Enter the enchanting world of the Carpathians, where dark adventure, mystery, and love await, and the desires of two daring hearts unite in one irresistible passion.
A telepathic hunter of serial killers, Raven Whitney helps to catch some of the most depraved criminals. But her work keeps her from getting close to others, and has drained her body and spirit. In need of rest and rejuvenation, she embarks for a vacation far from home.
Mikhail Dubrinsky is the prince of the Carpathians, the powerful leader of a wise and secret ancient race that thrives in the night. Engulfed by despair, fearful of never finding the mate who can save him from the encroaching darkness, his soul cries out in loneliness - until the day that a beautiful voice full of light and love responds, softly soothing his pain and yearning.
From the moment they meet, Raven and Mikhail are helpless to resist the desire that sparks between them. But just as fate unexpectedly brings these life mates together, malevolent forces threaten to destroy them and their fragile love. Yet even if they survive, how can these two lovers - Carpathian and human - build a future together? And how can Mikhail bring Raven into his dark world without extinguishing her beautiful goodness and light?
©2011 Christine Feehan (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers
I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.
I think this is the book that Snoopy spent so many years typing out as he sat on top of his dog house.
On the old SCTV series, the actor Joe Flaherty used to play a cheesy vampire character named Count Floyd, who spent most of his time trying to convince the audience that something totally silly was actually quite "scarrrrrry" and wiggling his eyebrows. I think the author had Count Floyd in mind when she created these characters. If she tried to make the book sound scary, it might disguise the fact that it was silly.
Unfortunately it doesn't work this way. Making the narrator speak slowly and ponderously doesn't help either.
Silly book. I didn't finish it.
I just Love the Allure of a Great Romance...a Pair of Rose Colored Glasses...some Fine Wine, and a Subscription to Audible...
Well, I couldn't even get past the first 3 chapters...Don't waste your credit!
The only thing that could have made this a 4 or 5 star rating, would be to start over...
Hola, soy India!
Cliche romance novel. Maybe its the way Abby read the book. Maybe its the way Christine wrote it. But I it made me want to blow my brains out as I listened to it.
A better reader might have helped me finish the book
I usually like this author, but will not buy any read by this person
Tom Stechschulte often reads for this author and does an excellent job
The reader droned through the prose with the sepulchral tones one might expect from a very bad, old-fashioned preacher, but hammed-up the dialogue so that one might feel they were listening to a conversation between "Lurch" and "Tweetie-pie".
If you like your author to repeat themselves over and over for hours unended, this is the book for you. By the time I got to the end of it- I wanted desperately to find the creator of this disaster and slap her senseless. The constant drone of the characters poorly formed romance, under a layer of preternatural guise made me want to vomit. The only reason I finished this book is because I got it for free as my first credit purchase. The readers reviews and ratings are highly dissappointing and I hope to never encounter anything this incredibly awful ever again.
I made myself finish this book because I thought the plot had potential and I have read books farther down the sreies that I did like. I bought this book to give me missing background details on characters who showed up in the book I read. The hunt for those details was what kept me going through this book.
This is my least favourite of the five I've read so far. But, I read the other four, so maybe it was that old clash between the naration and the picture already set in my mind.
The female lead was supposed to be American born and raised, but the narator gave her a strange English as a second language accent. That, added to a voice sounding like a whiney Marilyn Monroe, made me wish I could skip the parts when she spoke.
Wait for the DVD so you can fast forward through the anoying parts.
There WAS wonderful world building, great character development, subtle insights into the connections between characters who will star in future volumes. Those hiden gems, which were thankfully as plentifull as easter eggs at an indulgent grandparent's house, were what kept me coming back for more. Thankfully I started reading around five books into the series, so I was hooked on a very well written book with detailed caracter development. If this audio book had been my first exposure to the series, I probably would never have gotten to that book.
If you're like me, then I suggest you jump ahead a few book to where I know it's much better, then back track for the details you want further explination on.
The book gives a incredibly in depth look into the thought process and emotional turmoil of a character thrown into a completely different world. The emotions are realistic and someone who is interested in fantasy with the psychological reality mixed in may like this book.
I might try to give her another try. I have not liked some series from an author and love others, so I wouldn't rule it out. Feehan writes an intriguing story and the story had promise but the overly indepth descriptions of the main character's mind just became tedious.
Craden's performance was good and her voices were dynamic. I would likely listen to another book she narrated. My only issue with this performance was the high pitched voice she used for the main character Raven. Due to the sheer amount of internal angst Raven expresses. That particular voice became almost painful. This was more likely due to the story than narrator.
it had a promising story and the other characters were intriguing. I was interested in Freehan's take on the vampire origins and myth, as it was a different take then the usual fare. Also, it was refreshing to see someone react a little more realistically to coming face to face with a supernatural being. Unfortunately, the author was just too detailed in expressing emotions and so repetitive, that the good aspects were overpowered by the tedium.
What is not to love in this masterpiece work of Art? I read this book a long time ago. I am a big fan of the series until it became flat. This is the first book in the series, and I was wowed by the plot, especially it's uniqueness. Mikhail and Raven are perfect together. The action started innocuous enough until it reached a crescendo. I love the diction, the theme, the humor and best of all the depth Christine Feehan gave to the hero and heroine. When you read some of the trashy books out there these days, it is good to appreciate a work well done and well written like this.
I think Mikhail. He is sex wrapped in a likeable character.
The scene where Raven was rescued from dying by Mikhail, Gregory and Co.
When Raven was kidnapped by that evil vampire. Mikhail, warrior that he is fell completely apart. Touching.
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