is impossible….

It would only be if he would have met his lifemate, as his teeth sink into the neck of Alex for the kill colors dance, taking his breath away. As Aidan realizes he is holding his lifemate her life force is already flowing from her. Aidan slices open his wrist for her to feed on and the blood exchange trembles the world of Alex with a 8 pointer on the richter scale.

As with all Carpathian stories this is just the beginning. Alexandria or Alex for short, is stubbornly holding on to her human life though Aidan tries to teach her the ways of the Carpathian. OK, teaching is a big word for any Carpathian male for they are arrogant, but it is that they treasure their women above all which is joined by a fierce emotion to protect. Carpathian’s are dominant in their ways as they wheeled so much power, if they say so, it must be absolute. Aidan is no exception as he binds Alex to him with the ancient vow of his race.

Alex’ world is upside down, all the changes she has to make in order to live makes her rebellious to the core. Aidan is letting her feel to much, his power overwhelming, his sensual nature makes her quiver and then all that sneak peeking in her mind makes her feel completely out of control, just not her own person anymore. And then there’s Joshua, as open and bright as any boy can be he looks up to Aidan and is worried about his sister. He also forms a great weakness for Aidan as vampires choose San Fransisco as their hunting ground….

I really enjoyed the change of scenery, a different country with a ancient Carpathian whom has ties with a human family that cares for his house. Maria and Stefan bring a warm sparkle to the story and Joshua with his mischievous behavior made me grin more then once!

I’m a huge fan of intense powerful love stories and Christine Feehan gives it to me every time. Not only does she masterfully play with the male’s darkness, she fits him with a perfect other half of female light and the chemistry in dialogue as well as physically sizzles from the pages. With each story she develops a group of human vampire slayers that grows within their threat to the Carpathian’s as they do not see the difference between an Carpathian or vampire.

As Aidan and Alex find their way the beginning of Gregori’s story is made and OMG it leaves me hungry for The Dark One. One caution though, if you want every book to shine with it’s unique love story do not read many of them at once, for you will have an overdose on fierce emotions and erotic desires and the rituals lose their impact. Again two thumbs up for Christine Feehan……!!!

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