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
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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 remember enjoying the book years ago and got the audio version on sale. I cannot finish it. Too repetitive and slow moving.
I couldn't recommend this to anyone. It was honestly difficult to finish. I think the storyline had great potential, but unfortunately, the main characters never gained appeal to me. At first I thought it was just the narrator's voice for Raven that was grating on my nerves, but after a while, I realized it was just the character herself. If there was a stupid choice to be made, Raven predictably made it every time. Trying to understand her reasoning (her compassion for others, her belief in free will, etc.) didn't help at all. She came across as ridiculous damsel, who was always in distress. And the male lead, as attractive as he was written, lost some of his appeal to me, because of his willingness to cater to and coddle such a idiot! So disappointed. Don't waste your credit here.
A lot of repetition both in phrasing and plot points. An hour could have been cut easily.
This is a first.
This is a first.
Not really, unfortunately. I didn't see enough background for the different immortal beings. Raven was a fairly annoying main character who also didn't have enough background. Wasn't inspired to read others in the series. Forgettable.
I love science fiction - especially about vampires, werewolves and the like. I'm almosts blind so I listen to all my books on Audible.
After I listen to all 25 books in the series I may turn around and re-read this first book in the series. It was very captivating! Love how tRaven and Mikhail met, fell in love, and became life mates.
I like the idea of Carpathians being a race that if their emotions get away with them then they turn rogue and into vampires. Excellent concept.
I really like Raven. She is independent and does not mind speaking her mind and telling Mikhail exactly how she feels - no wimpyness for this lady!
The part where Raven was totally freaked out about "going to earth" was awesome and well written. She made me feel like I would probably feel if I were buried in the ground to revitalize.
I felt the writer showed the female of this book in a stupid light. Also portrayed her as helpless. I wasn't impressed. The readers slow reading made it even worse, I won't be reading more of this series.
Whether you enjoy paranormal literature or not, you should definitely give Christine Feehan a try (either read or listen). I was not a paranormal regular and have read or listened to every one of the series and eagerly await the next one.
The series introduces the Carpathian people and the stories are sensual, romantic and inspiring. The heroes are strong, extremely arrogant men; the women equally courageous - together they are invincible...almost.
Christine Feehan brings the reader/listener into a world of romance, honor, and loyalty spanning centuries and transcending borders. Give it a try - truly worth the time...
I read this book years ago and LOVED it. The narrator killed any pleasure I might have gotten from revisiting an old favorite. She does a decent job with Raven, the female lead character, but I was starting to seriously dread every time Mikhael spoke. The overly drawn out channeling of Count Dracula (minus the accent) was nothing short of painful, and unfortunately I couldn't discern this from the sample. If I didn't know there were better narrators out there, or worse, if I didn't know I could return the book, I'd go back to listening to iTunes when I travel and never risk subjecting myself to this again.
Someone whose idea of "old world" didn't lead me to believe there was an implied "muuuuaahhhHHaha!" at the end of every utterance from the hero.
I do love the book...I hated the narrator!
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